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Employment and Vocational Training

01 Employment

Employment opportunities for foreign residents vary according to type of visa. Married immigrants whohave entered Korea under marriage migrant visa (F-6) are allowed to seek employment in Korea.

Your first step before seeking employment should be to discuss the need for employment, type ofwork desired and usage of salary with your immediate family members.

(1) Job Centers

You can obtain information on employment for foreigners (married immigrants, etc.) by visiting yourlocal Employment Center, Women Resources Development Center, Foreign Workforce Support Center,or Support Center for Mulitcultural Families.

Job Centers
Employment CenterThese centers (83 branches nationwide as of August 2013) are representative job placementinstitutes run free of charge by the State. Korean and foreign jobseekers can inquire at job centersto learn about job openings at companies of interest or to receive career counseling. Companyinterviews are also held through the center until the jobseeker finds a job.
Job Information CenterThese local agencies provide free information on job opportunities. Job information centers are locatedat most city halls and county offices. The centers will help you find a job close to your residence.
Women Resources Development CenterThese comprehensive job placement support institutes for women focus mainly on job placement andtraining. Most of the programs are provided free of charge, but some may require a small fee.
Foreign Workforce Support CenterThese non-governmental organizations assist foreign workers in dealing with employment issues in Korea.
Multicultural Family Support CenterThese centers offer job opportunities and cultural programs for multicultural families.

(2) Use of the Internet

Married immigrants can use the Internet to aid in their search for employment. Most organizationsoperating employment services for married immigrants manage websites, so users can search forjobs from home via the Internet.

  • Seoul Global Center
Seoul Global Center (

This website is operated by the City of Seoul and provides information related tofairs and job seeking, and employment support to foreigners in Korea, in English andChinese.

  • WorkNet
WorkNet (

This employment portal site is run by the Ministry of Employment and Labor via theKorea Employment Information Service. It provides employment information as wellas other job information such as career paths and occupational training. It uses bigdata analysis on an individual’s experience, education and training, license information,etc., to recommend the best job for the job seeker. The job seeker can apply to therecommended posting directly online. Other services provided on the website includethe online occupational psychology test, job information, educational information, andcareer counseling to help job seekers to make the correct career decision.

  • Employment & Welfare Plus Center
Employment & Welfare Plus Center (

The Employment & Welfare Plus Center runs various career guidance programs suchas short-term group counseling programs, special lectures on employment, and a'career guidance program for married immigrant women (WiCi)’ to encourage theiremployment, improve their job seeking skills, and provide welfare and financial services.It also provides companion service where a staff member accompanies a marriageimmigrant who finds it difficult to visit a company for an interview.

  • Women’s Resource Development Center
Women’s Resource Development Center (

This center provides various job training programs, vocational training, and counselingfor working women, and serves as a comprehensive job placement support institutionfor women.

Job Information Centers of Cities and Guns Local governments

This center operates free job brokerage organizations. Please refer to the websites oflocal governments for more information.

02 Vocational Training

Vocational training is a system that helps people who hope to open a business or work at a company toacquire technologies and skills. Foreigners can apply if they have a history of insured qualification, butmarried immigrants can receive support without this history.

  • Employment Center (
  • The Ministry of Employment and Labor Counseling Center (☎1350 without area code)
  • Career capability development information network of the Ministry of Employment and Labor (

(1) Nae-il-bae-um Card System

The system helps students to receive proper training by issuing them with a career capability developmentaccount (Nae-il-bae-um Card) to support training for the unemployed who need it.

(2) Eligibility for support

The unemployed over the age of 15 who has applied for a job at employment center, etc., marriageimmigrants and immigrated youth over the age of 15 in their family, small business owners (providedthe business period has been more than one year, and the annual sales amount is less than KRW 150million), high school seniors not going to college, and university/college graduate candidates, etc.

(3) Description

Maximum support :
Supports 20%~95% of the actual training costs up to a maximum of KRW 2million per person (Trainee pays the remainder directly.)
  • Participants of type 2 in the employment success package receive 30%~95% of the actual trainingcosts whereas type 1 participants receive the whole amount of training or 90% of the amount up toa maximum of KRW 3 million.
  • The entire training costs are refunded to those who paid for it themselves and maintained theircareer for more than 6 months by working or starting business in the same job position within 6months of the date of training completion (the early employed, and graduates).
  • When a student attends 80% of the training days (per month), up to an additional KRW 116,000 ispaid monthly.
Expiration date :
1 year from account issuance date
  • If the applicant does not participate in training within 6 months from opening the account, the accountis suspended and the remaining amount is forfeited. (However, if the reason for not participating wasdue to employment, etc., the amount may be re-used within the effective period). If re-applying forthe account, the previous support limit will be reduced by 50%.

(4) Supported training courses

Account-qualified training courses recognized and announced by the Ministry of Employment and Labor
  • Courses are recognized and announced as account-qualified training courses by the Minister ofEmployment and Labor through review during training course applied by the training institution.Search on the job training portal HRD-Net ( to attend training courses selectedand negotiated by trainees and counselors of the employment center.

(5) Application procedure

  • 1Training Counseling
    • Job application and application for account
    • In-depth counseling
    Center ↔ the unemployed
  • 2Opening the account
    • Review on necessity of training, and importance
    • Select opening of the account and training position
    Center ↔ the unemployed
  • 3Attend courses
    • Register training courses
    • Attend training courses
    The unemployed
    ↔ training agency
  • 4Support costs
    • Apply for training fee per month
    • Training fee and training support subsidy are calculated and paid after checking attendance days
    Hiring center

(6) Other Job Training Services

  • For married immigrant women, in addition to Nae-il-bae-um card system training conducted throughemployment insurance, other free or paid vocational training programs are available at WomenResources Development Center (, Women’s Community Center, etc.
  • Not all agencies offer job training services for married immigrant women and female foreigners;consult your nearest center before visiting.
  • Further details are available at multicultural family support centers and related organizations.
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