As with everything in life, it is better to plan ahead. If you wish to teach in Korea in less than 6 months, you should start gathering all of these required documents:
Please note that you can apply with us anytime, and we can review the required documents in more detail at that time.
We can start the job hunt as soon as you apply, and we review your file with you, but the soonest you can start in Korea is 4-5 weeks after you have all documents in your hand. We would just start looking for start dates that match when you can be ready to leave.
Disclaimer: While we strive to keep all information on this website current and up to date, please note that the document requirements are subject to change with little or no notice. Once you’ve applied, your Teacher Rep is the best way to confirm what is currently required.
A few changes that have happened with regards to required documents in Korea:
Canadian Teachers - Criminal check
As a very important FYI, Immigration Offices in Korea have a new way of interpreting the rules for Canadians and the RCMP checks. In the past, you could order the crc from any city or provincial police force, since they all used the same database. This is not longer the case.
Now - You must provide an RCMP crc check, that is ordered directly from the RCMP, not a 3rd party company, and not even from a local police force. It MUST also include a fingerprint scan!
Here is a link to electronic fingerprint locations across Canada - http://www.morpho.com/morpho-in-canada/fingerprinting-services/canada-locations/
American Teachers - The FBI check has always been the most time consuming document to obtain, since it used to take 4-6 weeks, and lately the processing time was up to 10 to 14 weeks!!!
Luckily, Korean Immigration Office now allows you to use an approved expediting service, which allows you to get the FBI criminal check in your hands within 3-10 days!
Once in hand, you need to get it apostilled at the Department of State. Their processing times are terribly long right now, so it's best to use a company such as US Legalization or Apostille Pros.