How to check the status of your Korean Visa Application

**DO NOT CONTACT ME ABOUT YOUR APPLICATION**

** अपने आवेदन के बारे में मुझसे संपर्क न करें **

Applying for a Korean visa can be nerve wracking. Even if you have tracked your application through the mail, once it arrives at the embassy or consulate, there is black hole of wonder on where your visa is, in relation to the application process.

Well, wonder no more! At visa.go.kr you can search the status of your visa by providing simple information you submitted on your application.

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If you aren’t proficient in Korean, go ahead and click the English option in the navigation of the webpage in the upper right hand corner.

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Proceed to click “Check Application Status & Print”

EPIK applicants: Search using your passport # and enter your name as it appears on your passport in [LAST NAME, FIRST NAME, MIDDLE NAME] format. Click on the calendar icon and navigate yourself to your date of birth and………voila~

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Click “search” and you will presented with a status table below the search box indicating your receipt number, date of application, status of stay, and where your application stands within the application process.

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And there you have it, no more wondering!

Ad astra per aspera,

-Jeffrey

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**DO NOT CONTACT ME ABOUT YOUR APPLICATION**

** अपने आवेदन के बारे में मुझसे संपर्क न करें **

EPIK NOA and Contract Packet – Fall 2016

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My NOA!

My NOA and supporting documents arrived this afternoon! FI.NA.LLY.

KorVia sent my documents on 7/6 and they arrived today 7/7. I am still so impressed at how quickly mail can get from one side go the globe to the next so quickly…

Anyway, so inside the packet there was a letter from the KorVia CEO extending congratulations from the KorVia team on my success along with orientation information, which had previously been provided online by EPIK coordinators on the EPIK Fall 2016 Facebook page and on KorVia’s Facebook page.

More importantly, my tentative (long and somewhat intimidating lol) contract was enclosed as well. This contract sample will be signed by me and sent along with my supporting documents to the Chicago Consulate for my E-2 Visa. Which looks like a headache waiting to happen but I will keep you updated!

Ad astra per aspera,

Jeffrey

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EPIK Placement – GWANGJU!

This morning I woke up to see the e-mail I have been waiting to receive for what seems like an eternity.

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Gwangju was my preferred location so I could not be happier. Of course, I would be happy with any placement, as I believe each city and province has its own personality and charms.

Now comes the wait for the notice of appointment, contract, and visa application. Exciting stuff!

Ad astra per aspera,

– Jeffrey

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EPIK: Common questions -With answers from coordinators

Here I have compiled a list of some of the questions and answers from the official EPIK Fall 2016 Facebook page. I hope this is helpful, especially since the people asking the questions are real applicants in real situations and the answers are coming from real EPIK coordinators themselves.


Q: Not sure if this has been asked before, but if we don’t get our first choice for placement- how will EPIK place us? Is there a way to tell them about our second and third choices?

A: Epik Coordinator – We only provide one option for a preference location and do not give a secondary preference location. On rare occasions, some applicants may be asked to change their preference if there are some issues with their documents or they are not eligible for the location they have selected initially.


Q: Does anyone know when we’re allowed to take vacations? I imagine it depends on each school, but just for reference? My dad wants to get married in early June 2017 so I’m wondering if that would fall within a vacation period. Thanks!

A: Epik Coordinator – This depends on schools primarily, but for the most part the summer vacation period is in August and the winter vacation period in February. As noted above, most schools will have camps during this period, so your vacation days will usually be taken in these months and around your camp obligations.


Q: Since I only have my earlobes pierced do I still need the tattoo and piercing sworn declaration?

A: Epik Coordinator – In your situation, that document is not needed Continue reading

Apostle? Aeropostale? Apostille! (your diploma)

Here are the steps I took to get my diploma notarized and apostilled. Keep in mind that I had my diploma apostilled in the state of Kansas, so your process may be different.


First, what IS an apostille?: “Apostilles authenticate the seals and signatures of officials on public documents such as birth certificates, notarials, court orders, or any other document issued by a public authority, so that they can be recognized in foreign countries that are parties to the Convention.” – US State Department

Also to answer another question you may have, here is the pronunciation


1. Locate a notary public

I live in the same town as the University I attended, so I visited the registrar’s office. Most banks offer this service for free if you have an account. I know that UPS also offers notarization services but they will charge you a fee ~$10. Wherever you choose to do this, it is a good idea to call ahead.

I know that Kansas ONLY apostilles documents which have been notarized by KANSAS notary publics. I think this is the case in most states.  In other words, the document you have notarized MUST be apostilled in the same state. (To apostille a document, it must be notarized first in the SAME state). Continue reading

The small details: Make the most of your EPIK application

Most of these suggestions are dependent upon your timing and personal preferences~


1. Apply directly

I say this even though I applied through KorVia consulting. The general rule is that recruiting agencies have a later application acceptance date (around April 1st) than applicants who apply directly. As an example, for Fall 2016 intake, direct applicants could submit their applications on February 1st, 2 whole months earlier than us recruiter applicants.

However, I HIGHLY recommend KorVia should you choose to use a recruiter!

2. Strategize your preferred location and be open to any location

forestCheck that box saying you are open to other locations if you cannot be placed in your preferred location! Being flexible is a huge deal.

Seoul, Busan, and Gyeonggi-do are generally viewed as the most competitive locations. If you have your heart set on a metropolitan area, you may be best served to go avoid listing Busan and Seoul, and instead, apply to a smaller metropolitan area such as Daegu, Ulsan, Daejeon, Sejong city or Gwangju.

In other words, choose a less competitive metropolitan area or else you may be placed in a place like rural Gangwon province (no hate on Gangwon, though. They have the Olympics coming up!). Rural areas have their own charms and you may find that you are best served in the countryside.

Of course, by all means, if you really want Seoul or Busan write it down. Continue reading

Apostilled Criminal Background Check – EPIK Fall 2016

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After receiving your cleared Identity History Summary Check from the FBI, you will need to have that document apostilled by the Department of State in Washington, D.C.

You have the option of using a channeler to expedite this process, or you can do it independently. I went with the independent option via mail  since I expedited my initial background check results and had time to go the normal route.

Documents you need to include in your package – Continue reading

Form 8802 Application – Residency Certification

Let me just start by saying that this topic is a HOT MESS. It may be because it is tax related that I automatically had a predetermined attitude that this would be a complicated form to complete, but the 16 page set of directions that go along with it seem to justify my confusion and frustration.

So after I passed my EPIK interview I received an email from my recruiter telling me that I need to apply for a residency certificate to avoid double taxation.
South Korean won Free IconThis is only applicable to teachers from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, United Kingdom and United States. Candidates from Canada and Ireland and those who resided in Korea for more than 2 years are NOT applicable. For those who cannot apply for this income tax exemption, your income tax (3.3%) will be deducted from your salary. By submitting your residency certificate to your school(employer) in Korea, you will prevent about at least  ₩800,000 (per year) of income tax in Korea per year being deducted. Continue reading