Job and visa application procedures are the same for all candidates regardless of nationality. There are, however, some noticeable differences in procedures between private school job applicants and public school job applicants. Steps for both job types are outlined below.
Don’t worry about the lengthy timelines for the different application stages. Most of the time needed is just ‘waiting-time’ for different offices (your school, Korean Immigration, the Consulate, etc.) to process paperwork. More importantly, your Gone2Korea coordinator is here to do the heavy lifting so you don’t have to. We’ll be providing you with expert tips and easy to follow instructions at every stage. It’s what we do and we’re very good at it!
How the job and visa process works for private school teaching jobs
The very first thing you should do is check our basic requirements page to make sure you qualify for the jobs and the respective work visa.
Submit your application via our online application form. You’ll need to attach your resume and a recent photo, so make sure you have them ready to go. Successful candidates can expect to hear from one of our senior coordinators within a few days of applying. Your coordinator will schedule a time to speak with you in order to conduct a brief interview, explain how everything is going to work, and address all of your initial questions and concerns. After the call, your coordinator will send you a guidelines manual that’s specific to your nationality.
Receive and review detailed job opportunities from your Gone2Korea coordinator. How many options we’re able to present you with depends on numerous factors (when you apply, your credentials, the amount of interest your application generates with school hiring managers, your document status, etc.)
Your coordinator will arrange formal interviews with the schools and programs you have an interest in. We’ll get you prepped in advance so you’ll know what to expect during the calls. The Korean job market gets more competitive each year so you’ll want to make a great impression with the schools you speak to.
If your interviews are successful, the schools will offer a formal employment contract. You’ll need to review the contract and make a decision to accept or decline the offer before the respective deadline. Note: The offers are not open ended, most schools will give you 2-3 days to make a decision.
Congratulations, you now have a job lined up with a Korean school! At this point you will need to send your required documents to Korea in order to apply for your Korean work visa. Documents will include: signed and dated job contract, apostilled copy of your bachelors degree, apostilled background check, copy of your passport, five passport photos, E2 health statement, hardcopy of your resume and the VIN application form.
NOTICE: Korean Immigration recently launched an online visa application portal for Korean employers. If your school has registered to use the online visa portal, then you don’t have to send any physical documents to Korea in advance. Alternatively, you’ll need to make crystal clear scans of your documents, then bring the hardcopies to Korea when you depart.
Your Gone2Korea coordinator will guide you through this procedure at the appropriate time.
Once your visa issuance number is ready (issued by Korean Immigration) you can apply for your actual work visa at the Korean Consulate in your region. You will need to provide the consulate with the following documents: visa application form which includes your issuance number from Immigration, visa processing fee, your physical passport (the visa goes directly onto one of your passport pages), one passport photo and a prepaid return address envelope.
NOTICE: As of 2021, some consulates now issue visa’s electronically by email. Instead of placing the physical work visa on one of your passport pages, you will receive an electronic copy of your visa. Print the visa document from home and bring it with you to Korea: Korean Immigration will place the real visa in your passport upon arrival.
It’s time to plan your departure. Gone2Korea will provide you with detailed arrival and airfare instructions. In most instances, we will arrange a personal airport pickup service to meet you at the arrival gate of your point of entry (most likely Incheon International Airport). The driver will take you straight to your new apartment, a hotel, or directly to the school. Where you need to go depends on your employer. Rest assured, we’ll make sure your arrival goes smoothly!
Time to pat yourself on the back. You just secured a job in a foreign country, acquired a work visa, and flew halfway around the world. Fantastic!
Before you start teaching the school will need you to complete some basic training and orientation (3-5 days). Once the training period ends you’ll be ready to teach on your own.
Now you’re ready to explore, meet new people, plan weekend adventures and immerse yourself in Korean culture! Feel free to give yourself another pat on the back 🙂
How the job and visa process works for public school teaching jobs
Check our basic requirements page to make sure you qualify for the jobs and work visa. Having a TEFL or TESOL certification is a mandatory prerequisite for all teaching jobs in the public school system.
Submit your application via our online application form. You’ll need to attach your resume and a recent photo so make sure you have them available. Successful candidates will hear from an expert public school coordinator within a few days of applying. Your assigned coordinator will send you all of the EPIK program details at this time.
Collect two letters of recommendation and complete the official EPIK application form. You’ll need to offer these documents to your respective coordinator.
NOTICE: As of 2020, the EPIK application form must be completed and submitted online through the EPIK portal. Your coordinator will guide you through the necessary steps.
Conduct a formal interview with an EPIK office representative. The interviews will last for roughly one hour, although, it will take EPIK up to one month to confirm your interview time and date (from the date in which your stage 1 documents are submitted) and up to 1 week for them to post your results.
Assuming you pass the interview, you can proceed to the next step of the process; sending all of your visa documents and EPIK application materials to Korea.
NOTICE: Passing the interview with EPIK does not mean your job is guaranteed; they need to process your documents and have your application approved by one of the education offices first.
Send the following documents to Korea via a priority courier: apostilled copy of your bachelors degree, apostilled background check, copy of your passport, five passport photos, E2 health statement, hardcopy of your resume, hardcopy of your EPIK form, the original recommendation letters and a copy of your TEFL certificate. You’ll also need to send any supplementary documents that affect your salary level: teaching license, PGCE, full-time teaching experience, MA degree, other.
Your coordinator will guide you through this crucial step at the appropriate time.
EPIK will process your documents (i.e. confirm their authenticity) upon receipt. Once your documents have been verified, EPIK will refer you to one of the education offices (a metropolitan office of education or a provincial office of education – MOE’s and POE’s respectively) for final approval. Once your application is approved by an MOE or POE they will issue your employment contract and notice of appointment.
Notice: Depending on when you apply in the hiring session, this step can take 2 months or more.
You can apply for your work visa at the Korean Consulate in your region as soon as your contract and notice of appointment are ready.
Send the following documents to the consulate: copy of your employment contract, the original notice of appointment, visa processing fee, your physical passport (the visa goes directly onto one of your passport pages), one passport photo and a prepaid return address envelope.
NOTICE: As of 2020, some consulates now issue the work visas electronically. Instead of placing the physical work visa in your passport pages, you’ll receive an electronic copy of your visa by email. Print the visa document from home and bring it with you to Korea: Korean Immigration will place the real visa in your passport when you arrive.
It’s time to pack and organize your flight to Korea. Your coordinator will offer detailed arrival instructions at this stage.
Congratulations, you’re now in Korea! Before heading to your MOE or POE you’ll need to conduct a 7 day training and orientation period (operated by EPIK). Once the training period ends you’ll be sent to your living and working location. Now you can get settled in your new apartment and start teaching. Woohoo!
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Gone2Korea is your connection to full-time teaching jobs in South Korea. Western graduates, primarily from the US, Canada, UK, and Australia, use our services to secure jobs with trusted Korean schools, and schools use our services to find and hire enthusiastic teachers from the West.
Worth noting: We’re not a job ‘sourcing’ agency or recruiter that finds new schools on the fly. On the contrary, we work with a select group of schools and programs that we know and trust.
In addition to helping you land a job, we’ll also be helping you with your work visa, departure, arrival, and offering support for the entirety of your contracted term.
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