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제목 Bill submitted to improve migrant worker visa rules
글쓴이 IMC 조회수 9102
Bill submitted to improve migrant worker visa rules

By Lee Tae-hoon

A governing party lawmaker has submitted a revision bill seeking to ease restrictions on renewing work visas for migrant workers and prevent them from being deported due to unfair treatment or law violations by employers.

“I have proposed the bill to protect diligent migrant workers and encourage them to return to Korea while adhering to the government’s policy of rotating them and preventing their permanent stay,” Rep. Kang Sung-chun of the ruling Grand National Party (GNP) said.

The GNP lawmaker claimed that his bill would prevent employers from abusing the existing “three-changes-and-out” policy as it exempts migrant workers who have been exploited or unfairly treated from the controversial regulation.

Under the current law, migrant workers are permitted to change their workplaces only three times during their stay here. Those leaving their third workplace have to return to their home country whether or not the employer infringed on their rights.

The revision bill states that exceptions should be made if “the employer breached work conditions or if migrant workers cannot continue to work in their workplace due to reasons that they are not responsible for.”

Pro-immigrant activists have been demanding the government scrap the regulation on the grounds that it infringes upon the freedom of job choice and the general pursuit of freedom guaranteed in the Constitution.

The Constitutional Court ruled last month that the three-changes-and-out policy does not violate the basic law, saying it promotes balanced national development, allows effective management of foreign laborers and protects the rights of Korean workers.

Kang added that should his bill be approved, foreigners will also only have to stay abroad for one month to renew their work visa, instead of the current six months, from the time their five-year work permit expires.

There have been mounting calls for a revision to the law as non-Korean nationals are allowed work permits for no more than five years, and must stay abroad for a minimum of six months before being able to work here again.

The bill stipulates that the previous employer must express his or her willingness to rehire departing migrant workers for a minimum of one year to the Ministry of Labor.

Those returning to Korea upon the employer’s request would be exempt from a Korean language test and job training course that migrant workers had to undergo again even if they had extensive work experience here.







외국인근로자 고용악법 개정안 국회 제출돼

한나라당 강성천의원 외국인 근로자의 이직을 3회 이내로 제한하는 법안을 수정 외국인이 임금지불, 체불 등 본인의 귀책사유가 아닐 경우 이직의 자유를 주도록 하는 법안을 국회에 19일 제출했다.

현재 외국인근로자의 고용 등에 관한 법률에 따르면 외국인 근로자들이 최대 5년까지 체류를 할 수 있고 체류기간 동안 사업장 변경을 3회까지만 할 수 있다고 명시하고 있다.

강의원은 이에 대해 “외국인근로자에 대하여는 성실근로와 자진 귀국을 유도하는 방안을 강구하고, 아울러 사업장 변경 등 그 동안 법률 운용과정에서 나타난 일부 미비점을 보완” 하려 한다고 법안 제안의 취지를 밝혔다.

그가 제출한 법안이 통과된다면 5년 고용허가제가 끝나 비자가 만기돼 본국으로 돌아가는 외국인 근로자의 경우 고용주가 요청 시 기존 6개월이 아닌 1개월 만에 다시 한국에 돌아와 종전의 사업장에서 취업활동 할 수 있게 된다.

또한 국내 취업활동 기간 중에 열악한 사업장에서 사업장 변경 없이 성실하게 근로한 외국인근로자들이 재고용 기간이 만료되어 재입국 할 경우 한국어능력시험, 취업교육 등의 절차도 면제하여 주게 된다.

 
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