I'm 29 and I've been in Korea for about 5 years on several e-2 visas. Last year I got married and had a kid so now I'm on the f-2 visa. I've been teaching elementary in hagwons the entire time. I am from the US.
Up until now, I've only had to do my home-state background check, which is clean. Now, my employer (actually the MOE) is requesting the FBI background check (this isn't a surprise to me, I have been aware of all of the legal changes but my employer insisted that it wasn't urgent so I put it off until now). The trouble is, when I was 19 years old I got arrested for possession of a small amount of marijuana when I was in Kansas (not my home state). The record was expunged and all was well...I thought. So now, I'm waiting for the FBI CBC and biting my nails because everything I'm reading on the internet says that FBI records show even expunged charges. If this were to effect my employment it would make taking care of my family difficult, to say the least.
Has anybody cleared visa requirements or MOE requirements with anything on their record?
Has anybody found that the FBI background check did not show an accurate local or state criminal history?
Is there anything that I can do at the American end or the Korean end to clear this up if a problem turns up?
What kind of career options are there in Korea for someone like me considering this situation?
Am I SOL? Do I need to urgently work on reworking my family plan?