In the middle of another chapter so ill give this a start and get back to it later if not finished now.
How I got my E2 visa:
1. I applied for our garda clearance certs at the local garda station. I received then about a week after applying, included a S.A.E. to speed things up a little.
2. I then went to my college and got a copy of all years of my exam results, these must be put into an envelope, then envelope needs to be sealed, then the college need to stamped across the seal and signed by the person who stamped it.
3. You need to get your degree and garda clearance certs apostilled by the department of foreign affairs, info
4. Get a copy of your passport and four passport photos.
5. Apply for a job or in our case we were contacted by Tiger English and they found us a job.
6. Do the interview for the job, ours lasted about five or ten minutes. But it really wasn't a difficult interview and was more about why you wanted to teach in Korea. We were asked about relative teaching experience that we had. Nothing to stressful.
7. Once your job has been secured Tiger English will forward you on the medical history forum and a copy of your contract. Fill out the both and email back the signed contract page.
8. You will then need to send on all of the documentation to Korea [Copy of passport, Original contract you signed, Original degree scroll or notarised degree with Apostille stamp, Transcript sealed stamped and signed, 4 passport photos, Medical History form, Police Check + Apostille stamp] by courier. This part cost about €75 by DHL and they had it in five days.
9. You will be issued visa numbers which Tiger English will email on to you. You will then need to arrange a meeting with the Korean embassy in Ireland
and have a quick interview with them. You should be issued your visa a week or so later [they will need to holds on to your passports for a week or so, if you live a fair bit out side Dublin like me best to bring a registered S.A.E.]. Your visa is valid for entry into Korea for a three month period. So its ok if your start date at the school changes a bit. Costs of visa €50 each.
10. Once your visa is secured you will be given the name, phone number and email address for a travel agent. You will book your flights through them (depending on your contract, you may have to pay for them and be reimbursed when you get to Korea). At this stage it is also a good idea to look for pictures of your accommodation and may be an email address of phone number for current teachers in the school. It worth getting their views on the experience.
11. Once you have the flights booked its pretty much wait for your departure date. Their will be someone to meet you at the air port from either Tiger English or the school.
One final thing, accommodation in Korea is not like Ireland. The apartments are small normally just one room, I am also going with my GF this has caused one little problem. I snore like a train so we had to get two separate apartments
Other than that everything else is excellent and Tiger English have been very helpful.
Have you been contacted by Tiger English?