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ESL Visa Documents Needed for South African Citizens
by Derek
E-2 Visa for ESL teachers (1/7)
ESL Visa Documents Needed for South African Citizens

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.

Published Jan 19, 2022
ESL Visa Documents Needed for New Zealand Citizens
by Derek
E-2 Visa for ESL teachers (1/7)
ESL Visa Documents Needed for New Zealand Citizens

ESL Visa Documents Needed for New Zealand 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 New Zealand here. Note: DO NOT use a Justice of the Peace or a Solicitor. 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 Ministry of Justice. Criminal record checks that were issued 6 months prior to the visa submission date will not be accepted by Korean Immigration. In New Zealand, the entire process may take up to 6 weeks, so apply as soon as possible. 1. Order a nationwide criminal record check via the Ministry of Justice.  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 New Zealand are subject to change, check the New Zealand Government Site to learn more. Remember: The photocopy of your diploma must FIRST be notarized before you can get an apostille.  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.  

Published Jan 19, 2022
ESL Visa Documents Needed for Irish Citizens
by Derek
E-2 Visa for ESL teachers (1/7)
ESL Visa Documents Needed for Irish Citizens

ESL Visa Documents Needed for Irish 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 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 Receiving your criminal record check in Ireland may take 4-8 weeks. 1. Apply for a criminal record check from any Garda Police Station. The criminal record check comes in the form of a clearance letter and must be issued from the Superintendent’s Office of the Garda station with the signature of the superintendent of your local station. Notarization is not required. The Apostille Process If you are applying in Dublin, you can go in person to the Department of Foreign Affairs, which has offices in Dublin and Cork. You may also send in your documents via registered post. Learn more here. Along with your documents, you must submit a cover letter with the following: • Your name • Return address • Telephone number • The name of the country the document(s) are for use in • The appropriate fee 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.

Published Jan 19, 2022
ESL Visa Documents Needed for Canadian Citizens
by Derek
E-2 Visa for ESL teachers (1/7)
ESL Visa Documents Needed for Canadian Citizens

ESL Visa Documents Needed for Canadian Citizens 1. Copy of Passport 2. Copy of Notarized Diploma 3. Notorized 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 RCMP check notorized and ready to go! Preparing Your Diploma 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. You will also receive a cover letter with the notarized copy.  3. Attach an apostille to the notarized diploma and cover letter. You may choose to have your diploma notarized and apostilled at the same time to save time and money. Preparing Your Criminal Record Check 1. Order a criminal record check from your local Commissionaires Office.  2. Have the original CRC verified by a Korean Consulate. Please Note: There are several different methods of acquiring a background check in Canada; however, going through the Commissionaires Office is the quickest method that is accepted by Korean Immigration. RCMP checks are the only ones that will clear Korean Immigration. Therefore, they must state the RCMP records were searched. Provincial, citywide, DOB-based, or name-based checks are not acceptable.  Your fingerprints must be on your CRC, or it will not be accepted.  You can use a RCMP office, but it will take longer than going through the Commissionaires Office.  Commissionaires in Canada Please check the Commissionaires Office here and choose the correct location in the top right-hand corner. Receiving a CRC can take anywhere from 3 to 6 weeks The Notorization Process Your documents can be verified at the Korean Consulate in your jurisdiction. Before sending in your documents, please call the Consulate to double-check what documents are necessary. In-person, by mail, and by third-party submissions all vary in the documents you will need and each consulate is different. In-person Applications:  A photocopy of a university degree that has been notarized by a notary public within your jurisdiction (QC, NB, NS, PEI, NL) Notary public only. No Commissioner of Oaths or lawyers.   The following items MUST be included by the Notary Public:  Official cover letter of the Notary Public  Date of notarization (valid if notarized within the last 6 months)  Official seal of the Notary Public  Full name of the Notary Public  Signature of the Notary Public  Full contact information of the Notary Public including telephone number and address  One sealed university transcript (must be dated after your convocation, and the submitted transcript will NOT be returned to the applicant) Fee: CAD $5.20 per degree copy (cash only) The applicant’s passport For mailed applications, include the following with the above documents: A self-addressed prepaid return envelope (Xpresspost National from Canada Post or UPS prepaid label (sticker type) ONLY: No waybill accepted) Application for Notarial Service For third-party applicants:  If you currently reside in Korea, you must apply through a representative who resides in our jurisdiction (QC, NB, NS, PEI, NL) The following additional documents will also need to be submitted:  A permission letter (signed by the applicant) allowing a chosen representative to act on your behalf A photo ID of the representative Plus, the required documents mentioned above for degree verification Korean Consulates are located in the following cities: Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa.

Published Jan 19, 2022
ESL Visa Documents Needed for Australian Citizens
by Derek
E-2 Visa for ESL teachers (1/7)
ESL Visa Documents Needed for Australian Citizens

ESL Visa Documents Needed for Australian 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 Check here for a list of notaries in Australia. Some universities may also be able to notarize your diploma, either for free or a fee. 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. Paste an apostille on the back of your notarized copy. Preparing Your Criminal Record Check Receiving a criminal record check in Australia takes anywhere from 2-7 weeks. 1. Apply for 1 nationwide National Police Check via the Australian Federal Police. 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. You may send in your documents to have an apostille pasted to them via Apostille Australia Certificate Service. 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.  

Published Jan 19, 2022
ESL Visa Documents Needed for U.K. Citizens
by Derek
E-2 Visa for ESL teachers (1/7)
ESL Visa Documents Needed for U.K. Citizens

ESL Visa Documents Needed for U.K. 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 DBS criminal record check apostilled and ready to go!   Preparing Your Diploma 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. The apostille must be issued from the Legalisation Office.   Preparing Your Criminal Record Check The nationwide criminal record check is conducted by the DBS. Note: The original Police Clearance Certificate must be notarized and have a federal-level apostille attached.  In the UK, the entire process may take up to 40 days, so apply as soon as possible. 1. Order a nationwide criminal record check via DBS. Check-in often to make sure your application didn’t get overlooked.  2. Attach an apostille to the original criminal record check. The apostille must be issued from the Legalisation Office. Remember: The photocopy of your diploma must FIRST be notarized before you can get an apostille.  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.  

Published Jan 19, 2022
ESL Visa Documents Needed for U.S.A Citizens
by Derek
E-2 Visa for ESL teachers (1/7)
ESL Visa Documents Needed for U.S.A Citizens

ESL Visa Documents Needed for U.S.A 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 Preparing your diploma A) University Degree  (notarized and authenticated with Apostille. Note: Korean immigration will no longer accept original degrees: only photocopies notarized with Apostille.) -must be a four-year Bachelor’s degree (at minimum) in any discipline -must be from an accredited university -to get a notarized copy with Apostille: * Make a photocopy. * Have the copy notarized by a notary public (this does not have to be in the state as your university). * Send or take the notarized copy to the Secretary of State (in the same state as the notary public) for Apostille Authentication.   Preparing your background check B) FBI Criminal Background Check  (notarized and authenticated with Apostille. Note: all American Teachers MUST submit an FBI criminal record check. State or local checks will no longer be accepted.) -Your FBI check cannot be more than six months old when you apply for your teaching visa. -Only FBI Checks are accepted: * This will likely take two months to process. -After receiving the FBI check, get it apostilled through the Department of State in Washington, DC. It can take 6-8 weeks to get your apostille if sent through the mail, so be sure to either go in person or have a friend/relative get the apostille for you. There are also private companies that get the apostille for you in only a matter of days. -In some cases, it is possible to get the apostille through the Secretary of State in your own state. In this situation, start by having your FBI check notarized, using a form called an Affidavit. Then, send or take the notarized copy to the Secretary of State for Apostille Authentication.

Published Jan 19, 2022
ESL teachers change of residency status
by Jane
E-2 Visa for ESL teachers (1/7)
ESL teachers change of residency status

(D-4, D-2, D-10) to E-2 If you are currently on a D-2 (student visa) or a D-10 (job-seeking visa) you can prepare the necessary documents and visit the immigration office. However, you are not eligible if you have stayed abroad for more than 3 months on a D-series visa.   How to apply (Visitation Only) 1. Qualifications (All ①, ②, ③ requirements must be met) A person who is legally holding a D-4 (language training), D-2 (student visa) or a D-10 (job-seeking visa)  A person who meets all E-2 visa qualifications   A holder of a concluded and signed contract by the employer and representatives of the institution.  Required documents  Application form Passport and foreigner residency card Employment contract  Degree or career certificates Documents related to the establishment of the facility (business registration, academy establishment certificate, real estate registration, etc.) A criminal record Physical health examination (sealed) Application fee Fee (130,000won) Duration Information provided to the applicant upon visitation Attached find the general application form

Published Jan 19, 2022
ESL teachers change of workplace
by Jane
E-2 Visa for ESL teachers (1/7)
ESL teachers change of workplace

If you are currently on an E-2 visa and want to change your workplace after finding a new job. You must report the change of workplace and residency to the immigration office within 15 days. Reservation for visiting can be done at https://www.hikorea.go.kr/resv/ResvIntroR.pt   How to apply (Visitation Only) 1. Target A person who has completed the employment contract and want to change company due to company closure or change of employer  A person who has quit or retired due to personal reasons and has obtained a letter of release from the original employer.   Note: regardless of qualifications, a person who quits or is fired due to personal reasons cannot change a visa WITHOUT a letter of release 2. Procedure Submit a basic ‘change of workplace application form’ and a prescribed document with reasons for the change within 15 days.    Since a change of workplace sticker or seal has to be stamped on your passport, this procedure CANNOT be done online.  Required documents Application form, Passport, Foreigner residency card Employment contract (original and copy)  Business license Letter of release from the previous employer Documents related to the establishment of the facility  Letter of release is exempted for the person who has completed a contract. However, if the change is due to the closure of a company, a document with proof of arrears or wages can replace the letter of release.  If the remaining period of stay is shorter than the new contracts period + 1 month, you have to apply for ‘permission to extend the period of stay. Additional documents might be required for evaluation. Income taxation document Application fee Free  Duration Information provided to the applicant upon visitation Attached find the general application form

Published Jan 19, 2022
ELS teachers extension of stay in Korea
by Jane
E-2 Visa for ESL teachers (1/7)
ELS teachers extension of stay in Korea

Extension of stay in Korea   If the instructor wants to renew a contract with the company, they must apply for ‘permission to extend the period of stay.’ The application must be before the foreigner registration card expiry date. Please keep in mind that the issuance duration is about 2~3 weeks.    How to apply  (Online/Visitation) Extension of stay application can be done online or by visitation. In the case of online  applications, Instructors can apply after signing up as a member in HiKorea.    1) E-Application: https://www.hikorea.go.kr/cvlappl/CvlapplStep1.pt#this ① Process: Apply> Pay service charge> Receive> Processing 2) Reserving an appointment: https://www.hikorea.go.kr/resv/ResvIntroR.pt ① Process: Reserve an appointment >Visit the immigration office or its branch office at the reserved date> Apply> Receive> Process 3) Process time: varies depending on the application method, evaluation necessity, or the number of applications submitted.     Required documents Application form Passport and foreigner residency card Original and copy of employment contract  Documents related to the establishment of the facility  Business registration certificate Academy establishment certificate (for applicable persons) Earned income taxation document Documents with proof of residence (e.g., house contract) Current status of students and syllabus.   Application fee Online: 50,000won Visit: 60,000won Duration Online: 10 days ~ 2 months (approx.) Visit: Information provided to the applicant upon visitation Attached find the general application form

Published Jan 19, 2022
Registration of ESL teachers in Korea
by Jane
E-2 Visa for ESL teachers (1/7)
Registration of ESL teachers in Korea

Registration of ESL teachers in Korea Instructors must register for foreign residency within 90 days of arrival. Failure to do so, the visa  will be automatically canceled. Only through the issuance of residency cards can foreigners have  the right to work and access other conveniences.  A foreigner residency card is required for registration of health insurance, phone number, bank accounts, and other necessities like the internet.    How to apply (Visitation Only) Online visit reservation (HiKorea) https://www.hikorea.go.kr/resv/ResvIntroR.pt visit the immigration offices under their jurisdiction on the reserved date.  Current status of immigration under the jurisdiction   Required documents. Application form (Attachment No.34), Passport, Passport photo (1) Business license  Physical health examination (sealed) Proof of residence (house contract)  Other residence qualification documents Application fee  30,000won (cash only) Duration 2 ~ 3 weeks (approx.) Residency card delivery service.  Instructors can either pick up the residency card at the immigration or use delivery services at a fee. (Currently preferred due to high spread of covid-19)   How to use service Request for delivery service during application. Pay at the atm machine in the office and submit a payment receipt. Delivery fee 4,000 won Duration Within a day after mailing (next day if mailed at later hours) Attacched find the general application form

Published Jan 19, 2022
E-2 Medical check
by Jane
E-2 Visa for ESL teachers (1/7)
E-2 Medical check

E2 Medical Check   Physical health extermination is required for foreign residency registration and registration with the office of education. Therefore, it should be conducted as soon as possible after arrival and completion of the quarantine period.   This examination can only be performed at the Ministry of Justice designated hospital. Any other  hospital results will be rejected by the immigration, and you will be subjected to a re-examination.  Please confirm with the hospital you wish to visit in advance. Please confirm the hospital’s  Submission documents and schedule in advance to avoid any setbacks.    Ministry of Justice designated hospitals 2021 How to get a health check-up Visit any Ministry of Justice designated hospital Request a physical examination for E-2 Visa.   Required documents Passport  3 passport photos  Examination fee 70,000~ 130,000 won (for more than 2 copies additional of 1,000~5,000 won per copy) Duration  3 ~7 days Precautions: 1. Examinations results must include a general physical examination and BPE Test (drug test)  2. check if you need a reservation before visiting.   3. At least 3 copies of the examination results are required. (Immigration office, Office of Education, Employer.)  4. Examination results must be requested and submitted sealed. Unsealed results will be rejected automatically.   5. Other preparations NO food intake at least 8 hours before the examination (recommended just drink water)   Attached find an E-2medical check form

Published Jan 19, 2022