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Cases processed through NVC

After the proper petition has been filed with USCIS, the National Visa Center (NVC) schedules visa interviews for most immigrant visa cases. The NVC also sends immigrant visa case files, containing the petition and all forms and documents submitted by or on behalf of an applicant, to the U.S. Embassy where the applicant will be interviewed. Take the following actions after notification from the NVC that your interview has been scheduled:

  • Step 1: Carefully review the information sent by the NVC noting the date, time, and location of your immigrant visa interview.
  • Step 2: Prepare for the medical examination and vaccination.
  • Step 3: Ensure that all required original documents will be available at the time of the interview. Any documents that you submitted to the NVC will be transferred to the interviewing officer. (For list of documents please refer to https://kr.usembassy.gov/visas/immigrant-visas/packet3-iv/)
  • Step 4: Obtain the required photographs.

For more information on NVC processing, please click here.

Cases not processed through NVC, and K-1

Petitioners residing in Korea must file the Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, by mail with the USCIS Dallas Lockbox facility. Please visit USCIS website for detail.

Consular officers at the U.S. Embassy Seoul may accept filing of the Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative under two circumstances. First, petitions filed by qualified U.S. military service members for any immediate relative case, when the active duty military service member is stationed at a military base in Korea.  This exception does not apply to service members assigned to non-military bases, such as embassies or civilian institutions. Second, U.S. Embassy Seoul may accept filing of the Form I-130 for petitioners who believe they have exceptional situations that would merit an exception from filing to the USCIS. Please visit our Embassy website for more information and to make petition appointments. 

After the petition is approved, petitioner/applicant will receive an email notification with an instruction package with the list of documents for the visa interview. Please download the instruction package at  https://kr.usembassy.gov/visas/immigrant-visas/packet3-iv/.

All forms I-129F filed with the USCIS in the United States for K-1 visas are forwarded to NVC upon approval. After review, NVC forward the form I-129F to the immigrant visa unit in Seoul. After receiving an approved I-129F petition from USCIS, the Immigrant Visa Unit will send the Instruction Package with the cover letter. Please download the instruction package at https://kr.usembassy.gov/visas/immigrant-visas/packet3-k/ and find list of documents the applicant must prepare and hand carry to the K1 visa interview.. The Instruction Package also contains instructions on how to obtain the needed documents. Please do not send any of the documents to the Immigrant Visa Unit in advance of your spouse's interview. U.S. law forbids us from advising or assisting IV applicants to qualify for visas or other immigrant benefits. An applicant is personally liable for the accuracy of all statements and documents submitted in connection with his or her visa application. The penalties for false statements include permanent visa ineligibility.

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