Posted just the other day about the new Immigration rules on the immigration website for Korea
In order to prevent illegalities of E2 teaching visa holders such as unlicensed teaching, drug use, etc, the Ministry of Justice made it mandatory for all the E2 teaching visa holders to submit criminal background check and health certificate starting from December 15, 2007.
As a bid to strengthen the qualifications of E2 teaching visa holders, the Ministry of Justice also made it mandatory in principle for all the applicants of E2 teaching visa to have an interview at the Embassy of Korea.
In addition, the Ministry of Justice announced that it would strengthen the management of immigration policy on those E2 teaching visa holders by cracking down on the unlicensed teachers of fraudulent documents(forgery), drug use, sexual offense, etc.
Ahead of the implementation of this program on Dec. 15th, 2007, the Ministry of Justice held the town hall meeting with 10 consular officers of seven embassies including those of the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Ireland, South Africa. the Ministry of Justice gave explanation of the program and details and asked for the smooth implementation and facilitation by the embassies in Korea.
Participating consular officers expressed their support for the need of criminal background report and health certificate. But they expressed the concerns about the issuance of the criminal background checks due to the limited resources, backlogs, or the long time requirements for verification.
Despite the difficulty of implementation and lack of resources, the consular officers participated in the town hall meeting, showed their strong support and willingness of cooperation for the earlier implementation of the program. They also agreed to the need of closer cooperation channel and discussions with Korea Immigration Service.
For any inquiries, please contact International Cooperation Division(Tel 02-500-9197).