Below is a detailed checklist of the required documents you will need for the entire application process to teach in Korea. PLEASE, READ THROUGH THEM CAREFULLY. Go to our Visa Procedures section for a step-by-step breakdown on obtaining an E2 visa, specific to your country.
*NEW REQUIREMENTS*- Updated July 15, 2010
As of Dec 17, 2007 the Korean Government has implemented changes to the requirements for obtaining an E1, E2 and E3 Visa.
*Revised* March 15, 2008 -Updated July 15, 2010
*UPDATE* April 3, 2011
Notarisation must be done by a notary public.
These are the specifics IN GREAT DETAIL that you will need to apply for an E2 visa.
Nationality - All applicants must be citizens and hold a passport from a native English speaking country. The Korean government currently accepts 7 nations in this category.
Canada | U.S.A | U.K. | Ireland | Australia | New Zealand | South Africa
* To qualify, you must have had your education taught, in English, from at least high school level and on through university/college.
University Degree (1 notarised/apostilled copy) - All applicants must have completed a 3 or 4 year degree from a recognised, accredited university/college in one of the countries listed above. The original degree certificate is not accepted by Korean Immigration anymore. A copy that has been notarized and apostille authenticated is required.
Official Transcripts (1 set / 2 sets for North Americans) - Transcripts must be unopened and sealed/stamped(pressed) by the university with the official university seal or stamp/sticker over the back crease of the envelope. They are very strict about this requirement as it helps to verify the authenticity of the documents. You will need one set to send to Korea and one set to apply for your E2 visa in your home country. A "set" refers to one complete transcript in a sealed envelope.
Passport (Original + 2 photocopies of photo and info pages) - You must hold a passport from one of the seven nations listed above. The passport must be valid for at least 6 months after your arrival in Korea. Although we recommend having at least 12 months, as it can be a timely and grueling process to renew your passport from within Korea. You must have at least 2 blank pages in your passport for immigration to place your visa. YOUR PASSPORT MUST BE SIGNED.
NEW! NATIONAL Criminal Background Check (CBC/CRC) (1 notarised/apostilled original + 1 photocopy) Each country has a different procedure for doing CBCs. Click on our Criminal Bkgd Checks section for specific information pertaining to your country. You will need the original to send to Korea and one photocopy to apply for your E2 visa in your home country.
NEW! Health Assessment Form (2 originals) - You will be required to fill out a Health Assessment form (provided by us) and submit it along with all other documents to Korean Immigration to obtain your visa issuance number. Shortly after you arrive in Korea, you are then required to visit a local hospital or health clinic to undergo a health screening (within 90 days of arrival). They will be testing you for serious medical conditions like HIV/AIDS, TBPE and drug use (including marijuana)*UPDATED July 15, 2010. You MUST complete the form as truthfully as possible! We recommend that you actually visit your doctor and be tested in your home country before submitting this form (if you are unsure about your health). If there are any discrepancies between your self-assessment form and the actual health screening in Korea, your visa may be revoked and you will be deported and possibly blacklisted (leaving you unable to enter Korea).
Name Consistency - Your name MUST appear the same on all documents submitted. If you have a middle name, middle initial OR if one or more of the documents listed above has your name written differently, your application could be rejected. Middle initials shouldn't be used for ANY of your documents. Your middle name (if you have one) should be written in full. Please make sure that your name on all of your documents matches. If you need to request a new degree or transcripts to match the rest of your documents, please do so as soon as possible. DON'T WAIT! If you are unsure if something will be accepted or not, please ask us.
NEW! Interview - All first-time E2 visa applicants are now required to have an in-person interview at the embassy or consulate in their region. It sounds intimidating, but it's not. It's just to find out about your character and to see if you're going to put forth some sort of effort. You will be asked simple questions about your hobbies and interests, as well as why you want to teach in Korea.
In applying some effort to the application process and the interview, you are proving to Korean Immigration and your prospective employer that you are enthusiastic and diligent in your desire to teach in Korea. If you cannot make the interview in person, talk to your Go East representative. There are sometimes alternatives to actually going in person (eg. if you live far from the office).
Follow the link below for a step-by-step guide to applying for your E2 teaching visa pertaining to your country.