If you've accepted a hagwon (private school) position transcripts are not required (unless you are Canadian).
If you've accepted a public school position you will need to send 1 seal transcript when mail your documents to your school.
However, please have at least 1 extra copy as some Korean Consulates ask for it when you apply for your E2 visa with E2 confirmation number.
We still encourage everyone to have at lest 2 sets (envelopes) of sealed transcripts prepared just in case.
No, the photos do not have to match your passport.
They cannot be photocopies.
They must be in a passport style and format.
Yes, only the CRC and diploma copy need to be apostilled (Canadians use a different process).
Americans, to save time and money, you might as well get the photocopy of your diploma apostilled at the Secretary of State, preferably in person.
Because the FBI CRC is a federal document it must be apostilled by the Department of State in Washington, D.C. They are extremely busy with long wait times, so we suggest using a company like US Legalization who can apostille it quickly on your behalf. US Legalization can also apostille your notarized diploma photocopy.
No. For American teachers you must have an FBI criminal check because this is the only national-level check available. This FBI criminal record check must then be apostilled at the Department of State, in Washington, DC. We suggesting using a company like US Legalization to swiftly and efficiently have your apostille done.
We're sorry to say that you will not have a chance finding a job in Korea. Korean Immigration has tightened their regulations in the past few years, and will not accept anything else than a clean criminal record check. Teachers with any charges related to alcohol, drugs, or stealing, or pretty much anything more than a reckless driving, will be denied by immigration.
No, you don't have to bring it, but we do recommend that you do. There are some circumstances when your degree may be required. If you would prefer not to bring your diploma, then you should make sure to leave it with someone who can access it easily if you should require it.
Yes. You can exit and enter Korea with your E2 visa multiple times.