Getting an E2 visa for Korea

If you are applying for an E2 visa to teach English in Korea, here are some tips:

1) Start the process immediately. It will take a few months.

2) FBI background check: Authorized and Apostilled. Go to the FBI site and follow their instructions. It costs 18 dollars, payable by credit card, money order, or cashiers check. Don’t forget to request an FBI seal and signature.

“The CJIS Division will authenticate U.S. Department of Justice Order 556-73 fingerprint search results for international requests by placing the FBI seal and the signature of a division official on the results if requested at the time of submission.” (FAQs).

If you don’t request the seal and signature, you will not be able to send it to the Washington DC Secretary of State office to get apostilled. (20 dollars, payable by check or money order.)

3) University diploma: Notarized and Apostilled. My university provided the notary service and offered to mail it to the Secretary of State office for me. Check with your university. Other places to get your original diploma copied and notarized include UPS, banks, and embassies/consulates. Fee will vary.

Q. But what does it mean to get something notarized and apostilled?

A. In this case, the Korean government wants proof that your documents aren’t fake. The notary signs a a document, stating that it is a real copy of the original. The Secretary of State apostille confirms that the notary’s signature/seal is correct.

The FBI background check and College diploma are only two of the documents you will need for your visa. You will also need your contract, a copy of your passport, letter of reference, sealed transcripts, etc. Talk to your recruiter. I posted information on the background check and diploma because the process is confusing, especially from overseas.

Tip: If you are applying for a teaching position in Korea, but are not living in your home country, you might want to enlist the help of friends/family for the notarization/apostillization of your documents.


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  1. Pain in the rump, ain’t it? When I taught here I few years back an FBI background check wasn’t required, only a local police background check. Took about 12 minutes, round trip.

    By the by, thanks for subscribing to my blog. So kind of you. Just for that, when you come to Korea I’ll buy you a coffee, or tea, if you’re not a coffee fan.


  2. Oh I know, it’s horrible. The most horrible, long, bureaucratic process in the world. 12 minutes? I’m so very, very jealous.

    If and when I get to Korea, I will certainly take you up on that offer of tea. It will be great to have a sort of bi-lingual connection in the country.


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