ESL Visa Documents Needed for South African Citizens

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Published Jan 19, 2022

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ESL Visa Documents Needed for South African Citizens


1. Copy of Passport
2. Copy of Apostilled Diploma (Apostille Stamp Visible)
3. Apostilled Criminal Background Check (Original)
4. Self-Health Assessment 
5. Three Signed Contracts – Please make sure to sign all three copies
6. Two Passport Style Photos 
7. Isolation Consent Form
8. Visa Issuance Application Form

Before you start applying for teaching jobs in Korea, make sure you have the physical copy of your diploma and your criminal record check apostilled and ready to go!
Preparing Your Diploma

Find a notary public in South Africa. You can find one near you by searching online. Some universities can also make a notarized copy of the diploma for you.
1. The notary public will make an official copy of your diploma. 
2. The copy will be notarized. In some cases, you will sign the copy and then they will sign and notarize it. 
3. Attach an apostille to the copy.

Preparing Your Criminal Record Check
The nationwide criminal record check is conducted by the South African Police Services. Note: The original Police Clearance Certificate must be signed and stamped by the South African Police Service (SAPS) - Criminal Record Centre. Learn more here. 
In South Africa, the entire process may take up to 6-12 weeks, so apply as soon as possible.
1. Order a nationwide criminal record check via SAPS. 
2. Attach an apostille to the original criminal record check.

The Apostille Process
Have an apostille attached to:
1. The notarized copy of your diploma 
2. The original, hard-copy of the Criminal Record Check.
Since the regulations regarding the apostille process in South Africa are subject to change, check the International Relations & Cooperation site to learn more.


Remember: The photocopy of your diploma must FIRST be notarized before you get an apostille attached.
Once you have both your diploma and criminal record check with the apostilles, you will be ready to go and can start applying for teaching positions in Korea!  Once you have these documents ready, schools will know that you are serious about pursuing a position in Korea and will be able to move forward with your application.



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