VISA INFORMATION FOR KOREAN AMERICAN AND CANADIAN CANDIDATES
Acquiring the appropriate visa is of the utmost importance to work legally in Korea. Hiring institute will apply for the E-2 work visa on behalf of successful applicants. The documents required for the E-2 visa include the following items listed. F series visa applicants must also follow the same procedures for registration purposes with their respective Ministry of Education.
- Valid passport (for at least 12 months)
- Signed teaching contract
- Updated resume
- Sealed official transcripts from university/college with stamped seal on the back (may not be needed depending on consulate. Must call local consulate to inquire)
- Diploma copy accompanied with an Apostille or notarization and certification from a Korean Consulate (depending on country).
- Clean national criminal background check with APOSTILLE or notarization and certification from a Korean Consulate (depending on country).
- Four passport-sized photos
- Once the above documents are physically received, the E-2 visa application will be submitted to the immigration office on your behalf. After the application is processed (one to two weeks), we will receive a confirmation code and email it to you. You will then take the code to the nearest Korean Embassy or Consulate in your home country to receive the E-2 visa stamp in your passport.
- For information on Korean Embassies and Consulates in your area, please visit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade website.
COMMON VISA TYPES
E-2 Visa - The E-2 Visa is a work visa designed specifically for English language teachers. While your location at the time of the application for the E-2 stamp is not relevant, the E-2 must be obtained while the applicant is outside of Korea.
F-4 Visa - The F-4 Visa is a permanent residency visa for those who are of Korean ethnic origin.
F-6 Visa - The F-6 Visa is a permanent residency visa for those who are currently married to Korean citizens. To be eligible for an F-6 visa, you must register your marriage with a Korean district office.
Please note that it is the responsibility of the instructor to ensure that the proper steps are taken to obtain an appropriate visa, and it is imperative that the documents are sent in a timely fashion. All candidates must arrive in Korea with the E-2, F-4, or F-6 visa.
FOR PROSPECTIVE E-2 VISA HOLDERS
If you need a sponsorship for the E-2 work visa, you must have a passport which is valid for at least one year and send the following documents to our office through a tracking service as soon as possible:
- Signed contract.
- A valid passport copy of the photo page (Do not send your original passport).
- Two diploma copies accompanied with an original Apostille or notarization and certification from a Korean Consulate (depending on country).
- Two clean (no record) NATIONWIDE criminal background check with authenticating APOSTILLE or notarization and certification from Korean Embassy/Consulate (depending on country).
- Signed copies of the "Training Center Application" and "Consent Statement" forms. The Training Center recommends that you use Federal Express or UPS to send your documents and that you email your Hiring Manager the tracking number of the package. In our experience, Federal Express or UPS are the most reliable and offer the best tracking systems. Do not use your local post office even if there is a tracking system since packages are not traceable once they leave your country's borders.
- Upon receipt of these documents, Hiring Institute will apply for your visa code from the Korean Immigration Office in the district that you will be working in. It will take up to two full weeks for the Korean Immigration Office to process the application, so plan accordingly. Since visa applications may take more than two weeks, it is important you send in your documents as soon as possible.
- Once we receive your visa approval from the immigration office in Seoul, we will email you a confirmation code. You need to take the code, along with your passport, two passport sized photos and an application fee to your nearest Korean Embassy or Consulate and receive the E-2 visa stamp in your passport prior to your arrival. It will take the Embassy or Consulate up to one more week to finalize your visa.
- Call the nearest Korean Embassy or Consulate General for hours of operation(both Korean and local holidays), the length of time required to process your visa once you have the confirmation code as well as the exact amount of the fee that you must pay. The fee is typically the equivalent of 60,000 won, but this does fluctuate.
FOR PROSPECTIVE F-4 OR F-6-1 VISA HOLDERS
If you currently have an F-4 or F-6-1 visa, send RETiK the following documents as soon as possible:
- Signed Contract
- A valid passport copy of the photo page.
- Diploma copy accompanied with an Apostille or notarization and certification.
- Clean (no record) NATIONWIDE criminal background check with authenticating APOSTILLE or notarization and certification from Korean Embassy/Consulate (depending on country).
- Signed copy of the "Training Center Application" and "Consent Statement" forms. The Training Center recommends that you use Federal Express or UPS to send your documents and that you email your Hiring Manager the tracking number of the package. In our experience, Federal Express and UPS are the most reliable and offer the best tracking systems. Do not use your local post office as even if there is a tracking system since packages are not traceable once they leave your country's borders.
- If you do not already have an F-4 or F-6-1 visa, you should call your local Korean Embassy or Consulate to ask about the specific documents you must provide them to get the F-4 or F-6-1 visa.
You can also speak with your Hiring Manager to discuss the general requirements of the F-4 or F-6-1 visa.
STEPS TO OBTAIN AN F-4 VISA
Provide proof that your name is not on the Korean Family Registry.Proof that your parent (s) naturalized from Korea to the country of your citizenship(Naturalization papers).Your birth certificate and/or Naturalization Papers Registry.
If you are male and your name is on the Korean Family Registry:
- We recommend that you do not apply for the F-4 visa. Although there are often exceptions in Korean immigration law, if your name is on the Korean Family Registry, there is a possibility that the Korean government will draft you into the 2 year National Military Service that all male Korean citizens are required to serve before you receive the visa. Refer to the requirements for an E-2 visa instead
If you were born in Korea and adopted by citizens of a different country:
- You will need your birth certificate and adoption papers
- Call the nearest Korean Embassy or Consulate General to discuss your application immediately and inquire about the requirements and application for an F-4 Visa. The information in this packet is accurate at the time of writing, but immigration laws for F-4 visas change often, and there are a number of requirements. Also, requirements for F-4 visas vary based on which embassy or consulate you apply to.