Teachers applying for an E-2 visa must have a nationwide Criminal Background Check AND a photocopy of their Bachelor’s Diploma apostilled to meet Korean immigration requirements. This page will explain exactly how to complete this step of the process but firstly, an apostille looks something like this:
Apostille is simply a French word which means a certification. It is commonly used in English to refer to the legalization of a document for international use under the terms of the 1961 Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents. Korea, USA, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and the UK are all signors of this agreement.
NOTE: Canada did not sign this agreement, so Canadians cannot have a document apostilled. Canadians must take their background checks and diploma certificates to their nearest Korean Consulate to be verified in replacement of an Apostille.
Click on the following links to find information and the cost (usually $20 or less) of getting your documents apostilled in your area.