At Teach ESL Korea we will make sure we walk you through the entire E2 Visa Process, and clearly explain why each step or document is required. Here is a rough breakdown of some of the costs associated with getting to Korea.
A few things to keep in mind: Once you arrive in Korea, you can always ask for an advance from your school, of up to 2 weeks salary (1,000,000 won) After you start earning your normal salary, it should not be too hard to save 500,000 to 1,000,000 won a month on a regular basis.
(Around $50) Ordering sealed transcripts, criminal record check. Less than $50 usually, but it can depend a little on the school or police agency.
($10) Having 10 copies of passport sized photos taken, to be used for various steps of the process.
($70-100) Sending documents to your school You will need to use a courier, and we strongly suggest DHL or Fed EX. Generally, DHL is more cost effective and just as reliable.
($0 to $200) Personal interview at the Korean consulate (This entirely depends on the Consulate, the distance from your house, and how many days it takes for them to process your E2 visa after your interview)
(Depends on the school) Flight to Korea with the new E2 visa rules, testing for drugs (except marijuana or cannabis) schools are more reluctant to pay for the flight in advance, just in case a teacher failed a drug test and gets deported after they land. If you are willing to take these tests before you leave, we can almost always get the school to pay for the flight in advance. ALL of our schools have always refunded every teachers flight cost, in cash, the day you pass the medical after landing in Korea.
(30,000 won) Bus to your city.
(10,000 won) Alien Registration Card. You can obtain this about 2 weeks after you arrive in Korea, and you pass the medical and drug test. This card allows you to open a bank account, get a cell phone, or have internet in your apartment.
(70,000 won) Medical check in Korea. This can depend on the school, as some pay for this exam, but many do not.