Sunday, August 21, 2011

The E2 Visa Process

E2 visa process may seem overwhelming at first, but by following the steps outlined for you, everything will be clear from the start. Please follow all instructions sent to you carefully to make sure everything will go well and that material information is omitted. By taking this process seriously, you show your commitment to school and teach ESL Korea. We appreciate your diligence and are there every step to help with any questions you may have.

The E2 Visa Process

Step 1

The E2 process is started as soon as you sign a contract with your chosen school. Once you have an interview with the school and have reviewed the contract, the school will ask you to sign it and send it with your documents. Here is a list of documents, you will be required to send immediately after your acceptance:

  1. The contract
  2. Original of your diploma (if sending a copy, it must be notarized and apostilled / verified)
  3. A series of university transcripts sealed (unopened) (Please make sure you have at least three sets of transcripts)
  4. Copy of the Info page in your passport
  5. 4 passport size color photos (original photos will be accepted)
  6. A signed copy of your resume with a correct address and contact information
  7. Criminal record check:
Canadian Teachers:

  1. Must be issued within the last 6 months and include a search of national databases (CRM, etc.)
  2. SEARCH vulnerable sector should include
  3. Must be notarized on the copy of the criminal records check by a notary public
  4. Must be confirmed by a Korean consulate
  5. Note: To be confirmed by a Korean Consulate, you can visit the consulate with the notarized criminal record check, a passport and a fee of $ 4.40 CAD. If you do not live in the area, please send it by mail (Express Post or Priority Courier) including the notarized criminal record, plus $ 4.40 CAD (mandate), a copy of the passport and a return envelope (Express Post or Priority Courier).

All Other Teachers:

Must be issued within 6 months by your local State Police / State CourthouseMust be notarized on the original criminal record check of Apostill

Medical Declaration Form

  1. Complete 'Health Declaration' form and send it to Korea. (PDF | DOC)
  2. Once you arrive in Korea, visiting a general hospital or community health center to obtain a medical certificate to apply for alien registration at a local immigration office within 90 days of arrival.
  3. Important: All applicants, except those who have worked previously with an E1 visa, E2, E3 in Korea without any illegal activity must be interviewed by a consul at the consulate.
  4. (You will need to call your nearest consulate as soon as you receive your E2 #)
  5. Teachers who have taught in Korea with a visa E1, E2, E3, or will not need maintenance and can receive their visa E2 again by a Korean consulate in another country. (That is, Japan)
  6. Your plan document must be sent to your school using Fed Ex or DHL. Once that is sent, you will provide Teach ESL Korea with the tracking number.

Step 2

The time it takes to process your E2 visa application by the Korean Immigration Bureau may vary depending on the volume of applications they receive per hour. It will generally be completed within two weeks. Once the school receives your E2 visa number, it will be sent by Teach ESL Korea with instructions for the next step.

The first thing you must do once you get your E2 is # to call the Korean Consulate and set a date and time for your interview. At the time of the interview, you can arrange to pick up your passport. Some consulates may be able to conduct the interview over the phone in special circumstances, such as distance. However, it is not a given, so please be prepared to make the trip.

You will be asked to provide the following documents to the nearest Consulate of Korea.

  1. Passport with remaining validity of at least 6 months, plus a copy.
  2. A completed visa application form with E2 # Download PDF |. Doc
  3. A photo ID (2 "x2" color)
  4. Fee (($ 55 CAD, USD $ 45, NZ $ 50 USD, a $ 75, UK 27)
  5. (By mail: money order only, payable to: The Consulate General of Korea)
  6. 1 set of university transcripts sealed
  7. If applying by mail please provide a stamped envelope back (Express Post or Priority Courier) with full address. (FedEx, DHL, Purolator will not be accepted.) Money orders are accepted only for requests by mail (no personal checks) and cash / money order, if you come in person.

Again, it is very important that all instructions are followed exactly. If something is not done properly, it can delay the visa process.

Step 3

Getting your passport with the E2 visa stamp should not take much time, especially when you show up in person. With your passport, you are now ready to board a plane and make your way to Korea. If you've followed all the steps carefully, you are now ready to teach English in Korea.

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