What is an E-2 VISA?
E-2 visas are issued to foreigners who meet the qualifications set by the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Korea. With an E-2 visa, you can offer foreign language guidance to foreign language academies, elementary schools, educational institutes, affiliated language research centers, broadcasting centers, and corporate language training.
1. Conversation guidance concept
- This refers to teaching how to communicate with each other at foreign language centers, corporate, and other educational institutes.
- Teaching a specific subject, literature, or translation does not qualify as a conversation guidance activity. (e.g., teaching English at an international school is not classified under conversation guidance activity
2. Place of work
- Foreign language academies, Elementary schools, educational institutes, Affiliated language research centers, Broadcasting Companies, Corporates, and other Organizations.
- These institutes must have language training permission from the government.
3. Length of stay
- The maximum length of stay is 2 years + 1month at a time.
Qualifications and requirements for native instructors.
The following are qualifications for instructors who can offer conversation training guidance.
1. Foreign language academies.
- A citizen from a native speaking language who has obtained a bachelor’s degree or has an equal or higher educational background.
- In the case of English. A citizen from the U.S.A, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, England, Ireland, and South Africa.
- Graduates for a Korean university who have obtained a bachelor’s degree or higher are accepted if they graduated from high school or vocational college from a country with the native language.
2. Ministry of education (middle, elementary and high school)
① Native English assistant teacher
-A citizen of a native-speaking country who has obtained a bachelor’s degree from the country of origin.
-For English; U.S.A, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, England, Ireland, and South Africa.
② English assistant teacher under the Korea-India agreement (CEPA)
-A citizen from India who has obtained a bachelor’s degree or has an equal or higher education and a teaching certificate. (English major)
③ Overseas English volunteer scholarship student (TaLK)
-A citizen of a native English-speaking country.
-A person who has completed university for at least 2 years, (in the case of British people 1 year) in the country of origin or graduated from a junior college or higher.
-Alternatively, a person who has received formal education in the relevant foreign language (English) and has completed at least 2 years at a domestic university or graduated from a junior college or higher.
3. Spouses of professionals and non-English speaking international students
- Spouses of E-1 ~ E-7 (E-6-2 NOT included) and international students (limited to Master of Science and engineering, Ph.D. or higher) who holds TESOL qualifications and a bachelor’s degree or higher.
- TESOL is a training course that qualifies teachers from a non-native country to teach in non-English speaking countries.
4. Other qualifications documents
- Certificate of education background. Choose one of the following (copy of degree certificate, certificate of degree acquisition, and certificate of graduation containing degree acquisition facts)
- Apostille criminal background record issued within 6 months. (Must include records from across the country)
- Clean self-health check.
See native instructor visa documents.
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