ESL Part 2: Gathering the documents

4 Sep

After you’ve received your contract or even before you received it you can start getting your documents in order.

2. Rounding up the following documents:

  • Apostilled* Criminal Background Check certified by the FBI and apostilled by the State Department (Secretary of State). Your CBC is invalid after 6 months.
  • Apostilled*copy of your bachelors degree must be apostilled by your State Secretary. You should plan on bringing your original with you to Korea
  • A copy of your passport
  • Five passport sized photos
  • Signed contract with all pages
  • Self Medical Check (your recruiter will send you with your contract)
  • Two sealed copies of your Official Transcripts

It’s best to start as early as you can, even before you receive job offer. You will spend a lot of time waiting for your transcripts (3 weeks), your diploma copy must be apostilled by your State Secretary (4 weeks), and you all important Criminal Background Check will be  processed (6 weeks-8 weeks) and then apostilled by the State Department (3 weeks).

The Federal Criminal Background Check (CBC) is easy enough. I went down to the Seattle Police Department and had my finger prints done, took 5 mins then dropped in the mail with the cover letter provided by the FBI on their website (see the link below)

When you send your prints off be sure to included a self-addressed envelope with adequate postage. This process can take up to 8 weeks, mine took 6 weeks. After you receive your FBI certified CBC pop it in an another envelope and mail it off to the State Department, yes, all the way back to Washington. It will take about 3 weeks and around the same time you should also received your apostilled diploma copy from the State Secretary in Olympia, WA.

You have to keep an eye on the calendar because the CBC is invalid after 6 months. I waited 2 months after getting all my documents together to find a job. Now I’m 6 weeks shy of that 6 month mark.

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