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Arriving 2.5 months early for EPIK, flight reimbursement?

 
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dragonsfiresoul



Joined: 23 Oct 2012

PostPosted: Tue Nov 20, 2012 6:11 pm    Post subject: Arriving 2.5 months early for EPIK, flight reimbursement? Reply with quote

Hello everyone,

I was wondering if anyone knows how the flight reimbursement for EPIK works now? I did some research and the majority of posts I've read say that they don't require a receipt to give the flight reimbursement, it's just given in your first paycheck, which I am aware will come at the end of the month.

However, I haven't found any posts for my particular situation. When I first applied to EPIK I didn't know I would be able to go early to volunteer and obtain an F4 visa. Evidently, I will have to sign a "contract" for the program I am going to be in. (Which I also did not know).

Clearly, I have two problems now. First, since the EPIK application asked if I am currently under contract and I said no, do I need to notify them now and/or will I get in trouble for becoming on contract prior to the EPIK start? I'm not making any money, I am simply volunteering, but on paper I will be under contract... and of course, in Korea already.

And second, am I still eligible for the flight reimbursement? I know you can arrive a little early, but I'm thinking that 2-3 months early is a bit much. But if they don't require receipts, would it really matter? Unfortunately, the volunteer program will not be giving me a reimbursement, so I would prefer the flight reimbursement from EPIK if that is possible. I don't care if I don't receive it until after a month or two teaching. I am just hoping to get it eventually. If not, then that is fine. I just want to know what to expect... And how NOT to get in trouble before I actually start working!

Thanks much,
dragonsfiresoul
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ttompatz



Joined: 05 Sep 2005
Location: Kwangju, South Korea

PostPosted: Tue Nov 20, 2012 7:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

AIRFARE is strictly a contractual matter. IF your contract says you get 1.3 million within 30 days of starting work then you get it; same with your settlement allowance.

If it says something else, then something else. NOT all schools/recruiters use the same or correct EPIK contract (some use older versions with different wording and therein is the hitch).

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cincynate



Joined: 07 Jul 2009
Location: Jeju-do, South Korea

PostPosted: Wed Nov 21, 2012 2:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Won't this give you problems with your EPIK visa? If they think that you don't have a visa, and suddenly they find out that you have an F-4 visa, when they are applying for your visa, this might cause problems.. Not sure, but maybe....
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dragonsfiresoul



Joined: 23 Oct 2012

PostPosted: Tue Nov 27, 2012 6:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I did tell my interviewer about me potentially getting an F4 visa, as well as telling my recruiter about the possibility. So, yes, they do know.

ttompatz: I had to find my contact and find this section, but here's what my contact says about the F-4 and the reimbursement.
"If the Employee has an F-class visa and is residing in Korea, the Employee shall not receive an Entrance Allowance for the commencement of the new Term of Employment. The Employee shall be paid a Settlement Allowance of 300,000 Korean Won (KRW), when he/she begins the contract."

... So I guess I just answered my question, unless someone else has a different interpretation. Sad I may try and talk to them to explain my situation, but I probably won't get the reimbursement without blindsiding them.
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