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US Embassy in Busan January 20-21st 2009

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Officials from the Embassy’s American Citizen Services Unit will offer consular services in Busan on January 20-21. Services will be provided at the offices of the American Presence Post in Busan. A Consular Officer will be available on Tuesday, January 20, from 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. and on Wednesday, January 21, from 9:00 a.m.–noon at the American Presence Post, Lotte Gold Rose Building (also known as the Job Center Building), #150-3, Yangjung-dong, Busanjin-gu, Room No. 612. Continue reading

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Will this reduce salaries for English Teachers in Korea?

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Well, if economics can predict the future, there will definitely be an addition to the supply of English instructors in Korea for the next 2 years through 2010.  The following story shows how the Korean government decided to open up the Immigration standards to allow Indian citizens to teach English in Korea as long as they have an English related degree or have a teacher’s license.  In the past couple of years, there has been a decrease in the number of applicants from the normally accepted countries of the U.S., Canada, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand and South Africa due to heightened Immigration requirements which include a somewhat difficult to obtain (in some locations) Criminal Record check.  (the check isn’t always the difficulty, but sometimes the Apostille or official notarizations have complicated matters)  Continue reading

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The (Apostilled) Criminal Record Check for an E-2 Work Visa in South Korea – U.S. Citizens version

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While I won’t go into much detail about the default documents that have always been a part of the process (Original diploma, Sealed transcripts, Passport photos, Copy of the front page of the active passport, Contract & Signed health statement), I will detail a bit below about how to obtain the Apostilled (a.k.a. Internationally Notarized) Criminal Record Check which seems to be the most complicated and time consuming document(s) required to obtain the E-2 Visa to Teach English in South Korea.  Also, I am focusing on how to do it for U.S. Citizens in this post.  If time permits, I’ll try to write one for Canadians, then the other countries who can also work in Korea legally as Native English Instructors.  Before continuing, I must also point out this is NOT an official set of recommendations or instructions, but simply what I’ve found to clarify the much to do about nothing confusion that’s been created since the start of this document as a requirement to work in KoreaContinue reading

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Koreans can enter the U.S. and Americans can enter Korea visa free for 90 days NOW

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As of the 2nd week of November 2008, Korea and the USA have entered into agreement to allow each others’ citizens to visit “visa free” up to 90 days.  Americans don’t have many restrictions, but Koreans have to check with the U.S.’s Homeland Security 72 hours before they depart.  More about the changes below (originally published in the Korea Times): Continue reading

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Foreigners Approach 2 Percent of the Korean Labor Population

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By Bae Ji-sook
Staff Reporter

About two out of every 100 residents here are non-Koreans, with the majority living in and around Seoul, government data showed Tuesday.

The number of legal foreign nationals here topped 891,341 in May, accounting for 1.8 percent of the 43.95 million registered population, according to the Ministry of Public Administration and Security. The figure is a 23 percent jump from a year earlier. Continue reading

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Directions to the Immigration office in Busan South Korea

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Directions to the Immigration office in Busan:

Take the subway on line #1 to the Jungang-dong station (#112), take exit #10 out of the subway and walk towards the water (follow signs for Busan International Ferry Terminalnot the Coastal Terminal) for about 5 minutes until you see on your right BUSAN IMMIGRATION (2nd floor) or 부산출입국사무소. It is tucked away in between the Customs building and the Ferry Terminal. Continue reading

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Just short of 600 views…

Like I said “porcupines,” “Korean women” and many others like “how to say hello (or thank you) in Korean” are dominating the traffic on the blog these days.  For a snippet of the rest of the popular posts, check out the following WordPress stats for The Real “South” Korea: Continue reading

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(another) AMERICAN CITIZEN SERVICES NEWSLETTER JULY 2008

These can be useful for the expats in Korea…

U.S. State Department, U.S. Embassy Seoul
Consular Section, American Citizen Services (ACS) Newsletter
July 2008

The U.S. Embassy is transmitting the following monthly newsletter via its warden system as a public service to U.S. citizens in the Republic of Korea.  Please feel free to disseminate this message to U.S. citizens in your organizations or to other Americans you know. Continue reading

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Hagwon Look to Block Unqualified Foreign Teachers

05-19-2008 17:55

from: http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2008/05/117_24409.html

By Kang Shin-who
Staff Reporter

The association of foreign language institutes or hagwon said Monday that the government should block the inflow of unqualified native English teachers, making clear its opposition to a policy to increase the number of “questionable instructors.’’ Continue reading

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Using foreign talent in Korea

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http://joongangdaily.joins.com/article/view.asp?aid=2885316

January 21, 2008

President-elect Lee Myung-bak has said he will employ foreigners in top government posts. Recently, the Financial Supervisory Service appointed an American, William Ryback, as its vice governor. Ryback was deputy chief executive and head of supervision of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority before moving to Korea. However, it put some limits on his role as a “special counselor.” By doing so, it raised the suspicion that the FSS is not making the most of Ryback’s abilities. Continue reading

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Seoul Schools May Hire Asian English Teachers

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http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/special/2008/01/181_17379.html

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Kong Jeong-taek, superintendent of Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education, says the Seoul education office is strengthening ties with foreign universities to pick qualified teachers. / Korea Times Photo by Shim Hyun-chul

By Kang Shin-who

Staff Reporter

Seoul’s top educator said he will take diverse steps to upgrade English classes at schools. Kong Jeong-taek, superintendent of Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education (SMOE), said primary and secondary schools in Seoul will have at least an assistant teacher specialized in helping students improve English communication in two or three years. Continue reading

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Examples of the apostille notarization and other documents (1 of 5)

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We were able to wrestle away an example of the Apostille stamp notarization for the new regulations here in Korea from the Immigration department. We’ve “white’d out” the name of the candidate for their privacy, but you can now see an example of what the documents look like for future candidates coming to Korea or people needing to renew after the 15th. It doesn’t look as painful as it may have originally seemed, but it is a bit extra effort.

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Examples of the apostille notarization and other documents (2 of 5)

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Notarization by local authorities, it appears…

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Examples of the apostille notarization and other documents (3 of 5)

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Examples of the apostille notarization and other documents (4 of 5)

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This looks to be the release of records by the Police Department for the purpose of Employment. 

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