Hi, my name is Justin and i am just emailing in regards to hoping to go teach English in Korea next summer. Basically i have read a few different
forums and i am just a bit confused as to what i should do. I understand that teaching English in Korea usually requires a E-2 visa which means I have to
have passport from Native English speaking countries such as USA, UK, Australia etc.
Here is my situation, basically I hold a Dutch passport but i have lived in the UK full time since 1996 with my family and all my secondary education (from year 7 onwards)
till my Post Graduate Certificate are all done and passed in the UK. So i was wondering if i have lived that long in the UK and have my full time education there do i still need to have an English passport to qualify for E-2 visa? Basically, in the UK i have done GCSEs (full) and also A levels and i have a 2:1 undergraduate BSc degree in Psychology from
the University of Leicester and a Post Graduate Certificate in Counselling from the University of Manchester. As well as that i am currently doing an online TEFL course which is 140 hours and is due to be completed in the next few months. In total i have lived for 16 years in the UK and next year will be my 17th year in the UK.
To be honest i dont really want to resolve to having to apply for Dual Nationality (as i know the process can be a bit of a pain and can take a long time) or change my nationality to UK since my family are very proud that i have Dutch heritage but actually when i called the Immigration office they said that even Dual Nationality is not eligible for E2 as i have to be BORN in the UK in order to get the E2, so i was wondering in my situation, can i still be exempt and be able to apply for a E-2 visa in order to work full time teaching English in Korea? Or maybe there is an alternative visa that i am qualified to apply for? Any help and advice would be very much appreciated. Look forward to hearing from you soon.