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CHANGES TO IMMIGRATION RULES FOR FOREIGN TEACHERS WORKING IN THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA (12/12/07)
CHANGES TO IMMIGRATION RULES FOR FOREIGN TEACHERS WORKING IN THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA
On 15 December the Ministry of Justice will make changes to the immigration rules which will effect those in Korea in teaching positions on E2 visas and those planning to work in Korea as teachers on E2 visas. On 10 December the British Embassy were called to a meeting hosted by the Ministry of Justice to outline the changes to the Korean immigration rules.
We have been told by the Ministry of Justice that Korean Embassies overseas were informed of the changes to the immigration rules on 19 November. Anyone planning to come to Korea and work as a teacher should contact their nearest Korean Embassy to find out how these changes will affect them. The website for the Korean Embassy in London can be found at www.koreanembassy.org.uk
All enquiries about the immigration rule changes should be referred to the Ministry of Justice. The Ministry of Justice website can be found at www.moj.go.kr
For those already in Korea we have been told that when you need to apply for a visa extension, renewal or when switching employers you will need to provide a criminal check completed in the UK and a health check completed in Korea.
The attached scanned leaflet provided by the Ministry of Justice provides more information.
The British police do not issue “certificates of good conduct” or “police clearance certificates”. However you can request a police reply under the subject access provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998 as a suitable equivalent. The Korean authorities would find this acceptable.
It is possible for British Citizens living in Korea to make this request to their local police authority from outside the UK
You do not have to have been living in the UK before making this request.
The reply from the British police has no expiry date as it covers the time up to the request was made.
We understand that the request and reply take around 40 days to complete. The reply will be sent to you by post only and will not be sent by either email or fax. You can only make the request via the British police – the British Embassy cannot facilitate this for you.
The Metropolitan Police website has further information on obtaining a police reply under the subject access provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998. Click here: http://www.met.police.uk/dataprotection/faq.htm#certs for step by step instructions on how to make this request. Similar requests can be made to other police forces in the United Kingdom. For a list of Police Forces in the UK including contact details, click here: www.askthe.police.uk
Once you have your police check this will need to be notarised by the Consular section of the British Embassy. www.britishembassy.gov.uk
Tel:+82 (2) 3210 5500
Degree certificates will also need to be verified to prove their authenticity. This applies to applicants both in Korea and applying in the UK. This can be done by your employer. They will need to contact the Korean Accreditation Agency who will carry out the necessary checks. In order for them to be able to do this you will need to provide a signed letter of consent to your employer. Failure to complete these checks may result in your visa being denied.
For applicants in the UK the result will be sent directly to the Korean Embassy.
11 December 2007