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This page is a joint collaboration with S2Online.org. It will be updated as I get time, and with YOUR input. Email us here. I have gone through the process. Send any questions you have, submit other helpful resources or tell us your experience. You may write in English or Korean.
The mission of this site is to make life easier for those marrying foreign nationals to do it correct, and make life easier for the S2s to tell the correct way for the administrative actions.
Also see: A story about the wedding process for the Korean wife, by a Korean wife (in Korean).
Frequently used links
Immigrant visas (sometimes known as "green cards") are for persons who are immigrating to the U.S.; that is, persons who plan to live, work or study and remain permanently in America. Immigrant visas (IV) are a responsibility of the U.S. Department of State, Consular Affairs Bureau (CONS/IV). Most IVs require an underlying petition approved by the U.S. Justice Department, Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) before any IV processing starts. If you have questions, please contact the responsible agency: CONS/IV or INS.
CONS/IV Seoul, Korea is open to the general public from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. IV applicants are seen by appointment only, Monday through Friday, 8:30 to 12:00. IV is closed to the public Wednesday afternoons and on both U.S. and Korean holidays.
If you have a question concerning IVs, please contact US Embassy at:
U.S. EMBASSY SEOUL, CONS/IV
INTL Fax: 822-397-4501,
IV information is also available by automated FAX from within Korea by calling 02-700-2510.
The American Embassy is closed on both U.S. and Korean holidays.
Get I-130 Immigration paperwork:
This is the first part of the trek to being able to have your new wife travel with you, when you go to USA. Then you have to do a BIO form G-325A on yourself and your spouse. Below site you will find G-325A:
Info on INS Photograph Requirements which are required for BOTH sponsor and spouse:
Chest xray Required
Ration Card, and ID card for Post.
Change insurance GS or SGLI
USAA Car Insurance and Banking for Military
Drivers License Pam 385-2 Guide to safe driving in Korea.
An individual applying at a foreign service post for an immigrant visa and alien registration, i.e., completes the Form DS-230 Application for Immigrant Visa and Alien Registration, should answer "yes" to the questions 33a and 33b on the form if he or she wants an SSN assigned.
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