|The National Pension Service Counseling Center was opened on Mar. 10 at Buwondong Post Office, Gimhae city, South Gyeongsang Province. / Courtsy of National Pension Service|
By Eom Da-sol
Gimhae/Miryang Office of the National Pension Service (NPS) has opened a pension counseling center for foreigners.
The center on the third floor of Buwondong Post Office in the city of Gimhae was opened on Mar. 10 to improve NPS accessibility for foreigners and to cooperate with the public service.
Foreign workers aged between 18 and 60 are obliged to register for the national pension. Once registered, a certain percentage of their monthly salaries is taken to cover pension insurance.
If foreign workers from certain countries quit their job within 10 years and go back to their home country, the total insurance payment is refunded.
NPS has been struggling to meet workers’ demands for refunds because of a lack of personal information. The problem has been significant in Ansan and Gimhae, where the nation’s first and second-biggest registered foreign population live respectively ― 77,000 in the former and 20,000 in the latter.
The pension authority introduced its first counseling center for foreigners in Ansan in 2014 to tackle the issue.
The NPS also hired consultants fluent in foreign languages.
Busan NPS Office chief Lee Soon-yong said, “I hope workers find the national pension counseling center helpful.”