Employment Permit System (EPS)

Mainly by individual endeavors and mostly as a route to reach the highly developed Japan, Bangladeshis started coming Korea during the late eighties; where few of them stayed and settled here. Officially Bangladeshi workers started to come here under Industrial Trainee System (ITS) during the early nineties (1994). Allegation of irregularities and high migration cost compelled the Korean Government to replace Industrial Trainee System (ITS) with the present Employment Permit System (EPS) in 2004 by signing MOU with 6 (Six) countries (Philippines, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Indonesia and Mongolia). Unlike ITS, EPS is a government to government (G2G) mechanism to select and hire foreign unskilled/low skilled workers without the involvement of any private recruiting agents. Bangladesh was prohibited to send workers for a quite long time along with few other countries, due to allegation of irregularities and high migration cost during the former ITS period. After much negotiation with the Korean government, Bangladesh succeeded to sign MOU on EPS with ROK on 4 June 2007 and first batch of Bangladeshi EPS workers arrived here on June 3, 2008. Under the guidance of HE Ambassador, Labour Wing officials along with other officials of the Embassy are working very hard in providing the best service to the EPs workers and other members of Bangladesh community living in Republic of Korea.