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Immigrant Visas


Electronic devices such as cameras, cell phones, laptops, and MP3 players may not be brought inside the Embassy.  Please leave these items at home or make arrangements for their storage before arriving at the Embassy.  Doing so will result in speedier processing into the Embassy.  The Embassy has no capacity to store your devices.

Welcome to the U.S. Embassy's Immigrant Visa (IV) website!

Immigrant visas are for people who plan to live, work or study and remain permanently in the United States.  U.S. immigration law provides for the issuance of immigrant visas in four general categories: immediate relatives, family-based, employment-based, and the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (also known as the "green card" lottery). U.S. immigration law assumes that beneficiaries of Immigrant Visas will live permanently in the United States.


How to Apply for a Visa To learn about our visa application process and schedule an appointment, please visit the Global Support Strategy (GSS) website

To schedule your appointment:

  1. IR/CR/ SB/IB/IW visa applicants
    Please go to the Global Support Strategy (GSS) website to schedule your visa appointment.
  2. F/E/SD/SR/SE/C5/I5/T5/DV/SI/SQ visa applicants
    First, please submit your appointment request through online. 6-10 weeks after you submit your appointment request, you will be notified if you are eligible to schedule an interview appointment.

    After being notified, you can schedule your appointment. Please go to the Global Support Strategy (GSS) website to schedule your visa appointment.

    Please note that if you schedule your appointment before being notified, your appointment will be cancelled.
  3. K visa applicants
    After payment, please go to the Global Support Strategy (GSS) website to schedule your visa appointment. You must wait for at least 4 hours before you can schedule your appointment after payment. For further information, please go to the fee payment website.


To learn about how to file a form I-130, Petition for an Alien Relative, with the USCIS Seoul field office, please visit the USCIS website.  For your information, fees paid to USCIS Seoul field office to file the Form I-130 may not be paid by credit card.


Have a specific question? See our FAQs here.


IMPORTANT PAMPHLET FOR IR1, CR1, F21, FX1, K1, AND K3 VISA APPLICANTS: Please read the International Marriage Broker Regulation act (IMBRA) pamphlet to learn about legal rights available to immigrant victims of domestic violence in the U.S. and facts about immigrating on a marriage-based visa.  


Employees or retired employees of the United States government abroad, who have performed faithful service for 15 years or more, may file for special immigrant status under section 101(a)(27)(D) of the Immigration and Nationality Act.  Special immigrant status is granted only in exceptional circumstances and must be found to be in the national interest.  

For more information, please read the attached instructions and the application form.

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Application Status Check

  • All immigrant visa cases created after 1991 and all Diversity Visa (DV) cases from the current fiscal year that have not been issued are available in Consular Electronic Application Center (CEAC)Visa Status Check. Immigrant visa cases that have been closed will be available for six months from the date they are closed.

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DV Scam Alert

  • Thread Beware of Voice Phishing and Diversity Visa Lottery Internet Scams

    The U.S. Embassy visa section does not contact applicants through an Automated Response System. If you receive a ARS phone call identifying the caller as the U.S. Embassy visa section, please do not respond to the recording system. We contact applicants directly, without a recording system, only when there is a specific issue on your visa application.

    Please also beware of any e-mails regarding the Diversity Visa Lottery. The Department of State does NOT notify successful Diversity Visa applicants by e-mail. There are many Internet scams worldwide relating to the Diversity Visa Lottery Program, many asking for substantial fees for registration and processing and personal information. Some scams claim the recipient has, in fact won the Diversity Lottery. Registration through the official U.S. government website, although registration is only open from October to December every year. However, citizens born in Korea are not eligible for the Diversity Visa Lottery, there is nothing whatever to be gained by registering for the program through any private service. So, if you are a citizen born in Korea and you receive such an e-mail, it is almost certainly a scam.

    If you have any concern about the DV Lottery, please refer to the Department of State's website.