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Title: FAQ (ARC, extending visa, severance, etc., etc.) UPDATED August 28, 2014
Post by: Davey on November 17, 2010, 12:04:50 pm
SAMPLE 2014 EPIK CONTRACT CAN BE FOUND HERE:

https://www.epik.go.kr/contents.do?contentsNo=54&menuNo=283

NOTE: CONTRACTS VARY SLIGHTLY FROM POE/MOE TO POE/MOE.


ARC

To avoid waiting in line at the immigration office (출입국관리사무소), you can schedule an appointment online at www.immigration.go.kr | English | On-Line Service | Reservation

Required Documents

- Your passport
- 2 colour passport photos (3cm x 4cm)
- Proof of Employment (provided by your school)
- The POE Business Registration Number (provided by your school)
- The application form
- Bring 10,000 KRW (cash only).

How long it takes for your ARC to arrive varies from city/province, and can take up to a month.

All visas are multiple-entry by default now; thus, there is no need to pay extra.

I lost by ARC. What do I do?

Go to the Immigration Office with your passport, 20,000원, 1 passport-sized photo, an application form (same as the original registration application, which you can pick up once you get there), and a report form (this is also found at the IO and is basically a statement telling when and how you lost your ARC).  You will need an additional 4,000원 for shipping, as they will mail the new card in 2 weeks.

I read in older posts that you had to file a report with the police to bring to the IO, but this is no longer necessary.

Extending Visa

You can apply for a visa extension within the last 60 days before your current visa expires.

If you're not renewing and wish to stay in the country after your contract expires, you need to apply for an extension (maximum one month). You can either go directly to Immigration Office  or do it online:

HiKorea.go.kr. --> Under the E-application tab --> The heading for is is Sojourn - Temporary extension of stay for departure of registered foreigners. 

If you're renewing, you'll need the following documents:

- Your passport
- Your Alien Registration Card
- Your new contract
- Proof of Employment, the POE Business Registration Number (ask your school for these)
- A processing fee: ~30,000 KRW (cash only)

Entrance Allowance

It is administered by National Institute for International Education (NIIED), not your school. You'll get it some time within the first month of your contract.


Quitting

As of 2014 (EPIK), if you quit within 6 months, you have to pay 700,000 KRW.

You must give 60 days notice to your school, but the day you give notice is NOT the day you stop working. Thus, if you give notice 60 days prior to the six-month mark, you will not have to pay back 700,000 KRW.

Severance

Severance is administered by your school for EPIK and GEPIK.

For renewing teachers, your renewal bonus (2,000,000 KRW) will be paid within one month. Your severance, however, will not be paid until your final contract is completed with MOE.


For departing teachers, you may request your school to give you your severance with your last paycheck/paycheque, but they are under no obligation to do so. If they say they can't, bear in mind that it is probably because they haven't received the funds from the Office of Education yet. It can take up to one month for the severance to be wired to your home bank account, but 14 Korean working days is typical. It may or may not come with the exit allowance.

If, for whatever reason, your school won't be wiring the money to you, you should ask your Korean bank how to transfer the funds from your Korean bank account to your home bank account.

Exit Allowance

Like severance, you can request for the exit allowance to be paid on payday, but they're under no obligation. If they say they can't, bear in mind that it is probably because they haven't received the funds from the Office of Education yet.  Like severance, it can up to a month, but 14 Korean working days is typical. It may or may not come with the severance.


Pension Refund

The refund is currently available to citizens of Australia, Canada and the United States.

Go to the National Pension Service website at www.nps.or.kr| English | Foreigners and Lump-sum Refund. This page will explain when and how to fill out the necessary form. You can apply for the refund no sooner than 30 days from your departure date.

It usually takes one month for the pension to be wired to your home bank account. If you don't want to wait, you can pick it up at the airport. Note that you'll likely get a less favorable exchange rate by exchanging the money at the airport.

For more details about picking it up at the airport:

AIRPORT PAYMENT SERVICE OF LUM-SUM REFUND FOR FOREIGNER

NOTE: You may not receive the entire amount if you choose this option. For example, if your contract ends August 25, yyour employer should pay pension for the month of August by September 10. This amount will be processed and added to your balance a few days later.. As you can see, if you depart shortly after September 10 or any time before that date, you will not receive the August contribution amount AT THE AIRPORT. This remainder will be wired to your home account or sent to you via check/cheque (whichever you prefer).

Also note that the airport will literally give you CASH (currency of your choosing: USD, CAD, HKD, etc.), not a check/cheque. Just a warning for those who might feel uncomfortable carrying large amounts of cash on them.

WHO CAN APPLY

○ A foreigner who is scheduled to depart for his own country through Incheon Airport within a month ○ Airport Payment is possible only in case ex-employer makes a disqualification report to National Pension Service at least one day before the departure date. (All this means is that your contract must end before the date of your departure. There is no need for you to ask your employer to make a disqualification report.)[/b]

※ If you are to depart from Korea on Saturday, Sunday or Korean legal(official) holiday, you can not apply for Airport Payment. Therefore, you should choose alternative options such as receiving through domestic account or overseas remittance.

※ Airport Payment is applicable only in case flight's departure time is from 11:00 through 24:00
HOW TO APPLY

○ Select 「Airport Payment」 when you apply for Lump-Sum Refund

○ Applicants should hand in another form of bank account for additional payment in case non-payable reasons happen on the departure date.

HOW TO RECEIVE

① Hand in forms of "Application for Lump-Sum Refund" and "Application for Lump-Sum Refund at the Airport", and then receive a filing receipt : all regional Office of the National Pension Service(except for Airport Office of NPS)
Office hours 09:00~18:00

② Receive the "Receipt of Currency Exchange" and "Direction for Payment of Lump-Sum Refund" from Incheon Airport Office after handing in the filing receipt, passport and flight ticket on the date of departure
Office hours 09:00~17:00

③ Receive the "Receipt of Currency Exchange" from Shinhan Bank Incheon International Branch after handing in "Direction for Payment of Lump-sum Refund" and a passport
Office hours 09:00~17:30

④ Withdraw the exchanged money from currency exchange booth of Shinhan Bank(in front of 29th boarding gate) after handing in "Direction for Payment of Lump-Sum Refund", "Receipt of Currency Exchange" and a passport
Office hours 09:00~21:00

http://english.nps.or.kr/jsppage/english/scheme/scheme_04.jsp



When will I get the renewal offer?

Eight to ten months into your current contract--the timing varies from POE/MOE, so don't worry if you know somebody in another city or province who got it.

Note that your evaluation score must be at least 70 percent to be offered a contract extension. Your score is determined by co-teacher(s) and vice principal. If your score is below 70 percent, you will not get rehired through EPIK.

What if I want to stay another year, but in a different city/province?

Same province, different city

You simply have to inform your POE and they might accommodate. You can also request to go to a different school (different level or same level, but different school), but there's no guarantee that they'll accommodate.

Different POE/MOE

You have to apply from scratch again (criminal record check, etc.) and have to ask your employer for a letter of release. You will also receive a settlement allowance of 300,000 KRW from the new POE/MOE (Article 11, clause 4) and you WILL receive a pay raise. However, you will not get the following:

-renewal bonus (2,000,000 KRW)
-ONE calendar weeks of additional vacation (calendar days includes holidays and weekends)
-entrance allowance

Vacation

Article 14


-Ten WORKING days in the winter and eight working days in the summer (this is in general, but other provinces such as Gangwondo get more). These days DO NOT include weekends and days when the school is closed (i.e., statutory holidays and the school anniversary). Unfortunately, if a holiday falls on a weekend, you will not be given a make up day.

-Technically, the school is not obligated to give you these days consecutively, so it is theoretically possible for them to break it up.  For example, in the winter, they could, in theory, give 5 days off one week, 3 days off another week, and 2 days off another week. (total of 10 days).

-You must get your school's consent at least 15 calendar (calendar includes weekends and holidays) days in advance from the start of your vacation (clause 2).

Just because your co-teacher, VP, etc. agreed that you can take vacation on X date weeks in advance, there is no guarantee that they'll accommodate, even if it is in  writing. If the requested  vacation period ends up interfering with an English program (e.g., English camp), the school can move your vacation to another date (clause 1)

(This is what happened in winter '09 in Daejeon. Many teachers had to cancel their vacation plans because the MOE suddenly decided to have a city-wide English camp (Hermes) during winter recess.)

-For the days you're NOT on vacation, you are obligated to come to school (i.e., "deskwarm") even though there are no classes or English camps. Some principals are lenient and may tell you not to come in, but technically this is a contract violation. Please do not brag about not having to deskwarm to other NETs as it might eventually cause all NETs to do something worse than deskwarming (who knows what the Education Offices can think of).

-If you're late or leave early on school days (illness, bank, immigration work, health check, etc.),  this will count towards your vacation days. Eight accumulated hours = 1 day.  So if you left early four hours one day and four hours another day, one vacation day will be reduced.
However, if the semester total is fewer than eight hours, no vacation days will be reduced.

-Renewing with the same POE/MOE gives you one calendar week of vacation. Remember calendar includes holidays and weekends. Again, it doesn't have to be consecutive, so the school can, in theory, break up these days if it interferes with an English program. This renewal vacation can also be banked for the next school vacation if necessary, but it must be taken within the first six months from the first day of the new contract. If they are assigned after the six-month period, there's a very good possibility you will lose those vacation days even if the school agreed, in writing, to give you the vacation period after the six-month mark. The Office of Education can overturn the school's decision as it violates the contract.

Can I get time off during the semester?

Ultimately it's up to the principal. If s/he agrees, the school will either deduct your nearest entitled vacation days or not pay you for the days you're taking off. You can request your preference, but , again, it's ultimately up to the principal.

To increase your chances, say your mother or father is getting re-married since Koreans will probably view it as more important than, say, a brother's wedding.
Title: Re: FAQ (ARC, extending visa, severance, exit allowance, pension, vacation, etc..)
Post by: naturegirl321 on December 07, 2011, 01:08:44 am
Leaving Korea, but need to extend beyond date of ARC expiration date.


The "Temporary Extension" application is for 30 days.

You need to apply for it (either on-line or in person).

You need your ARC, passport and application.

If you do it on-line you need more than 3 working days; instructions below.

If you do it in person you can do up as late as 24 hours before expiry of your ARC.

If there is any chance you may want to work again then it might be better to get a D10 (50k won). That will allow you up to 6 months to make up your mind, find a new job and change back to an E2 without the need for all new documentation.

IF you need the extra 30 days (beyond your 13 months) to complete your contract or continue working for a short time with the same employer then an E2 extension is required.

________________


go to http://www.hikorea.go.kr/pt/main_en.pt (internet explorer only...)

then
if it asks you to install something click "no"

then
on the menu near the top of the page, click "e-application" -> "file an application"

then
click the little mouse icon next to "Temporary extension of stay for departure of registered foreigners"
(click "no" if prompted to install something again)

then
read the terms and click "i agree", "apply (principal)" and "apply"
(click "no" if prompted to install something again)

then
you'll need to create an account.  click "sign up/join" on the left menu to do so.
under "private membership", click "foreigners"

then
give them your info (passport, ARC card number, etc)

then
once you get an account, file your e-application*
*you'll need to submit a .jpg file of your flight info.
to do this, I:
-opened my email to my flight info
-pressed the 'print screen' button my keyboard (this copies the current display on your screen to the computer's clipboard)
-opened MS Paint
-press Ctrl+v (paste)
-select the part of the page you need and press Ctrl+c (copy)
-click file->new and Ctrl+v
-save as a .jpeg/.jpg and attach this to your application

---

I had to wait a few days, but you can check in on the website by clicking 'Application Result' and entering your log-in info.

When it's been approved, it will say "Granted" and have a clickable button to print your "전자민원 확인서 Certificate of Permission for e-Application".  Bring this with you at the airport!"
Title: Re: FAQ (ARC, extending visa, severance, exit allowance, pension, vacation, etc..)
Post by: Waygookingumisi on December 13, 2011, 11:35:46 pm
Just a quick check, about the renewal bonus total

If I am on level 1 as from feb 2012 (2.5million)

I should legally be entitled to 2.0 renewal bonus
                                               2.5 Severance pay
                                               2.5 normal months salary
total of 7,000,000 in one month? this correct? will this be taxed on or not?
Title: Re: FAQ (ARC, extending visa, severance, exit allowance, pension, vacation, etc..)
Post by: iggyb on December 14, 2011, 11:41:57 am
I could be wrong, but if you are renewing, you won't get the severance until after you finish the new contract (or if you leave before it is finished, you should get a severance that calculates how many months you've worked for SMOE - since you finished the first 12 month contract).
Title: Re: FAQ (ARC, extending visa, severance, exit allowance, pension, vacation, etc..)
Post by: Waygookingumisi on December 14, 2011, 01:44:51 pm
So with severance pay, i should only get it when I leave Korea for good, so after three contracts of being here I would get severance x3, when I leave korea?
Title: Re: FAQ (ARC, extending visa, severance, exit allowance, pension, vacation, etc..)
Post by: Pinkteacher on December 14, 2011, 02:19:09 pm
Hey guys, hoping you can help out...I need to ask a few questions about the extending of
my ARC and my E-2 visa. My co teachers have no idea what is going on,
and my foreign teacher friends all seem to have different opinions. I
know what items I will need to extend, but I don't know WHEN. The
problem is that I am going home to South Africa for vacation on the
8Th of January until the 30th of January. That is basically in three
weeks time. I do not want to hand in my passport (not that I could now
anyway, I am still waiting to hear how one goes about getting
registration business papers from my new school) so soon before my
flight. Especially with Christmas and so on coming up it does not seem
like it would be a very fast process right now anyway. The question I
want to ask is, will I be able to get BACK into Korea on the 30th of
January with my current visa and ARC, which expires on 2012.02.17?
Then, the way I see it, I will have 17 days, at a much less busy time
of year, with less pressure as I am not expected on any international
flights. Any help would be so appreciated :)
Title: Re: FAQ (ARC, extending visa, severance, exit allowance, pension, vacation, etc..)
Post by: naturegirl321 on December 14, 2011, 05:29:32 pm
1345 might be able to help.

You can extend up to 90 days in advance, I've done more, but you may have to show that you are going on vacation. I was never asked though.

You can extend right now, because it's 90 days ahead of time or when you get back from hols.

You should be able to come back since your visa is still good. THat being said, I'd bring my contract just in case.

Also, I've done paperwork around Christmas and found
Title: Re: FAQ (ARC, extending visa, severance, exit allowance, pension, vacation, etc..)
Post by: princesspeach on January 20, 2012, 08:22:42 pm
I have a question that I cannot find on the English Pension website, this website and my teachers don't know either!! WHERE are the regional Pension offices in Seoul????? I can't seem to find a list of the locations. I just keep seeing that if I'd like to apply for my pension I should go to a pension office.
Thanks for any help  :-*
Title: EPIK Holidays
Post by: caesardust on February 15, 2012, 08:13:49 am
Hey everyone this is a bit of a touchy subject,

As everyone is aware the number of vacation days has been reduced this year due to there being no classes on Saturdays any longer.  As a result of this, some of us, well me anyway, with 3 weeks of summer camp are being told that there are only 5 available days to take during summer vacation and then the remaining 3 days must be taken on random days throughout the year.

In addition to this the 2 week renewal vacation has been split and 1 week is to be taken during Semester 1 and 1 week in Semester 2. 

Can people please share the experiences they are having with their schools so we can be better informed about what is happening.

Cheers
Title: Re: EPIK Holidays
Post by: lotte world on February 15, 2012, 08:17:38 am
Hey everyone this is a bit of a touchy subject,

As everyone is aware the number of vacation days has been reduced this year due to there being no classes on Saturdays any longer.  As a result of this, some of us, well me anyway, with 3 weeks of summer camp are being told that there are only 5 available days to take during summer vacation and then the remaining 3 days must be taken on random days throughout the year.

In addition to this the 2 week renewal vacation has been split and 1 week is to be taken during Semester 1 and 1 week in Semester 2. 

Can people please share the experiences they are having with their schools so we can be better informed about what is happening.

Cheers

I was not aware of this.

Do you have a link to the 2012 EPIK contract?

I will be re-signing this week, and I have negotiated to take my 2-week renewal vacation in August, consecutively with my 8 days summer vacation to make, essentially, an almost four week break.
Title: Re: EPIK Holidays
Post by: Jozigirl on February 15, 2012, 08:29:36 am
I don't see why the "no classes on Saturday" would affect our leave since we don't teach on Saturdays.

This is the first I've heard of our vacation days being reduced.  I've just taken my renewal vacation - a month of 4 consecutive weeks - as have the other two NETs at my school, and nothing was mentioned about the time being split.
Title: Re: EPIK Holidays
Post by: jurassic82 on February 15, 2012, 08:33:47 am
I work for SMOE and I was told something similar. I will get one week this summer and will get the remaining days of my vacation next winter. That means I will get 1 week at Christmas, three week camp and then another 1 week in January and then back to school in February and then I will get the remainder of my vacation at the end of the month when I am finishing my contract. It really sucks because if I knew about this I think I would have thought twice about renewing as I was given much vacation time as I was never asked to desk warm. Anyways, that ismy experience. I would be curious to hear from others what is happening at their schools.
Title: Re: EPIK Holidays
Post by: profmiscreant on February 15, 2012, 10:29:21 am
It could depend on your school as well as your MOE... And maybe what type of school you're at. From what I understand, in elem the kids do a full day on Wednesdays now to make up for the loss of Saturday school. No idea what that means to middle or high school.
Title: Re: FAQ (ARC, extending visa, severance, exit allowance, pension, vacation, etc..)
Post by: thektulu7 on February 21, 2012, 11:13:47 am
I just want to confirm my suspicions: If I'm leaving Korea at the end of my EPIK contract but coming back to work in a month under a different organization, I don't need to apply for my pension, correct? I should wait until I'm completely finished in Korea, right?
Title: Re: FAQ (ARC, extending visa, severance, exit allowance, pension, vacation, etc..)
Post by: Rolo1585 on February 24, 2012, 02:36:28 pm
Does someone have the link to all this information on the EPIK website. I can't seem to find it and i'm getting rather frustrated.

Thank you :)
Title: Re: FAQ (ARC, extending visa, severance, exit allowance, pension, vacation, etc..)
Post by: Davey on February 25, 2012, 12:47:22 am
Does someone have the link to all this information on the EPIK website. I can't seem to find it and i'm getting rather frustrated.

Thank you :)

It's best to read your contract. A lot of the info regarding renewing, transferring, etc. on the EPIK web site is out of date anyway.
Title: Re: EPIK Holidays
Post by: Suza on February 27, 2012, 10:32:03 am
Yeah, in my school the holidays have been shortened, both summer and winter. This is to make up for the not working on saturdays!

It's crap if you want to leave Korea for 2 weeks during the summer, there isn't enough days to do both summer camps and take 2 weeks leave. I can only take 11 days in total, rather than the intended 16! Gutted!!!!!!
Title: Re: EPIK Holidays
Post by: baboo7474 on February 27, 2012, 01:05:42 pm
Hey all,

Ive been trying to contact my GEPIK coordinator by email by she hasnt answered me back and its been over 2 weeks. Does anyone have the phone number for the Bucheon coordinator??? If not, please give me the phone number of your coordinator and Ill ask them.

Id like some info about this new vacation time. Is the same true for GEPIK? or is it only for EPIK?

thanks

Michel
Title: Re: EPIK Holidays
Post by: korr on February 27, 2012, 01:12:29 pm
I'm Gyeongbuk EPIK and I haven't heard anything about this. The vacation hours in our contracts are exactly the same as last year.

What exactly does it say in your contract, and are you sure this isn't something your school wants to do rather than the MOE/POE?
Title: Re: EPIK Holidays
Post by: matieu on February 27, 2012, 01:40:15 pm
I just checked the EPIK and SMOE sample contracts for 2012,  with regards to vacation the EPIK contract states "The Employee shall be entitled to a vacation period of a total of eighteen
(18) working days during the Term of the Employment set forth under Article 5 hereof. If the
Employees works in a school, the Employee shall have vacation for eight (8) working days during
the summer recess and ten (10) working days during the winter recess respectively".

Whereas the SMOE sample contract states "Employee shall be entitled to a vacation period of 21 workdays in total during the Term of the Employment
set forth in Article 5 hereof. If the requested vacation period interferes with regular school schedule or
smooth work operations (e.g. English camps operated by the district offices or schools, school reopening
schedules after the breaks), the employee may alternate vacation dates by reaching a mutual decision
with the head of the work place. If the contract is less than one year vacation days will be pro rated based
on the length of the contract".

The SMOE contract regarding vacation dates seems much more ambiguous so I am guessing/hoping that this change to vacation may only apply to SMOE and not EPIK!?
Title: Re: EPIK Holidays
Post by: Suza on February 27, 2012, 01:47:35 pm
It's not that the entitlement has changed! That stays the same.

But, because my school now only has 28 days during the summer for vacation and I have two summer camps to do there aren't enought days for me to take my allowance!
I can of course carry these remaining days over to the winter - providing there's enough time then.

A 11 day break is no where near enough time to do what I wanted to do on my hols. Also, the flights are already coming up as 670K for August!

So, before everyone starts calling their coordinators - the allowance hasn't changed for Gunpo at least!
Title: Re: EPIK Holidays
Post by: orangeman on February 27, 2012, 06:19:16 pm
It's going to be a school-by-school decision.  The 3 week camp thing only happened because some people had no camp, bragged to all their friends, who then complained.  It's just a guideline, one that has to be re-examined now that vacation times will be shorter.  If your school is forcing you to break up your vacation time that's their decision and you should talk to them. 

Frankly, I find the whole thing ridiculous.  Koreans keep complaining that they want more qualified teachers here but they keep scaling back the benefits.  Why would qualified teachers choose to make considerably less money (that doesn't even keep up with annual inflation) in Korea while only getting a week here and there for vacation, when a lot of other Asian countries are actually upping their benefit packages?  I like my job, but if my school tells me I can only have a week in the summer I will not be renewing my contract.  Koreans can't even go three days without eating kimchi, but they expect us to live overseas without time to visit our families for years on end.  Ok, that last sentence was harsh but the point remains. 
Title: Re: EPIK Holidays
Post by: lotte world on February 27, 2012, 06:33:58 pm
The right answer is "I can't do camp then, as I will be on holiday."

You have to be forceful (not pushy) and insist on your entitlements. If you don't, you will lose them.

As I said, I will take my 2 week renewal and my 8 days' vacation consecutively in the summer.  This means I am not here to do camp at all. I feel bad about that, but either I'm entitled to the vacation or I'm not. If I'm not, then why is it in the contract?
Title: Re: EPIK Holidays
Post by: Suza on February 28, 2012, 07:27:35 am
The problem is Lotteworld is that us that are under the Gunpo contract have to do 1 week camp for our schools and also a 1 week camp for Gunpo province - which is held at an English centre in Boryeong.
If we refuse to do the Gunpo camp we lose half a months pay and are also made to come into school and desk warm for 2 weeks - also losing our holiday entitlement.

I mentioned the fewer days to my coteacher and was told to take 3 days before the camp and the remaining days after camp - not very fair when I intended on getting out of Korea for my vacation!
Title: Re: EPIK Holidays
Post by: Merryone on February 28, 2012, 07:39:01 am
the only major change that I've noted so far in my contract is this:

current contract: at the school's option, they can add up all my tardy minutes and subtract from vacation.
I'm to work 8 hours, arriving half an hour before first class. (however I am expected on a set schedule).

New Contract: They WILL add up all the tardy minutes and subtract from vacation.
I'm to work a set schedule.
Title: Re: EPIK Holidays
Post by: Davey on February 28, 2012, 07:48:54 am
The problem is Lotteworld is that us that are under the Gunpo contract have to do 1 week camp for our schools and also a 1 week camp for Gunpo province - which is held at an English centre in Boryeong.
If we refuse to do the Gunpo camp we lose half a months pay and are also made to come into school and desk warm for 2 weeks - also losing our holiday entitlement.

I mentioned the fewer days to my coteacher and was told to take 3 days before the camp and the remaining days after camp - not very fair when I intended on getting out of Korea for my vacation!

Daejeon has had city-wide camps since winter '09 and the first one was announced last minute, forcing many teachers cancel their tickets.

There's usually not enough time for us to take our entire vacation in the summer (especially if you're renewing and getting the extra 2 weeks) if we have to do these city/province-wide camps. You will NOT lose your vacation days, but just in case, keep track of the numbers of vacation days you have to bank so you don't lose any. If you ever run into any problems, we could always e-mail your coordinator; if you don't know his/her e-mail, then I'd e-mail the main EPIK Coordinator (see the  sticky in the contract thread) for help.
Title: Re: FAQ (ARC, extending visa, severance, exit allowance, pension, vacation, etc..)
Post by: Suza on February 28, 2012, 07:55:28 am
Davey - we have nothing to do with EPIK!

The penalties for not doing the Gunpo camp are set by Gunpo City Hall and are; loss of pay for half a month and forced 2 week desk warming time - thus not having the time to take holidays.

Taking my full summer allowance was never before a problem (2 weeks). This is my 4th year contract. This problem has now come about due to the shortened summer break as the Korean teachers no longer work saturdays.
Title: Re: FAQ (ARC, extending visa, severance, exit allowance, pension, vacation, etc..)
Post by: Davey on February 28, 2012, 08:06:34 am
Davey - we have nothing to do with EPIK!

The penalties for not doing the Gunpo camp are set by Gunpo City Hall and are; loss of pay for half a month and forced 2 week desk warming time - thus not having the time to take holidays.

Taking my full summer allowance was never before a problem (2 weeks). This is my 4th year contract. This problem has now come about due to the shortened summer break as the Korean teachers no longer work saturdays.

Don't you have a coordinator?

At any rate, having to bank vacation days is a common problem for us, but I hope things work out for you nonetheless. I'm sure your contract allows you to forward your vacation days (it's explicitly stated in my contract) --if not, then you may have a problem.

Yes, this wasn't a problem a few years ago, but clearly market conditions have changed (e.g., supply of teachers has increased dramatically).
Title: Re: FAQ (ARC, extending visa, severance, exit allowance, pension, vacation, etc..)
Post by: Suza on February 28, 2012, 08:22:20 am
Yes, I can carry the days over to the winter hols - providing there's also enough time then?!

I had this sweet little trip planned to Sumatra that took in the jungle, volcano and beautiful islands - now I don't have enough time to do the whole trip! So, I'm rather peeved to say the least!!

We have a co-ordinator but I don't think it will make much difference.

Anyway Davey - cheers for the replies!
Title: Re: FAQ (ARC, extending visa, severance, exit allowance, pension, vacation, etc..)
Post by: daygar on March 07, 2012, 08:14:28 pm
I applied for my ARC today and they said that it would take four weeks. Is there a way to get a temporary card? I didn't even think to ask until I saw this thread. Do I need to go back to Daegu or is there a way that I can call the immigration office and speak with someone who knows English?
Title: Re: FAQ (ARC, extending visa, severance, exit allowance, pension, vacation, etc..)
Post by: rmaunruh on March 09, 2012, 08:48:10 am
Call the English hotline 1345 and they'll be able to talk to you, but I doubt they can speed anything up. The ARC number is like a social security number so they take it seriously.

I am actually curious about how easy it is to change your address on an ARC because I will be moving, and my address thats going on my ARC will be an old one. Does anyone have experience doing that and how easy or difficult it is? I've heard differing stories on this.
Title: Re: FAQ (ARC, extending visa, severance, exit allowance, pension, vacation, etc..)
Post by: lauren.hockey on March 12, 2012, 08:37:19 am
When should we expect to be told when the school holidays are? my school has no clue when their term is ending.
Title: Re: FAQ (ARC, extending visa, severance, exit allowance, pension, vacation, etc..)
Post by: Suza on March 13, 2012, 08:50:04 am
The school will have the whole years schedule done now right up until next March. This will have been arranged in time for the start of the new semester 2nd March.

A few of my friends don't get their years schedule and aren't told about camps until the last minute. The schedule is definitely done tho! Hassle your coteacher for it. I know exactly when all holidays are right up until Feb 2013, it's only fair we are given this at the start of each year!!!
Title: Re: FAQ (ARC, extending visa, severance, exit allowance, pension, vacation, etc..)
Post by: Steve Holt! on March 29, 2012, 02:41:20 pm
So if I quit after the first 6 months, there is no penalty. How do they count this though. Say my contract is from August 25, if I tell them my last day will be February 26, will that work? Or do they count it from the day that I tell them to quit (i.e the 60 days notice or what have you.)

Already thinking ahead to next year, and will be resigning in August, but want to leave for something else right at the beginning of March. Hoping to avoid having to pay anything back.
Title: Re: FAQ (ARC, extending visa, severance, exit allowance, pension, vacation, etc..)
Post by: epd on April 26, 2012, 11:14:08 am
Hi there. I have been in SK nearly 2 weeks now and will be collecting my medical tomorrow and then on to immigration. how long should I expect before I get my ARC? I have heard 2 weeks up to 4 weeks? Is there a payment at immigration? Thanks
Title: Re: FAQ (ARC, extending visa, severance, exit allowance, pension, vacation, etc..)
Post by: mattvanni on May 23, 2012, 10:25:18 am
"Hi there. I have been in SK nearly 2 weeks now and will be collecting my medical tomorrow and then on to immigration. how long should I expect before I get my ARC? I have heard 2 weeks up to 4 weeks? Is there a payment at immigration? Thanks"

2-4 weeks.  There isn't much more precision than that (and something you'll get use to here).  Mine actually only took 2 weeks to get.  Last year the ARC fee was about 30,000 won.  Oh, and it's generally a good idea to keep your passport and some passport photos with you all the time for the first month your here.  My co-teachers just expected me to have these things all the time...and would look at me like I was stupid for not having them.
Title: Re: FAQ (ARC, extending visa, severance, exit allowance, pension, vacation, etc..)
Post by: Grimne_Lothos on June 01, 2012, 12:38:28 pm
I have seen something called a bridge visa mentioned on this site but haven't seen any details about it.  the I understood it you acn get a lokoing for work visa but it only lasts for one month.  Is this bridge visa something new that lasts longer?   I was hoping to work a winter camp in the philipines between jobs but didn't want to re-do the visa nonsense.
Title: Re: FAQ (ARC, extending visa, severance, exit allowance, pension, vacation, etc..)
Post by: jake.tako on June 04, 2012, 12:25:59 pm
I've been attempting to apply for a Temporary extension of stay for departure of registered foreigners on the HiKorea Korean National Immigration website and I keep getting this message

"Exceptional cases happened.
Send to e-mail address shown below after copying [Contents in detail].
e-mail : hikorea@hikorea.go.kr
Contents in detail
[LAF_NAV_001] The action-name(CvlapplError_en.pt) is not found."

I run into a similar problem if I try and make an a reservation.
Has any one else run into this problem lately, or have any idea what it means and how it would be best to proceed?
 
Title: Re: FAQ (ARC, extending visa, severance, exit allowance, pension, vacation, etc..)
Post by: lotte world on June 04, 2012, 03:25:14 pm
I've been attempting to apply for a Temporary extension of stay for departure of registered foreigners on the HiKorea Korean National Immigration website and I keep getting this message

"Exceptional cases happened.
Send to e-mail address shown below after copying [Contents in detail].
e-mail : hikorea@hikorea.go.kr
Contents in detail
[LAF_NAV_001] The action-name(CvlapplError_en.pt) is not found."

I run into a similar problem if I try and make an a reservation.
Has any one else run into this problem lately, or have any idea what it means and how it would be best to proceed?

How to proceed: You should copy this part "[LAF_NAV_001] The action-name(CvlapplError_en.pt) is not found.", paste it into an email message and send it to hikorea@hikorea.go.kr

No need to thank me.

(I was going to add that you could call 1345 and ask for help, but that seemed a little facetious).
Title: Re: FAQ (ARC, extending visa, severance, exit allowance, pension, vacation, etc..)
Post by: jake.tako on June 05, 2012, 07:01:20 am
Yeah, obviously. I did that, of course, and I didn't receive a reply. Also that phone number is only good for finding out where immigration office locations are btw.

I'm looking for practical information on how to apply for a visa extension online.
I was also hoping to find out wether or not other people were encountering this problem with the hikorea website as well.
Title: Re: FAQ (ARC, extending visa, severance, exit allowance, pension, vacation, etc..)
Post by: lotte world on June 05, 2012, 07:56:32 am
Yeah, obviously. I did that, of course, and I didn't receive a reply. Also that phone number is only good for finding out where immigration office locations are btw.

I'm looking for practical information on how to apply for a visa extension online.
I was also hoping to find out wether or not other people were encountering this problem with the hikorea website as well.

Maybe they are too busy to reply.  Or maybe it will take  a little longer.  Or maybe they'll just fix the problem silently and you should try again later.

The number 1345 is not only for finding out where immigration offices are.  Dial it and you can speak to an English-speaking staff member at Immigration.  You can ask them things and they will give you answers.  Try it now- you can ask them about applying for a visa extension online.  They'll talk you through using the website, and when you get to the error again you can tell them right there and then.
Title: Re: FAQ (ARC, extending visa, severance, exit allowance, pension, vacation, etc..)
Post by: DPkorea on June 16, 2012, 12:53:45 pm
Thanks for the summary of the content of most contracts, its been really helpful. I'm still a bit confused about whether or not we get paid the exit allowance if we re-sign for another year. From what I've read and heard we don't get paid the exit allowance until you're actually leaving Korea (and not re-signing) which I think would make more sense. But someone else was telling me you get paid to fly home (and back) during the two weeks you have off before starting the new contract.
Title: Re: FAQ (ARC, extending visa, severance, exit allowance, pension, vacation, etc..)
Post by: lotte world on June 16, 2012, 01:37:02 pm
Thanks for the summary of the content of most contracts, its been really helpful. I'm still a bit confused about whether or not we get paid the exit allowance if we re-sign for another year. From what I've read and heard we don't get paid the exit allowance until you're actually leaving Korea (and not re-signing) which I think would make more sense. But someone else was telling me you get paid to fly home (and back) during the two weeks you have off before starting the new contract.

Read your contract.

My contract says if I leave at the end I get 1.3m won.  If I re-sign I get 2m won and two weeks' vacation.

Most contracts are very similar in that regard.
Title: Re: FAQ (ARC, extending visa, severance, exit allowance, pension, vacation, etc..)
Post by: JDUSF21 on June 18, 2012, 12:45:34 pm
I don't know if anyone has any advice, suggestions, or experience with anything like this, but I'm hoping someone can help or at least make sense of it:

My one-year contract ends August 31st. I already told my school I won't be renewing, even though I am pretty content here. I just have a chance to teach in Europe again and want to go back.  The problem is this:  orientation for my next job begins August 24th, however it's not like it is in Korea where you can miss the first orientation and attend a later one or show up later in the term. Missing orientation in August would be a significant detriment to the teacher, as ALL new teachers arrive and begin at the same time. 

The problem, thus, is easy to see.  I would be "breaking" my contract by about a week and thus risk forfeiting the $4,000 (or more) I would receive from severance pay, exit allowance, and pension.  For leaving a week early.  I have spoken with my school about this, and they want to try to work something out, but the office of education has said no dice.  I even volunteered to sacrifice all my summer vacation days so as not to miss any actual work days, and they still say "No, you can't leave early."  Well, to be honest, it's a little hard to tell exactly what they mean since the folks who work in the SEPIC office have such terrible command of English that their email responses are grammar disasters that rarely make much sense. 

I have come to work every single day (even when I've been very sick) at a low-level school in a village in the middle of nowhere where no one wants to teach.  I love my kids and give everything I can to this job.  I would be happy to stay through my whole year if it didn't seriously jeopardize my next job, but I have no choice.  Has anyone encountered or heard of situations like this.  Any suggestions at all?  I hate even having to bother you all with this shit and would much rather try to take care of everything on my own, but I'm at a loss for what to do here.  Any ideas or help you can provide are greatly appreciated.  Thank you. 
Title: Re: FAQ (ARC, extending visa, severance, exit allowance, pension, vacation, etc..)
Post by: lotte world on June 18, 2012, 01:17:20 pm
I don't know if anyone has any advice, suggestions, or experience with anything like this, but I'm hoping someone can help or at least make sense of it:

My one-year contract ends August 31st. I already told my school I won't be renewing, even though I am pretty content here. I just have a chance to teach in Europe again and want to go back.  The problem is this:  orientation for my next job begins August 24th, however it's not like it is in Korea where you can miss the first orientation and attend a later one or show up later in the term. Missing orientation in August would be a significant detriment to the teacher, as ALL new teachers arrive and begin at the same time. 

The problem, thus, is easy to see.  I would be "breaking" my contract by about a week and thus risk forfeiting the $4,000 (or more) I would receive from severance pay, exit allowance, and pension.  For leaving a week early.  I have spoken with my school about this, and they want to try to work something out, but the office of education has said no dice.  I even volunteered to sacrifice all my summer vacation days so as not to miss any actual work days, and they still say "No, you can't leave early."  Well, to be honest, it's a little hard to tell exactly what they mean since the folks who work in the SEPIC office have such terrible command of English that their email responses are grammar disasters that rarely make much sense. 

I have come to work every single day (even when I've been very sick) at a low-level school in a village in the middle of nowhere where no one wants to teach.  I love my kids and give everything I can to this job.  I would be happy to stay through my whole year if it didn't seriously jeopardize my next job, but I have no choice.  Has anyone encountered or heard of situations like this.  Any suggestions at all?  I hate even having to bother you all with this shit and would much rather try to take care of everything on my own, but I'm at a loss for what to do here.  Any ideas or help you can provide are greatly appreciated.  Thank you.

Them's the breaks.

You should put in notice on July 22nd, and leave on August 22nd.  You will have time to travel to your orientation on the 24th.

You won't lose pension (assume you qualify to claim it), but indeed, you will lose your airfare and severance because you did not complete 12 months of service.

That's how it is.  You should have realised it before you took the new job.
Title: Re: FAQ (ARC, extending visa, severance, exit allowance, pension, vacation, etc..)
Post by: lotte world on June 18, 2012, 01:17:20 pm
I don't know if anyone has any advice, suggestions, or experience with anything like this, but I'm hoping someone can help or at least make sense of it:

My one-year contract ends August 31st. I already told my school I won't be renewing, even though I am pretty content here. I just have a chance to teach in Europe again and want to go back.  The problem is this:  orientation for my next job begins August 24th, however it's not like it is in Korea where you can miss the first orientation and attend a later one or show up later in the term. Missing orientation in August would be a significant detriment to the teacher, as ALL new teachers arrive and begin at the same time. 

The problem, thus, is easy to see.  I would be "breaking" my contract by about a week and thus risk forfeiting the $4,000 (or more) I would receive from severance pay, exit allowance, and pension.  For leaving a week early.  I have spoken with my school about this, and they want to try to work something out, but the office of education has said no dice.  I even volunteered to sacrifice all my summer vacation days so as not to miss any actual work days, and they still say "No, you can't leave early."  Well, to be honest, it's a little hard to tell exactly what they mean since the folks who work in the SEPIC office have such terrible command of English that their email responses are grammar disasters that rarely make much sense. 

I have come to work every single day (even when I've been very sick) at a low-level school in a village in the middle of nowhere where no one wants to teach.  I love my kids and give everything I can to this job.  I would be happy to stay through my whole year if it didn't seriously jeopardize my next job, but I have no choice.  Has anyone encountered or heard of situations like this.  Any suggestions at all?  I hate even having to bother you all with this shit and would much rather try to take care of everything on my own, but I'm at a loss for what to do here.  Any ideas or help you can provide are greatly appreciated.  Thank you.

Them's the breaks.

You should put in notice on July 22nd, and leave on August 22nd.  You will have time to travel to your orientation on the 24th.

You won't lose pension (assume you qualify to claim it), but indeed, you will lose your airfare and severance because you did not complete 12 months of service.

That's how it is.  You should have realised it before you took the new job.
Title: Re: FAQ (ARC, extending visa, severance, exit allowance, pension, vacation, etc..)
Post by: JDUSF21 on June 18, 2012, 01:36:12 pm
I don't know if anyone has any advice, suggestions, or experience with anything like this, but I'm hoping someone can help or at least make sense of it:

My one-year contract ends August 31st. I already told my school I won't be renewing, even though I am pretty content here. I just have a chance to teach in Europe again and want to go back.  The problem is this:  orientation for my next job begins August 24th, however it's not like it is in Korea where you can miss the first orientation and attend a later one or show up later in the term. Missing orientation in August would be a significant detriment to the teacher, as ALL new teachers arrive and begin at the same time. 

The problem, thus, is easy to see.  I would be "breaking" my contract by about a week and thus risk forfeiting the $4,000 (or more) I would receive from severance pay, exit allowance, and pension.  For leaving a week early.  I have spoken with my school about this, and they want to try to work something out, but the office of education has said no dice.  I even volunteered to sacrifice all my summer vacation days so as not to miss any actual work days, and they still say "No, you can't leave early."  Well, to be honest, it's a little hard to tell exactly what they mean since the folks who work in the SEPIC office have such terrible command of English that their email responses are grammar disasters that rarely make much sense. 

I have come to work every single day (even when I've been very sick) at a low-level school in a village in the middle of nowhere where no one wants to teach.  I love my kids and give everything I can to this job.  I would be happy to stay through my whole year if it didn't seriously jeopardize my next job, but I have no choice.  Has anyone encountered or heard of situations like this.  Any suggestions at all?  I hate even having to bother you all with this shit and would much rather try to take care of everything on my own, but I'm at a loss for what to do here.  Any ideas or help you can provide are greatly appreciated.  Thank you.

Them's the breaks.

You should put in notice on July 22nd, and leave on August 22nd.  You will have time to travel to your orientation on the 24th.

You won't lose pension (assume you qualify to claim it), but indeed, you will lose your airfare and severance because you did not complete 12 months of service.

That's how it is.  You should have realised it before you took the new job.


Wow, thanks.  I was looking for advice, but instead I got condescension, which is why I was loath to post this on here in the first place.  I haven't taken the other job yet, because I was afraid of something exactly like this happening, but thank you for telling me "I should have known" anyway.  It must feel amazing to be smarter than everyone else. 

As if I needed any other indicators of why leaving Korea might be a decent idea, the foreigners are always quick to remind me.  Thank you!!

If anyone else here feels like telling me anything constructive, I'm all ears.
Title: Re: FAQ (ARC, extending visa, severance, exit allowance, pension, vacation, etc..)
Post by: lolly on June 19, 2012, 08:59:04 am
When should you bring up the topic of holidays? how early is too early?
Title: Re: FAQ (ARC, extending visa, severance, exit allowance, pension, vacation, etc..)
Post by: skippy on June 20, 2012, 08:48:36 pm
That is the question.  You want to give enough notice for them to panic a little, then prepare for your absence.   Still not to early that they ya-ya you, ignore the problem, forget about request, then week before vacation refuse request.  Remember Korea and planning ahead are not common.  Many things are last minute.

The best practice is to warn right when you can.  And keep warning and informing of your choice. I mean really beat it into there head. Get things written down and agreed to on paper.  Do not take understandings or handshakes.   Those will be overturned.
Title: Re: FAQ (ARC, extending visa, severance, exit allowance, pension, vacation, etc..)
Post by: col89 on July 09, 2012, 06:01:58 pm
Hi,

I was under the impression that I was entitled to the pension sum upon my return to Ireland (as well as other European citizens). I was even told this by my boss. But, now, I'm very concerned after witnessing this thread, and even my boss has now done a U-turn and told me that there is no way that I will see any of that money.

What I want to ask is:

- seemingly true, and that citizens of the European Union are NOT entitled to a pension refund, why is this case? I really don't understand it, but I was almost certain that Europeans would have pension relief, just like those coming from America, Canada, and Australia. What policies are different and what are they exactly?
- the second thing is that, going by what my boss said last year, I'm wondering as to whether he was confusing the pension situation with another, and that there is some way or means of obtaining a part of that deduction? I hope I make sense by typing this, but I just don't understand as to why some individuals miss out completely, while others have no issue with such matters. In a nutshell, what I'm asking in this point, is there some kind of *alternative* available for those people, specifically just like myself?

Sorry if this is a stupid question to ask. I'm afraid that I've answered my own question, but I want to ensure that everything is done correctly, because that money was going towards very important plans (as it was going into my savings for a PhD). Any reply or help would be great.

Regards,

A Concerned Irishman.
Title: Re: FAQ (ARC, extending visa, severance, exit allowance, pension, vacation, etc..)
Post by: lotte world on July 09, 2012, 08:32:23 pm
Hi,

I was under the impression that I was entitled to the pension sum upon my return to Ireland (as well as other European citizens). I was even told this by my boss. But, now, I'm very concerned after witnessing this thread, and even my boss has now done a U-turn and told me that there is no way that I will see any of that money.

What I want to ask is:

- seemingly true, and that citizens of the European Union are NOT entitled to a pension refund, why is this case? I really don't understand it, but I was almost certain that Europeans would have pension relief, just like those coming from America, Canada, and Australia. What policies are different and what are they exactly?
- the second thing is that, going by what my boss said last year, I'm wondering as to whether he was confusing the pension situation with another, and that there is some way or means of obtaining a part of that deduction? I hope I make sense by typing this, but I just don't understand as to why some individuals miss out completely, while others have no issue with such matters. In a nutshell, what I'm asking in this point, is there some kind of *alternative* available for those people, specifically just like myself?

Sorry if this is a stupid question to ask. I'm afraid that I've answered my own question, but I want to ensure that everything is done correctly, because that money was going towards very important plans (as it was going into my savings for a PhD). Any reply or help would be great.

Regards,

A Concerned Irishman.

It would seem that Irish citizens are not eligible for a pension refund.  Only Americans, Canadians and Australians.  Check your contract (in EPIK it's section 13.6).  Sorry to break it to you, but you, like me, have to pay in, but you don't get anything out.  Your boss probably should never have said you could.

Irish citizens (at public school) also do not qualify for tax exemption for the first two years either.  Sorry.

The reason it's different is because it depends on what negotiations have happened between your government and the Korean government.  Each country is different.

Are you at a hagwon or a public school?
Title: Re: FAQ (ARC, extending visa, severance, exit allowance, pension, vacation, etc..)
Post by: livzy on July 09, 2012, 10:11:47 pm
As a UK national I'm under the impression I can't claim back the cash either, but what I am able to do is put those payments towards the UK's national pension. The UK will claim it from Korea and it will go towards my National Insurance 'stamp', effectively meaning I don't have to contribute while I'm here. It also means my employer here is also contributing on my behalf.

It's not as good as getting it in a nice lump sum when you leave, but further on down the line I expect I'll be grateful.

Not sure if Ireland has the same arrangement.
Title: Re: FAQ (ARC, extending visa, severance, exit allowance, pension, vacation, etc..)
Post by: guapabuddha on July 11, 2012, 03:28:21 pm
Hi! I am just curious...has anyone ever actually got their pension back at the airport?
My contract finishes July 24th. I will go to the pension office next week (18th) with my plane ticket and info and I will depart country on the 29th. I would like to get my pension at the airport at that time. Whenever I called the pension office they said it was totally up to the pension office I file at if I can get it at the airport.
I was just wondering if anyone has picked it up at the airport? If so, how long in advance did you file for it?
Title: Re: FAQ (ARC, extending visa, severance, exit allowance, pension, vacation, etc..)
Post by: lotte world on July 11, 2012, 09:20:51 pm
Hi! I am just curious...has anyone ever actually got their pension back at the airport?
My contract finishes July 24th. I will go to the pension office next week (18th) with my plane ticket and info and I will depart country on the 29th. I would like to get my pension at the airport at that time. Whenever I called the pension office they said it was totally up to the pension office I file at if I can get it at the airport.
I was just wondering if anyone has picked it up at the airport? If so, how long in advance did you file for it?

Use the search function.  There are stories of people who have done exactly that, and what they did to achieve it.
Title: Re: FAQ (ARC, extending visa, severance, exit allowance, pension, vacation, etc..)
Post by: Mokona on July 12, 2012, 10:52:00 am
According to my GEPIK contract the airfare shall be returned within 30days yet my school told me that they will refund my airfare ticket after 3 months of my employment...

I dunno if this is part of violating the contract or something similar did happen to other teachers.

Thanks!!
Title: Re: FAQ (ARC, extending visa, severance, exit allowance, pension, vacation, etc..)
Post by: sligotrac on July 19, 2012, 02:08:39 pm
Hey guys,
I moved from working in a hagwon to a public school. However when I asked my co about getting a settlement fee for starting work in a public school, she said I wasn't entitled because I was already in Korea. Is this correct?
I was thinking I should be entitled to something?
Title: Re: FAQ (ARC, extending visa, severance, exit allowance, pension, vacation, etc..)
Post by: col89 on July 19, 2012, 06:26:47 pm
Hi,

I was under the impression that I was entitled to the pension sum upon my return to Ireland (as well as other European citizens). I was even told this by my boss. But, now, I'm very concerned after witnessing this thread, and even my boss has now done a U-turn and told me that there is no way that I will see any of that money.

What I want to ask is:

- seemingly true, and that citizens of the European Union are NOT entitled to a pension refund, why is this case? I really don't understand it, but I was almost certain that Europeans would have pension relief, just like those coming from America, Canada, and Australia. What policies are different and what are they exactly?
- the second thing is that, going by what my boss said last year, I'm wondering as to whether he was confusing the pension situation with another, and that there is some way or means of obtaining a part of that deduction? I hope I make sense by typing this, but I just don't understand as to why some individuals miss out completely, while others have no issue with such matters. In a nutshell, what I'm asking in this point, is there some kind of *alternative* available for those people, specifically just like myself?

Sorry if this is a stupid question to ask. I'm afraid that I've answered my own question, but I want to ensure that everything is done correctly, because that money was going towards very important plans (as it was going into my savings for a PhD). Any reply or help would be great.

Regards,

A Concerned Irishman.

It would seem that Irish citizens are not eligible for a pension refund.  Only Americans, Canadians and Australians.  Check your contract (in EPIK it's section 13.6).  Sorry to break it to you, but you, like me, have to pay in, but you don't get anything out.  Your boss probably should never have said you could.

Irish citizens (at public school) also do not qualify for tax exemption for the first two years either.  Sorry.

The reason it's different is because it depends on what negotiations have happened between your government and the Korean government.  Each country is different.

Are you at a hagwon or a public school?

I'm at a hagwon. Sorry, I should have stated that from the very beginning.

Would I be able to get back any sum of the pension or taxes, at all, do you know?
Title: Re: FAQ (ARC, extending visa, severance, exit allowance, pension, vacation, etc..)
Post by: lotte world on July 20, 2012, 05:32:11 pm
Hi,

I was under the impression that I was entitled to the pension sum upon my return to Ireland (as well as other European citizens). I was even told this by my boss. But, now, I'm very concerned after witnessing this thread, and even my boss has now done a U-turn and told me that there is no way that I will see any of that money.

What I want to ask is:

- seemingly true, and that citizens of the European Union are NOT entitled to a pension refund, why is this case? I really don't understand it, but I was almost certain that Europeans would have pension relief, just like those coming from America, Canada, and Australia. What policies are different and what are they exactly?
- the second thing is that, going by what my boss said last year, I'm wondering as to whether he was confusing the pension situation with another, and that there is some way or means of obtaining a part of that deduction? I hope I make sense by typing this, but I just don't understand as to why some individuals miss out completely, while others have no issue with such matters. In a nutshell, what I'm asking in this point, is there some kind of *alternative* available for those people, specifically just like myself?

Sorry if this is a stupid question to ask. I'm afraid that I've answered my own question, but I want to ensure that everything is done correctly, because that money was going towards very important plans (as it was going into my savings for a PhD). Any reply or help would be great.

Regards,

A Concerned Irishman.

It would seem that Irish citizens are not eligible for a pension refund.  Only Americans, Canadians and Australians.  Check your contract (in EPIK it's section 13.6).  Sorry to break it to you, but you, like me, have to pay in, but you don't get anything out.  Your boss probably should never have said you could.

Irish citizens (at public school) also do not qualify for tax exemption for the first two years either.  Sorry.

The reason it's different is because it depends on what negotiations have happened between your government and the Korean government.  Each country is different.

Are you at a hagwon or a public school?

I'm at a hagwon. Sorry, I should have stated that from the very beginning.

Would I be able to get back any sum of the pension or taxes, at all, do you know?

You will not get anything back.

You do not qualify for a pension lump sum (because you are an Irish citizen).  You do not qualify for tax exemption (because you are an Irish citizen, or because you work at a hagwon.  You can choose which reason you prefer).

Sorry.
Title: Re: FAQ (ARC, extending visa, severance, exit allowance, pension, vacation, etc..)
Post by: Philbo on August 07, 2012, 01:03:15 pm
A big “Hello” to all of my fellow Aussie expats out there!

I just finished having my application for an Incheon Airport pension cash refund processed at Changwon NPS today.
A very easy experience! I also extended my stay in Korea for 5 days after my contract ends. It was free.

In regards to my refund, I did not need to show a ticket to my home country. I produced a one-way ticket to Bangkok. Not  a problem. I read on this site that Aussies were being asked to supply a Centrelink Customer Reference Number. Not me.

The whole process took about 20 minutes.

Now I can walk through immigration, and pick up cash on my way out. Hooray!
Perhaps a little duty-free shopping, and some extra fun-money for my final destination, hehe.

So great to be an Australian!

Title: Re: FAQ (ARC, extending visa, severance, exit allowance, pension, vacation, etc..)
Post by: col89 on August 10, 2012, 07:05:54 pm
Hi,

I was under the impression that I was entitled to the pension sum upon my return to Ireland (as well as other European citizens). I was even told this by my boss. But, now, I'm very concerned after witnessing this thread, and even my boss has now done a U-turn and told me that there is no way that I will see any of that money.

What I want to ask is:

- seemingly true, and that citizens of the European Union are NOT entitled to a pension refund, why is this case? I really don't understand it, but I was almost certain that Europeans would have pension relief, just like those coming from America, Canada, and Australia. What policies are different and what are they exactly?
- the second thing is that, going by what my boss said last year, I'm wondering as to whether he was confusing the pension situation with another, and that there is some way or means of obtaining a part of that deduction? I hope I make sense by typing this, but I just don't understand as to why some individuals miss out completely, while others have no issue with such matters. In a nutshell, what I'm asking in this point, is there some kind of *alternative* available for those people, specifically just like myself?

Sorry if this is a stupid question to ask. I'm afraid that I've answered my own question, but I want to ensure that everything is done correctly, because that money was going towards very important plans (as it was going into my savings for a PhD). Any reply or help would be great.

Regards,

A Concerned Irishman.

It would seem that Irish citizens are not eligible for a pension refund.  Only Americans, Canadians and Australians.  Check your contract (in EPIK it's section 13.6).  Sorry to break it to you, but you, like me, have to pay in, but you don't get anything out.  Your boss probably should never have said you could.

Irish citizens (at public school) also do not qualify for tax exemption for the first two years either.  Sorry.

The reason it's different is because it depends on what negotiations have happened between your government and the Korean government.  Each country is different.

Are you at a hagwon or a public school?

I'm at a hagwon. Sorry, I should have stated that from the very beginning.

Would I be able to get back any sum of the pension or taxes, at all, do you know?

You will not get anything back.

You do not qualify for a pension lump sum (because you are an Irish citizen).  You do not qualify for tax exemption (because you are an Irish citizen, or because you work at a hagwon.  You can choose which reason you prefer).

Sorry.

Sorry for the late reply.

This confuses me slightly because it states in my contract that I am exempt from taxes, and yet I am being 'taxed' from my hagwon. Furthermore, the Korean Standard Labor Act states that those citizens working in the first two years are exempt from such taxation.

Can anyone clear this up, please?
Title: Re: FAQ (ARC, extending visa, severance, exit allowance, pension, vacation, etc..)
Post by: skippy on August 10, 2012, 08:43:59 pm
I think the tax exemption is for public school teachers and publicly funded University workers.  Since you work at a hagwon no go..  Second pension is not a tax.   For more details on the tax agreement between check out the NPS website http://english.nps.or.kr/jsppage/english/main.jsp .   There is no lump sum refund between Ireland and South Korea.

Also I think you are confusing the pension exemption of small companies/hagwon of 5 employees.   Maybe you can be exempt from pension but not taxes.  I have to check the labour laws.  I thought that had changed recently.
Title: Re: FAQ (ARC, extending visa, severance, exit allowance, pension, vacation, etc..)
Post by: col89 on August 11, 2012, 02:21:45 pm
I couldn't be confusing the pension with taxes because I'm being charged both ways. I found out about the pension and, unfortunately, that has no return (not until I'm old and grey, at least), but the taxes are another issue I'm dealing with.

I called an attorney in Seoul who specializes in hagwon differences (I got the details from Dave's ESL forum), and he said the very same thing -- that someone shouldn't be taxed in a hagwon, like any public school, not at least for two years.

Again, this is why I'm so confused about the situation. I don't know what should be the next step.
Title: Re: FAQ (ARC, extending visa, severance, exit allowance, pension, vacation, etc..)
Post by: lotte world on August 11, 2012, 03:15:50 pm
I couldn't be confusing the pension with taxes because I'm being charged both ways. I found out about the pension and, unfortunately, that has no return (not until I'm old and grey, at least), but the taxes are another issue I'm dealing with.

I called an attorney in Seoul who specializes in hagwon differences (I got the details from Dave's ESL forum), and he said the very same thing -- that someone shouldn't be taxed in a hagwon, like any public school, not at least for two years.

Again, this is why I'm so confused about the situation. I don't know what should be the next step.

Ok, you don't get the tax exemption because you are an Irish citizen.  I told you you could pick either reason.

In EPIK, Canadians and Irish cannot claim the 2-year tax exemption.  I don't believe this tax exemption is applicable to hagwons anyway, but even if it were, you don't qualify as you are an Irish citizen.

You could call the tax office.  Have you tried that?
Title: Re: FAQ (ARC, extending visa, severance, exit allowance, pension, vacation, etc..)
Post by: rokdav on August 11, 2012, 05:00:49 pm
As a UK national I'm under the impression I can't claim back the cash either, but what I am able to do is put those payments towards the UK's national pension. The UK will claim it from Korea and it will go towards my National Insurance 'stamp', effectively meaning I don't have to contribute while I'm here. It also means my employer here is also contributing on my behalf.

It's not as good as getting it in a nice lump sum when you leave, but further on down the line I expect I'll be grateful.

Not sure if Ireland has the same arrangement.

Livzy, does this happen automatically or should i be in touch with the UK tax and pensions office?
Title: Re: FAQ (ARC, extending visa, severance, exit allowance, pension, vacation, etc..)
Post by: nkrider on August 23, 2012, 08:36:17 am
Hello. Question about severance. My co-teacher is telling me that the education office is saying I do not get a severance check. I was under the impression that it is in my contract to receive both a renewal bonus and a severance check. Am I wrong?
Title: Re: FAQ (ARC, extending visa, severance, exit allowance, pension, vacation, etc..)
Post by: techteacher on August 23, 2012, 08:50:53 am
Hello. Question about severance. My co-teacher is telling me that the education office is saying I do not get a severance check. I was under the impression that it is in my contract to receive both a renewal bonus and a severance check. Am I wrong?

The laws changed recently.  You will not get a severance payment until you no longer work for the school/company.
Title: Re: FAQ (ARC, extending visa, severance, exit allowance, pension, vacation, etc..)
Post by: phatnesian@gmail.com on August 23, 2012, 08:52:29 am
I got this from our DMOE:

I'm writing to inform you of a pretty significant change in the way that severance pay will be distributed. Starting from July 26th, 2012 with the passing of the "Employee Retirement Benefit Security Act" enacted by the Korean Ministry of Employment and Labor, you will not be able to collect your severance pay yearly as you were able to before. Instead, it will be granted as a lump sum once you complete all of your contracts with your current employer (in this case, the DMOE). Please note that this act effects all contracted employees in South Korea, not just NET's.
 
One thing to note is that moving forward, your severance pay will be calculated using the current pay level at the time of completion. So for instance, let's say you have been working with the DMOE for 3 years, starting as a level 3 NET. At the end of your contracts, you would be finishing as a level 2+ (assuming you didn't complete any TESOL courses etc). So your salary as a level 2+ teacher would be used to calculate your total 3 years worth of severance pay (even though you spent one year at level 3 and one year at level 2).
 
Since this act was passed this past July, it is to go into effect immediately. This includes NET's that just renewed last month for the August 2012-2013 conract period (meaning you will collect 2 years worth of severance pay at the end of the 2012-2013 contract period if you do not renew for another year after that).
 
There are a few exceptions that allow an employees to apply to receive severance pay at the end of the contracted year (not as a lump sum). Those are conveniently summarized on the EPIK website. I have attached it as a JPEG to this email, or you may visit the website at www.epik.go.kr. Of course, you may find the same information on our wikispace site.

hOPE THIS HELPS
Title: Re: FAQ (ARC, extending visa, severance, exit allowance, pension, vacation, etc..)
Post by: nkrider on August 23, 2012, 09:09:16 am
Awesome. Thanks a lot that does help. That law is going to be a godsend in a few years... but there goes my trip to the Philippines this winter.
Title: Re: FAQ (ARC, extending visa, severance, exit allowance, pension, vacation, etc..)
Post by: sandwich31 on August 23, 2012, 10:25:44 am
As a UK national I'm under the impression I can't claim back the cash either, but what I am able to do is put those payments towards the UK's national pension. The UK will claim it from Korea and it will go towards my National Insurance 'stamp', effectively meaning I don't have to contribute while I'm here. It also means my employer here is also contributing on my behalf.

It's not as good as getting it in a nice lump sum when you leave, but further on down the line I expect I'll be grateful.

Not sure if Ireland has the same arrangement.

Livzy, does this happen automatically or should i be in touch with the UK tax and pensions office?


Livzy, do you have more information about how to do this?
Title: Re: FAQ (ARC, extending visa, severance, exit allowance, pension, vacation, etc..)
Post by: pearlitaPP on August 24, 2012, 10:25:29 pm
Hi All,

Just wanted to get a gauge to see if anyone has ever been approved to take time off for days that occur during the school year (i.e. taking days off outside of the time that students are off from school).

My niece is graduating from high school next year in June and I would like to attend.  However, I wanted to see the likelihood of being approved for this time out before I confirm anything with her.  I'm part of EPIK SMOE/Seoul.

Thank you!
Title: Re: FAQ (ARC, extending visa, severance, exit allowance, pension, vacation, etc..)
Post by: Davey on August 27, 2012, 06:26:02 pm
Hi All,

Just wanted to get a gauge to see if anyone has ever been approved to take time off for days that occur during the school year (i.e. taking days off outside of the time that students are off from school).

My niece is graduating from high school next year in June and I would like to attend.  However, I wanted to see the likelihood of being approved for this time out before I confirm anything with her.  I'm part of EPIK SMOE/Seoul.

Thank you!

Look at the last question of the FAQ.
Title: Re: FAQ (ARC, extending visa, severance, exit allowance, pension, vacation, etc..)
Post by: hildydoo on October 23, 2012, 10:21:29 am
I have a question about pension:

If you break your contract, do you still qualify to get your pension returned? I'm a US citizen, and I'm just curious! I can't find any definitive information on any of the official sites or documents! :/  Thanks!!
Title: Re: FAQ (ARC, extending visa, severance, exit allowance, pension, vacation, etc..)
Post by: skippy on October 23, 2012, 07:46:43 pm
If you break your contract early, you can apply for a pension refund when you leave Korea.   It does not matter if one or two months was done.  Through it might matter if the boss submitted payments or actually enrolled you in the program.  If you are transferring or changing schools then the pension would have to wait.

ON a side not the pension refund is possible the severance is NOT refundable or given anytime before one year completed contract.
Title: Taxes
Post by: money55 on November 15, 2012, 03:45:56 am
Okay, so I ended having to pay a lot in taxes.  I'm an American but when I got back to the states- they charged me for Social security. It was a lot. 
Title: Re: FAQ (ARC, extending visa, severance, exit allowance, pension, vacation, etc..)
Post by: Mezoti97 on November 15, 2012, 09:11:22 am
Hi All,

Just wanted to get a gauge to see if anyone has ever been approved to take time off for days that occur during the school year (i.e. taking days off outside of the time that students are off from school).

My niece is graduating from high school next year in June and I would like to attend.  However, I wanted to see the likelihood of being approved for this time out before I confirm anything with her.  I'm part of EPIK SMOE/Seoul.

Thank you!

This is a late reply, but I'll share my two cents on this, for what it's still worth. A friend of mine was able to take a few days off during the semester (she worked at a middle school through EPIK) about a year ago, in order to fly back to the States to attend her brother's graduation from university. Her principal agreed to let her go, although the condition was that she had to make up teaching all the classes that she had missed while she was gone, once she came back to Korea. I'm not sure about the exact details on how they were able to work out the schedule so that she was able to make up all the missed classes, but it seemed to work out nonetheless.

Also, in my case (I was also with EPIK at the time), I took two days off during the semester a couple of years ago for the death of a close relative. My vice-principal at the time agreed to let me take the two days off, although he said I had to use my sick days for them, which I did. It was kind of ironic, since I did end up getting really sick during those two days I took off for the funeral, so I suppose it worked out that I had used those sick days at the time.

I think what also helps increase the likelihood that your school's principal/vice-principal will approve of you taking a few days off during the semester for a family event is if they like you. My then-vice-principal had a good impression of me (I highly doubt that he would have allowed me to take those days off, had he disliked me), and I believe my friend was well-liked at her school.
Title: Re: FAQ (ARC, extending visa, severance, exit allowance, pension, vacation, etc..)
Post by: Synoptic23 on December 11, 2012, 08:59:44 am
I'm breaking my contract and leaving Korea early. Officially, I'm done working on 1/31, but will leave the country a week or 2 early since I'm taking my paid vacation at that time. Can I still get the pension refund at the airport even though I'm still "working"? Any thoughts?
Title: Re: FAQ (ARC, extending visa, severance, exit allowance, pension, vacation, etc..)
Post by: koreantexan on December 24, 2012, 09:40:38 am
Hello. Can you collect your pension(NPS) if you are staying in Korea, but your new job uses the Korean Private Teachers Fund?
Title: Re: FAQ (ARC, extending visa, severance, exit allowance, pension, vacation, etc..)
Post by: robvandan on January 12, 2013, 08:50:15 pm
Quick question. I'm looking to change from EPIK to GEPIK or SMOE in the Fall.

On completion of the contract, will i recieve the exit allowance from EPIK as the contract with them is done and all ties to EPIK are severed?

Will I get the entrance allowance from the potential new employer be it GEPIK or SMOE?

Or will I just get a settlement allowance because i'm in country?

Any information would be hugely appreciated. Thanks.
Title: Taking vacation at the end
Post by: willba7 on February 04, 2013, 12:56:11 pm
I need to rush back to start grad school in the fall.
Do I have to be in Korea on the last day of my contract or can I take my 8 days of vacation at the end of my contract and still get all the bonuses?

I didn't see anything in my contract regarding this question.
Title: Re: Taking vacation at the end
Post by: lotte world on February 04, 2013, 03:02:58 pm
I need to rush back to start grad school in the fall.
Do I have to be in Korea on the last day of my contract or can I take my 8 days of vacation at the end of my contract and still get all the bonuses?

I didn't see anything in my contract regarding this question.

A lot of people do this.  Some have problems, some don't.  Technically you completed the contract, so it should be ok, but some schools are funny about it.  Ask your school.

Edit: forgot to add.  If the end of your contract falls in the semester then you might be out of luck.  Usually you are only allowed to take vacation during the school breaks, and not during term time.
Title: Re: FAQ (ARC, extending visa, severance, exit allowance, pension, vacation, etc..)
Post by: monica100587 on February 04, 2013, 04:34:02 pm
Hey guys,

I am leaving on Feb 27th, 2013. I will be in Thailand until then. I was wandering what the exact or estimated date is when you receive your severance and airfare. I know that the school will deposit it after the DMOE gives it to the school, but it may not be on payday. Previous teachers, did any of you guys have problems with this?? Did you guys get it back b4 you leave Korea??
Title: Re: FAQ (ARC, extending visa, severance, exit allowance, pension, vacation, etc..)
Post by: DownnDirty on March 04, 2013, 01:49:48 pm
US Criminal Background Check question:

I'm about 8 months into my first contract and I'm looking to transfer to another hagwon.  Do I need to do another CBC?  Is this something that I should do now, just in case? 
Title: Re: FAQ (ARC, extending visa, severance, exit allowance, pension, vacation, etc..)
Post by: skippy on March 04, 2013, 03:04:45 pm
US Criminal Background Check question:

I'm about 8 months into my first contract and I'm looking to transfer to another hagwon.  Do I need to do another CBC?  Is this something that I should do now, just in case?

No, if you do a transfer you will not need to submit another one.  Still recommend getting one in the works for future problems and mess ups.
Title: Re: FAQ (ARC, extending visa, severance, exit allowance, pension, vacation, etc..)
Post by: smores85 on March 04, 2013, 03:22:22 pm
US Criminal Background Check question:

I'm about 8 months into my first contract and I'm looking to transfer to another hagwon.  Do I need to do another CBC?  Is this something that I should do now, just in case?

No, if you do a transfer you will not need to submit another one.  Still recommend getting one in the works for future problems and mess ups.

This is correct.  If you sign a new contract before your visa has expired and such, it is a straight visa transfer and you do not need a new CBC.  However, I have run into issues finding a new school in time and wish someone would have advised me to get a new background check anyway.

On a side note, the fee for ARCs has gone up to 20,000 won as of Jan 1, 2013.
Title: Re: FAQ (ARC, extending visa, severance, exit allowance, pension, vacation, etc..)
Post by: tootyfruity on April 30, 2013, 02:53:55 pm
Hello All

Does my visa expire at the same time as my arc? My contract expires on May 9th and My arc expires June 9th.  Do I have to extend my visa? My new job starts on May 20th and I would like to travel on the 12th of May.

Sorry if this question has been asked before

Thanks for your help
Please help its kind of urgent


Title: Re: FAQ (ARC, extending visa, severance, exit allowance, pension, vacation, etc..)
Post by: Nokcha on May 05, 2013, 05:25:24 am
Question:

I just extended my visa and the date on the back of my ARC was changed to reflect this; however, there's nothing in my passport that reflects this change. My original visa is there and not other stamp or mark signifying the change.

Is this to be expected?

I'm going back to the states for a wedding in June and don't want to get to the airport and immigration to discover my visa has 'expired'.

Thanks
Title: Re: FAQ (ARC, extending visa, severance, exit allowance, pension, vacation, etc..)
Post by: skippy on May 05, 2013, 02:25:49 pm
Question:

I just extended my visa and the date on the back of my ARC was changed to reflect this; however, there's nothing in my passport that reflects this change. My original visa is there and not other stamp or mark signifying the change.

Is this to be expected?

I'm going back to the states for a wedding in June and don't want to get to the airport and immigration to discover my visa has 'expired'.

Thanks

This is normal!   The key is your ARC. Immigration/Customs will check you visa your ARC. When you travel DO NOT give the ARC PERMANENTLY.  Shoe do not give if you are traveling. If you give the ARC the visa is canceled.

Consider getting some scans and color copies of your ARC just in case.
Title: Re: FAQ (ARC, extending visa, severance, exit allowance, pension, vacation, etc..)
Post by: Nokcha on May 05, 2013, 02:56:58 pm
Question:

I just extended my visa and the date on the back of my ARC was changed to reflect this; however, there's nothing in my passport that reflects this change. My original visa is there and not other stamp or mark signifying the change.

Is this to be expected?

I'm going back to the states for a wedding in June and don't want to get to the airport and immigration to discover my visa has 'expired'.

Thanks

This is normal!   They key is your ARC. Immigration/Customs will check you visa your ARC. When you travel DO NOT give the ARC PERMANENTLY.  If you give the ARC the visa is canceled.

Consider getting some scans and color copies of your ARC just in case.

Thanks! Skippy! My mind is at ease.
Title: Re: FAQ (ARC, extending visa, severance, exit allowance, pension, vacation, etc..)
Post by: ANJimenez3 on May 13, 2013, 02:27:21 pm
I realize this is a bit ahead of the game and all, but I was intending on renewing my contract, but leaving after 6 months, thus breaking the contract.  Aside from the 700,000 won being waived (since I would leave immediately after 6 months), is there anything else I should aware of?

I'm mostly concerned about the pension, severance pay, and even if (by breaking the contract) Korea will black list me from the country.  Has anybody dealt with this before or know of anybody who has?

Any info is much appreciated.  Thanks!!
Title: Re: FAQ (ARC, extending visa, severance, exit allowance, pension, vacation, etc..)
Post by: CaramelMac on June 13, 2013, 10:36:29 am
Hi,

I am finishing my contract in August and I'm wondering if the exit allowance is a set rate (I think I've read 1.3mil) or is it the exact cost of your ticket? Or does it depend on your school? I know in most Hagwon's the school book and pay for the ticket, but not sure with EPIK.

Thanks in advance ;D
Title: Re: FAQ (ARC, extending visa, severance, exit allowance, pension, vacation, etc..)
Post by: Pikkle on June 13, 2013, 10:40:51 am
Hi,

I am finishing my contract in August and I'm wondering if the exit allowance is a set rate (I think I've read 1.3mil) or is it the exact cost of your ticket? Or does it depend on your school? I know in most Hagwon's the school book and pay for the ticket, but not sure with EPIK.

Thanks in advance ;D

It depends on your contract. When I was with GEPIK, it was a reimbursement with a maximum set at I think 1.8mil. Now with I'm with EPIK, it's a flat rate to do with it what you will. If you read 1.3 in your contract, that's what it is. (I thought it was a little higher than that, but I'm not entirely sure)
Title: Re: FAQ (ARC, extending visa, severance, exit allowance, pension, vacation, etc..)
Post by: Wretchard on August 01, 2013, 08:14:26 pm
Been back in Korea since mid-July. I have got my visa for a new job while outside of Korea before I came back.



My job starts next week. Do you have to get the card to work? Do I have 90 days to get my Alien Registration Card?
Title: One more question about pay at the end of the contract
Post by: shamash on August 12, 2013, 06:51:46 pm
My employer is saying that a coworker and I can't get paid on our last day of the contract(first Mon. of sept), but instead will get paid on the usual payday a few days later, after we're both no longer in Korea, then 10 days later for severance, then the payday of the next month(October) for the 2 days of the session that won't be on the September paycheck.

Are there any laws about this?  It kinda seems like you should receive all the money you're owed before leaving the country, and having 3 separate transfers to a US bank account is going to end up being ~150$ worth of charges.
Title: Re: One more question about pay at the end of the contract
Post by: bird212 on August 12, 2013, 10:42:46 pm
Is there any way for them to get your home banking information and deposit it that way/can you trust them to follow through with it?  I really don't know anything about all this, but I'm coming in a week via EPIK and my recruiter at Korvia told us to bring a copy of a personal check of ours with all of our home banking account info for the school to have when we leave so they can deposit our last money that way....But I haven't been through it or know how it works exactly!
Title: Re: One more question about pay at the end of the contract
Post by: Davey on August 13, 2013, 02:12:40 am
My employer is saying that a coworker and I can't get paid on our last day of the contract(first Mon. of sept), but instead will get paid on the usual payday a few days later, after we're both no longer in Korea, then 10 days later for severance, then the payday of the next month(October) for the 2 days of the session that won't be on the September paycheck.

Are there any laws about this?  It kinda seems like you should receive all the money you're owed before leaving the country, and having 3 separate transfers to a US bank account is going to end up being ~150$ worth of charges.

No laws; all you can do is ask.

http://www.waygook.org/index.php/topic,2614.0.html
Title: Re: FAQ (ARC, extending visa, severance, etc., etc.) UPDATED August 12, 2013
Post by: SNOGLO on September 11, 2013, 09:10:35 am
What about getting another medical check done if you're renewing?  This guide and the immigration website don't list a medical screening as a requirement. 

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If you're renewing, you'll need the following documents:

- Your passport
- Your Alien Registration Card
- Your new contract
- Proof of Employment, the POE Business Registration Number (ask your school for these)
- A processing fee: ~30,000 KRW (cash only)

Is this something that only your school requires, or is it an immigration requirement?  Nearly all of my foreigner friends have gotten their medicals, but I'd love to avoid the hassle of an afternoon being shuffled around the clinics here if I can...
Title: Re: FAQ (ARC, extending visa, severance, etc., etc.) UPDATED August 12, 2013
Post by: skippy on September 11, 2013, 03:16:10 pm
What about getting another medical check done if you're renewing?  This guide and the immigration website don't list a medical screening as a requirement. 

Quote
If you're renewing, you'll need the following documents:

- Your passport
- Your Alien Registration Card
- Your new contract
- Proof of Employment, the POE Business Registration Number (ask your school for these)
- A processing fee: ~30,000 KRW (cash only)

Is this something that only your school requires, or is it an immigration requirement?  Nearly all of my foreigner friends have gotten their medicals, but I'd love to avoid the hassle of an afternoon being shuffled around the clinics here if I can...

Health checks in general are an immigration requirement.  Get it if immigration asks for it.   Sometimes schools just go the one same way for all teachers.  Never mind that there mind be differences or alternatives.  For renewals it is not often required.  Yet do expect to be asked if it has been a while. 
Through I could add that health checks can also be a bit of a employment requirement.  Do not do it, do not get the job. The job may want it for other reason like showing parents that their dancing money is not a a dirty foreigner. 
So ask the school why they want it.   If it is because they think they need it.  Tell them to double check.  If they want it for their own reasons consider getting it done, but having them pay for it.
Title: Re: FAQ (ARC, extending visa, severance, etc., etc.) UPDATED August 12, 2013
Post by: Claytron on December 20, 2013, 03:44:38 pm
Let's say I renewed at a public school (gepik) for two years, giving me 3 years total service. What kind of severance can one expect at the end of that assuming the person was paid 2.1, 2.3, 2.5 for each year? Is the worker paid 3 severances?
Title: Re: FAQ (ARC, extending visa, severance, etc., etc.) UPDATED August 12, 2013
Post by: taeyang on December 20, 2013, 03:56:59 pm
Let's say I renewed at a public school (gepik) for two years, giving me 3 years total service. What kind of severance can one expect at the end of that assuming the person was paid 2.1, 2.3, 2.5 for each year? Is the worker paid 3 severances?

it's the last three months of employment.

so (2.5 x 3 months) x 3 years.
Title: Re: FAQ (ARC, extending visa, severance, etc., etc.) UPDATED August 12, 2013
Post by: popeye2u on January 22, 2014, 11:40:35 am
Has anybody been asked to submit an apt lease in order to extend their employment 1 month? 
Title: Re: FAQ (ARC, extending visa, severance, etc., etc.) UPDATED August 12, 2013
Post by: skippy on January 22, 2014, 12:12:46 pm
Yea Spinach Eater. This is a new regulation with immigration on proving residence. This is going to make life a bit more difficult for future extensions and renewals.
I had to make a second trip to get my visa extended because of the lease agreement and form.  I thought bills would work but no.
Korean Immigration Notice (http://www.hikorea.go.kr/pt/NtcCotnDetailR_en.pt?pageSpec=&targetRow=&lafjOrderBy=&sRange=&sKeyWord=&bbsGbCd=BS10&bbsSeq=2&ntccttSeq=46&pageCode=list&langCd=EN&bbsNm=Notice)

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Please note that visa applicants described in the following paragraphs below must submit proof of residency when applying to extend their visas and change their sojourn status as the Ministry of Justice has made the requirement compulsory in order to improve accuracy and effectiveness of places of residence of all aliens staying in the Republic of Korea.

1. You must submit proof of residency if you want to extend the following visas:

- D-1(Cultural Arts) ~ E-7(Special Occupation), E-9(Non-Professional Employment) ~ F-2(Residential), F-4(Overseas Koreans), F-6(Spouse of a Korean National), G-1(Miscellaneous), and H-2(Working Visit visa)

※ F-3(Dependent Family) and H-1(Working Holiday) visa holders are not included.

2. You must submit proof of residency if you

- would like to change your sojourn status to F-5 permanent resident

3. Acceptable documents for proof of residency

- Lease contract, confirmation of provided residence, a mail giving the notice of the expiry date of your period of sojourn, a utility bill payment for any public services, receipt of university housing fee and others.

4. Effective Date : 2013. 10. 10. (yyyy. mm. dd.)
Title: Re: FAQ (ARC, extending visa, severance, etc., etc.) UPDATED August 12, 2013
Post by: rylan_rogers on February 07, 2014, 07:39:47 am
I have a question for you guys. Yesterday I re-signed my contract and went to the immigration office. everything ran smoothing and they stamped some new dates on the back of my ARC, but they didn't put a new visa in my passport. The lady at the desk said I was finished, I'm a little leery of this, as her English was far from perfect. Can anyone give me some advice as of what to do? My co-teacher has no clue.
Title: Re: FAQ (ARC, extending visa, severance, etc., etc.) UPDATED August 12, 2013
Post by: desert_sugi on February 07, 2014, 07:42:03 am
That's all they do- write or sticker on the ARC card. Nothing done to the passport
Title: Re: FAQ (ARC, extending visa, severance, etc., etc.) UPDATED August 12, 2013
Post by: oatmealkooky on February 07, 2014, 07:54:42 am
And the marker invariably wears off, so when you leave the country on vacation you have at least three conversations in the airport regarding whether or not your visa is valid, and then the immigrations officials just roll their eyes and let you go anyway.
Title: Re: FAQ (ARC, extending visa, severance, etc., etc.) UPDATED August 12, 2013
Post by: taeyang on February 07, 2014, 07:55:24 am
I have a question for you guys. Yesterday I re-signed my contract and went to the immigration office. everything ran smoothing and they stamped some new dates on the back of my ARC, but they didn't put a new visa in my passport. The lady at the desk said I was finished, I'm a little leery of this, as her English was far from perfect. Can anyone give me some advice as of what to do? My co-teacher has no clue.

your ARC is your visa. the sticker was the first issuance of your visa (if you look, you'll see it has an expiry date on it). once your ARC was issued, that became your visa. and now that it's renewed, you have no need to worry!  8)
Title: Re: FAQ (ARC, extending visa, severance, etc., etc.) UPDATED August 12, 2013
Post by: rocketeerjoe on February 24, 2014, 08:01:28 pm
Let's say I renewed at a public school (gepik) for two years, giving me 3 years total service. What kind of severance can one expect at the end of that assuming the person was paid 2.1, 2.3, 2.5 for each year? Is the worker paid 3 severances?

it's the last three months of employment.

so (2.5 x 3 months) x 3 years.

Can anyone else confirm this? I asked my recruiter about this, since my co teacher said the severance was only 1.3 million won (she was confusing it with airfare reimbursement). My recruiter said that it was wage times 1 month times years.

So since I make 2.3 million and worked 2 years it would be 2.3 x 2  (1 month per year)

If anyone can clarify this, let me know. I work for EPIK in Gyeongnam. I'm not sure if it changes in different provinces.
Title: Re: FAQ (ARC, extending visa, severance, etc., etc.) UPDATED August 12, 2013
Post by: sootyandco on February 25, 2014, 09:13:22 am
Your sums are sound. A little tax will also be deducted. So don't worry if it's a little less.
Title: Re: FAQ (ARC, extending visa, severance, etc., etc.) UPDATED August 12, 2013
Post by: rocketeerjoe on February 25, 2014, 03:27:15 pm
Update: it was just put into my bank account.

1.3 mw - airplane reimbursement
2.3 mw - last month's pay
2.3 x 2 months (minus tax) for severance

I was under the impression that the airplane ticket and severance would be placed into my American account at the end of next month so I was a bit surprised! Made the transfer. Pension paperwork filled out last week. I leave in a few days! Woo, mission accomplished.
Title: Re: FAQ (ARC, extending visa, severance, etc., etc.) UPDATED August 12, 2013
Post by: BostonDan on April 07, 2014, 01:37:45 pm
Does anyone know what the penalty for overstaying on the ARC card is? I've been told the fee is 60,000 to renew, and I'm only staying a week. It seems like it might be a similar fee without the hassle. It doesn't sit well with me that my visa expires 5 days before my contract ends.

Meanwhile the website for online applications is showing an error message for new registrations. Great!

Thanks for your help!

Title: Re: FAQ (ARC, extending visa, severance, etc., etc.) UPDATED August 12, 2013
Post by: bbNiks on April 07, 2014, 02:38:47 pm
Does anyone know what the penalty for overstaying on the ARC card is? I've been told the fee is 60,000 to renew, and I'm only staying a week. It seems like it might be a similar fee without the hassle. It doesn't sit well with me that my visa expires 5 days before my contract ends.

Meanwhile the website for online applications is showing an error message for new registrations. Great!

Thanks for your help!



Not sure why your visa expires before your contract, but... I'd call immigration (1585?) just to make sure. Maybe you can take your plane ticket and extend.

Also, this might not be applicable since you said a week (I'm assuming 7 whole days)? If you're not staying that long... don't you have 10 days to exit the country after your contract ends?

Title: Re: FAQ (ARC, extending visa, severance, etc., etc.) UPDATED August 12, 2013
Post by: raibanonline@hotmail.com on May 22, 2014, 05:58:01 pm
Hi - i wonder if anyone has encountered this before - i want to leave the public school system, but stay in Korea - i will have completed my contract, and will be entitled to severance etc - my question is regarding the exit allowance - will i be entitled to that, even though i'm not leaving the country?
Title: Re: FAQ (ARC, extending visa, severance, etc., etc.) UPDATED August 12, 2013
Post by: Davey on May 22, 2014, 08:37:00 pm
Hi - i wonder if anyone has encountered this before - i want to leave the public school system, but stay in Korea - i will have completed my contract, and will be entitled to severance etc - my question is regarding the exit allowance - will i be entitled to that, even though i'm not leaving the country?

No.
Title: Re: FAQ (ARC, extending visa, severance, etc., etc.) UPDATED August 12, 2013
Post by: jmwojdacz1 on June 26, 2014, 08:23:54 pm
I have a question.
My contract ends 10/21/2014 but my visa expires 11/14/14, and I am currently looking for another hagwon/kindergarten job that begins around the beginning of December. I would be leaving Korea shortly after the 21st of October and I want to return to the States until I find my next job. So do I have to file all the paperwork again and do the visa process again, or would I be able to just renew it. Thanks in advance.
Title: Re: FAQ (ARC, extending visa, severance, etc., etc.) UPDATED August 12, 2013
Post by: Davey on June 26, 2014, 09:09:21 pm
I have a question.
My contract ends 10/21/2014 but my visa expires 11/14/14, and I am currently looking for another hagwon/kindergarten job that begins around the beginning of December. I would be leaving Korea shortly after the 21st of October and I want to return to the States until I find my next job. So do I have to file all the paperwork again and do the visa process again, or would I be able to just renew it. Thanks in advance.

http://www.waygook.org/index.php/topic,73456.0.html
Title: Re: FAQ (ARC, extending visa, severance, etc., etc.) UPDATED August 12, 2013
Post by: neilg on July 09, 2014, 06:15:15 pm
Hi, my GEPIK contract ends Sept 1. ARC expires SEPT 30. 


1. Is it correct that I have until my ARC expires to find another job? And by find another job I mean, get my visa transferred to the new school.

2.  Is it correct that no new CRC is needed because Immigration has my documents?
Can I get my documents back from Immigration? Or at least a receipt or something?  Do/would I ever need them hopping from job to job in Korea?

3.  Also, I'm hoping to get a 6 month contract.  Would immigration simply extend the visa for 6 months?  (I thhought i read someone talking about only 1 year increments of extension)


Thanks!  Perhaps when answered someone could update the original help file.
Title: Re: FAQ (ARC, extending visa, severance, etc., etc.) UPDATED August 12, 2013
Post by: modman23 on July 22, 2014, 08:54:44 pm
I renewed my ARC card, but now the Education office told my boss that they need me to get a new notarized and apostilled Diploma and background check. I am super confused because I didn't switch schools and already had my ARC renewed.
I have 3 months and can get it done, but I am just wondering why they would need a new set of those things at this point in time. My director couldn't really explain it well enough for me to understand what was going on.
Has anybody experienced this? Also if anybody knows of the best way for me to get those things done I'd appreciate the help (I'm from the U.S.). Thanks!
Title: Re: FAQ (ARC, extending visa, severance, etc., etc.) UPDATED August 12, 2013
Post by: K04 on August 12, 2014, 02:59:50 pm
Hi Guys,

  I have a question and wondering if anyone has been in my situation before and knows the answer because none of the Korean staff at my school seems to know. I need to switch my workplace and extend my E-2 visa for another year. I am moving from Incheon to Anjung so different Immigration Offices but same province. So I have a few questions:

1. When I go to do these things which immigration office do I need to go to, the new areas immigration?
2. Also do I have to hand in my current ARC and passport? I am trying to book a trip home but if I have to hand those in I obviously cannot go. (which also leaves me homeless for a month between contracts in Korea).
3. Lastly do I have to wait until my current contract finishes (in two weeks) to change my workplace and visa or can I do this ahead of time?
Title: Re: FAQ (ARC, extending visa, severance, etc., etc.) UPDATED August 12, 2013
Post by: skippy on August 14, 2014, 02:00:54 pm
Hi Guys,

  I have a question and wondering if anyone has been in my situation before and knows the answer because none of the Korean staff at my school seems to know. I need to switch my workplace and extend my E-2 visa for another year. I am moving from Incheon to Anjung so different Immigration Offices but same province. So I have a few questions:

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1. When I go to do these things which immigration office do I need to go to, the new areas immigration?
Hmmm I think the transfer would be best done at the immi office for the area of the new school.

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2. Also do I have to hand in my current ARC and passport? I am trying to book a trip home but if I have to hand those in I obviously cannot go. (which also leaves me homeless for a month between contracts in Korea).
If you are just transferring and extending the current E-2 visa, the visa should be updated and done that day.  If you go for a D-10 then things might be different and having to hand things in might happen.

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3. Lastly do I have to wait until my current contract finishes (in two weeks) to change my workplace and visa or can I do this ahead of time?

Yes, you have to wait, unless you want to save your soon to be ex boss about 3 million won.   Going to give up the severance and plane ticket huh!   Maybe you can do a it a few days before and things might ignored.  Immi can be picky on transferring and when you do it.   Best thing for peace of mind and money is to transfer AFTER last day of work.

Good Luck
Title: Re: FAQ (ARC, extending visa, severance, etc., etc.) UPDATED August 12, 2013
Post by: K04 on August 14, 2014, 03:39:24 pm
Hi Skippy,

Thanks for the response.

1. Yes, finally after six calls to immigration and being given the run around I found out I do go to the office in the area of the new school.

2. They said that "hopefully it will be processed and updated the same day but they cannot guarantee it and it could take 7-14 working days. So I basically can't book a flight home "just in case." It won't be a D-10 since I have my new contract and paperwork in hand.

3. No matter what I am out of my exit allowance because I am changing jobs within Korea so I don't qualify since my MOE has to transfer my documents over to my new job. I am going to go to immigration three days before the end of my contract since I will be on vacation days and try to change the workplace and VISA information. Immigration said if I bring a letter from my director saying I am still finishing my current contract they may be able to process it. But now you have me worried about this affecting my severance payment as I am not willing to give that up. I have contacted the coordinator at my MOE about that since she and I are friends.

Thanks again for your help.
Title: Re: FAQ (ARC, extending visa, severance, etc., etc.) UPDATED August 28, 2014
Post by: withmatt on February 04, 2015, 03:42:20 pm
So is a health check required every year to renew the visa?

And what if I just change workplaces without renewing the visa?
Title: Re: FAQ (ARC, extending visa, severance, etc., etc.) UPDATED August 28, 2014
Post by: kungfuninja on February 06, 2015, 12:57:08 pm
Hi all, I have a question regarding the "Temporary Extension of Stay for Departure of Registered Foreigners" application. I am trying to set up an account with the website. Every time I enter all of my information and click "confirm" to complete my registration, it just shows a blank page with the words "EmailDomain" in the header.

Here is the webpage and sign up process I am referring to: http://www.hikorea.go.kr/pt/StipDetailRM_en.pt?langcd=en&userIdTemp=&userPasswdTemp=&locale=en&userId=&userPasswd=

What am I doing? How can I register? Thank you!
Title: Re: FAQ (ARC, extending visa, severance, etc., etc.) UPDATED August 28, 2014
Post by: Resolance on February 06, 2015, 01:13:32 pm
I think the English site is messed up. Try using the Korean website (same layout, just in Korean) in internet explorer. I'm pretty sure I had to use the Korean version for everything as the English website had errors for everything, even in internet explorer.
Title: Re: FAQ (ARC, extending visa, severance, etc., etc.) UPDATED August 28, 2014
Post by: kungfuninja on February 06, 2015, 02:15:14 pm
Ahhh still not working, but will try at home. A quality suggestion of course!
Title: Re: FAQ (ARC, extending visa, severance, etc., etc.) UPDATED August 28, 2014
Post by: leaponover on February 10, 2015, 07:49:29 am
Hey guys.  I'll be finishing up my third contract at my school and actually moving to hagwon.  I checked my contract and I don't see any severance/contract completion bonus in there (it's an EPIK contract).  Only the exit allowance, which I may or may not receive since I'm not actually leaving Korea.  Is there a place to look and see where the severance is on the contract.  I've gotten my renewal bonuses no problem in the past, I just don't see anything about severance.  Is it something that was done away with?  All answers would be appreciated.
Title: Re: FAQ (ARC, extending visa, severance, etc., etc.) UPDATED August 28, 2014
Post by: country09 on February 10, 2015, 07:56:34 am
I looked at the sample contract on EPIK's website and it is in Article 13.7

You shouldn't worry about it. EPIK follows the law and severance is not a benefit from the contract, it is required by law.

Title: Re: FAQ (ARC, extending visa, severance, etc., etc.) UPDATED August 28, 2014
Post by: leaponover on February 10, 2015, 08:03:31 am
I looked at the sample contract on EPIK's website and it is in Article 13.7

You shouldn't worry about it. EPIK follows the law and severance is not a benefit from the contract, it is required by law.

I am a little worried because I didn't get it my last two years lol.  However, they did pay me another amount that they said was a pension thing, but now I'm thinking it was a translation error and that's what it actually was.  They told me it was something about paying retirement at the end of the year instead of when I retire...
Title: Re: FAQ (ARC, extending visa, severance, etc., etc.) UPDATED August 28, 2014
Post by: country09 on February 10, 2015, 08:07:32 am
Pension is what you get when you 'retire' or leave Korea. You will get it after you have left Korea. Severance is given when you leave your current job after 365 days. If you renewed with your job for 3 years then you will have 3 years of severance saved up.

There is a lot of information about these two things on this site and on the internet. I recommend you read up a little on them since you seem to not understand the two of them. You have quite a bit of money out there that you will eventually get. Read up and learn when you will get and how to get it.
Title: Re: FAQ (ARC, extending visa, severance, etc., etc.) UPDATED August 28, 2014
Post by: leaponover on February 10, 2015, 08:18:51 am
Pension is what you get when you 'retire' or leave Korea. You will get it after you have left Korea. Severance is given when you leave your current job after 365 days. If you renewed with your job for 3 years then you will have 3 years of severance saved up.

There is a lot of information about these two things on this site and on the internet. I recommend you read up a little on them since you seem to not understand the two of them. You have quite a bit of money out there that you will eventually get. Read up and learn when you will get and how to get it.

I cleared it up.  The Korean word my co-teacher says translates to retirement (태즉음) but it's actually the severance.  On 13.7 it says severance in English but the Korean word above in the translation.  Anyway, turns out they are the same thing.  It was just a little confusing the first year I got it and how the teacher explained what it was.  Everything is good now thanks for your help!
Title: Re: FAQ (ARC, extending visa, severance, etc., etc.) UPDATED August 28, 2014
Post by: Katdee709 on January 17, 2017, 01:24:50 pm
I got a job in Seoul after I came here, so I got a job, but needed to go get the visa to stay. It ended up taking a while to get so I didn't register with the pension office until about 5 months after I had started working.
The director was taking the pension payments out of my cheque, but when I checked my balance at the pension office, it only states that they have been paying into my pension since it has been registered. I understand they couldn't put the payments in before that because i didn't have my card, but how do I get all the money that they took out of my cheques for the 5 months prior? Does anyone know who I can talk to about this?
Title: Re: FAQ (ARC, extending visa, severance, etc., etc.) UPDATED August 28, 2014
Post by: shostager on April 05, 2017, 12:29:35 pm
Currently in EPIK, contract ends in October. Hoping to change to a F-2 (points) visa before then, and get accepted for SMOE (alternatively, a hagwon) in February 2018.

Do I need a new CBC when applying (August), or would the one on file / a copy of it be okay?
Title: Re: FAQ (ARC, extending visa, severance, etc., etc.) UPDATED August 28, 2014
Post by: m.corless on April 13, 2017, 04:23:14 am
Currently in EPIK, contract ends in October. Hoping to change to a F-2 (points) visa before then, and get accepted for SMOE (alternatively, a hagwon) in February 2018.

Do I need a new CBC when applying (August), or would the one on file / a copy of it be okay?

You'll be able to get an officially stamped copy from the office of education you work for now and submit that. Same process applies for the apostilled degree copy and transcripts you submitted for your EPIK application.
Title: Re: FAQ (ARC, extending visa, severance, etc., etc.) UPDATED August 28, 2014
Post by: meseashell on November 29, 2017, 02:22:22 pm
Can someone tell me exactly how to reapply for EPIK? Like what do I need, how do I do it? I'm not sure what I need from home and what documents they already have that I dont need.....