The 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,
- 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.