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  • The Legend

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    • October 03, 2011, 01:50:58 pm
    • Seoul
Which nationalities are eligible for the E2 visa?
« on: February 17, 2019, 06:25:36 pm »
"Until recently, Issuance of an E2 visa (for the teaching of English) was limited to people (passport holders) from 7 countries: Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, the United Kingdom and Ireland, and the United States."

https://www.korea4expats.com/article-E2-English-teaching-visa-Korea.html

"The concern about 'correct' accents has diminished in recent years."

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I called 1345 to ask which nationalties are currently eligible to recieve E2 visas to teach English, and under what conditions, but was met with a prerecorded message stating only information pertaining to my own personal circumstances could be given.

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Ministry of Justice website:
"In principle, a foreign language instructor shall be a native speaker of the teaching language."

Ministry of Education website:
"The basic requirement is to hold at least a bachelor's degree and be a citizen of one of the six major English-speaking countries, Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America."

EPIK website:
"Due to current E-2 visa laws, EPIK teachers must be citizens of one of the following countries: the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, or South Africa.

 * Under the CEPA agreement, Indian citizens are eligible for positions if they meet all other requirements and hold a teacher's license in English."

http://www.epik.go.kr/contents.do?contentsNo=48&menuNo=275 

"Ethnic Koreans can apply for EPIK if they hold permanent residency status in one of the above mentioned countries."

http://www.epik.go.kr/faq.do?menuNo=339&faqCategoryNo=5 

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Who's eligible seems like a mystery, and I can't find much information online, at least in English.

I ask because I saw something earlier that said citizens from the Philippines, India, and another country (I think it was Malaysia) are now eligible for E2 visas but are held to a higher standard. (Must have teacher certification in English education I think, but can't remember exactly.)

Now I can't see that information online, so maybe it was removed from the site for being inaccurate?

Heard about Western folks being replaced by (lower paid) Philippines citizens lately. In what circumstances would that be legal? If married to a Korean, they'll have the F visa. That means now eligible to teach English? And where? In a public school would be OK? Seems like some Korean government English language websites aren't updated often enough, and thus may contain outdated information.

 
« Last Edit: February 17, 2019, 06:28:37 pm by Life Improvement »


  • Cyanea
  • Hero of Waygookistan

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    • September 04, 2016, 01:48:24 pm
    • Las Vegas
Re: Which nationalities are eligible for the E2 visa?
« Reply #1 on: February 17, 2019, 08:44:57 pm »
I worked alongside a Filippino (married to a Korean) 10 years ago. I assume she was hired on the basis of her F visa. Seems fair enough if they have good English. Many of them do.
Catch my drift?


  • kyndo
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    • March 03, 2011, 09:45:24 am
    • Gyeongsangbuk-do
Re: Which nationalities are eligible for the E2 visa?
« Reply #2 on: February 18, 2019, 08:31:56 am »
  I think part of the reason many people are confused about which nationalities are allowed to teach English is that different E visas allow different nationalities to do so. Although I've heard rumours that state otherwise, insofar as I know, the EPIK programme only takes teachers from the big English 7. However, E1 visas (university professors) allow for several other nationalities, including folk from the Philippines, Singapore, India etc. Some folk have told me (I don't know whether or not it's true) that any nationality can get an E1.


  • L I
  • The Legend

    • 3191

    • October 03, 2011, 01:50:58 pm
    • Seoul
Re: Which nationalities are eligible for the E2 visa?
« Reply #3 on: February 18, 2019, 09:08:38 am »
Although I've heard rumours that state otherwise, insofar as I know, the EPIK programme only takes teachers from the big English 7.

According to their official site they take 9. But I'm wondering if it's more now due to recent changes and the website just hasn't been updated yet.


  • kyndo
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    • 5032

    • March 03, 2011, 09:45:24 am
    • Gyeongsangbuk-do
Re: Which nationalities are eligible for the E2 visa?
« Reply #4 on: February 18, 2019, 09:16:56 am »
Although I've heard rumours that state otherwise, insofar as I know, the EPIK programme only takes teachers from the big English 7.

According to their official site they take 9. But I'm wondering if it's more now due to recent changes and the website just hasn't been updated yet.
I'll admit that I haven't gone through the site for a bit over a year now, but it certainly used to be 7. I'm glad it's opening up to other English majority nationalities.
   If people like me, Afrikaaners, Texans, and the Quebecois can become E2 teachers, then I don't see why folk from the Philippines who have taken all their schooling in English can't do the same.  :undecided:
« Last Edit: February 18, 2019, 10:13:43 am by kyndo »


  • hamid62
  • Adventurer

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    • December 19, 2016, 02:17:24 pm
    • Seoul
Re: Which nationalities are eligible for the E2 visa?
« Reply #5 on: February 18, 2019, 09:43:57 am »
Although I've heard rumours that state otherwise, insofar as I know, the EPIK programme only takes teachers from the big English 7.

According to their official site they take 9. But I'm wondering if it's more now due to recent changes and the website just hasn't been updated yet.
Where did you see on the EPIK website that they take nationals from 9 countries? I'm curious


  • L I
  • The Legend

    • 3191

    • October 03, 2011, 01:50:58 pm
    • Seoul
Re: Which nationalities are eligible for the E2 visa?
« Reply #6 on: February 18, 2019, 09:56:47 am »
EPIK Eligibility:

http://www.epik.go.kr/contents.do?contentsNo=48&menuNo=275

Australia, Canada, India, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, South Korea, United Kingdom, United States

http://www.epik.go.kr/faq.do?menuNo=339&faqCategoryNo=5

Looks like even more according to the second link. Ethnic Koreans (so from any country) with permanent residency (but not yet citizenship) in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, United Kingdom, or the United States.


  • kyndo
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    • March 03, 2011, 09:45:24 am
    • Gyeongsangbuk-do
Re: Which nationalities are eligible for the E2 visa?
« Reply #7 on: February 18, 2019, 10:18:37 am »
EPIK Eligibility:

http://www.epik.go.kr/contents.do?contentsNo=48&menuNo=275

Australia, Canada, India, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, South Korea, United Kingdom, United States
The inserts including India and South Korean nationals are new. Good that they've included them, though!

http://www.epik.go.kr/faq.do?menuNo=339&faqCategoryNo=5

Looks like even more according to the second link. Ethnic Koreans (so from any country) with permanent residency (but not yet citizenship) in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, United Kingdom, or the United States.
This is new as well.
Note that in order for them to be eligible, ethnic Koreans need to show that the majority of their education has been in English, just as many Canadians and South Africans do. Makes sense, I guess.