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School lost my original documents! Please help!!
« on: March 14, 2022, 06:28:35 pm »
Hello!

I am currently re-applying with the GOE (Gyeongsangnam-do) program and I keep getting conflicting answers from 1345.

I am looking to see if anyone has gone through this process. When moving to a new school with GOE and applying for my visa extension, do I need to hand in official stamped copies (원본대조필) of my documents? Or do they ask for all-new original documents including the CBC and diploma with an apostille? My handler suddenly left my school during my contract and I was not aware that she was keeping my original documents on her desk instead of with admin. Now that she is gone, my documents are gone as well. I know that the immigration office should have copies but I am worried I will have to gather brand new documents from America if they will not let me use copies for my visa extension.

I've been trying to get directly in contact with the immigration office in Changwon, but every time I call their line it transfers me to 1345 automatically. I appreciate any help I can get!!
« Last Edit: March 16, 2022, 02:00:57 pm by taetertash »


  • hangook77
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Re: School lost my original documents! Please help!!
« Reply #1 on: March 17, 2022, 11:26:17 am »
What's GOE?  Is that your province?  Your provincial office or co ordinator should have all that stuff.  Did you ask them or the provincial supervisor for a transfer to another school or town?  Within the same province you don't have to reapply.  You are using the same immigration office?

Not sure what you mean by reapply?  You live in one town and asked your POE for another town or another school or schools?  Same employer.  Your POE should be keeping those documents on file. 

Does your school not know how to contact your former co-teacher?  Did she transfer to another school?  Get them to call her or use that cool messenger app to ask her what she did with your documents?  I am still unsure why she was keeping them instead of the POE.  Anyways, you may have to get on your school and nag them if they are being lazy and dragging your feet.  One thing you learn in Asia is to be assertive and stick up for yourself.  Hinting and politely asking often doesn't work and gets you ignored.   
« Last Edit: March 17, 2022, 11:29:34 am by hangook77 »
Trolls on here are lame and need to get a life.


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Re: School lost my original documents! Please help!!
« Reply #2 on: March 17, 2022, 11:34:28 am »
Every province is different, from the context it is clear that GOE (Gyeongnam?) requires people to reapply. What happens in your province and my province isn't the same rule for all.

Hopefully someone else working under GOE can come by and help the op.


  • yolopopo
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Re: School lost my original documents! Please help!!
« Reply #3 on: March 17, 2022, 12:11:17 pm »
The short answer to what you have asked is, no.

If you are extending your visa then you must already have your next contract in hand (it is impossible to do it without it). Therefore, it is solely an immigration issue. With that in mind you need the following:

a. Application form for Walk-in application → (통합신청서)
b. Signed contract (copy and original)
c. Passport (copy and original)
d. ARC (copy and original)
e. Fee: 50,000 won
f. School business license copy
g. School registration copy
h. Your work schedule
i. School class chart(어학원 현황표)
j. School housing contract (if you have your own place then need to bring yours)
k. Confirmation of Residence/Accommodation → Download the form
l. Labor Income Withholding Receipt(근로소득원천징수)

Just speak to 1345 and see if this is right, or attempt to login to HiKorea.

As I remember, the only 'original' document you give is the criminal record check. No one should have the original copy of your degree except you.

Good luck!


  • yolopopo
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Re: School lost my original documents! Please help!!
« Reply #4 on: March 17, 2022, 12:21:42 pm »
ah sorry, I should have said, the official stamped copies (원본대조필) are fine if you are re-apply to your POE. When I went they said I should have made an appointment on HiKorea, but I was lucky the immi officer was in a nice mood:)


Re: School lost my original documents! Please help!!
« Reply #5 on: March 17, 2022, 02:25:37 pm »
What's GOE?  Is that your province?  Your provincial office or co ordinator should have all that stuff.  Did you ask them or the provincial supervisor for a transfer to another school or town?  Within the same province you don't have to reapply.  You are using the same immigration office?

Not sure what you mean by reapply?  You live in one town and asked your POE for another town or another school or schools?  Same employer.  Your POE should be keeping those documents on file. 

Does your school not know how to contact your former co-teacher?  Did she transfer to another school?  Get them to call her or use that cool messenger app to ask her what she did with your documents?  I am still unsure why she was keeping them instead of the POE.  Anyways, you may have to get on your school and nag them if they are being lazy and dragging your feet.  One thing you learn in Asia is to be assertive and stick up for yourself.  Hinting and politely asking often doesn't work and gets you ignored.   

GOE is the name of my province's office of education. I am teaching in Gyeongsangnam-do! In my province, if you want to move to a new city they do require us to re-apply unfortunately even though we will be staying with the same office of education. I contacted the coordinator at GOE and was told I would have to get those documents from my school. I also did have my school contact my previous handler and even spoke with her myself but she just said she completely lost the files. At first, she tried to say she gave it to a couple different teachers at the school but they said she never did. I have no idea why she had the documents at all either. This whole situation has just been a mess.


Re: School lost my original documents! Please help!!
« Reply #6 on: March 17, 2022, 02:40:29 pm »
The short answer to what you have asked is, no.

If you are extending your visa then you must already have your next contract in hand (it is impossible to do it without it). Therefore, it is solely an immigration issue. With that in mind you need the following:

a. Application form for Walk-in application → (통합신청서)
b. Signed contract (copy and original)
c. Passport (copy and original)
d. ARC (copy and original)
e. Fee: 50,000 won
f. School business license copy
g. School registration copy
h. Your work schedule
i. School class chart(어학원 현황표)
j. School housing contract (if you have your own place then need to bring yours)
k. Confirmation of Residence/Accommodation → Download the form
l. Labor Income Withholding Receipt(근로소득원천징수)

Just speak to 1345 and see if this is right, or attempt to login to HiKorea.

As I remember, the only 'original' document you give is the criminal record check. No one should have the original copy of your degree except you.

Good luck!

Thank you so much for this list! I've also been looking for a concrete list of documents that I need. I already have my new contract in hand from GOE! However, I have not been told yet what school or location I am moving to so I do not have documents F - K yet. Looks like I am going to have to hold off a little longer to apply for the visa extension.

I do have to go into immigration though it seems to get copies of my documents with the 원본대조필! I am going to ask this time if GOE will hold onto the documents so this does not happen again.


  • hangook77
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Re: School lost my original documents! Please help!!
« Reply #7 on: March 28, 2022, 12:50:25 pm »
GOE is the name of my province's office of education. I am teaching in Gyeongsangnam-do! In my province, if you want to move to a new city they do require us to re-apply unfortunately even though we will be staying with the same office of education. I contacted the coordinator at GOE and was told I would have to get those documents from my school. I also did have my school contact my previous handler and even spoke with her myself but she just said she completely lost the files. At first, she tried to say she gave it to a couple different teachers at the school but they said she never did. I have no idea why she had the documents at all either. This whole situation has just been a mess.

In my province, I asked to change cities and they moved me when the next opening came up.  But now they are trying to move folks every few years.  Making you reapply to move?  That just shows how much they respect you and how arrogant that they are making you jump unnecessarily through hoops.  All in exchange for stagnant pay and more stupid micromanagement rules added into the contracts.  I seriously hope once covid is done, your province loses all of it's teachers and that they can't get anyone to work for them.  They deserve that if they are going to treat you that badly. 
Trolls on here are lame and need to get a life.


Re: School lost my original documents! Please help!!
« Reply #8 on: March 29, 2022, 05:33:54 pm »
Wait...Are you changing the Office of education that you're going to work for or staying under the same one? If you're staying with the same office of education, you shouldn't need to re-submit any documents, and just re-sign your contract at the renwal meeting.