Despite having lived in Korea for 6 years and having no run-ins with the powers that be (with the exception of a minor kerfuffle with one horribly sketchy hagwon owner in my first year), this is what I had to do to renew my E2 teaching visa for the upcoming year.
1. Get a fingerprint form from the Canadian embassy in Seoul. This was after a trip to the CSI police station in my city where they told me, "We don't have fingerprint forms." Hmmm.
2. Get the form in the mail. Go back to the police station. Get my fingerprints done. Courier to my mother in Canada, along with my diploma and photocopies of passport and other such things. She got a bank order and sent the form away to get my check done. It can take up to 6 months. It took about 6 weeks for me.
3. Order an up to date transcript from my uni in Canada to get sent to my mother.
4. Thankfully, my mother works at a law office so this next step was free and simple. Photocopy the diploma and criminal record check and get them notarized by a lawyer.
5. Gather up the transcript, originals, notarized copies, photocopies of stuff, more money orders and send it to the Korean consulate in Vancouver via courier. They do a little something and send it back to my mom.
6. She sends all this crap to me, in Korea, via courier.
I estimate it cost me (okay, well mostly my mother!) over $300. It would have cost more if my mom didn't work at a law office. And what if I didn't have someone in Canada I could ask to do this for me? Impossible. I still need to get a health check done as well. And keep in mind, this wasn't for my first-time visa application. I've lived in Korea for 6 years.
Is Korea worth the hassle? I'm getting weary.