Step 1 - Fill out our application form to apply to teach in Korea
Step 2 - Gather your E2 visa documents needed to legally teach in Korea
Step 3 - get TEFL (Optional but preferred by employers)
Step 4 - Interview process
Step 5 - Mail your E2 visa documents to Korea to start the visa process
Step 6 - Send your additional E2 visa documents to your nearest Korean embassy to get your visa.
Step 1 - Fill out the application form
To apply to teach English in Korea, click here.
If we feel you would be a good fit for one of teaching jobs in Korea, we will contact you.
Step 2 - Gather your E2 visa documents
Once we have contacted you, you can start preparing your E2 visa documents needed to teach English in Korea.
All Americans who want to teach English in Korea need to get the following E2 visa documents ready:
The visa process to get a teaching job in Korea takes 3 weeks after you have all of these documents ready.
1. Photocopy of your Bachelor degree with apostille stamp (Do not send a photocopy of either documents. Send the originals).
Your degree must have been completed in an English speaking country.
Make a photocopy of your original diploma.
Then you will need to get an apostille stamp on it.
An apostille allows a document to be used internationally.
You will need to get an apostille from your STATE. (For the FBI check, you will need a federal apostille. It is not the same place.)
To find your nearest state apostille location, click here.
To see a sample of the notarized photocopy of original diploma needed to teach in Korea, click here.
To see a sample of the state apostille needed to teach in Korea , click here.
The state apostille needed to teach English in Korea takes about 3 weeks to get.
2. Original FBI criminal record check with apostille (Do not send photocopies of either documents. Send originals).
If you order your FBI check directly from the FBI, it can take 2-3 months to receive.
However, if you use an FBI channeler, you can get your FBI check much quicker.
To order your FBI check directly from the FBI, please follow these instructions below.
Step 1. First you will order an FBI criminal record check. To go to the FBI website, click here. You will have to print out these forms: Applicant Information Form, FD-258 Fingerprint Card, Record Request Checklist and any other necessary documents
Step 2. You will need to get your fingerprints done so you will have to find a finger printing agency in your area. Please make sure you get 2 separate cards printed. Sometimes the FBI rejects the prints if they are not clear. It is best to get 2 done and send them both to the FBI.
Step 3. Send all necessary documents to the FBI for the Federal Criminal Background Check by FEDEX. In addition to the necessary documents, please include a memo to the FBI stating: "Please authenticate my criminal background check results by placing the FBI seal and signature of a division official on the results for the purpose of obtaining a Federal Apostille. Thank you." This memo is very important, without a signature from an FBI official you cannot fulfill Step 4 below.
Step 4: Once you receive your FBI criminal record check, please make sure there is a signature by an FBI official. Now you will have to send your FBI criminal record check away to get the apostille.
The FBI criminal record requires a FEDERAL apostille from Washington.
Here is the location:
U.S. Department of State
518 23rd Street NW.
Washington, DC 20520
If you can travel to Washington D.C., go to the U.S. Department of State Authentication Office to have your FBI check apostilled, it can be done the same day.
If you can't go in person, please contact this company and they will get the apostille for you:
To see a sample of the FBI check needed to teach in Korea , click here.
To see a sample of the FEDERAL apostille needed to teach in Korea , click here.
The federal apostille needed to teach English in Korea takes about 3-5 days to get.
3. 2 sets of university transcripts (sealed and stamped in an envelope. Do not open!)
To teach English in Korea, order your transcripts from your university. Transcripts are your university grades for each course.
4. Health form
To teach English in Korea, print and fill out the health form.
5. Consul’s checklist
To teach English in Korea, print and fill out the consul’s checklist.
6. Passport photos
To teach English in Korea, get 6 passport photos taken professionally.
7. Signed contract
To teach in Korea, please have a copy of your signed contract once you get a job.
8. Photocopy of your passport I.D page
To teach English in Korea, make a copy of your passport I.D page. It has to be very clear and in colour.
9. Visa Issuance Form (Fill out 1-6 only).
To teach English in Korea, you need to fill out the visa issuance for. To get the visa issuance form, click here.
Step 3 - get TEFL (Optical but preferred by employers)
Most employers want to hire English teachers with the 120 hour TEFL course.
TEFL certification helps when negotiating your salary and job placement. Teachers with TEFL get jobs in more exclusive locations and often make more money. Plus you really do need the right teaching skills to keep your job.
To get TEFL, click here.
Step 4 - Interview process
Once you are close to having your documents ready to teach English in Korea, we will suggest a teaching job for you in Korea.
You need to get your documents ready first so we can accurately determine when you can start teaching English in Korea.
We will set up an interview for you and an English school in Korea. It will usually be a skype interview so please set up a skype id.
If you are accepted, we will send you a contract by email.
If you are happy with the contract, you will sign it and return it to us.
Step 5 - Mail your documents to Korea
Once you have returned your signed contract to us, you will send your documents to your school's address in Korea by FEDEX. Your documents MUST arrive to Korea within 5 days.
You will need to mail the following documents:
1. Notarized photocopy of your Original Diploma with Apostille (Send Originals)
2. One set of your University Transcripts (sealed and stamped in an envelope)
3. Notarized FEDERAL Criminal record check with Apostille (Send originals)
4. Health statement Form (click here)
5. Photocopy of the information page on your passport
6. 2 standard passport photos (must be taken within the last six months)
7. a copy of your resume, signed and containing your current contact information
8. a signed copy of your contract
9. Visa Issuance form (click here)
Once you have sent your documents, please send me your tracking number.
Your employer will receive your documents and apply for your visa number at the immigration office. This will take 1-2 weeks.
Once your visa number is ready, we will send it to you by email.
Please call your nearest Korean embassy and find out what documents they will need with your visa number.
* It is important to call your nearest Korean embassy and ask about what documents to prepare because each Korean embassy asks for a slightly different version of the documents.
Step 6 - Send documents to nearest Korean embassy
Once you get your visa number, you will need to go in person or mail the additional documents needed by your nearest Korean embassy to them. If you mail your documents, please make sure you send them by FEDEX (express only) and include a self address FEDEX (express only) package so you can get your documents back quickly.
Here are the additional documents that are usually requested:
1. The E-2 Teaching Visa Application form completed. Attach the Visa Issuance Number at the top of the form. To get the Visa application form, click here.
2. Passport – make sure it is signed, has at least 6 months validity on it and there is a minimum one empty page on it
3. Photo – 2 standard passport sized photo. Please ensure they are in color and are not more than six months old.
4. Confirmation of Visa Issuance Number: Fill in this number at the top of application form.
5. 1 set of sealed and stamped University transcripts – stamped across the seal
6. Consul’s Checklist – To get the Consul’s Checklist, click here.
7. A fee
Once the Korean embassy receives your documents, they will process your visa number which takes 5-10 days to receive.
Please let us know exactly when you receive your visa so we can book your flight.
You will be required to take a drug test when you get to Korea. It will screen you for any illegal drugs and HIV. If you fail this test, your visa will be evoked and you will be required to pay your own flight home.