| In order to teach English within Korea it is a necessary requirement that a long term working via (E2) is obtained beforehand.|
The information following is provided to assist you in understanding the requirements of the Korean authorities regarding the issuing of Visas as well as describing the procedures involved. Further information can be obtained by referring to the Immigration Bureau Website on http://www.moj.go.kr/e_frame.htm, where you will also find a map to the district immigration office.
B2 Visa [Tourist Visa]
The issuing of Tourist Visa is based on the principle of reciprocity priority of national interest. The tourist visa , or the No-visa entry , is for either short term tours or transit visits and is valid for a period of 30 days with a few exceptions eg. Candadian citizens can stay for up to 6 months and Australian citizens for 90 days.
Please note that it is illegal to work within Korea without a visa.
E2 Visa [Teaching Visa]
Required Qualifications and General Conditions
To be eligible to teach within Korea the required qualification is that applicants must be English speakers from a native speaking country, i.e. USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, England, South Africa or Ireland and hold a 3 or 4 years University Degree in any major ( BA/BS or higher).
Please note that 2 or 3 years college graduates and AA/AS degree holders are not eligible for a E2 Visa, even though they hold a TESOL certificate. Teachers must have at least a Bachelors' Degree.
The Visa is renewable after a period of 12 months and it allows you to teach in either an English language school, public school or language center.
During this period you are not permitted to work for another company other than the one for which you have the specific Visa or undertake part time employment. If you are not a native speaker, you are not entitled to teach even if you hold a higher qualification like an MA in English!
The following documents are required by the Korean Government in order to qualify for a E2 Visa:
Your original diploma or a notarized copy of your diploma
4 passport size pictures.
A copy of your passport
If you wish to terminate your current contract, a letter of release from your current employer is required after which your visa will be transferred to the new school to which you wish to relocate. The employer requires at least two months notice of your intentions to allow him sufficient time to find a replacement.
Please note that unless a letter of release is obtained it will be necessary to leave Korea, e.g. to Japan so that you may apply for a new visa.
In the event that you wish to extend your stay we would be glad to be of further assistance.
The F3 visa is referred to as a Family Dependency Visa and is the Visa to be used by any family members who may be joining you during your assignment within Korea.
To be eligible for the issuing of a F3 Visa the below documents need to be submitted:
A Certificate verifying the family relationship involved i.e. Certificate of Marriage, Family Register or Birth Certificate etc
A Certificate of incumbency of an inviter
A Certificate of tax payments of an inviter
A F4 Visa is to be used by those of Korean descent or his or her descendants. This visa will entitles the holder to work anywhere within Korea with no need for release documents to be required when moving either to another position or another school.
To obtain the F4 Visa, the following documents are required by the government:
Your original diploma or notarized copy of your diploma
A certificate of birth
4 passport size pictures.
A copy of your passport
E2 Visa Processing
If you meet the criteria for the issuing of the E2 visa, you should arrange for all paperwork to be delivered to us for processing. It normally takes approximately one month to arrange for finalization of the contract and issuing of the E2 work visa.
The items that need to be forwarded are the following:
1. Original bachelor diploma or a notarized copy of your diploma
- If you send original diploma, you can get it back as soon as you arrive in Korea.
- To get a notarized copy of your university degree, take your documents to the nearest Korean Consulate. They will make a copy of your document and put a stamp on it that says it's an official copy of the original. There is a small fee for notarization so you should call the Consulate to check the exact price before going there. Usually its only a couple of dollars each. You'll be able to pick up your documents the next morning. In some cases, they can prepare everything in an afternoon. If you have to mail your documents to the Korean consulate you'll need to include a check or money order to cover the cost of notarization plus a Self-Addressed Stamped Envelop. If you do not include the SASE the Consulate will NOT send your documents back to you.
You can opt to either send the original Diploma to us, by registered mail or provide us with a notarized copy of the Diploma
If you send the original Diploma to us we will arrange for return when you arrive in Korea.
For a notarized copy of your Diploma it is required that this should be notarized at your nearest Korean consulate. They will arrange to make copies with the official stamp to indicate that the notarization has taken place.
There will obviously be a small fee required for the notarization but this will need to be negotiated directly with the consulate involved as the amount may vary between countries etc.
If you need to mail the supporting documents please remember to include a self addressed and stamped envelope as most consulates will NOT send the documents back unless a SESE is not included.
2. A photocopy of your passport
- Your passport should be valid for at least 12 months from date you plan to start working in Korea.
- The names on your degree and you passport must be identical in order to receive a visa in Korea. If this is not the case, please ensure that the University involved should provide you with supporting evidence to clarify and explain the difference.
3. Four passport sized pictures
4. Your Resume
1. Submit your resume and recent photo to us by email
Check out our job list and work details. If you find a job that interests you, please send us your resume and recent photo by email. After you contact us with your resume, one of our recruiting consultants will email you to arrange a phone interview immediately. The recruiting team will match a school to your qualifications and preferences. If we determine that you are an eligible candidate, we will send you a job offer including information on location, a sample contract, the next step in the process, and an application form.
Once you have accepted the job, you will receive a formal contract confirmed by the employer. Not all but sometimes, we will contact both you and the school to arrange more interviews on the phone. After we complete all the interview steps required by the school and receive your final confirmation on your acceptance of the position, we will ask you to fax the last page of the contract. Please sign on only the last page of the contracts as your confirmation to proceed with the next step for a visa application. And then the original copy of the signed contract must be sent to us by FedEx or DHL as mentioned in the below no.2.
2. Prepare the required documents and send them us by DHL or Fedex.
Now, the visa process begins. For a public school contract, the following documents are required.
Your original diploma ( or a copy notarized by a Korean Embassy )
A copy of your passport (Photo page)
4 passport size pictures
The original signed contract (For public schools, 3 copies of signed contracts are required. You must sing on each pages.)
An original transcript sealed by universities
A Completed Application form (to be provided)
An Official Medical Report and a Medical Self Evaluation (Form will be provided)
Two reference letters
If applicable: Teaching Experience Proof (Full time experience only / Exact date of working)
If applicable: Teaching Certificate Copies (ie, TESOL, TEFL)
A letter verifying that the certificate is from a 100-hour course
The South Korean immigration office requires an original diploma (or notarized by South Korean Consulate). And they will return the original diploma after you arrive in Korea. Reputable international courier companies such as FedEx and DHL help make this process as painless as possible.
3. Visa Processing
After we receive the above documents we will submit them to the immigration office to arrange processing of your visa application. This will take approximately 7-10 days, i.e. the visa issuance number will be processed.
As soon as we receive your visa issuance number, we will email you the number along with the employer's information. You will need to take both to your closest Korean consulate, along with these documents; (by a candidate in your respective country)
It can also be done by mail, but remember to inculude a postage-paid and self addressed return envelope.
Two passport-sized pictures
Fee (around $55 USD)
They will stamp your visa in your passport. Please make a phone call to the Consulate before going there to check if there is any other document to be submitted to the Consulate as the visa process varies widely from consulate to consulate. It usually takes 3-7 days to get your visa.
After you apply for your visa, it's time to buy your plane ticket. Save all provided information, invoices, and receipts for your reimbursement. If you need help finding a cheap ticket, please let us know. After your ticket is confirmed, please send us your flight schedule such as a flight number and the exact arrival date and time so we can arrange airport pick up for you.
4. Get on the plane
When you arrive at Incheon airport, a driver or a member of Younikorea staff will be waiting for you at the arrival hall holding up a sign that has your name on it.
Younikorea will arrange to have your housing prepared and someone from the school will meet you there (or at the school) within normal working hours.
To get a notarized copy of your university degree, (college diploma + TESOL certificate), take your documents to the nearest Korean Consulate. They will make a copy of your document and put a stamp on it that says it's an official copy of the original. There is a small fee for notarization so you should call the Consulate to check the exact price before going there. Usually its only a couple of dollars each. You'll be able to pick up your documents the next morning. In some cases, they can prepare everything in an afternoon. If you have to mail your documents to the Korean consulate you'll need to include a check or money order to cover the cost of notarization plus a Self-Addressed Stamped Envelop. If you do not include the SASE the Consulate will NOT send your documents back to you.
To apply by Post Mail. Please submit the following documents.
1) Letter requesting diploma confirmation
2) Original Diploma and 2 copies
3) Diploma confirmation fee (money order payable to Korean Consulate General)
4) A copy of your Passport (2 forms of Identification)
5) Self Addressed-Stamped Envelope (if requesting return in mail)
To apply in Person. Please bring the following documents with you
1) Original Diploma
2) Forms of Identification (Passport, Driver's License, Etc.)
3) Diploma Confirmation Fee
Getting a Visa in Japan
Sometimes a school needs a teacher before you obtain an E2 visa. In this case, you may just come here with your university degree and all your other papers and then fly to Japan to get the visa (the closest neighboring democratic country). You have to apply for your visa from outside the country so that when you get here you'll have your passport stamped by customs with an entry date.
The visa costs about Y6000. At the Korean Consulate you'll need one photo and all the paperwork from your school. If you don't have a photo you can get one done at the photo booth beside the consulate (Y600). Also you should exchange money in Korea. This depends on your time frame, and who's paying, as well as where you're coming from. The airlines, KAL, Asiana, and JAL offer daily flights (from Seoul). The Korean Consulate in Japan is NOT open on Saturday or Sunday and you should be careful about both Korean and Japanese holidays. If you are unsure then it is best to call the Korean consulate in Japan ahead.
Family Dependency (F-3)
The spouse and children (unmarried, under 20) of those with Cultural Arts(D-1), Overseas Study(D-2), General training (D-4), Journalism(D-5), Religious Affairs(D-6), Supervisory Intra-Company transfer (D-7), Corporate Investment (D-8), Treaty Trade(D-9), Professorship(E-1), Foreign Language Instructor (E-2), Research (E-3), Technology Transfer (E-4), Profession (E-5), Arts & Performances (E-6), or Special Occupation(E-7) status
- Dependent Family (F-3) visa for the companion of D-5 is issued only if the branch is already established in Korea
※ If family members of those with Non-professional employment(E-9) (including Industrial training (D-3), or Employed Trainee(E-8)) status visit Korea due to disease or industrial disaster, Temporary visit(C-3) status will be issued
How to apply
Applicant : the person himself/herself
Where to apply: The embassy or the consulate of the Republic of Korea
Required Documents: refer to the required documents listed below
- If applicants already have a certificate of visa issuance or certification No. of visa issuance, they only need to submit the passport, application of visa issuance, and a certificate of visa issuance or certification No. of visa issuance.
" How to apply → Click Here (http://www.hikorea.go.kr/pt/en/info/popup/icis/VisaFlow_pop.htm
The process to apply for a certificate of recognition of visa issuance
The Applicant: the person himself/herself or the inviting party
Where to apply: local immigration office or branch office
Required Documents: refer to the required documents listed below
Application for the visa can be made to the embassy or the consulate of the Republic of Korea after the applicants get a certificate of recognition of visa issuance or certification No. of visa issuance.
The process to apply for a certificate of recognition of visa issuance → Click Here (http://www.hikorea.go.kr/pt/en/info/popup/icis/VisaFlow2_pop.htm
※ Items subject to change depending on individual circumstances
Passport(A photocopy of passport if applying a certificate of recognition of Visa Issuance)
Application for Visa Issuance ( http://www.immigration.go.kr/HP/IMM/imm_forms/image/visa_2.pdf) or Application for Recognition of Visa Issuance (http://www.immigration.go.kr/HP/IMM/imm_forms/image/visa_1_new.pdf)
Documents that prove the family relations(a marriage certificate, a copy of family register or a birth certificate)
A certificate of incumbency of Inviting parties and a certificate of tax payment
Fee (single-entry visa: $30 (USD), multiple-entry visa: $50 (USD))
※ Charges not applicable if applying a certificate of recognition of visa issuance
2 color photos of the applicant are needed when applying for the certificate of recognition of visa issuance
size : 3.5㎝ x 4.5㎝
Photos must have been taken within the past 6 months.
Printed photographs are not accepted
Bright background is preferred over a dark one.