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.