So, you have decided that you want to teach in South Korea. Great! But before you get a job you need to have an understanding of the requirements and process to legally work as a teacher in Korea on an E-2 Visa.  Below we go through what you will need to do to get the visa depending on which country you are from.

 


What are the requirements for the E-2 Visa?

1) You will need to have a passport with at least 6 months of validity left and at least 1 blank page from one of the following countries – USA, Canada, UK, South Africa, Australia or New Zealand.

2) You have to obtain a criminal background check which proves that you have no criminal record including misdemeanors or felonies.

3) You must have a Bachelor’s degree or diploma from an accredited college or university. Note a UK 3 yrs degree is acceptable otherwise other degrees should be 4 yrs. Also, online schooling is approved if from an accredited University.

4) You must submit a medical check survey before arriving in Korea and then pass a physical medical check at a Korean health center. The test checks for general health conditions, drug usage, and diseases.

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Documents to Prepare

Next, if you meet all the requirements above you will need to prepare all the documents for the visa process.

Hard – Notarize and Apostille Documents  

  • Apostilled National Criminal Background Check 
  • Apostilled copy of your Bachelors/Masters degree diploma (notarized by an official notary) 

Medium Contact your university 

  •  2 sets of sealed college or university transcripts  

Easy – Get your photos and contract

  • Passport that is valid for at least 6 months 
  • 6 passport photos (1.38 inches x 1.77inches/ 3.5 cm x 4.5cm)
  • Print out of your employment contract provided by the school 

Criminal Record Checks by Country

USA 🇺🇸

Criminal background Check/ Identity History Summary – US citizens need a national background check from the FBI (State Level will not be approved). There are two ways:

First way – Apply through the FBI website (slower but cheaper option)

Second way– Use an approved Channeler (much faster but more expensive)  


First Way

Note: Average waiting time is 1-3 months and the FBI website will give you estimated waiting in step 1 link provided. 

Step 1 – Go to FBI website and complete the steps. 
Step 2 – Get 2 fingerprint cards completed.
  • Search your area for the closest location to get fingerprints – Police Office or other private fingerprinting locations.
  • Get 2 live scanned (better than ink version) fingerprint cards completed. 
  • Optional: download fingerprint card before hand and fill out

https://www.fbi.gov/file-repository/standard-fingerprint-form-fd-258-1.pdf/view

Step 3 – Get the Background Check apostilled.
  • Search for apostille services online 

http://www.usauthentication.com/us-authentication-services/apostille-service.php 


Second Way

Note: Average waiting time is 2-3 weeks to be completed. 

Step 1 – Select channelers from FBI approved list. 

https://www.fbi.gov/services/cjis/identity-history-summary-checks/list-of-fbi-approved-channelers-for-departmental-order-submissions

Step 2 – provide fingerprints, documents and payment to get the background completed and must be apostilled

Note: Make sure this service will apostille the background check so you don’t have to wait longer or do it yourself. 

Canada 🇨🇦

Criminal Record Check RCMP (National Level Only) – Very Important: Canadians must have their original CRMP background check verified by the Korean Consulate with a Consulate Verification Stamp. Also Note: The name and DOB based checks are no longer accepted by the Korean authorities

There are two ways:

First way Electronic fingerprint submission. Takes 3-10 days (recommended)

Second way– Paper card fingerprint by registered mail. Upwards of 2 months


First Way

Note: Average waiting time is 1-3 months and the FBI website will give you estimated waiting in step 1 link provided. 

Step 1 – Find a private fingerprinting service.

https://reliabilityscreening.ca/fingerprint-international/?gclid=CjwKCAjwsIbpBRBNEiwAZF8-z89ju5nebsxqsOkyM0wEN9sTbty-b1JQv9c9FY7FLG4qAcB37Rt1ZRoCJzwQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds

https://www.fingerscan.ca/rcmp-criminal-background-check/?gclid=CjwKCAjwsIbpBRBNEiwAZF8-z1FqNf3C5EhNJ7xm7h1oYXXEtBnbIb85SUG3KostbKm36Ud_LcSEYxoC8G4QAvD_BwE

http://www.clearneed.com/english/products_services/

Note: Each vary in price and/or speed so be sure to check them all out first. 

Step 2 – Get verified by Korean Consulate.

Second Way

Step 1 – Go to local police station to complete digital fingerprints.
Step 2 – Get verified by Korean Consulate

UK 🇬🇧

Basic Disclosure Criminal record Check – This one is simple and easy to apply for: 

Step 1 – Apply for basic disclosure 

https://www.mygov.scot/basic-disclosure/apply-for-basic-disclosure/ 

Step 2 – Apostille Criminal Record Check 

https://www.hagueapostille.co.uk/?gclid=Cj0KCQjwjYHpBRC4ARIsAI-3GkGTd-svp7XElZbuFKh0R-BhGxVct0FHS1XyuD3SLynXVqfw3ZZrzxMaAtsoEALw_wcB 

Note: there are 4 different types of criminal checks for British citizens. We recommend you use Basic Disclosure as it is cheaper and faster (around 3 weeks). 

Australia 🇦🇺

National Police Checks or Police Certificates – This one is simple and easy to apply for: 

Step 1 – Go to the Australian Federal website (online application available)

Click the link http://www.afp.gov.au ( look for National Police Checks on the right hand side column). Apply online through the website.

https://afpnationalpolicechecks.converga.com.au 

Step 2 – Apostille Criminal Record Check 

https://apostillestamp.com.au/?gclid=CjwKCAjwsIbpBRBNEiwAZF8-z60DVEQ6UimwegRC2qKwh7M-AZoMNlJlGfYcpuPqxMS3z2aXAj8_BhoC4dIQAvD_BwE

Ireland 🇮🇪

Police Check Certificates – Simple and easy to apply for:

Step 1 – Contact the Garda Police Station in your jurisdiction

https://www.garda.ie/en/Contact-Us/Useful-contact-numbers/

Step 2 – Get fingerprints apostilled
https://apostille-express.ie/?gclid=CjwKCAjwsIbpBRBNEiwAZF8-z6-UdlOYbXlPyFNBoxKgrsYU6UVoKT-l1EhQYU3hmThvZArVyYI5ARoC8P8QAvD_BwE

South Africa 🇿🇦

Police clearance Certificates or PCC – Simple and easy to apply for:

Step 1 – Apply for Police Clearance certificate at police station. Complete a set of fingerprints at the police station and necessary application forms

http://www.dfa.gov.za/consular/policeclear.htm

Note: It can take 6-8 weeks to complete it

Optional: Use a logistic service like below (5 days delivery) if you need a faster turnaround time.

http://www.visalogistics.co.za/police-clearance-certificates/?gclid=CjwKCAjwsIbpBRBNEiwAZF8-z5GrFAF_L8R86znfh00EAvhCs6-32J5klxjM-bKGpmVxV8tZoxSp0hoCwlQQAvD_BwE

New Zealand 🇳🇿

Police clearance reports :

Step 1 – Download and complete form from website. Submit a written copy signed and dated with ink signature. 

http://www.justice.govt.nz

Note:  It requires a hand signature but can be signed then scanned and sent.

Step 2 – Apostille / legalisation of the Police Clearance reports by a  Government agency. 

https://www.govt.nz/browse/passports-citizenship-and-identity/proving-and-protecting-your-identity/use-your-nz-documents-overseas/#how-you-apply

Note: this can take up to 7 working days to complete.


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