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E-2 Visa Process

After receiving and accepting a job offer to teach English in Korea, the next step is to get your E-2 work visa. There are some differences between public schools and private language institutes and your recruiter or school should be there to assist you along the way. The total cost of obtaining your visa to work in Korea will amount to around $110 and take about 2-4 weeks.

Private Language Institutes

1. Prepare all required documents:
  • Copy of diploma or verification of degree with apostille authentication (BA or higher)
  • Signed Contract
  • Personal Health Statement
  • NATIONAL Criminal Background Check with apostille authentication
  • Copy of Passport photo page
  • Copy of Resume
  • 2 Photos (passport size)
  • FROM JANUARY 1, 2011 AMERICANS MUST USE NATIONAL FBI CHECK AND CANADIANS MUST USE NATIONAL RCMP CHECK
2. Send required documents to Korea via FedEx, DHL, or UPS
  • Time: 3-5 days
  • Cost: $40-80
3. Email FedEx, DHL, or UPS tracking number of shipment
  • Be sure to retain invoice
4. After checking your documents, your recruiter will forward them on to your employer (if applicable)
  • Time: 1-2 days
5. Korean employer submits documents to local immigration office for visa issuance
  • Time: about 2-14 days depending on immigration office and hiring season
6. Employer receives Visa Issuance Number from local immigration office and VI# is emailed to teacher
  • Time: 1 day
7. Teacher submits required documents to nearest Korean Consulate
  • Visa Application Form
  • Consul's Checklist (depends on consulate)
  • Visa Issuance Number
  • Original Passport
  • 1 photo (passport size)
  • Time: 1-2 days
  • Cost: $45
8. Korean Consulate issues E-2 visa and returns passport to teacher
  • Time: 2-5 days
  • NOTE: Your E-2 Visa will be attached to your passport so make sure to have at least 2 or 3 empty pages in your passport before submitting the documents to the Korean Consulate. For people who have used up all the pages in their passport, new pages can be added or a new passport can be issued.