Working and Business > Teaching in Korea

Info Sources for Police Checks for E2 Visas

Info Sources for Police Ch...

The Korean government now requires a police/background check for all E2 Visa applicants (language teachers). These must be obtained from your country of citizenship. (For more info on these new regulations - effective 2007 December 15 scroll down to the bottom of the page where you will see related topics - including E2 visa details)

Following is information on the policies re police checks for some of the countries from which come many of the ESL teachers in Korea, including the average time required, the cost and a website for more info:

Time:  2~3 months  
Fee: (in AUS$)- depends on the extent of the check
i) Police Certificate based on an Australia-wide check of name only: $41.40
ii) Police Certificate based on an Australia-wide check of name and fingerprints: $146.70
iii)Police Certificate based on an Australia-wide check of name with ASIO security assessment - Ammonium Nitrate: $60.40*

Time:  5~6 months
Fee: (inCAN$) $25 + fingerprint fee *

New Zealand
Time:  2~3 months to receive copy of criminal record (NZ does not provide Certificates of Police Check)
Fee: no information given 

South Africa
Time: 14 days from the date received at the Criminal Records Center
Fee: (in Rand) 59 Rand

United Kingdom
Time: 10 days or more - NB At present, the UK authorities do not provide police clearance certificates. Applicants can however apply for a subject access reply under the Subject Access Provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998. This is accepted by most foreign authorities in the absence of any other facility. 
Fee: (in UK pounds) 10 + fingerprint fee*

United States
Time: 5~6 months  
Fee: (in US$) 18 + fingerprint fee*

*Since Korean Immigration wants the forms sent directly to them (this may change or may not be the case in all circumstances), there may also be a postage fee added to the costs.

Editor's Note: tries to ensure that the information we provide is accurate and complete, so should you notice any errors or omissions in the content above please contact us at
Please note that government regulations and procedures 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. 


Photo Source


Last Updated on 2010-08-29

In the same header
Academic Credentials Requirements for Teaching in Korea Apostille Requirement
Contracts for ESL Teachers Criminal Background Check for E2 Visa English Teacher
Editing/Proofreading English Camp Teaching Visas C4
ESL Teachers' Associations Getting an E2 Teaching Visa
House Hunting for a New Place Housing for Teachers
Info Sources for Police Checks for E2 Visas Korean Consulates Abroad
Medical Check Requirement for E2 Teaching Visa Teaching Job Options
Termination of Contract - Dismissal TFL Recruiters
Treatment of Teachers
At the Movies This Week - SeoulClick here for a list of English language/subtitled movies and where they are playing in Seoul. For...
SGVC – Music Discovery Class for Kids, Wed 2019, Seocho-gu, SeoulA special music program for toddlers.
House of Sharing English Tour, Sat 16 Mar 2019, Gwangju, SeoulLearn more about the Comfort Women (women forced into sexual slavery during WWII) through this Engli...
SGVC-Shared Urban Farming Orientation, 20 Feb 2019, Seocho-gu, SeoulOrientation session re roof farming program
TCIS Taejon Christian International School,1 Nov 2017
JZ Associate
A Plus Dental
Korea International School-KIS, PK-12 English, Pangyo, Gyeonggi-do
Seoul Foreign School, K-12 English School, Seodaemun, Seoul
I want to convert
EnglishClass101 - An online English learning system
KoreanClass101 - An online Korean learning system
Cocoonfice, Business Center, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
Helpul telephone numbers seoul korea