Getting Your Teaching Visa for Korea: What Documents You Need

Getting Your Teaching Visa for Korea: What Documents You Need

Getting your teaching visa for Korea (E2, E1) is not a straightforward task but knowing exactly what documents you need and how to get them makes the process far less stressful.

Therefore, we at WeTeachKorea have made a list of all the documents you need to get your teaching visa for Korea. Click on your country below to find out:

Teaching Visa for Korea Country by Country

United States of America:

It is a really good idea to start collecting and organising the following documents before you are offered a job because the process can take a few months and your job offer might not wait for you.

(1) FBI Criminal Background Check

This should be the first thing you send off for, as it is will take 2-3 months to process.

You can apply for it here: https://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/criminal-history-summary-checks/submitting-a-criminal-history-summary-request-to-the-fbi

Some important points:

  • Your FBI check cannot be more than 6 months old.
  • The process will take about 13-15 weeks (3-4 months)
  • You cannot provide a local or state check.
  • It needs to be notarized and apostilled.

(2) University Degree

Don’t worry they do not want your original degree, rather a photocopy which has been notarized and apostilled.

Some important points:

  • Must be a 4-year degree from an accredited university
  • Any major is fine— It does not have to be a degree in Education or English.
  • It needs to be notarized and apostilled.

(3) Sealed University Transcripts

**This is a program-specific requirement, check with your employer/recruiter if this is necessary for your job.**

You need to order two sets of sealed transcripts from your university. Do not open them!

Some important points:

  • Get your university to sign and/or stamp over the envelope seal
  • Again, do not open them.
  • Order two sets of transcripts. One will go to your school in Korea and the other the the Korean consulate.

(4) Health Statement

Just a simple questionnaire from the Korean government. You will have a full check once you arrive in Korea.

(5) Passport copy

This is a photocopy of the information page of your passport.

(6) Resume  

A copy of your resume with a recent photo attached.

(7) Signed contract

You should get this when a school has agreed to hire you

(8) Five passport photos

Five standard sized passport photos

Passport photos must be properly posed and printed (do not use a phone picture or print on plain paper)

 

United Kingdom:

(1) Criminal Background Check

You have two options here: (1) visit your local police station and order a local criminal background check; this takes about 40 days to process, or (2) order online via Disclosure Scotland; this can take up to 14 days, however, in my experience it only takes 3-4 days. You can apply for basic disclosure online here: https://www.disclosurescotland.co.uk

Some important points:

  • Your background check cannot be more than 6 months old.
  • It needs to be notarized and apostilled. You can do that here: http://www.notarypublicinlondon.com/apostille/

(2) University Degree

Don’t worry they do not want your original degree, rather a photocopy which has been notarized and apostilled.

Some important points:

  • Must be a Bachelor’s degree in any field from an accredited university
  • Any degree is fine— It does not have to be a degree in Education or English.
  • It needs to be notarized and apostilled. Again, you can do that here: http://www.notarypublicinlondon.com/apostille/

(3) Sealed University Transcripts

**This is a program-specific requirement, check with your employer/recruiter if this is necessary for your job.**

You need to order two sets of sealed transcripts from your university. Do not open them!

Some important points:

  • Get your university to sign and/or stamp over the envelope seal
  • Again, do not open them.
  • Order two sets of transcripts. One will go to your school in Korea and the other the the Korean consulate.

(4) Health Statement

Just a simple questionnaire from the Korean government. You will have a full check once you arrive in Korea.

(5) Passport copy

This is a photocopy of the information page of your passport.

(6) Resume

A copy of your resume with a recent photo attached.

(7) Signed contract

You should get this when a school has agreed to hire you

(8) Five passport photos

Five standard sized passport photos

Passport photos must be properly posed and printed (do not use a phone picture or print on plain paper)

 

Ireland:

(1) Criminal Background Check

This should be the first thing you send off for, as it is can take up to 4 weeks to process.

To apply for the criminal background check go to any Garda (national) police station and request a criminal background check or police certificate. Be sure to get a full check.

Some important points:

  • Your background check cannot be more than 6 months old.
  • It must be notarized and apostilled. To do this, send or take them to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

(2) University Degree

Don’t worry they do not want your original degree, rather a photocopy which has been notarized and apostilled.

Some important points:

  • Must be a Bachelor’s degree in any field from an accredited university
  • Any degree is fine— It does not have to be a degree in Education or English.
  • It needs to be notarized and apostilled. Again, to do this, send or take them to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

(3) Sealed University Transcripts

**This is a program-specific requirement, check with your employer/recruiter if this is necessary for your job.**

You need to order two sets of sealed transcripts from your university. Do not open them!

Some important points:

  • Get your university to sign and/or stamp over the envelope seal
  • Again, do not open them.
  • Order two sets of transcripts. One will go to your school in Korea and the other the the Korean consulate.

(4) Health Statement

Just a simple questionnaire from the Korean government. You will have a full check once you arrive in Korea.

(5) Passport copy

This is a photocopy of the information page of your passport.

(6) Resume  

A copy of your resume with a recent photo attached.

(7) Signed contract

You should get this when a school has agreed to hire you

(8) Five passport photos

Five standard sized passport photos

Passport photos must be properly posed and printed (do not use a phone picture or print on plain paper)

 

Canada:

(1) Criminal Background Check

This should be the first thing you send off for, as it is can take up to 4 weeks to process.

To apply for the criminal background check simply go to your local police station and request one.

Some important points:

  • Your background check cannot be more than 6 months old.
  • Your background check must be approved by the Korean Embassy/Consulate.

(2) University Degree

Don’t worry they do not want your original degree, rather a photocopy which has been notarized and apostilled.

Some important points:

  • Must be a 4-year degree from an accredited university
  • Any major is fine— It does not have to be a degree in Education or English.
  • Your degree must be approved by the Korean Embassy/Consulate.

(3) Sealed University Transcripts

**This is a program-specific requirement, check with your employer/recruiter if this is necessary for your job.**

You need to order two sets of sealed transcripts from your university. Do not open them!

Some important points:

  • Get your university to sign and/or stamp over the envelope seal
  • Again, do not open them.
  • Order two sets of transcripts. One will go to your school in Korea and the other the the Korean consulate.

(4) Health Statement

Just a simple questionnaire from the Korean government. You will have a full check once you arrive in Korea.

(5) Passport copy

This is a photocopy of the information page of your passport.

(6) Resume

A copy of your resume with a recent photo attached.

(7) Signed contract

You should get this when a school has agreed to hire you

(8) Five passport photos

Five standard sized passport photos

Passport photos must be properly posed and printed (do not use a phone picture or print on plain paper)

 

South Africa:

(1) Police Clearance Certificate

This should be the first thing you send off for, as it is can take up to 4 weeks to process.

To apply for the criminal background check visit this site: http://www.dfa.gov.za/consular/policeclear.htm Be sure to get a full check.

Some important points:

  • Your background check cannot be more than 6 months old.
  • It must be notarized and apostilled. To do this visit or send them to your local notary public or lawyer.

(2) University Degree

Don’t worry they do not want your original degree, rather a photocopy which has been notarized and apostilled.

Some important points:

  • Must be a Bachelor’s degree in any field from an accredited university
  • Any degree is fine— It does not have to be a degree in Education or English.
  • It needs to be notarized and apostilled. Again, to do this, send or take them to your local notary public or lawyer.

(3) Sealed University Transcripts

**This is a program-specific requirement, check with your employer/recruiter if this is necessary for your job.**

You need to order two sets of sealed transcripts from your university. Do not open them!

Some important points:

  • Get your university to sign and/or stamp over the envelope seal
  • Again, do not open them.
  • Order two sets of transcripts. One will go to your school in Korea and the other the the Korean consulate.

(4) Health Statement

Just a simple questionnaire from the Korean government. You will have a full check once you arrive in Korea.

(5) Passport copy

This is a photocopy of the information page of your passport.

(6) Resume

A copy of your resume with a recent photo attached.

(7) Signed contract

You should get this when a school has agreed to hire you

(8) Five passport photos

Five standard sized passport photos

Passport photos must be properly posed and printed (do not use a phone picture or print on plain paper)

 

Australia:

  • Australian Federal Police Clearance

This should be the first thing you send off for, as it is can take up to 3 weeks to process.

To apply for the Federal Police Clearance visit this site: http://www.afp.gov.au/what-we-do/police-checks Be sure to get a full check.

Some important points:

  • Your background check cannot be more than 6 months old.
  • It must be notarized and apostilled. To do this visit or send them to your local notary public or lawyer. Note: the notary public of lawyer must be in the same state where the Police Clearance was issued.

(2) University Degree

Don’t worry they do not want your original degree, rather a photocopy which has been notarized and apostilled.

Some important points:

  • Must be a Bachelor’s degree in any field from an accredited university
  • Any degree is fine— It does not have to be a degree in Education or English.
  • It needs to be notarized and apostilled. Again, to do this, send or take them to your local notary public or lawyer. Ideally in the same state as your university.

(3) Sealed University Transcripts

**This is a program-specific requirement, check with your employer/recruiter if this is necessary for your job.**

You need to order two sets of sealed transcripts from your university. Do not open them!

Some important points:

  • Get your university to sign and/or stamp over the envelope seal
  • Again, do not open them.
  • Order two sets of transcripts. One will go to your school in Korea and the other the the Korean consulate.

(4) Health Statement

Just a simple questionnaire from the Korean government. You will have a full check once you arrive in Korea.

(5) Passport copy

This is a photocopy of the information page of your passport.

(6) Resume

A copy of your resume with a recent photo attached.

(7) Signed contract

You should get this when a school has agreed to hire you

(8) Five passport photos

Five standard sized passport photos

Passport photos must be properly posed and printed (do not use a phone picture or print on plain paper)

 

New Zealand:

  • Police Clearance Certificate

This should be the first thing you send off for, as it is can take up to 4 weeks to process.

To apply for the Police Clearance Certificate check visit this site: http://www.justice.govt.nz/services/criminal-records

Be sure to get a full check.
Some important points:

  • Your background check cannot be more than 6 months old.
  • It must be notarized and apostilled. To do this take or send your documents to the Apostille Office in New Zealand. Visit here for more information: http://www.dia.govt.nz/apostille

 

(2) University Degree

Don’t worry they do not want your original degree, rather a photocopy which has been notarized and apostilled.

Some important points:

  • Must be a Bachelor’s degree in any field from an accredited university
  • Any degree is fine— It does not have to be a degree in Education or English.
  • It needs to be notarized and apostilled. Again, to do this, take or send your documents to the Apostille Office in New Zealand. Visit here for more information: http://www.dia.govt.nz/apostille

(3) Sealed University Transcripts

**This is a program-specific requirement, check with your employer/recruiter if this is necessary for your job.**

You need to order two sets of sealed transcripts from your university. Do not open them!

Some important points:

  • Get your university to sign and/or stamp over the envelope seal
  • Again, do not open them.
  • Order two sets of transcripts. One will go to your school in Korea and the other the the Korean consulate.

(4) Health Statement

Just a simple questionnaire from the Korean government. You will have a full check once you arrive in Korea.

(5) Passport copy

This is a photocopy of the information page of your passport.

(6) Resume

A copy of your resume with a recent photo attached.

(7) Signed contract

You should get this when a school has agreed to hire you

(8) Five passport photos

Five standard sized passport photos

Passport photos must be properly posed and printed (do not use a phone picture or print on plain paper)

 

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  2. fatinnurfaziera on

    hi there. I want to ask, what if my country is not listed in the list? does that means I am not eligible to teach in Korea?

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