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Offline Teachersa

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Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
« Reply #500 on: January 22, 2017, 02:02:33 PM »
My wife and I are planning to go back to the states either in like 6 months or maybe wait a full year haven't decided yet.
Should I just go ahead with the i130 and appointment now or if I do it too far in advance before flying does it expire?

You have six months to enter the country from the date of the medical exam. So, you could probably start the process and then wait to do the medical until you're sure of your move date.

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« Reply #501 on: January 24, 2017, 11:59:25 PM »
You have six months to enter the country from the date of the medical exam. So, you could probably start the process and then wait to do the medical until you're sure of your move date.

Thanks for this info!I found in another thread that the medical is shots for tetanus, MMR and flu. So we can just go to any hospital I guess? Anyone know what the medical is called in Korean?

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« Reply #502 on: January 25, 2017, 12:38:09 AM »
You have six months to enter the country from the date of the medical exam. So, you could probably start the process and then wait to do the medical until you're sure of your move date.

Thanks for this info!I found in another thread that the medical is shots for tetanus, MMR and flu. So we can just go to any hospital I guess? Anyone know what the medical is called in Korean?

There are only 3 hospitals in Korea that are approved for the US immigration health check.  I'm attaching the Packet IV document the US Embassy in Seoul would email to you after submitting your Petition for Immigration and having it approved.  It lists detailed steps of what you will need to gather and submit along with an application for immigration.  It's in English and Korean.  It even includes links of sample translations for the main Korean documents you'll need.

Also, here's a link to the official flowchart with detailed information about the immigration process.  Click on any part of the chart to take you to the details:

https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/immigrate/immigrant-process.html

You can complete all of the steps except the health check as early as a year in advance (possibly 2 years - I've read both in the documents and online steps.)  The health check, however, as stated above, is only good for 6 months.

Tip about scheduling your second appointment:  they don't post appointments chronologically.  They'll post some for future dates, then post more that precede those dates at a later time.  So, keep checking if you need an earlier date and none are available. 

Read up and good luck!


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« Reply #503 on: January 29, 2017, 06:23:13 PM »
There are only 3 hospitals in Korea that are approved for the US immigration health check.  I'm attaching the Packet IV document the US Embassy in Seoul would email to you after submitting your Petition for Immigration and having it approved.  It lists detailed steps of what you will need to gather and submit along with an application for immigration.  It's in English and Korean.  It even includes links of sample translations for the main Korean documents you'll need.

Also, here's a link to the official flowchart with detailed information about the immigration process.  Click on any part of the chart to take you to the details:

https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/immigrate/immigrant-process.html

You can complete all of the steps except the health check as early as a year in advance (possibly 2 years - I've read both in the documents and online steps.)  The health check, however, as stated above, is only good for 6 months.

Tip about scheduling your second appointment:  they don't post appointments chronologically.  They'll post some for future dates, then post more that precede those dates at a later time.  So, keep checking if you need an earlier date and none are available. 

Read up and good luck!

I don't know how I missed that immigrant process page. That's just what I needed.. was started to get overwhelmed but seeing it laid out like that is nice.
And I'm showing the instruction packet korean version to my wife now :)

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« Reply #504 on: February 10, 2017, 08:52:30 PM »
Just submitted our i130 this morning. I just thought I would add that the fee was not $420. We got to the lady on the 3rd floor (who had a stick up her a5$) and at the end she said 'Now you go pay $535'. We had prepared exactly $420 US dollars. The cashier on the second floor would not take any Korean cards, only international credit cards. Luckily my wife had a credit card on her that was international.
I definitely got the disgruntled-gov-office-worker attitude from both of these interactions. But whatever we were out of there in about 30 mins.
Oh yeah, and she said it will be 60days when we receive an email. I'm really hoping that is just what they say to everyone and that's the maximum it would ever take.

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« Reply #505 on: February 14, 2017, 02:46:48 PM »
Hi guys, I've been married for 2+ years. I'm an American and my husband is from Ghana. We both live in Korea and have been here for the past 5 years. I want to file for him. I know the paperwork involved but can someone walk me thru the process step by step like filling out the i130 is that done after you file for an appointment in Seoul? Feeling lost...Thanks. :-[

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« Reply #506 on: February 27, 2017, 12:36:42 AM »
Hi guys, I've been married for 2+ years. I'm an American and my husband is from Ghana. We both live in Korea and have been here for the past 5 years. I want to file for him. I know the paperwork involved but can someone walk me thru the process step by step like filling out the i130 is that done after you file for an appointment in Seoul? Feeling lost...Thanks. :-[
I'm guessing you found it in this thread but if not then see this post
http://www.waygook.org/index.php/topic,58891.msg605042.html#msg605042
and for a general detailed process outline see this
https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/immigrate/immigrant-process.html

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Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
« Reply #507 on: February 27, 2017, 11:38:42 AM »
Just submitted our i130 this morning. I just thought I would add that the fee was not $420. We got to the lady on the 3rd floor (who had a stick up her a5$) and at the end she said 'Now you go pay $535'. We had prepared exactly $420 US dollars. The cashier on the second floor would not take any Korean cards, only international credit cards. Luckily my wife had a credit card on her that was international.
I definitely got the disgruntled-gov-office-worker attitude from both of these interactions. But whatever we were out of there in about 30 mins.
Oh yeah, and she said it will be 60days when we receive an email. I'm really hoping that is just what they say to everyone and that's the maximum it would ever take.

I did my I-130 in November. It took about 30 days. If you are in a rush for time then I suggest you start collecting your documents. The tax transcripts took the longest for me to get. I ultimately had them faxed to the parents house then scanned to PDFs so that I could print them out here in Korea.

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« Reply #508 on: April 10, 2017, 07:24:19 PM »
Oh yeah, and she said it will be 60days when we receive an email. I'm really hoping that is just what they say to everyone and that's the maximum it would ever take.

It's been 60 days and still no packet 3 email...
Anyone else waiting for it extra long right now?

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Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
« Reply #509 on: April 11, 2017, 10:11:53 AM »
Oh yeah, and she said it will be 60days when we receive an email. I'm really hoping that is just what they say to everyone and that's the maximum it would ever take.

It's been 60 days and still no packet 3 email...
Anyone else waiting for it extra long right now?

Something must be wrong. I got the packet 3 email in just three days. We applied 4/4/2017 and got the email packet 4/6/2017 (full disclosure though, my wife previously had a green card that we abandoned about 10 years ago, so that may be why). I suggest you call the USCIS section at the embassy. You could have been approved but, never received the email. If that is the case, don't worry to much, you have two years before they permanently terminate your case. You also could have been denied, if that is the case, they should tell you why and how to fix it.

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« Reply #510 on: April 20, 2017, 08:29:10 PM »
Something must be wrong. I got the packet 3 email in just three days. We applied 4/4/2017 and got the email packet 4/6/2017 (full disclosure though, my wife previously had a green card that we abandoned about 10 years ago, so that may be why). I suggest you call the USCIS section at the embassy. You could have been approved but, never received the email. If that is the case, don't worry to much, you have two years before they permanently terminate your case. You also could have been denied, if that is the case, they should tell you why and how to fix it.

You were right, something was wrong.. They couldn't get either my wife's or my email address right.  Our petition was approved on March 7th and they sent the email. But we found out that they took the last 4 letters off my wife's email and then changed the 5th to last letter to the number 9.
What? We filled out the form and handed it in in-person for the sole purpose of submitting the email address for this one email. And they run the email address through a scrambler?
Anyways after we found this out we corrected her email over the phone and they said they would expedite our case and we should get the email in 1-2 days.
Nope. A week later and multiple phone calls we found out again that they never corrected the email address and sent it again to the same wrong address.
I had them change it to my address and still no luck after a few days. By now I just resorted to my wife calling the korean line since I was so frustrated. She eventually got through to a nice lady rep, explained the whole situation, and she fixed it for us over the phone and we got the email while we were talking with her.
I know i'm just blowing smoke but this doesn't make any sense to me. I have worked customer support before so I know to be nice and respectful in order to get what you want, but it just feelis like someone there has it out for me haha

Anyways! once we got the packet 3, our first available interview date was for 2 days later. We set the interview for 3 days after (which is tomorrow). I think we've got everything together and ready now. We'll see how it goes tomorrow
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Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
« Reply #511 on: April 21, 2017, 10:20:52 AM »
Something must be wrong. I got the packet 3 email in just three days. We applied 4/4/2017 and got the email packet 4/6/2017 (full disclosure though, my wife previously had a green card that we abandoned about 10 years ago, so that may be why). I suggest you call the USCIS section at the embassy. You could have been approved but, never received the email. If that is the case, don't worry to much, you have two years before they permanently terminate your case. You also could have been denied, if that is the case, they should tell you why and how to fix it.

You were right, something was wrong.. They couldn't get either my wife's or my email address right.  Our petition was approved on March 7th and they sent the email. But we found out that they took the last 4 letters off my wife's email and then changed the 5th to last letter to the number 9.
What? We filled out the form and handed it in in-person for the sole purpose of submitting the email address for this one email. And they run the email address through a scrambler?
Anyways after we found this out we corrected her email over the phone and they said they would expedite our case and we should get the email in 1-2 days.
Nope. A week later and multiple phone calls we found out again that they never corrected the email address and sent it again to the same wrong address.
I had them change it to my address and still no luck after a few days. By now I just resorted to my wife calling the korean line since I was so frustrated. She eventually got through to a nice lady rep, explained the whole situation, and she fixed it for us over the phone and we got the email while we were talking with her.
I know i'm just blowing smoke but this doesn't make any sense to me. I have worked customer support before so I know to be nice and respectful in order to get what you want, but it just feelis like someone there has it out for me haha

Anyways! once we got the packet 3, our first available interview date was for 2 days later. We set the interview for 3 days after (which is tomorrow). I think we've got everything together and ready now. We'll see how it goes tomorrow

Are you sure you have everything together? You can't get the medical check until you have the E-packet. You also can't complete the DS-260 without the case number. I would double check the E-packet to make sure you have everything ready, if you do an interview without having everything ready, they are going to delay your case.

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« Reply #512 on: April 21, 2017, 06:36:07 PM »
Are you sure you have everything together? You can't get the medical check until you have the E-packet. You also can't complete the DS-260 without the case number. I would double check the E-packet to make sure you have everything ready, if you do an interview without having everything ready, they are going to delay your case.

I'm pretty sure everything was good. The interviewer said they just needed the medical results. the medical is scheduled for one week from today. The hospital sends the results to the embassy and we just have to send her passport over then with a special taekbae

 

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