Beginning the Visa Process for S. Korea

Over the next couple of months, David and I will be working on getting our documents together to head over to Korea.  This is probably the most annoying and complex process I have ever encountered as far as paperwork goes.  Here are the steps as I understand them.  Feel free to skip this post if you want but I have a feeling some of you are curious about the whole process even though it is quite boring.

1) Apply for a Criminal Record Check (CRC).  David and I did this about 3 weeks ago.  This is the first thing you want to do because it can take up to 12 weeks! The CRC is done through the FBI.  You have to get professionally fingerprinted then send your prints to the FBI, along with a lot of paperwork, including a letter asking for the CRC to be “authorized” by some important person.  Once that is done, you wait!  When the CRC is returned to us, we will send them in to be apostilled.  This means that they will be officially authenticated and it costs a lot of money.

2) We also have to get 5 passport photos.  4 to send to Korea (God knows what they do with them).  1 to give to the Korean Consulate.  We attempted to get these done at Wal-mart but the photo shop went out of business…. Lesson: never trust Wal-mart.  So we are opting with Costco instead.

3) Another item we have to get appostilled is a copy of our diploma.  If you don’t remember what appostilled means, it basically means that the copy of the diploma is an authentic copy of an authentic diploma… Like I said, complex.  In order to do this we have to make copies of our diplomas, have them notarized (first authentification), then, drive all the way to the state capital and have them appostilled (second authentification).  Luckily, one of my roommates is a notary, so that will save us some money.

5)  Fill out a very basic self-declaring health form.

6) Update the ole resume.

7) A photo copy of the information page of our passports.

Once all this is done, we send the documents to the Adventure Teaching office in S. Korea and they will start looking for a job for us.  Pretty much we are just waiting on the CRC to return and we will be moving right a long.

By the way, this is only part of the documents process.  This doesn’t even describe the second half of the documentation we need which includes applying for a visa and such.  That happens after we get our job offers.  Horray bureaucracy!


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