Updates on Operational Status
We have made significant progress and issued most of the worldwide backlog of nonimmigrant visa cases. We are working to bring our systems back to full operational capacity. We continue to prioritize immigrant visas, adoption cases, and emergency nonimmigrant visa cases. We are printing visas for these cases and all cases with very few delays. Please check with the embassy or consulate where you will apply for additional information. Please see our FAQs for more information.
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.
Important changes to visa application procedures
As of March 9, 2012, the U.S. Embassy in Seoul has implemented new visa application procedures. These new procedures are being put into place worldwide to ensure that all U.S. visa applicants receive the same level of service and pay the same fees for visa-related services such as appointment scheduling and courier delivery. These services will be provided to visa applicants under the Global Support Strategy (GSS) by our authorized partner, CGI Stanley.
All visa applicants should go to the GSS website to schedule a visa appointment.
Effective February 1, 2013, all individuals issued immigrant visas overseas must pay a $165.00 USCIS Immigrant Fee before traveling to the United States. Only prospective adoptive parents whose child(ren) is/are entering the United States under either the Orphan or Hague Process, Iraqi and Afghan special immigrants who were employed by the U.S. government, returning residents, and those issued K visas are exempt from the new fee. The below USCIS website has more
details on the new fee, including contact information for USCIS, if there are further questions: www.USCIS.gov/immigrantfee
Note: Only those applicants issued immigrant visas on or after February 1, 2013 must pay the new fee.
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.
SPECIAL IMMIGRANT STATUS UNDER SECTION 101(a)(27)(D)
TO SCHEDULE YOUR APPOINTMENT:
- IR/CR/ SB/IB/IW visa applicants
Please go to the Global Support Strategy (GSS) website to schedule your visa appointment.
- 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.
- 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.
Overheard a conversation that sounds suspicious?
Concerned that someone you know is breaking U.S. immigration law? Do the right thing by reporting incidents of fraud or abuse of U.S. visa and passport law to the U.S. Embassy.
Email us at SeoulReportFraud@state.gov or call the hotline at 02-397-4505. Please provide as much detail as possible. The information you provide will help protect both the United States and the Republic of Korea while facilitating legitimate travel.
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.
DV Scam Alert
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