Want to Teach English in South Korea?

A common theme in the stats, comments, Facebook messages and emails sent to LiveTravelMore is teaching English in South Korea. Instead of constantly writing what feels like the same responses over and over and over and over again for many people, I’m writing this post to help you and anyone else who may come along in the future. I will update it occasionally as new information is obtained that may be relevant.

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Apostilled Degrees in 3 Easy Steps

This post is a continuation of my series entitled, How to Prepare Documents for an E-2 Visa in Korea.

If you are a US citizen and want to work in Korea as an English teacher, there are several documents that you will need to collect before you can secure a job offer or an E-2 visa. Last time, I showed you 5 Steps to an Apostilled FBI Criminal Background Check. Today, I will share 3 easy steps to obtaining apostilled copies of your degree(s). I even have insider tips at the end of this post for those of you near New York City.

Let’s begin, shall we?

Step 1. Make copies of your degree(s).

  • You want to use copies – not your actual/original degree(s) – for this process as you will be submitting them to the Korean government and they will not be returned.
  • My black and white copies were acceptable by New York State. Save your money and opt out of the fancy pants color copies.

Step 2. Get the copies of your degree(s) notarized (and verified by your county clerk if necessary).

  • You will need to bring both the copies and originals of your degree(s). The originals are used to verify your degree(s) and should not be notarized. 
  • Also, since most states will not authenticate documents notarized in other states, be sure that the state in which you get your copies notarized will also be the state from which you will request an apostille. For example, a document notarized by an official in Kentucky cannot be apostilled by the Secretary of State in Indiana.

Step 3. Submit your notarized (and verified if necessary) copies of your degree(s) to your state’s Secretary of State.

  • Find your state’s Secretary of State by doing a simple Google search using the terms “(your state name) Secretary of State apostille.” Follow the directions listed there for receiving an apostille.
  • In most areas, you have 2 options.They are listed below from slowest to quickest turnaround. 

Option 1: Mail your request directly to your Secretary of State. In an express mail envelope, send the notarized/verified copies of your degree(s), completed apostille application form, payment method, and a prepaid self-addressed express mail envelope to your state’s Secretary of State.

Option 2: Submit your request in person to your Secretary of State. Walk into the office with the notarized/verified copies of your degree(s), completed apostille application form, and payment method. You will likely receive the apostille while you wait or on the next business day.

  • Depending on your state, prices for this service will vary from $0 – $25 per document and the turnaround time can range from 15 minutes – 10 business days.

Were you expecting something more difficult? I told you this would be pretty easy. Next time, we’ll discuss how to create a kick-ass introduction video that will get you noticed and help you get hired in a public school.

As promised, insider tips for those near New York City can be found after the jump.

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