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Hi, does anyone know if it's possible to apply for a work visa when outside of your home country? For example, I have a British passport and I'm currently living and working in China but I want to get a teaching job in South Korea in the future.
Would I have to return to the UK to apply or could I just go to a South Korean consulate in China or maybe another country?
I only ask as I was able to do this with my Chinese Z visa whilst on a tourist visa in Thailand and wondered if I could do the same again.
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Recent experience for U.S. citizen in Korea on tourist visa, applied for jobs in Korea: lots of paperwork required from US, but not required to physically return to US. However, all are required to pick up the visa from a Korean consulate (i.e. outside Korea). It is efficiently automated, but...depending on the consulate, they may keep your passport 1-3 days.
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Hello, I am moving to Seoul early next year with my husband and I am in Finance . Currently working as Sr Financial Analyst in US and have CFA charter as well as Masters in Banking & Finance . I was wondering if you could please advice me on how to locate a English based finance job. Is there a recruitment agency that you would know of ? Any tips would be greatly appreciated. Thanks,
Husband is interviewing for an engineering assignment in Seoul. They asked him to interview so we are optimistic of the position.
We have 2 boys, 3 and 3 months (US age). What should we request when negotiating our package?
Would you request furnished living space? Tuition for our oldest? I would be fine homeschooling as he is only in preschool.
Do they do car seats in Korea? I wear my boys a lot, but wearing 2 is difficult for long distances.
Is food shopping easy enough? I have dietary restrictions (celiac) but feel like we would do ok as it is a rice not wheat based food culture...
Any tips for newbies are greatly appreciated.
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The international school where I teach (German) charges about 14K (roughly, in won) per year, plus about $2K in fees (new families, enrollment fee, bus, surcharges) for their 'kindergarten' program (equivalent to USA preschool), so roughly 16K. The Franciscan foreign kindergarten(English) in Hannam charges around 12K per year, plus fees, so there are definitely preschools out there in the under 18K range. The 18K-22K price you mention sounds more like elementary school tuition to me, and I know there are actually Korean preschools which are much cheaper if you're interested in going that route. Our son (high school senior) is in his 4th year at Seoul Foreign School, arguably one of the best (and most expensive) foreign schools in Seoul and tuition and fees (plus bus) run right around $30K per year (more expensive as they get older so elementary is always cheaper.) You should be able to find a preschool program in the $15k range with no problem if you decide to send them. As far as driving goes - I know many people who do not drive in Seoul. It took me almost 7 months to get up the nerve, and I only did it because I was tired of taking taxis to my son's school all the time for parent meetings, PTA, and activities - especially when I was carrying food for a lot of hungry teenagers. You are right that you can only drive on your US license here for a short time(can't remember how long) before having to surrender your American license (PITA when you go home for home leave.) You can live very comfortably in Seoul without driving. If you plan to do this, I recommend making sure your apartment is close to a subway or bus stop, unless you plan to always travel by taxi. Consider this when looking for a place to live, and also consider your husband's commute. When you look online at apartments (nicerent.com is a good one) don't believe whatever they say about '10 minutes to the nearest subway stop' - walk it yourself to be sure. Many people I know rent cars for weekend ((or longer) trips out of Seoul, which is sort of the best of both worlds, and really nice with small kids on long trips - all you need is an international driver's license, which you can get for $15 (while keeping your US license) at any triple A office in the USA. The intl license is good for 1 year, so we renew ours each summer when we're in the US on home leave. It is also useful if you plan to travel to other countries and feel like renting a car there. You are correct that public transport is quite cheap (buses are about $1.50 per ride with free transfers, subway less than $2, and a typical cab ride, say, to the grocery store, will run between $5-$10 max) and very efficient and easy to deal with, but I would still get that international DL before coming just in case you decide to rent a car. Another site you might appreciate is http://koreaye.com/ It is geared toward military wives (especially those with youngish kids) but there is a lot of applicable information for non-military in Seoul. Good luck - I remember trying to sift through all the info before we came and it seemed overwhelming - it all falls into place, though, and you will find Korea a very easy country to live in with kids. Lots to do and a culture which loves children. You are in for a treat.
Thank you for the reply. Those links are very helpful! We found there is a standard package online and we will likely get something similar.
I don't think we will get tuition, as they specifically asked our children's ages, but we are used to spending $10KUSD for our son's preschool currently. The prices I've seen for international schools are closer to $18-22K, so I'm hoping to find one for closer to $15K.
I do plan to bring our US car seats. I think I am going to ask for our car allowance be a lease. We will likely not do much driving as I'm not sure how all that works with US licenses etc. I've seen where you can trade your license for a Korean one, but I also hear the public transportation is very good in Seoul. And I've read trains to other cities (like to ski or to the coast) are pretty easy to navigate. I hope that is true. I may come back to you with questions if you don't mind, and thank you again cogden4.
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