Sunday, November 2, 2014

EP Update - Correction

I posted earlier that the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MOHW) will no longer accept the applications for Emigration Permssion (EP), and this was based on one of the notices sent out by one of the US agencies.

I then got contacted by an agency in Korea that this was not true and that the MOHW is still accepting the EP applications.  I then subsequently contacted the remaining two agencies and confirmed that the MOHW did not send out such notice.  Clearly there was a miscommunication somewhere along the way.

But this is an excellent news for all the waiting families, and my sincere apology to post a blog without first verifying with the corresponding agencies in Korea, thus causing much grief and pain to many of you.

Because this was such an important issue, I had to contact all three agencies and they all confirmed that the EPs are still being, and will continue to be accepted.  They (the MOHW) would still monitor the number of domestic adoption placements done by the agencies, and use the '2/3 Rule' to determine what the final adjustment will be at the end of the year.


  1. I know some were submitted on Oct.31, is there still a chance of more since it was a small number, or do you think that was it for 2014. Thanks again for all you do.

  2. It appears that the Ministry is still open to accept additional EP applications even after Oct 31st. So hang on.

  3. Hi Steve. Have you heard whether there's been any approvals from the 10/31 EP submission batch? Also, I've heard a rumor that there was an 11/27 EP submission. Any idea if that's true?

  4. Thanks for the question. I'll find out and let you know.