Criminal Background Check
With the increase of reported incidents of misconduct by English teachers in South Korea, criminal background check proof has become one of the most essential documents for the ESL teachers who are on a teach and travel project in Korea with American TESOL Institute. A Police Criminal Background check is a must for seeking teaching job in South Korea since the month of December 2007. The Ministry of Justice passed this new law to assure security to the students of South Korea.
The teachers applying for E2 Visa must produce a criminal record check certificate at the time of application. The US applicants should have a police background check notarized by any registered lawyer or a notary office. An APOSTILLE from the Secretary of State, Federal Court is also required.
The UK applicants must have a Basic Disclosure Check/ Subject Access Check notarized by any lawyer or notary office along with an APOSTILLE from the Home Office.
Canadian applicants should also have a police background check notarized by either a lawyer or notary office and further notarization by the Korean Consulate.
In short, this criminal background check is to be collected from the local police of your home town and the validity period of this check is 6 months. A criminal background check older than 6 months is not accepted.