Obtaining or renewing your visa is one of the last steps you need to take before starting your new job. An E2 visa is the official visa status for English teachers coming to Korea. This process will start after you have submitted your final documents to your school and have been sent a visa issuance number from Korvia. We have outlined below the steps each candidate needs to take based on their situation.
Those coming to South Korea for the first time to teach English will need to obtain an E2 visa from abroad. This process will take about 4 weeks to complete; 2 weeks to process on the Korean side, and another 2 weeks to process in your country. The process can be expedited by visiting your local Korean consulate in person so that you are not subject to shipping delays. If a consulate is too far away, you may also mail it in via express mail. Once your visa is ready, you can specify (at the time of application) whether you would like to pick it back up in person or have it mailed to your house.
Below is a complete list of steps to obtain your E2 Visa if you are a new teacher coming to Korea.