An apostille is a certificate paper with a government state seal authenticating that your document is a copy of an original that hasn't been tampered with. It’s obtained after you've gotten your document notarized or certified.
To many, it might seem to be an uphill task to apply for teaching English in Korea for an alien. The regulations set are necessary in order to verify that your identity and have a form of tracing your origins and whereabouts.
The process may seem daunting but to be really frank, it’s quite simple and easy. All you have to do is follow the guidelines set out and you will get yourself a ticket.
Preparing your Documents
All your documents must be in order before applying to teach in Korea. Among these, there are two main documents that are a must for teaching applicants:
A copy of your FBI Criminal Background History
A copy of your MFA College Diploma
Kindly note that both of these documents must be certified before obtaining an apostille. This basically requires your documents to be authenticated by formally attesting and legalizing these particular documents.
Obtaining an Apostille for your Documents,
Once you have your documents ready and have already been certified and notarized, make a Xerox of your diploma.
Step 1: Certification (already discussed)
Step 2: Apostille
Simply take your certified documents to your state department for its certificate and seal.
As from 2010, all U.S. citizens are all required to get an *apostilled* FBI criminal background check, directly from FBI Headquarters. If you are already living and working in Korea, you're exempt from having to do a FBI criminal background check until the completion of your second year in Korea.
It’s essential to have your documents apostille to ensure a smooth stay in Korea.
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