How to Apply
If you’re still at home, getting your E2 visa is probably your priority and the process takes a bit of time and effort. We will advise you on every step and make it as stress free as possible. Yes it is a pain and who knows why it’s all necessary – suffice to say, once it’s done and you’re here you’ll wonder what you fretted about. Anyway, it has to be done and it’s worth it. It goes without saying that if you have any questions, please email us using our Contact us form on this site or directly through ADMIN@TEACHERSFORSOUTHKOREA.COM
So what is the E2 Visa? The E2 visa is what you need to legally teach English in South Korea. It is usually valid for 12 months (the normal length of a typical contract over here) from the date of entry into the country and of course, it’s renewable. In order to be eligible for this visa, teachers must hold a Bachelor’s Degree (either 3 or 4 years) from an accredited University.
Your E-2 visa will only allow you to work at the specific school which sponsors your visa. You cannot work at another school unless you receive a special permission from immigration on your visa. When you receive your visa, it will be a single-entry visa. If you wish to travel internationally while in Korea, as many teachers do, you will need to apply for a multiple reentry visa at the immigration office in Korea. This is very easy to obtain and usually costs 50.000 KRW.
Once you arrive in Korea and start working, you will need to apply for your Alien Registration Card at Korean immigration. You will need this Alien Registration Card to start your health insurance, open a bank account and wire money back home. It must be completed within the first 90 days after arriving in Korea, but will normally be done in the first two weeks. Don’t worry, your school will help you with all of this. Remember it’s in their interest that you settle in ok and that all legalities are dealt with straight away. They’ve put a lot of time into hiring you so they won’t want anything left out, especially at this late stage.
For more details on the steps involved in applying for your E2 visa, please navigate through the submenu attached.
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