Applying For My Green Card In Seoul (part 1)

20130429074513dualThe time has finally come for myself and Jason to start planning our departure from Korea. One of the most important things that we have to do is to secure a green card visa for me. I am applying for a spousal immigrant visa, which is basically a visa through marriage.

We finally started the process a couple of weeks ago and I want to try to help others that will be going through this process in Korea too.

There are two main parts involved with applying for your green card. The first (which is what we did a few weeks ago) Is starting your application and going to the American Embassy to file the application. Then the waiting game begins until you get an e-mail to explain what to do for the second part of the application.

So when you begin the process you will need to download and print two forms. These are the I-130 form which you can find here. This form is to be filled out by the petitioner (the American citizen). The second form is the G-325A which you can find here. Both the petitioner and the applicant have to fill out this form, so you’ll need two. You must also include:

  • Your birth certificate (the non-America),
  • Marriage certificate,
  • Passports,
  • Alien Registration cards
  • passport photos of both of you (we decided to use the services of a shop by the embassy but got grossly overcharged so try to get them done beforehand).
  • If the person that is applying for the visa is Korean they will need their family certificate and they need to get anything that is in Korean translated in to English.

Jason scheduled our appointment online and we both secured the day off work. You can enter the embassy 15 minutes before your appointment. For immigrant visas you go to the 3rd floor where you give in all of your documents, then go down to the 2nd floor to pay the $420 application fee (480,000w when we were there) then back up to the third floor to fill in your e-mail address and get your ARC cards and Passports back and you are finished.

It was a very easy process and only took about 15 minutes to complete.

Now we must wait for an e-mail from the embassy with all of the documents that we need for the interview stage. This stage requires many more documents such as Jasons tax returns, health and police checks for me and much more.

We will probably be waiting up to 6 weeks for this e-mail so there is nothing more that we can do for now other than sit and wait.

9 thoughts on “Applying For My Green Card In Seoul (part 1)

  1. What I love about international travel borders: fun passport stamps. What I hate about borders: paperwork and restrictions. Roll on the day planet Earth is the Federation from Star Trek and we are all equal citizens! Best of luck with the process.

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    1. haha that’s true! Luckily things have been going smoothly so far, we just have to collect a few more pieces of information before our final interview on August 3rd (we are hoping that we don’t forget anything!) Where in America did you move to?

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      1. We moved to Colorado from England in 1995. First Visa’s, then Green Cards, now we’re citizens so it’s all over. The Citizenship test was much easier than the Green Card Process. Good Luck!

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  2. best place in the world. Lived here for over 20 years. I still like to travel, but this is the only place I actually enjoy coming home too. You’ll love it. Let me know if you need any advice/tips.

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    1. Thanks so much! I have yet to hear of a person not liking Colorado so that’s very hopeful. Where in Colorado do you live? I’m sure that the hardest part will be finding jobs and a place to stay but we are determined to make it work so I’m hoping everything will work out for us.

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  3. I live south of Denver in Franktown, which isn’t a town, but just a few houses scattered around. We have three acres, which is very peaceful. We’re in Douglas County, just east of Castle Rock. I work at Western Union, in the General Counsel’s Office. Western Union have their Corporate HQ here so it would be a great place to look for a job. Let me know if you need any info or if I can help. We’ll be on vacation in July, but I usually travel with my laptop to write/blog. Good luck, itw quite the adventure. What took you to Soeul?

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    1. Thanks for the tip! I didn’t realise that their HQ was in CO. Thanks so much for the help, I’m sure that once the time draws closer we’ll have plenty of questions for you (I apologise in advance!)
      initially came to Korea because I really wanted to work in Asia but I had no money and a small loan to pay back, the pay in Korea is quite good so that’s why I chose here…I’ve really loved my time here 🙂

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