E2 VISA INSTRUCTIONS FOR NEW ZEALAND
You have decided to teach in South Korea, congratulations! We are here for you every step of the way as you embark on this wonderful adventure. We have prepared a helpful guide below to help guide you through how to get an E2 Visa.
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Step 1: Documents
The first step in this exciting process is to collect and authenticate your documents. Below we have broken down the specific steps for each document. You will need all of them completed before moving on to step 2.
1.1 University Degree
- Must be a four-year Bachelor’s degree (at minimum) in any discipline from an accredited university.
- Take your degree to a local notary public. The lawyer will make a photocopy of it and notarize it.
- Once you have a notarized photocopy of your degree, it must be apostilled by DIA (Department of Internal Affairs).
1.2 Criminal record check
- Your record check cannot be more than six months old when you are proceeding to step 2.
- Your criminal record check can be ordered through the Criminal Records Unit at the Ministry of Justice. It is free of charge and takes a minimum of 20 working days to process.
- If they ask, tell them it is for Footprints Recruiting and provide our address (listed on our home page).
- If it is not signed by the issuing officer, you will need to have it verified by a notary public. If it is signed by the issuing officer, you can take it to be apostilled.
- Once you have your criminal record check, it must be apostilled by DIA (Department of Internal Affairs).
1.3 Health Statement
- This is a simple questionnaire form from the Korean government where you personally answer the questions. Once you arrive in Korea, a full blood test and physical exam will be administered.
- The test will include testing for narcotics, TB, HIV, and other communicable diseases. The government suggests that they are not testing for THC or marijuana but please note that smoking marijuana in Korea is a criminal offense and is NOT handled lightly. Foreigners are not exempt and are in fact targeted. DO NOT BRING ANY DRUGS TO KOREA, OR USE ANY THERE.
- If you do not pass the health exam in Korea you will likely have your visa revoked and will not have a job or health insurance.
1.4 Passport Photocopy
- This is a photocopy the information page of your passport.
- Make sure you have at least 6 months on your passport before it expires.
- Make sure there is at least 2 completely empty pages in your passport.
- Print a copy of your resume.
1.6 Signed Copy of School Contract
- The contract will be provided to you by e-mail once you agree to the contract and the school accepts you as a teacher.
1.7 Five Passport Sized Photos
- These are standard passport photos – the same that you would need for a new passport. The photos must not be older than 6 months.
- Have one additional passport photo on hand for the final stage of the overall E2 visa application process, in Step 3.
Step 2: Send Documents to Korea (Visa Reservation Number)
Checklist of Required Documents:
- Notarized copy of your degree with apostille
- Notarized National Criminal Record Check with apostille
- Health check statement
- Photocopy of the information page of your passport
- Copy of your resume
- Signed copy of your school contract
- Two passport-sized photos
Step 3: Submit Application with the Korean Consulate
We move to this step assuming that you have received your Visa Confirmation Number. If you don’t have it, please check with your Placement Coordinator and they will contact the school to see where things currently stand. Korean immigration usually takes 7 to 12 business days to process applications in Korea.
Once you have your Visa Issuance Number it is time to send or take your application and supporting documents to the Korean Consulate or Embassy nearest to you.
Take or mail the Visa Application form and the required documents to the Korean Consulate with jurisdiction of your area.
Required Documents to Apply for an E2 Visa at the Korean Consulate: How to get an E2 visa. E2 Visa Requirements. E2 Visa instructions.
- completed E2 Visa Application Form
- Passport: Make sure you have your passport ready, that there is 6 months validity left on it and that there is at least 2 empty pages. Make sure it’s signed too.
- Photo: You will need to send a passport picture with your application or a picture that is 2 inches by 2 inches.
- Confirmation of Visa Issuance Number: Fill in the reservation number in the appropriate section of the application form.
- Fee: Please always contact the consulate at the time of applying to confirm the fee and accepted payment methods
Always call your consulate to ensure you are familiar with their procedures.
Each consulate has different processing times (from one hour to 5 days), so ask them when it will be ready and let us know as soon as you know so plans can be made. If you didn’t go in person, call the consulate to make sure they received your documents and to find out when your visa will be ready. Teach English Abroad. Teach in South Korea. How to get an E2 visa. E2 Visa Guide. E2 Visa Requirements. E2 Visa instructions.
Once you have received your passport back with your E2 visa, you are all set to begin your journey to Korea!
Korean Consulate Locations & Jurisdictions
Korean Consulate Auckland
Serving Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Northland, and Gisborne.
Address: Level 12, Tower 1, 205 Queen Street, Auckland Central, New Zealand
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Disclaimer: while we work diligently to keep up to date on the E2 visa requirements, we are not government officials. Use this information as a guide only and always call your local consulate to ensure that the process has not changed.
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