- (1) 5 Colored Passport photos
: 3.5㎝ × 4.5㎝
Must be taken within 6 months
Cannot use photos that are photo copied
The background must be a bright color.
- (2) Passport
- (3) Visa Application Form
- (4) Application Fee (Single Entry : $30, Multiple Entry : $50)
- If you have held a Korean citizenship in the past but acquired a foreign citizenship
Family Census Registry or documents that prove that you were once a Korean citizen
- If your parent(s) or grandparent(s) held a Korean citizenship but acquired a foreign citizenship
- Documents that prove that your parent(s) or grandparent(s) held Korean citizenship in the past
- Documents that state that you and your parent(s) or grandparent(s) have acquire a foreign citizenship and the date that it was acquired
- Documents that prove you are related to your parent(s) or grandparent(s) (Birth Certificate)
- Following documents are required to become a teacher in Pagoda:
- 2 Signed Contracts: Print and sign two contracts on regular A4 (8 1/2 x 11) sized paper. Please check to see that the formatting is clear and that both signature spaces are on the same page but not orphaned on the last page.
- University degree/diploma: It’s easiest and best to send your original as immigration readily accepts those. You only need to send one degree (BA, MA or PhD.) The manager at your branch will give you back a copy of your contract and your original degree a week after you arrive here in Korea. Make a photocopy as the Korean Consulate may ask to see this when you apply for your visa.
- If you are not comfortable sending your original degree then you can send 2 notarized with apostille copies. Americans, South Africans, New Zealanders, Australians have to have their degree first notarized by a notary (check your yellowpages for more info) or lawyer and then take that and the original to get an Apostille. British teachers can get their subject access request signed by a solicitor (it doesn't need a special notary) and then verified by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London.
- Canadians must first have their degree notarized by a notary public or lawyer registered in his/her home country and then bring or express mail the documents below to a Korean Consulate closest to your university. You will also need to bring:
1. Original degree
2. Notarized degree
3. Photocopy and an original photo ID (passport & drivers license)
4. A University sealed transcript (Consulate will open the transcript for verification purpose) Not always necessary so phone first to find out.
5. $2.20 per document (Cash or Money Order only, Personal cheque is not acceptable)
- If applying by mail, a Prepaid Return Envelope is required so that the Consulate will return your documents promptly and safely.
- NOTE: Send two notarized copies of your degree to Pagoda and Direct English as Korean immigration will keep one copy and another will be kept by the local Board of Education in Korea
- Criminal Background Check: Federal criminal checks (ie. FBI, RCMP, AFP, Disclosure Scotland, Police Clearance Check, MoJ) are required to teach English in Korea. Korean immigration requires one original criminal background check notarized with an apostille or Korean Consulate notarization for Canadians. It is wise to make a copy of this as some Korean Consulates may ask to see this when you go to apply for your visa. The criminal background check must be issued within the last 6 months. It can take a week to several months (FBI up to 12 weeks) to obtain, so get this process started in a timely manner. It is possible to apply for Criminal Background Check from abroad and have a third party, like a family member apply for you. Check with the relevant federal agency in your country to find out more (USA, Canada, Australia, UK, South Africa, New Zealand) Once a third party has your criminal background they will need to have it notarized by a notary or lawyer and teachers from the US, UK, New Zealand, South Africa, and Australia must get an Apostille and Canadian teachers could have a third party get it notarized by a notary or lawyer (check the www.Yellowpages.ca to find one nearest you) and then notarized by a Korean Consulate.
- Click on your flag for more specific information on getting a criminal record check:
- NOTE: one copy of University degree / diploma and Criminal Background Check is required in Local Board of Education. (F2 or F4 Visa Holders)
- A local/ state check is not allowed, only the federal level criminal background check is required.
- Make sure you get these 2 documents as soon as possible as it takes some time.
- Medical Exam Result (from KMI)
This Medical Exam Result is required only after you’ve been employed by Pagoda.
(Paid by employee)
- A color scan or color-copy of your passport identity information page:
Check to see that your passport number is easily readable and your passport is up-to-date.
- 5 recent passport color photos:
(Korean passport size regulation: Approx. 3.5 x 4.5cm or 2" x2")
After taking all the time and effort to gather up these documents you can then send all documents using an express courier (ie. FedEx, UPS, DHL, EMS, etc…) that allows you to track the package and guarantees delivery in 2 to 5 days. The cost will range from $30 to $60, but it is well worth it as ensuring the safe and timely delivery of these documents is of paramount importance.
After we receive your documents we apply to Korean Immigration and in about 12 days we receive a Visa Issuance number and email it to you. This number confirms that an employment visa has been approved for you. If this is your first E2 Visa then you must visit a Korean Consulate in your home country to apply for a visa and go through an interview. However, any applicant who worked previously with an E1, E2, E3 visa in Korea and had no illegal activity should be exempt from an interview and can apply for an E2 visa in a third country like Japan. However, this is subject to change without notice so it is always best to call the Consulate or check their site for updates.