Before you begin teaching in South Korea, you will need a visa. At Park English, we will help you through every step in the visa process. Once a school has hired you and a contract has been signed, all your E2 visa documents will be sent to your school so they can sponsor you for your teaching visa. Once you have been approved for a teaching visa in Korea, your visa issuance number, forms and detailed instructions will be provided by our head office in Seoul.
The application form for the E2 teaching visa and detailed instructions can be found on our website; there is a link to download and fill out the form. First, you will need to call your local Korean Consulate and make an appointment. Then, the visa application will need to be submitted to your local Korean Consulate along with two passport photos, an official sealed transcript, your passport and the visa issuance forms and number. First time teachers in Korea will need to make an appointment and go to the Korean Consulate in person, while experienced teachers in Korea can obtain the visa by mail.
Once the Consulate has received all the necessary documents from the teacher and the sponsoring school, the visa will be issued. The issuance time varies, but usually takes about a week from when all documents are received by the Consulate. Your flight to South Korea will be planned according to the date your visa will be received.
In some cases, a school needs a teacher right away and there is not time to wait for the visa procedure to be completed in a teacher¡―s home country. The Korean government allows teachers to come and begin teaching in South Korea while the visa is being processed, as long as the visa application has been submitted to immigration. When a school needs a teacher immediately, we send visa documents to immigration at the same time the teacher is arriving in the country.