Medical Check Requirement for E2 Teaching Visa
MEDICAL CHECKS are required for E2 (Teaching) Visa applicants.
In their initial application package, prospective teachers must fill out a short, unofficial health statement regarding infectious diseases, drug use, and psychological problems. Then, within three months (90 days) following her/his arrival in Korea, the teacher's official medical data must be provided to the immigration office, as part of the application for residence registration. The medical exam to be conducted by government-approved public and general hospitals includes tests for narcotics use and HIV or AIDS** and are at the teacher's expense. The employer does not pay the costs of these tests.
After entering Korea, applicants must submit themselves to a medical check at a government approved hospital, public health clinic or general hospital.
Note that you don't have to undergo the medical check-up prior to your arrival in country. On the contrary, it must be done, in an approved facility, after you arrive. You have 90 days in which to submit the results of your health check.
**HIV/Aids testing for E2 visa holders to stop: In 2016, the National Human Rights Commission of Korea recommended the government stop its mandatory HIV testing of foreign English teachers, thus supporting an earlier decision by UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination that ruled against this policy in Korea. That said, K4E has had reports that foreign teachers are still being required to take these tests to keep their jobs. Although the NHRCK rendered its decision in September, there was still no mention of it on the commission's website as of 6 October 2016, according to the Korea Herald.
Medical Health Report Process (from the Ministry of Justice posting 2008)
Process When submitting an E2 visa application ⇒ When registering for alien registration card.
Self Medical Report: After an applicant submits the self medical report to the school, the report must then be submitted with all other documents by the school when applying for the E2 visa.
Korean Health Medical Report issued by an approved government hospital, public health clinic, or general hospital
- After receiving the E2 visa the applicant must go to an approved government hospital, public health clinic, or general hospital and submit the report to the immigration office.
※ After an applicant receives their alien registration card, the applicant must submit the Korean Health Medical Report within 3 months/ 90 days.
Contents of Korean Medical Report: A drug test, (for narcotics), a TBPE (Tuberculosis) test, and an HIV/ AIDS test. (K4E note: The government also include a cannabinoid test (cannabis) test,in its requirement, but this was removed sometime in late 2008 or early 2009. However, in Spring 2009 it began talking about adding it again).
Following receipt of registration card-
• After arrival in Korea and receiving an alien registration card, the applicant must submit themselves to a physical health test at the above mentioned approved places and submit the report to immigration.
• If the health report is not submitted within the 3 months/ 90 day period, test positive for drugs, alcoholism, or communicable diseases, the E2 visa will be cancelled and the applicant will be deported to their home country.
- If the self medical report is positive for any history of narcotic drug use, HIV or AIDS, or communicable diseases, then an E2 visa will not be issued.
- If the health report is not submitted within the 3 months/ 90 day period, test positive for drugs, alcoholism, or communicable diseases, the E2 visa will be cancelled and the applicant will be deported to her/his home country.
Note: Any applicant with any kind of criminal record will not be issued an E2 visa.
Legal Action Against Medical Check Requirement:
A Human Right suit was filed in Spring 2009 against the Ministry of Justice regarding the medical check requirement for E2 Visa holders. The basis of the suit is that, although the rational given for this requirement is the protection of Korean children, it is applied only to teachers with E2 visa holders regardless of whether they are teaching children or adults. Overseas Koreans and foreign nationals married to Koreans (F-visas) are not required to submit the same kinds of medical checks.
For more information on getting an E2 visa to teach English in Korea, click here.
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Please note that government regulations and proceedures may have changed from what has been described above or may not apply in all situations/cases. K4E recommends that you check with the appropriate government office and/or officials prior to going forward.
Last Updated on 2016-10-16
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