It's my understanding that E-2 visas can only be issued for one year. However, a potential employer would like me to sign a contract for 15 months, so that my employment will be synchronized with the kindergarten's term schedule. I brought up this issue with my recruiter, asking her to call immigration to find out for sure what the deal is. This was her reply:
First of all, immigration office said there is no limit on a contract duration and after checking E2 Visa documents, they will
decide your E2 duration. Which means you could get 15~16 months of stay by immigration and Korean consulate.
I fully intended on staying in South Korea for two years when I came here, so it's not strictly the length of the contract that I'm concerned about. It just seems to add unnecessary complications. For example, I'm not sure when I would be entitled to my 1 month's severance pay, at the one year mark or at the end of the contract.
Does anyone have the final word on the legality of this issue, or any advice on how to make sure the contract is formulated to fairly reflect the duration?