The new rules supposedly go into effect here in South Korea on the 15th of December. I don’t know all the details, but what I’ve heard is that the rules first apply to teachers or candidates who have NEVER taught in Korea before. However, I don’t know what the rules will be for those who have and those who would like to renew. The instructors outside the country have to not only submit their own criminal background check, but also do a diploma validation for themselves and also submit an affidavit identifying they are healthy & do not have medical problems. With all these requirements, they submit them to the Korean immigration authorities to apply for their visa. On top of this, I heard they may have to come into the country and submit themselves to a set of medical tests verifying their affidavit of health.
Again, these are just what I’ve heard, but I wanted to let people know what is supposedly “the word out on the street.” As I get more details, I will post them.