How much does it cost to secure a job in Korea?
There are no fees (hidden or upfront) for using our services. Applying, consultation with our coordinators, job placement, airfare and everything else in-between is 100% free.
How does Gone2Korea continue to operate if you’re services are free?
As your placement agency we obtain a ‘onetime fee’ from the school or program you secure employment with. In short, Korean employers are responsible for paying us for recruiting you, presenting you to their institution, assisting you with all the visa paperwork and getting you prepared for the adventure of a lifetime! This is standard practice for the ESL/TEFL teaching industry in Asia. Schools in Japan, China, Taiwan, etc. also use the same fees system (i.e. recruiter > teacher > employer).
In case you’re wondering, the placement fee we collect from the schools has zero impact on your monthly salary nor does it effect the benefits you’ll receive or the severance package you’re entitled to at the end of your contract. If you’re dealing with other recruiting agents who are asking you to pay a fee then we strongly advise proceeding with caution. It means they’re trying to take advantage of you by collecting an additional fee that’s unwarranted.
Are there any expenses that I will need to cover in order to secure the job and visa?
Yes, there are some minor expenses that you will need to account for with respect to documentation. The list below highlights the average cost of each document. The exact price of each document will have slight variations from country to country and between States and Provinces.
Sealed Transcripts (Academic Records):
You will need to acquire sealed transcripts from your university registrar’s office, or the equivalent office at your respective school.
Cost: Free to $40
Criminal Record Check (CRC)
Submitting a federal level CRC is necessary for visa application purposes. Visit our CRC page to see what kind of check you need based on your nationality.
Cost: Free to $40
You will need to have two documents (copy of degree and your criminal record check) notarized by a public notary or lawyer with a notary license. Notary fees vary greatly so we recommend calling a few offices to find the best price.
Cost: $20 – $50 per document
All teachers, excluding Canadians, need to have their notarized degree and original CRC authenticated with an Apostille. Visit our Apostille pages to learn more – Apostille USA and Apostille International.
Cost: Free to $50 per document
Canadian teachers must have their documents authenticated by the Korean Consulate as an alternative to the Apostille
Cost: $10 – $20 CAD
You’ll need to acquire 6 official passport photos from a professional passport photo developer. Many places offer passport photos including Costco, Wallmart, etc.
Cost: $10 – $40
After you’ve acquired your documents and accepted a position you’ll need to courier all of your documents to Korea so Immigration can process your paperwork and issue your visa issuance number. Courier fees will vary greatly depending on the service you use (FedEx, DHL, Express Post, etc.) and where you’re sending them from.
Cost: $50 – 100
Visa Application Fee
Lastly, you’ll need to pay the Korean Consulate a small fee in order for them to place your work visa in your passport.
Cost: $40 – $66
It’s also important to remember that teachers in Korea get paid monthly, therefore, you should plan on bringing enough money to cover your first months worth of living expenses. $800 (£600) is usually sufficient but bringing $1000 (£750) is recommended.