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What Is EPS?

The Employment Permit System is a program that allows Korean employers to legally employ foreign workforce. Under this program, the Korean government (or public institution) oversees the selection, hiring, and management of foreign workers.

In getting the right candidates, the selection body chooses workers with satisfactory skill level. Another important qualification is Korean language proficiency.



EPS-TOPIK is implemented by the Human Resources Development Service of Korea (HRD Korea)

EPS-TOPIK is authorized by the Ministry of Employment and Labor of the Republic of Korea (MOEL)

EPS-TOPIK is done in cooperation with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA)

To be able to take the test, you must:

be from 18 to 39 years old

have no criminal record in relation to serious offense punishable by imprisonment

have no past records of deportation or departure order from the Republic of Korea

not be subject to travel ban in your home country

fulfill the eligibility requirements decided by both countries

What Is TOPIK?

TOPIK, Test of Proficiency in Korean, is a written test designed to measure the ability of non-native speakers for expression and comprehension in the Korean language. It measures proficiency in reading, writing, and listening comprehension in the Korean language.

Why Pass These Tests?


The Employment Permit System - Test of Proficiency in Korean or EPS-TOPIK is one of the important requirements needed to be able to secure a job in Korea under the Employment Permit System. All job seekers who wish to work in Korea under the Employment Permit System are REQUIRED to pass (or better yet ace) the EPS-TOPIK.


University admission and academic management of foreign Korean Government Scholars.

Local university admission for foreigners and overseas Koreans who have completed 12 years of education abroad.

Recognizing domestic practitioner license for foreigners with medical doctor qualification

Application for Korean Language Teaching Qualification test (level 2 and 3) and acquisition of certificate.

Acquisition of permanent residency right

Application for the issuance of marriage-based immigrant visa