Employment opportunities for foreign residents vary according to type of visa. Marriage immigrants who have entered Korea under an F-13 or F-21 visa are allowed to seek employment in Korea.
To check your visa status, please contact Hi Korea (www.hikorea.go.kr, 1345).
Your first step before seeking employment should be to discuss the need for employment, type of work desired and usage of salary with your immediate family members.
You can obtain information on employment for foreigners (marriage immigrants, etc.) by visiting your local Employment Center, Women Resources Development Center, Foreign Workforce Support Center, or Support Center for Mulitcultural Families.
Marriage immigrants can use the Internet to aid in their search for employment. Most organizations operating employment services for marriage immigrants manage websites, so users can search for jobs from home via the Internet.
This website is operated by the City of Seoul and provides information related to fairs and job seeking, and employment support to foreigners in Korea, in English and Chinese.
This employment portal site is run by the Ministry of Employment and Labor via the Korea Employment Information Service. It provides job postings, occupational and career information while allowing job seekers to apply to companies of their interest directly on the website. Other services provided on the website include the 'Employment Preparation for Immigrants,' a free occupational psychology test that assesses job seeking immigrants' potential for getting a job.
Run by the Ministry of Employment and Labor via the Korea Employment Information Service, it is an occupational/career information website where you can get occupational, career, and university/college major information. The website offers cyber counseling services for job seekers to find the best suitable jobs.
With a nationwide network the website offers integrated services for job openings, welfare, and micro finances. Job seekers can get such services and related information until they find jobs. You can directly access the homepage of the closest employment & welfare center to your residence via the center's main website. The employment center runs various career guidance programs such as short-term group counseling programs, special lectures on employment, and a 'career guidance program for married immigrant women (WIND)' to encourage their employment, improve their job skill set, and provide welfare and financial services. To help married immigrants that have difficulties visiting companies for interviews, the center even provides counselors that will accompany them to their company of interest.
This center provides various job training programs, vocational training, and counseling for working women, and serves as a comprehensive job placement support institution for women.
This center operates free job brokerage organizations. Please refer to the websites of local governments for more information.
Vocational training is a system that helps people who hope to open a business or work at a company to acquire technologies and skills. Foreigners can apply if they have a history of insured qualification, but married immigrants can receive support without this history.
The system helps students to receive proper training by issuing them with a career capability development account (Nae-il-bae-um Card) to support training for the unemployed who need it.
The unemployed, small business owners over the age of 15 (provided the business period has been more than one year, and the annual sales amount is less than KRW 150 million), high school seniors not going to college, and university/college graduate candidates, etc. who applied for jobs through the employment center
Job application and application for account / In-depth counseling (Center ↔ the unemployed)
Review on necessity of training, and importance / Select opening of the account and training position(Center → the unemployed)
Register training courses / Attend training courses(The unemployed ↔ training agency)
Apply for training fee per month / Training fee and training support subsidy are calculated and paid after checking attendance days(Hiring center)
Please note that information contained within this publication is current as of March 2017; information is subject to change without notice.