I've gotten together all my documents for the E-2 visa, and now get to mail them to Korea. It will take about a week for them to get there, and then a few days for Korean Immigration to process them and assign me a visa number. But thankfully, they can email me that number instead of waiting for the written reply, which speeds up my sending the information the Atlanta regional Korean Embassy needs. It used to be a lot easier to obtain the E-2 visa (which is different than your usual tourist visa because it allows you to stay longer than a month and to teach overseas). Unfortunately, recent incidents of teachers overseas being charged with child exploitation have led Korean Immigration to require that all potential teachers submit criminal and medical information along with their educational info. This is to ensure that applicants are not mentally unstable or prone to criminal activity. I can understand the new precautions, but it is a little frustrating to try and accommodate the new requirements, seems how they just went into effect last month.
Stay tuned for part 2 of the waiting game!