Thursday, January 03, 2008

The new E2 Visa Hoopla...

Ok. I've been sucked into the "you have to know about.." category because I'm a fellow EFL Teacher here in Korea. And, though I've stayed away from talking much about EFL related stuff (well, I've had a kid, for one--and he surely keeps me busy) I decided it was time to contribute.

Everyone is talking about it. You can read it daily in various blogs. There's tid-bits of gossip you hear at work, or on the street; and up to this point, it has sounded like nothing but hearsay. The new E2 Visa laws have caused a lot of commotion in the ESL/EFL community.

The Korea Immigration website posted about this topic, but I think if any native English speaker were looking to get the right information--and the necessary documents to get their E2 Visa accordingly (especially newcomers who plan to come and teach in Korea)--a huge question mark pops up.


Who has the low-down on what's really going on?


For the past month while on maternity leave, I had been helping out a Korean friend who works as a recruiter, finding teachers to work for hagwons in Daegu. She didn't even know about these new requirements that supposedly took effect as of January 1st, 2008. One thing I DO know, however, is that schools will no longer be able to find teachers quick. And if you want to tack on a part-time job working for another school (at your own risk, of course), these new E2 laws won't apply to you. You'll have a whole new set of issues to deal with yourself.

EFL Geek has posted on this, and I found the site to be the most informative. The widely read Marmott's Hole also posted an interesting take of the E2 situation through an article written for the Korea times. I also ran across EFL-Law.com has some particularly important links to consider, too.

So what's the deal? Does anyone have a definitive answers?!?

Well, I fell upon the G4F of Korea website, dedicated to bridging the gap between Korea's foreign population and the government. TONS of valuable information to be had, so check it out; however, as of yet, I haven't found any new information regarding the new E2 visa requirements. In the meantime, I'll be surfing the web for more info on this matter...

5 comments:

the winter sunlight said...

HELLO HOW ARE YOU? i AM TRYING TO GET COMMENTS ABOUT STREET SIGNS OF kOREA.i BELIEVE THIS IS A MAJOR ISSUE FOR TORUISTS AND VISITORS IN KOREA. YOUR COMMENT WILL BE GREATLY APPRECIATED

Anonymous said...

Good to read your blog. I am ET. It's my nickname. The acronym of English Teacher. not ET of Spielberg's.

Can we share some information?

For example, Topics children like. I am planning on English Camp. I hope instructors will teach campers topics they like.

I wish your best regards.
If possible, mail me
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Rick said...

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This section introduces Korea-related bloggers' articles with their blogs URLs.
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jdecris said...

Hello,

I have a question about the E2 visa. I was planning on going to south korea and securing a job in person, but I'm not sure if I can still do this with the new visa guidelines. Can people applying for their first visa still do visa runs to Japan or do I have to get it from my home country? thanks

Justin

Sonia said...

Thank you for the info. It sounds pretty user friendly. I guess I’ll pick one up for fun. thank u

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