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Title: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: toddc06 on July 19, 2013, 10:55:13 am
I did a search (albeit short) and didn't see a thread on this.  I was hoping to get some personal experiences and a collection of resources to make this process easier.

I am looking to move to America next year with my Korean wife and plan to start the paperwork this weekend.

If you have gone through this process, how long did it take/has it taken you?  What kind of costs have you incurred.  Any advice or tips?  So far, the steps don't seem too complicated.  If you have any more info, please share.  (Note: All links I shared originate from the embassy's website.  I just simply tried to organize them a little)

To get a spousal visa in Korea -

1.  File  form i-130 by appointment at UCIS field office of the US embassy in Seoul  ($420)
         - Info on the field office (plus a link for the appointment):
            http://photos.state.gov/libraries/korea/187344/DHS/CIS_main.pdf
         - What to bring to the appointment:
            http://photos.state.gov/libraries/korea/187344/DHS/cis_appt.pdf

2.  Receive Packet 3 and complete it and gather required documents?
       I think I remember that you will need your birth certificate, passport, your spouse's family documents showing he/she isn't attached to his/her family anymore (translated), marriage documents (translated), wife's birth certificate(?) I don't have links for this info though.

3.  Attend immigration interview and present all documentation.
 -The links for preparing for the interview and what to do after were not working for me.

Basic websites to get started

http://seoul.usembassy.gov/visas_spouse_of_american.html

http://www.ustraveldocs.com/kr/kr-iv-typeircr.asp

form I-130 info
http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/menuitem.5af9bb95919f35e66f614176543f6d1a/?vgnextoid=c67c7f9ded54d010VgnVCM10000048f3d6a1RCRD&vgnextchannel=db029c7755cb9010VgnVCM10000045f3d6a1RCRD

Form I-130:
http://www.uscis.gov/files/form/i-130.pdf
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: taingray on July 19, 2013, 11:08:42 am
Hi! My husband and I just finished this process and his visa was approved  ;D I had started a thread with some questions a while back but it didn't get many responses.

I found the U.S. embassy overall very difficult to work with. It was a pain to get answers to simple questions and they were hard to contact by phone. That said, even though the entire process was a pain and very confusing at times, in retrospect it wasn't nearly as hard as I had anticipated it to be. The whole process took us about four months, but if we were in a hurry I think we could have finished it in maybe 2-3 months. I think we spent about $1,000 total for the whole thing.

One suggestion I have is, if you want to start the process soon, order your tax transcripts from the last three years. You can call the IRS but I can't find the number right now. They will mail them to Korea for free, but it takes some time. You are only required to provide your tax transcript (this is for Packet 3) for the most recent year (so 2012) but I had the last three years sent to me just in case they asked for it (they didn't).

I have a link with all the required docs for Packet 3 somewhere; I can send it to you later if you'd like  :smiley:

Anyway, hope that helps! I wish I had had someone who could have helped us with the process, so if you have any other questions, feel free to ask!

Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: toddc06 on July 19, 2013, 11:17:14 am
 You are amazing!  Thanks for the info on the tax transcripts.  I will go ahead and do that so we don't have to wait later.  Also, I would greatly appreciate that link for the Packet 3 documents.

I do have one more question actually.  What kind of time limit is there on the time between approval and when you must enter the US?  I don't want to finish too early!
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: happySuwon on July 19, 2013, 11:24:16 am
Taingray , how long where you married when you started the visa process ?We getting legally married soon, and would like to start the visa process soon after .is this advisable, or should we wait six months or so ?Thanks!
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: taingray on July 19, 2013, 12:22:46 pm
Yay! Glad I could help out  :smiley:

I've attached the pdf for the Packet 3 instructions. Most of it is stuff that your spouse has to get. The I-864 is the form that you, as the petitioner, fill out as proof of your income. It asks for your most recent tax transcript. Also, I forgot to mention before that somewhere in the instructions for that form it says you need to prove that your domicile in the United States and that you are only in Korea temporarily. You can use your tax transcripts as proof of that (to show that you still filed U.S. taxes while living abroad), but I printed out my most recent online bank statement from my American bank too just to be safe, and to show that I still keep up a bank account in the U.S.

Time limit! Your spouse needs to get a medical check-up before she does the interview with the Packet 3 stuff. She must enter the U.S. within 6 months of when she does her medical exam. My husband got his medical check on May 27th. He went for the interview on June 22nd, although he could have gone right after the health check but we weren't in a hurry. The temporary visa they put in his passport expires on November 27th, so he has until then to enter the country.

happySuwon: We got legally married this last February and submitted the I-130 stuff (the initial paperwork) a month after. You don't need to wait; however, since we've been married less than two years, we had to apply for the CR-1 green card visa, which is conditional. After we have been in the U.S. for about a year and a half, we have to fill out some other stuff to switch him to the unconditional green card visa.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: iamrhart on July 19, 2013, 01:24:18 pm
Hi Taingray, you mentioned the I-864. my understanding was that this is a 'required' document, only when adjusting for a change of status. You can submit the form I134 with the form I130 for the initial application, and then 'wait for further instructions' from the USCIS people.
I know of another person who tried to file for a visa (k-3 visa), and she had to wait until the USCIS sent her a packet with instructions, making her first "i-864" obsolete.

but as you mention, it is always better to be 'safe than sorry'
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: ilpunto on July 19, 2013, 01:32:32 pm
To: Taingray

Do you know if the tax transcripts are absolutely necessary? I didn't file for U.S. taxes while living here in Korea.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: ilpunto on July 19, 2013, 01:40:41 pm
To : Taingray

How difficult was the interview? What kind of questions did the interviewer ask? Was the interviewer nitpicky?
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: taingray on July 19, 2013, 01:54:35 pm
Hi Taingray, you mentioned the I-864. my understanding was that this is a 'required' document, only when adjusting for a change of status. You can submit the form I134 with the form I130 for the initial application, and then 'wait for further instructions' from the USCIS people.
I know of another person who tried to file for a visa (k-3 visa), and she had to wait until the USCIS sent her a packet with instructions, making her first "i-864" obsolete.

but as you mention, it is always better to be 'safe than sorry'

I've never heard of I-134... so I'm not too sure how to answer that one, sorry. All I know is we didn't have to fill it out for the I-130 stuff as it wasn't listed in the required documents. My husband's visa is the CR-1; maybe different visas have different requirements?
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: taingray on July 19, 2013, 01:58:38 pm
To: Taingray

Do you know if the tax transcripts are absolutely necessary? I didn't file for U.S. taxes while living here in Korea.

From what I understand, the most recent transcript IS required. If you didn't file U.S. taxes for 2012, maybe you can still do it somehow? Deadlines have passed but you should probably look into it. You won't owe any tax unless you made over like $92,000, but we are still required to file.

As for the interview, he said it was super easy and they only asked him maybe three questions. He said it lasted only about one minute! They definitely weren't nitpicky at all! For all the trouble they had us go through to get the immigrant visa, I was shocked that his interview was so simple. I didn't have to go, so I'm not sure what they asked him, but he said it was a breeze.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: iamrhart on July 19, 2013, 02:10:46 pm
Hi Taingray, you mentioned the I-864. my understanding was that this is a 'required' document, only when adjusting for a change of status. You can submit the form I134 with the form I130 for the initial application, and then 'wait for further instructions' from the USCIS people.
I know of another person who tried to file for a visa (k-3 visa), and she had to wait until the USCIS sent her a packet with instructions, making her first "i-864" obsolete.

but as you mention, it is always better to be 'safe than sorry'

I've never heard of I-134... so I'm not too sure how to answer that one, sorry. All I know is we didn't have to fill it out for the I-130 stuff as it wasn't listed in the required documents. My husband's visa is the CR-1; maybe different visas have different requirements?

The term CR-1 is for a conditional residence. that is granted after they arrive in the USA (i think). the first visa/stamp that is issued is the k3/k4 visa. this is for nonimmigrant admission. 

i believe the I-134 is the "Affidavit of support", generic version. where the I-864 is the indepth, tedious, and specific Affidavit.
http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/menuitem.eb1d4c2a3e5b9ac89243c6a7543f6d1a/?vgnextoid=db029c7755cb9010VgnVCM10000045f3d6a1RCRD&vgnextchannel=db029c7755cb9010VgnVCM10000045f3d6a1RCRD

Perhaps we are different in documents because our spouses are from different countries. though i dont think that would be a problem...as we are both trying to get the same outcome, having our spouse enter the USA.

im curious though, could you send me a PM about the Packet 3?

as for me, i found this to be useful.
http://travel.state.gov/visa/immigrants/types/types_2993.html

Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: iamrhart on July 19, 2013, 02:16:19 pm
that must have been the difference.

I filled the Nonimmigrant Visa

You (most of the posts here) seem to be filling the Immigrant Visa.

step 1 is the same, file for i-130.
(difference with the I-864 and I-134)

step 2 (to enter early) file a form I-129f (for Fiance) but change the word "fiance" to "spouse". K3 visa is issued.

now, i really want to find out the difference between the two Immigrant and Non-Immigrant visa. i was under the impression i had to do the later.



K3 visa is a nonimmigrant visa, that allows the Married Couple to be together, as they wait for the I-130 to be completed.

so, its a 'stay in the usa while you wait for the CR-1 Visa' type of thing (as per my understanding).

here is more details, via the USCIS
http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/menuitem.eb1d4c2a3e5b9ac89243c6a7543f6d1a/?vgnextoid=254a3e4d77d73210VgnVCM100000082ca60aRCRD&vgnextchannel=254a3e4d77d73210VgnVCM100000082ca60aRCRD

Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: taingray on July 19, 2013, 02:18:06 pm
Hm... Well, we've been married for less than two years, so we had to get the conditional CR-1 visa. He is entering the U.S. as an immigrant, so maybe that's why we didn't have to do the 1-134?

EDIT: Yeah, you beat me to it!

"that must have been the difference.

I filled the Nonimmigrant Visa"

So it looks like the K-3 visa is for if your partner wants to enter the country before you're actually married, right?
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: iamrhart on July 19, 2013, 02:39:55 pm
Hm... Well, we've been married for less than two years, so we had to get the conditional CR-1 visa. He is entering the U.S. as an immigrant, so maybe that's why we didn't have to do the 1-134?

EDIT: Yeah, you beat me to it!

"that must have been the difference.

I filled the Nonimmigrant Visa"


So it looks like the K-3 visa is for if your partner wants to enter the country before you're actually married, right?

No, we are married.
As you mentioned, it is difficult to contact the USCIS people, and Customer Service is more like Customer Counceling....repeating everything i said and not answer questions....grrr.

my understanding (from what they 'counseled me in') is that the K3 is to make things 'faster' as the CR takes a longer time. granted the I-129f is for a fiance, but it is also used for a K3 visa, whilst the I-130 is pending. 

The CR is the 'result' of the I-130.  once the I-130 is finished, the 'CR' visa is issued.

yes, though, i was informed that once we enter the USA, the Spouse would await the CR visa and/or change status to a permanent resident. 

"maybe" this is one of those "kill a bird with two stones" things?  (two different ways to get the same out come)....or "more than one way to skin a cat" (sorry cat lovers, but it's an OLD idiom).

OH, on another note "So it looks like the K-3 visa is for your partner to enter the country before you're actually married, right?"
this would be the I-129f visa, for a Fiance, and it is one of the MOST difficult ones to complete, as it requires soooo much proof that the fiance is not going to just 'leave you' once given a visa.   
*the I-129f has two purposes.   1) it is for a Fiance.     2) it is used as a follow-up for the I-130 to issue a K3 visa and get your SPOUSE to the USA faster.  If you file the I-129f for your FIANCE, it costs money.  but if it is filled as a support document after the NOA it is free
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: taingray on July 19, 2013, 02:52:49 pm
Hm... Well, we've been married for less than two years, so we had to get the conditional CR-1 visa. He is entering the U.S. as an immigrant, so maybe that's why we didn't have to do the 1-134?

EDIT: Yeah, you beat me to it!

"that must have been the difference.

I filled the Nonimmigrant Visa"

So it looks like the K-3 visa is for if your partner wants to enter the country before you're actually married, right?

No, we are married.
As you mentioned, it is difficult to contact the USCIS people, and Customer Service is more like Customer Counceling....repeating everything i said and not answer questions....grrr.

my understanding (from what they 'counseled me in') is that the K3 is to make things 'faster' as the CR takes a longer time. granted the I-129f is for a fiance, but it is also used for a K3 visa, whilst the I-130 is pending. 

The CR is the 'result' of the I-130.  once the I-130 is finished, the 'CR' visa is issued.

yes, though, i was informed that once we enter the USA, the Spouse would await the CR visa and/or change status to a permanent resident. 

"maybe" this is one of those "kill a bird with two stones" things?  (two different ways to get the same out come)....or "more than one way to skin a cat" (sorry cat lovers, but it's an OLD idiom).

How long have you been married? If it's been less than two years, could you just apply for the CR-1? We completed the I-130 stuff, then waited about two weeks for them to email us with Packet 3 instructions (that pdf I attached earlier), and then couple months later my husband went for the interview and he was approved on the spot. He got his passport with the visa in the mail five days later. If we had really been in a hurry, we could have finished the whole process in like two months, provided we had all the paperwork ready. I was so paranoid that we wouldn't have enough time for everything, but it went so much faster than I thought!

Man, the USCIS and the embassy in general are useless when it comes to questions. I never once had anyone answer the phone at the USCIS office and the embassy people just sent me around in circles, telling me what I already knew instead of answering my questions. They kept re-directing me to the USCIS number, which was infuriating because I could let it ring for hours and no one would answer!
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Madmartigan on July 19, 2013, 03:38:33 pm
To OP (toddc06) as well as to the other people asking questions in the discussion (happySuwon and ilpunto), I can help and tell you about my experience.

Please PM me with any questions, as I am getting close to wrapping up the last step for my wife.  She is Korean, so I think I can help anyone in the same situation.

I have received helpful tips from other Waygook users, and I will pass those tips along to anyone else - thanks should especially go to (username) SMOE NSET (and taingray in this discussion)!!

I really want to post a lot of advice on here, but I am leaving town for a couple of days and won't have time to add to the discussion.  I will check back in on Sunday and add what I can!

I do have time to say that taingray is on the money about everything she has has posted so far:
-You NEED tax info for the most recent tax year (and YES, if you haven't filed, you can still file for previous years and do it NOW!)
-Get some proof that you have kept your domicile (permanent address) in the states - I am also using bank and credit card statements
-You have 6 months from your medical check to enter the US (and after passing the interview)
-It doesn't matter how long you have been married, you can (and probably should) start the process sooner rather than later
-We will have spent just over $1,000; however, we haven't included travel expenses to get to Seoul, so for us it will be a bit more ...
-It is definitely hit-or-miss with the USCIS in Seoul in terms of help via phone or email, but you should at least try to direct some questions to them
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: toddc06 on July 19, 2013, 04:42:48 pm
I just want to say thanks to everyone who has been replying.  I am sure you have helped many people by posting here.   I will be sure to post here whenever I find out something new or have details that weren't included in previous posts.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: iamrhart on July 19, 2013, 05:08:30 pm
I hope my advice has been helpful, my wife is NOT korean. so that might have some impact.
Thus far i have been married less than a year. I recieved my NOA on June 11, so it has been in the "reviewing" stage for about a month.

I received my NOA (email) for the I-129F (to get the K3 visa) just the other week, and am awaiting the hard-copy NOA.

i think, best bet is to choose a path and stick to it.

Immigrant Visa
Nonimmigrant Visa

i "think" they both lead to the same "CR" stamp at the end. As stated before, the Nonimmigrant Visa (k3) is a 'im waiting for the I-130 to finish" status.  where-as the Immigrant Visa is the "Finished" I-130 status.

Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: deweybeach on July 24, 2013, 02:27:44 pm
I want to have my wife immigrate to the states in May 2014.  We have been married 7 years and will be 8 years in May. We also have two children which both have US passports. I made an appointment for the embassy on July 29th to file a I-130. Is this too early, can we stall the process if we want?

I am also worried about the domicile thing. I am worried that my state may want state  taxes for my time in Korea.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: iamrhart on July 24, 2013, 09:19:15 pm
I see that some of you have mentioned a packet 3.  after 2 weeks of waiting.

this has not been the case for me, and i was wondering, if you have a contact number i could reach? other than the customer service numbers (they are so stressful).
thanks
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Madmartigan on July 25, 2013, 12:30:10 am
We got our Packet 3 invitation/instructions after exactly 4 weeks, so it certainly varies.  I was actually writing them an email (CIS.Seoul@uscis.dhs.gov) when it popped up in my inbox.  Definitely email if it has been 5 weeks - I received a same-day response almost every time I had questions.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: iamrhart on July 25, 2013, 11:41:41 am
My visa petition is for my wife, who is not Korean. so we filled with the Chicago Lock Box.
Recieved June 6. Accepted into Process June 11. NOA/I-797c (? the notice of action) sent out June 11. No instructions on it. just 'wait'.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: koreanate08 on July 25, 2013, 12:08:36 pm
I am going through the CR-1 process with my wife now. We have our interview next Friday. I've never had trouble getting a hold of a person at USCIS. You just need to make sure you call within their business hours, which are M-F 9:30am to 11:30am, and 1:00pm to 3:00pm. The number I called is 02-397-4548.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: koreanate08 on July 25, 2013, 12:29:17 pm
Also, if you are an American man married to a Korean woman, your wife might find the naver community cafe called "국제커플카페" helpful. My wife has found a lot of helpful information on there from people who have done this before. It's only for Korean women who are dating or married to foreign men, though.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: elee09 on October 31, 2013, 12:46:04 pm
Yes, you should have filed directly with the embassy in Seoul. Contact the embassy to see if you can have it transferred there or even cancelled. You're looking at a year or more of waiting as opposed to a few months if you apply directly through the Seoul consulate.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: iamrhart on October 31, 2013, 02:40:27 pm
yeah. i called. they told me i made an error and now i have to wait for the processing time. didnt even get to ask about canceling it.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Shinu on November 14, 2013, 07:58:45 am
It seems like everyone here has been through the I-130 process already and I was just wondering if the person who took the I-130 paperwork from you asked for your marriage certificate?  It was only after an hour of leaving the consulate that I went through the documents I had leftover (he didn't seem to want any evidence of a bonafide marriage either)  that I realized he never asked us for our marriage certificate.  I'm married to a Korean---not sure if that makes a difference.  I called the number he gave me several times to no avail.  Can anyone help answer my question?  Thanks in advance!
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: iamrhart on November 14, 2013, 09:25:19 am
The marriage certificate is a required document. Did he make a photo-copy of it?

When i did the Philipine-Korea visa application, they wanted a copy. and to see the original.

we currently have the original with us. Also, when we have done applications to the USA, they wanted copies of all documents, unless specifically requiring an original.

i would 1) check instructions
2) email them.
3) call again
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Shinu on November 14, 2013, 10:12:02 am
The marriage certificate is a required document. Did he make a photo-copy of it?

When i did the Philipine-Korea visa application, they wanted a copy. and to see the original.

we currently have the original with us. Also, when we have done applications to the USA, they wanted copies of all documents, unless specifically requiring an original.

i would 1) check instructions
2) email them.
3) call again


Nope, he did not ask for the marriage certificate at all, so no photocopy of it either.  All he said was, "hand me the documents as I ask for them" so I just handed him whatever he asked for and no mention of the marriage certificate.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: iamrhart on November 14, 2013, 11:56:36 am
i would absolutely double check with them in this case
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Shinu on November 14, 2013, 12:47:58 pm
Thanks for your reply!  I emailed them about it.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: toddc06 on November 14, 2013, 07:43:23 pm
Yeah they kept ours. Try to contact them but I wouldn't worry too much.  They will probably contact you within the next week.  They lost my picture, called my wife and had her bring another picture.  They let her right in and it took all of 5 minutes.  It is annoying though, especially if you aren't located close to Seoul.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Shinu on November 15, 2013, 07:56:38 am
Thanks for your reply.  That is just wrong though.  (Losing your picture and having to go back to give them another one)

The whole point of them making you go in person in the first place is to make sure you have all the necessary documents.  I don't live close to Seoul and it's hard to get days off to go to the embassy.  I really hope they can do w/o our marriage certificate (probably not though!) 
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Buffalo-hunter on November 15, 2013, 08:42:47 am
I'm going today to the embassy to begin everything, I-130 form. Thanks everyone for all inputs. When I get a chance I will post how it went, any suggestions I can give, etc.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Shinu on November 15, 2013, 09:41:36 am
From experience, double check everything even if the guy doesn't ask for a certain document.  And don't put your passport photos in little plastic baggies like I did (he was really annoyed that I did that :huh:)
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Buffalo-hunter on November 18, 2013, 08:09:59 am
As promised, here is a recount of my visit to the US embassy to begin getting my wife her permanent residence card.

Paperwork needed:
I-130

G-325A (two- one for the immigrant and one for the petitioner)

Two passport type photos

Marriage Certificate (We have two- US and Korean. You need at least 혼인관계 증명서)

Family Registry--가족관계 증명서

Immigrantsí birth certificate 기본 증명서

Passport Copies- both people

Petitionerís ARC card- they will copy

NOTE: all Korean documents need to be translated. My wife is an English teacher and was able to translate the documents fine. She found some empty templates of the Korean documents online and simply filled in our information. But your translator (be it your wife/husband or another entity) needs to make some sort of form affirming they translated the documents and their qualification for doing so.

Money- $420 dollars or equivalent Korean won. On 11-14 the embassyís exchange rate was $1 for 1100 won

Some evidence of couple relationship- we used our daughter's birth certificate (again, give a copy)

Process: Make sure to get there on time and enter through the IMMIGRATION door, not the U.S. citizenís gate. The immigrant/ non-immigrant door is right across from the Kyobo building. Sometimes this entrance has LONG lines, for us on Friday at 1:40 pm- nobody was waiting.

Show the security person your appointment page, go through metal detectors, give them your cell phone(s) and they will give you a neon yellow laminated number card (to get your phone back).

Proceed up to the third floor, on your left is a window (many windows, but probably only the one on the far left will be open). The person will ask for your paperwork- give all paperwork. He/she will staple your photos to the papers, give a few stamps and then ask you to go to the second floor, cashier window.

Give the cashier your money and another paper (given to you on the third floor). Cashier will give you a receipt and another green paper to fill out. The paper is contact information sheet: put names and email address to be notified of changes and such.

Go back to the third floor, give the green sheet and receipt to the man/woman at the window. He will tell you that in 30-40 days you will receive an email with further instructions (packet 3) or if there are any problems.

Leave.

Total time we were there was around 20 mins, BUT as noted before the line to get into the building, and immigrant services was not busy at all!!!!

Questions, let me know. I will update when next step is upon my wife and I. But not for a while.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Shinu on November 19, 2013, 01:49:45 pm
As promised, here is a recount of my visit to the US embassy to begin getting my wife her permanent residence card.

Paperwork needed:
I-130

G-325A (two- one for the immigrant and one for the petitioner)

Two passport type photos

Marriage Certificate (We have two- US and Korean. You need at least 혼인관계 증명서)

Family Registry--가족관계 증명서

Immigrantsí birth certificate 기본 증명서

Passport Copies- both people

Petitionerís ARC card- they will copy



Hmmmm...the guy didn't ask for my ARC card nor my marriage certificate, but he did take the 혼인관계 증명서, but I agree with everything else.  We were there less that 20 minutes also.  I wish they would keep things consistent with the paperwork though.


Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Buffalo-hunter on November 19, 2013, 02:13:28 pm
The ARC card request was also a surprise to me- it was the last thing he asked me and of course I didn't challenge him. Thankfully I keep it on me at all times of course.  We gave him our American and Korean marriage certificate only because it's registered in America and we go by that date. As long as you have at least the Korean marriage certificate- you are golden. You must prove in fact you are married.

And by teh way- no one need try and email and call. Pointless. AND when I brought this up to guy, he did share that when it comes to questions about Packet 3 items, the questions are sent to China, then back and forth talking with the Seoul Embassy, then China responds. He wasn't too clear why those questions are sent to China, but my guess is size of staff is small here in Korea.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Shinu on November 20, 2013, 11:56:50 am

And by teh way- no one need try and email and call. Pointless. AND when I brought this up to guy, he did share that when it comes to questions about Packet 3 items, the questions are sent to China, then back and forth talking with the Seoul Embassy, then China responds. He wasn't too clear why those questions are sent to China, but my guess is size of staff is small here in Korea.

Thanks for the update!  And yeah it's been a week since I emailed them.  Now I know why I haven't gotten a response yet  :huh:
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: toddc06 on November 20, 2013, 12:25:08 pm
I emailed them on 2 different occasions and got a relatively quick response both times.  But if you do email them, be specific with your questions. 

I had to email them because my spouse has lived abroad for an extended period of time since the age of 16, so she will need a background check from the country where she lived.  The process for people who lived in New Zealand is a little complicated.  The first email I sent was a little vague asking about the process, and I got a response in about 3 hours with a copy and paste of the website info which I was asking about. (The website was unclear which is why I sent the email in the first place)

The second email I sent had MUCH more specific questions about the process.  I sent that on a Friday and received the response the following Wednesday with very clear instructions.

In my case they both responded, but the more specific email took more time to respond to.  I hope you get your answers!
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: elee09 on November 20, 2013, 02:07:26 pm
Regarding the question about the marriage certificate: They want to see it at the final interview as well. They didn't take our original for the I-130, they took a copy. We submitted a copy at our final interview as well but they had to see the original as well. Also know that all of those documents (marriage certificate, Korean background check) have to come along with certified English translations for the final interview.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Shinu on November 29, 2013, 09:12:56 am
Can anyone here tell me how long it took to get an interview?  Is there a long wait time? There was a couple at the Seoul consulate who told me to make an interview appointment as soon as I received the packet 3 email because they had to wait a month to get an interview spot.  I just want to know so I can plan things accordingly.  Thanks in advance!
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Shinu on November 29, 2013, 09:52:39 am
So sorry, but I have another question.  How long can you stall the process between the 1-130 approval and the interview?  I did not expect to get packet 3 within 2 weeks.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: toddc06 on November 29, 2013, 09:55:58 am
I think it depends because I received my packet 3 in early November and saw later November dates still available for interviews.  Maybe it was due to cancellations because I saw noticed that while there were still some spots in November, December was filled (if I remember correctly).  Anyway, depending on what you need to gather, it may take a month or so just to get the required items.  It will take us a little longer because we have to get a background check from another country where my wife lived.  Anyway, you might find an open spot in the same month, or you may have to wait 2 months.  Even after you schedule your appointment, if you want to do it sooner just keep checking to see if anybody cancels.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Shinu on December 02, 2013, 07:51:51 am
Okay, thanks!!
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: C_Right on December 02, 2013, 08:48:56 am
We just finished this process two weeks ago.  We had no problems whatsoever and found the consular filling process to be a breeze, and it should be for you as well if you are prepared. That being said, we spent about 40 hours over 6 months researching, translating, and completing various forms. It also costs about $1000. We arrived at 8:00am and even though we were about 10th in line they processed us first because we were organized.

Links:
Visa Journey- Information specific to the Seoul consulate
 http://www.visajourney.com/consulates/index.php?ctry=South%20Korea&cty=Seoul
Visa Journey - Reviews from past visa applicants of the Seoul consulate:
http://www.visajourney.com/reviews/index.php?cnty=South%20Korea
Seoul Embassy
http://seoul.usembassy.gov/visas_immigrant_visas.html

Other Waygook Post with Same topic:
http://www.waygook.org/index.php/topic,62489.msg404164.html#msg404164

Tips:
-Do the translations yourself. Have your Korean spouse search for the templates online and add the statement swearing that he/she is a fluent conversant in both languages.

-They need "certified" documents, which are documents printed at the gu office, ie Basic, Family, Residence, Marriage.

-There is no need to have documents notarized for this purpose.

-Regarding the affidavit of support, if your Korean salary puts you above the poverty guidelines you are good to go. Don't worry if your job ends soon, as long as you get the visa before you quit.
-File a copy of your tax returns from the most recent year. (I saw someone earlier mentioned something about ordering transcripts from the US, and this is not necessary. Just file a copy of your 1040/2555 forms.

-You have 6 months from the date of your medical check to immigrate. So don't get the medical too early.

-If you have everything in order and make your appointments appropriately you can complete the whole process in three months.

-Filling through the embassy (USCIS) is much faster than doing it through the US offices.

-Domicile is a little tricky. I have head of people using as little as a US credit card statement, US bank statement, and a US driverís license. I have been in Korea longer than most so I supplied more evidence even though it may have been unnecessary.
Domicile Evidence


1.   Korean employment contract to expire:

2.   Korean apartment lease to expire:

3.   Letter from family member allowing us to stay at home for 6 months

4.   Job applications to be filed in February

5.   Graduate School application receipt

6.   Credit Union account statement

7.   State driverís license

8.   Card credit card statement

9.   Voter registration card

10.   US mailing address

11.   Residency Teacher Certification

12.   Life insurance policy




Good luck!
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: iamrhart on December 02, 2013, 10:39:33 am
Keep in mind that the medical check (required before the interview) is what dictates the timing. You have 6 months from that medical check (regardless of when you schedule your interview) to leave for the U.S.
So use that as your deciding factor for timing - not the interview.
i think that is pretty straight-forward (for me), but could you explain it for me? as if i was an idiot/unknowing?

Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Shinu on December 02, 2013, 09:05:48 pm
asalchert@gmail.com ---Did you have to go to the interview with your spouse?  I know I have to go to the consulate with him but did they need u present in the room?  Also, packet 3 only states a list of documents for him to get.  There's nowhere, where it says I have to prove domicile?  Can you tell me where I can find that info?

Thanks!

Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Shinu on December 03, 2013, 07:37:30 am
Thanks!  That was my plan  ;D 
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Buffalo-hunter on December 16, 2013, 06:45:10 am
Asalchert@gmail.com----

What airport did you enter the US in (LAX, Seattle, New York, etc.)?

When you went through immigration (where they check passports/ID), did you go through the same line as your husband? For example, at LAX there are two sections to enter: 1. for U.S. citizens and 2. everyone else. I know when my wife enters the US the first time, she will hand the packet (sealled and given to her from the Embassy) to the immigration officer and they will open it/ process everything, etc. But I am worried that the immi officer will say a whole bunch of instructions and she will only remember half of it.

Basically, what happened/ how did you enter the US.

Thanks for the tip about SS card- but you did say that even though you could not GET the SS # right away at the SS admin office, but you were able to expedite it. How did you expidite it?

Thanks for all the tips!!!!!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Buffalo-hunter on December 16, 2013, 07:35:22 am
That does help a lot, especially as it looks like we will enter through Seattle aswell. I will admit that having to wait for our things in the luggage claim area wjile talking with immigration does not please me- as we will have many things (thank you daughter, haha).

Any way- your info does help a lot. Ignorance is not bliss, haha
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Shinu on December 31, 2013, 01:39:13 pm
I'm filling out the 1-864 right now and I'm stumped on the question for the petitioner where it asks for petitioner's mailing address (I know to use my Korean address) but it also asks about "place of residence" and I need to put an address down also. ( I'm assuming it's the Korean address again) 

Did you guys use your Korean address for this part also or did you use your permanent address back home?

If anyone has done this already, help is appreciated!  Thanks in advance! 
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: toddc06 on January 02, 2014, 01:28:04 pm
I'm filling out the 1-864 right now and I'm stumped on the question for the petitioner where it asks for petitioner's mailing address (I know to use my Korean address) but it also asks about "place of residence" and I need to put an address down also. ( I'm assuming it's the Korean address again) 

Did you guys use your Korean address for this part also or did you use your permanent address back home?

If anyone has done this already, help is appreciated!  Thanks in advance!

I will be filling this out on Sunday.  From the way you said it is worded, I think I will put my Korean address again.  Maybe I will put my wife's parents' address.  I guess they worded it like that  in case the petitioner and spouse don't have the same address????  After you turn it in, you will get your visa pretty quickly and I can't imagine any problems that could come up from putting your Korean address.  As long as they can send your visa to the correct spot.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Shinu on January 03, 2014, 06:00:13 pm


Thanks for the reply!  I asked some friends how they would interpret it and they told me to use my permanent address from the states.  But I'll go ahead and put down my korean address.  I dont know how picky the Seoul field office is going to be. 
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: detunedkorea on January 04, 2014, 06:17:58 pm
I went Friday for the interview and to hand in the final paperwork (I-864, medical check etc). They didn't seem picky about anything.  I used a combination of my Korean address and US address as the sponsor. 

When you go to the interview go early as you have to take a number.  We got there at 7:30 and they had just opened the waiting area.  We were number 5.  At 9 they started calling the numbers up to hand in your paperwork.  At that time, I went up alone to the window and they looked everything over quickly.  They only asked me what I planned to do in the US and I said I was going to get a job but I didn't have anything lined up yet.

The only thing they seemed interested in was providing something for domicile proof in the US.   I brought printouts of bank/credit card statements, a copy of my drivers license and a letter from my parents stating we were going to stay at their house for the foreseeable future.  They only took the letter and one bank statement and gave the rest back to me.  We waited a bit and they called us back up to give us the receipt for the fee to pay on the second floor.

Then we waited until about 10 when they called my wife's name. It wasn't really an interview they just called her to the window asked one question about where she is working now. Then said we were free to go and they would mail us the passport and entrance documents.  Only took 3 hours for everything.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: toddc06 on January 04, 2014, 09:57:49 pm
Detuned, do you happen to know why they asked your wife about her current employment?  My wife isn't currently employed.  Do you think that will have a negative impact on her interview?
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: detunedkorea on January 04, 2014, 10:09:19 pm
No, I think it was just more kind of a random question just to make sure she knew what it said on the application.  They just asked the name of her employer and current position.  Took less than a minute and didn't really seem interested just verifying.

Other people I have talked to were just asked one simple question too, like how many children do you have or wedding date. I think they see so many people with similar stories at the Korean center that as long as your paperwork is in order the interview is nothing.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Rilakuma on January 06, 2014, 02:38:03 pm
We submitted the I-130 last Monday, Dec. 30th and we just got the petition approval and Packet 3 email today! It only took a week. They seem to move pretty fast. Now on to schedule the interview~~
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: iamrhart on January 09, 2014, 10:03:41 am
whats next/whats to expect?

received my approval notices, then my "pay the fee" notices.

what time-frames am i looking at? what should i expect?

thanks

Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: iamrhart on January 09, 2014, 01:45:05 pm
getting nervous.
dont want to screw this up :-[
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: toddc06 on January 22, 2014, 03:17:12 pm
Just finished the interview yesterday and thought I would share our experience.  (I think we passed!)

We got there at 7:30 and were the 3rd ones in.  We handed in our documents but there was one big surprise.  I guess I hadn't read the email closely and I assumed the forms they sent me in the link with the packet 3 instructions were the same as when I first looked at them, but they no long accept the paper application form for immigrant visas...it is done electronically as of November 2013.  I had saved the forms on my computer before then so I was unaware of the change.  The affidavit of support is still paper, but the actual application is electronic.   So they took all of our documents and then they let us go outside to do the electronic forms on my phone.  Using the info from the paper form, we were able to finish the electronic form in about an hour (and boy was it cold).

We finished, went back in, talked to the person at the window for a sec,  went downstairs and paid the fee (253,000 won),  sat down and waited for about 40 minutes or an hour.  They called her up made her swear that everything was true, do her fingerprint scans and everything was all done.   They didn't even ask her any questions. We got out of there just before 11:00 so it took about 3 hours.  They said we would receive her passport in about a week so I will update when we get it.  We noticed some people got some blue pieces of paper but we didn't.  My wife asked the guy at the window and he said that is for people who were missing something, and since we didn't get one, I guess we are good!

Documents they took:


Things they did not take
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Shinu on January 25, 2014, 12:50:49 am
Do we really need to get the police check notarized? 
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: toddc06 on January 25, 2014, 09:35:07 pm
I would say yes because it isn't the police check you are getting notarized but the translation of the police check.  It is the same as the other documents.  We notarized all translations of official documents.  If you look at the packet 3 it will say "certified" for all documents.  I took that as notarized. And I almost forgot to update... we received the visa yesterday :)
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Shinu on January 25, 2014, 11:27:25 pm
Great thanks!!
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Shinu on January 25, 2014, 11:40:22 pm
And congrats!!  Glad everything went smoothly for you.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: detunedkorea on January 26, 2014, 07:32:42 am
Do we really need to get the police check notarized?

We didn't get anything notarized and had no problems.  In both steps of the process we used our own translations of the Korean documents and had no problems.  If you want to see the translations I used I can upload them here.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Rilakuma on January 26, 2014, 01:11:29 pm
I would say yes because it isn't the police check you are getting notarized but the translation of the police check.  It is the same as the other documents.  We notarized all translations of official documents.  If you look at the packet 3 it will say "certified" for all documents.  I took that as notarized. And I almost forgot to update... we received the visa yesterday :)
It does say certified, but when I emailed Immigration about this they said the only doc that needed the notarization was the marriage certificate. The others need "certification" just as far as an additional document stating that you translated them yourself. We got a template from a cafe site somewhere and filled it out saying "I certify that docs x, y, and z which were translated by Mr. Kim, a graduate of X university in Australia, and under penalty of perjury that the aforementioned are a perfect translation blah bah blah.." something to that effect. It all has worked out fine with those so I believe it is enough. If you are really not comfortable translating them yourself you can use any translation service, but the notarization, which are at least 25,000 each, is just a waste of money.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: detunedkorea on January 26, 2014, 03:51:55 pm
Here is what we used for translation.  Just fill in your names, numbers and addresses. 
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Shinu on January 26, 2014, 07:58:58 pm
Okay, thanks!!!
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Shinu on January 28, 2014, 12:45:24 pm
Just to update, we went for our interview today.  We ended up not notarizing the police check and it was fine.  One surprising thing is that they did not ask for any proof of domicile.  I'm guessing my tax transcript was enough.  Anyway, the whole process took us about 1.5 hours.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: iamrhart on February 03, 2014, 03:14:59 pm
Just to update, we went for our interview today.  We ended up not notarizing the police check and it was fine.  One surprising thing is that they did not ask for any proof of domicile.  I'm guessing my tax transcript was enough.  Anyway, the whole process took us about 1.5 hours.

i noticed on my tax transcript, it lists the address...perhaps that is why?
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Shinu on February 04, 2014, 12:02:01 pm
Just to update, we went for our interview today.  We ended up not notarizing the police check and it was fine.  One surprising thing is that they did not ask for any proof of domicile.  I'm guessing my tax transcript was enough.  Anyway, the whole process took us about 1.5 hours.

i noticed on my tax transcript, it lists the address...perhaps that is why?

Yes, I believe so. 
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: detrong on February 06, 2014, 06:04:36 pm
Hi I recently filed the i-130 petition for my wife on 31 Dec and I've been waiting since then..Should I be worried or something because  i was told it would take 30-40 days and I've seen other people on here who've had their petitions approved in less than 30..Should I be worried or what?
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: iamrhart on February 07, 2014, 07:21:14 am
Did you file here in Korea? or did you send it off to the USA
i sent mine to the USA, and have recently found that i should have done everything here (for faster processing).

if you sent to the USA, i recommend you keep waiting. i didnt get  the NOA until after the 30 day mark
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: detrong on February 07, 2014, 08:07:35 am
Hi thanks for the quick response @iamrhart and yes I filed in korea..The CO told me it was going to take about 30 days to process after which my spouse was going to be contacted..It's getting close to 40 days and I emailed the USCIS but so far it seems I sent the email into somebody's junk box..Any quick suggestions will be highly appreciated..thanks
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: iamrhart on February 07, 2014, 08:51:04 am
give em a call?

there have been vacations recently, so your '40 days' may infact be slightly less...

maybe closer to 37 or 38.  still though...if you are worried, give them a quick call.

*they have crazy hours. and their lunch break is like....2 hours long or something
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: detrong on February 07, 2014, 09:10:37 am
Yea I've been thinking exactly same too..It's gotta be because of the recent lunar new year and all that..I think the next I'll try to do is call them.will post anything that happens next on here so maybe it could be of help to some other person.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Shinu on February 07, 2014, 12:59:43 pm
When I handed in my 1-130, the man who took my paperwork said if I didn't get the packet 3 email within 30 days, to contact them.  You might need to call because emailing seems to be a hit or miss. 
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: detrong on February 07, 2014, 01:19:17 pm
I finally called today and the CO told me they were currently working on it, so we should expect an email by Wednesday next week..^fingers crossed^
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Maureen on February 07, 2014, 01:30:31 pm
Hello~ I filed the I-130 on Jan 27. The man there said it will take 3-4 weeks for the packet 3 email. Does it really take that long? My husband and I might fly back to the US in a couple of months, can we complete the process back in the states then? If so, do we have to enter at the aiport together?

Also for the packet 3 required docs, I forgot to file my 2012 tax while I was in Korea. Can I still file it now? Or can I use my parents 2012 tax transcript?

Thank you!
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: iamrhart on February 07, 2014, 01:39:26 pm
Wow Maureen, cutting it pretty close eh?

i dont know how long the process takes. BUT i will say, for the I-864 you need to provide the MOST recent tax transcript for three years.

you can list this year (2013), but you still need to list 2012 and 2011. you dont have to provide the transcripts for those, unless requested.

the IRS has this handy thing now, you can get the transcripts online.

(or ask them to mail the transcripts to you).
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: detunedkorea on February 08, 2014, 09:34:12 am



I was told by the Seoul office that it is optimal for you to be at the airport with your spouse. The immigration officer at the port of entry also gave us the impression that if I hadn't been with him, my husband would have had a harder time at the port of entry. This doesn't mean that you can't go separately, but it may muck up things. We decided not to risk it (even though it meant I had to quit my year contract).

That is what I was told initially too. My wife already received her visa back and we are planning on moving to the US in April, however, she is still working and has to take a business trip to Guam.  I emailed Customs and Border Protection, which is different from the Seoul visa office, and they said she should hand in packet when entering Guam and there should be no problems.  But I am sure they will be asking her a few extra questions.  She will be traveling alone and only be there for a few days so we will see how it goes.

If everything works out it will be nice to have things moving before we get to the US for good.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: iamrhart on February 10, 2014, 07:15:25 am
For you newbies just starting the process... PLEASE make sure to apply through the Seoul immi office, or you may end up in a very very very long line:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/09/us/program-benefiting-some-immigrants-extends-visa-wait-for-others.html?ref=us

yes. i fell prey to this
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Maureen on February 10, 2014, 12:53:19 pm
Wow Maureen, cutting it pretty close eh?

i dont know how long the process takes. BUT i will say, for the I-864 you need to provide the MOST recent tax transcript for three years.

you can list this year (2013), but you still need to list 2012 and 2011. you dont have to provide the transcripts for those, unless requested.

the IRS has this handy thing now, you can get the transcripts online.

(or ask them to mail the transcripts to you).
But 2013 taxes aren't due yet...how will I have a tax transcript for that? And how long after I file the 2012 tax will I be able to request the transcipt online? Do you have the site for that? I didn't work in 2011, so I don't need to list that year right?

Yea, I had family visiting so just started the process recently. Thanks a lot for the help!

@asalchert- Alright, thanks for the info. I don't want to mess things up, so I'll probably go together at the port of entry.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: iamrhart on February 10, 2014, 01:14:18 pm
Wow Maureen, cutting it pretty close eh?

i dont know how long the process takes. BUT i will say, for the I-864 you need to provide the MOST recent tax transcript for three years.

you can list this year (2013), but you still need to list 2012 and 2011. you dont have to provide the transcripts for those, unless requested.


http://www.irs.gov/Individuals/Get-Transcript

the IRS has this handy thing now, you can get the transcripts online.

(or ask them to mail the transcripts to you).
But 2013 taxes aren't due yet...how will I have a tax transcript for that? And how long after I file the 2012 tax will I be able to request the transcipt online? Do you have the site for that? I didn't work in 2011, so I don't need to list that year right?

Yea, I had family visiting so just started the process recently. Thanks a lot for the help!

@asalchert- Alright, thanks for the info. I don't want to mess things up, so I'll probably go together at the port of entry.

Hi. I actually just got mine a couple hours ago.
open an IE browser,
go to www.irs.gov and click on the third orange tab, "Tools", "Get Transcript of Your Tax Records"
you can have it mailed to your home (USA, filed address), or you can print it out online (must set up an account first)

if you file yours and wait a couple weeks (less than 21days, fingers crossed), then you can request the transcripts.
I clicked on "Get Transcript Online" and set up an account.  then, i clicked on the year and printed it out.   note: the "*" indicates it is still processing, and you will only be able to print a 'non-filed' letter. ^.^ makes sense, because the Transcript hasnt been completed yet.

but after it is 'finished' being filed, it will not have a star next to it, and you can print it out.

2012 and 2011 should already be available, if you filed them.


http://www.irs.gov/Individuals/Get-Transcript
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: nschluet on February 10, 2014, 02:55:57 pm
Thanks to everyone posting on this thread!  It's been a huge help so far!  I have a couple questions.

1) I've noticed people talk about background checks.  My wife (Korean) lived in America for several years after she was 18.  Does she need to get a background check? Plus, I (American) lived in France for a year. Do I need one from there?

2) I'm a teacher.  I'm well above the poverty line.  I only have 1 year of taxes to show. It seems like this won't be a problem.  Does anyone think otherwise?

3) We want to do this whole process ASAP.  Can my wife get her medical check now?  Before we file the I-130? Or does anyone have any general advice for getting the visa as soon as possible?

Thanks!
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: iamrhart on February 10, 2014, 03:03:25 pm
Thanks to everyone posting on this thread!  It's been a huge help so far!  I have a couple questions.

1) I've noticed people talk about background checks.  My wife (Korean) lived in America for several years after she was 18.  Does she need to get a background check? Plus, I (American) lived in France for a year. Do I need one from there?

2) I'm a teacher.  I'm well above the poverty line.  I only have 1 year of taxes to show. It seems like this won't be a problem.  Does anyone think otherwise?

3) We want to do this whole process ASAP.  Can my wife get her medical check now?  Before we file the I-130? Or does anyone have any general advice for getting the visa as soon as possible?

Thanks!

1) any location that you have stayed at for 6 months or more you will need a Criminal record check.
Correction: you are the sponsor. so the CRC is from Her.

2) the salary is a big thing. but as long as (2 people) you are 125% or more of the Federal poverty level, you are alright.
3) Medical Checks are at specific hospitals, and the results are valid for 6 months. The validity of the Med Check cannot expire before entering the USA.  so, if you get the med check tomorrow, and results on the 14th, then August 15th she is invalid. she would have to land in the usa before 6 months.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: detrong on February 11, 2014, 09:03:17 am
hello everyone..I got a quick question for anyone who just had their visa interview..Do they ask for a sponsor review fee before the interview?
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Shinu on February 11, 2014, 12:36:03 pm
hello everyone..I got a quick question for anyone who just had their visa interview..Do they ask for a sponsor review fee before the interview?

When we went in, they didn't ask for any other fee other than the application processing fee which was $230.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: iamrhart on February 11, 2014, 12:42:00 pm
Yeah. We also paid the $230 fee using the internet payment.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Rilakuma on February 11, 2014, 03:11:18 pm
Just finished the interview yesterday and thought I would share our experience.  (I think we passed!)

We finished, went back in, talked to the person at the window for a sec,  went downstairs and paid the fee (253,000 won),  sat down and waited for about 40 minutes or an hour.  They called her up made her swear that everything was true, do her fingerprint scans and everything was all done.   They didn't even ask her any questions. We got out of there just before 11:00 so it took about 3 hours.  They said we would receive her passport in about a week so I will update when we get it.  We noticed some people got some blue pieces of paper but we didn't.  My wife asked the guy at the window and he said that is for people who were missing something, and since we didn't get one, I guess we are good!

Documents they took:

  • 4 Korean documents translated and notarized
           - Marriage Certificate
           - Record Check
           - Family Certificate
           - Birth Certificate
  • Unopened medical check from Yonsei Severance
  • Background check from New Zealand (they were sent this directly from the police in New Zealand.  We never had possession of this)
  • The affidavit of support
  • My Income tax transcript for 2012
  • Email from my parents with electronic signature stating that we were going to stay with them
  • Print out of my credit card statement
  • Screenshot of my checking account activity (couldn't print out the statement)
  • my employment contract showing end date of employment
  • Her passport

Things they did not take
  • Photocopies of Id cards or passports
  • Other Prior year tax transcripts
  • Paper application for immigrant visa

My experience was like this, only I was late. Appointment was for 8:00 and I got there at 8:15. It didn't matter anyway because you just take a ticket and wait for an hour before anything happens. People who have an earlier ticket are served first. There were probably 15 parties in the waiting area that day. We were late so of course we were served last T^T
First they called our number and we handed in the docs, but when I showed my husband's passport they said we were supposed to get a barcode sticker from the first floor. We ran down to get it from the information desk near the entrance. Upon approaching the window again I was told I filled out the wrong form... I had to change from a I-864EZ to the regular I-864 because I had no W2, only the 2012 tax transcript. Frustrating, but no alternative so I did it anyways. As I was the sole financial supporter it was not necessary to give additional tax paperwork beyond the 2012 tax transcript. Then waiting again. 30 min later called up by name to go pay 253,000 on the second floor. Waiting and then called up again, just my husband for the interview which consisted of one question about our marriage date. Then the officer just said that we would get the passport with the visa back in a week. We left just before 11:00.

I'm glad that we got the visa process done within 6 weeks from the date we handed in the I-130. Like others said it could have gone faster, it was just the paperwork which kept us from setting an earlier appointment.

I was surprised by how little paperwork was taken, here's my list:
Korean docs (Translated, NOT notarized):
       - Marriage Certificate
       - Family Certificate
       - Birth Certificate
       - Certificate of Translation accuracy (made by using a template)
Medical Check Envelope
Australia Background Check, Korean Background Check w/ translation
Confirmation Sheet for form DS-260
I-864 Affidavit of Financial Support
2012 Income tax transcript
Husband's Passport
2Photos
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: iamrhart on February 11, 2014, 03:22:32 pm
Just finished the interview yesterday and thought I would share our experience.  (I think we passed!)

We finished, went back in, talked to the person at the window for a sec,  went downstairs and paid the fee (253,000 won),  sat down and waited for about 40 minutes or an hour.  They called her up made her swear that everything was true, do her fingerprint scans and everything was all done.   They didn't even ask her any questions. We got out of there just before 11:00 so it took about 3 hours.  They said we would receive her passport in about a week so I will update when we get it.  We noticed some people got some blue pieces of paper but we didn't.  My wife asked the guy at the window and he said that is for people who were missing something, and since we didn't get one, I guess we are good!

Documents they took:

  • 4 Korean documents translated and notarized
           - Marriage Certificate
           - Record Check
           - Family Certificate
           - Birth Certificate
  • Unopened medical check from Yonsei Severance
  • Background check from New Zealand (they were sent this directly from the police in New Zealand.  We never had possession of this)
  • The affidavit of support
  • My Income tax transcript for 2012
  • Email from my parents with electronic signature stating that we were going to stay with them
  • Print out of my credit card statement
  • Screenshot of my checking account activity (couldn't print out the statement)
  • my employment contract showing end date of employment
  • Her passport

Things they did not take
  • Photocopies of Id cards or passports
  • Other Prior year tax transcripts
  • Paper application for immigrant visa

My experience was like this, only I was late. Appointment was for 8:00 and I got there at 8:15. It didn't matter anyway because you just take a ticket and wait for an hour before anything happens. People who have an earlier ticket are served first. There were probably 15 parties in the waiting area that day. We were late so of course we were served last T^T
First they called our number and we handed in the docs, but when I showed my husband's passport they said we were supposed to get a barcode sticker from the first floor. We ran down to get it from the information desk near the entrance. Upon approaching the window again I was told I filled out the wrong form... I had to change from a I-864EZ to the regular I-864 because I had no W2, only the 2012 tax transcript. Frustrating, but no alternative so I did it anyways. As I was the sole financial supporter it was not necessary to give additional tax paperwork beyond the 2012 tax transcript. Then waiting again. 30 min later called up by name to go pay 253,000 on the second floor. Waiting and then called up again, just my husband for the interview which consisted of one question about our marriage date. Then the officer just said that we would get the passport with the visa back in a week. We left just before 11:00.

I'm glad that we got the visa process done within 6 weeks from the date we handed in the I-130. Like others said it could have gone faster, it was just the paperwork which kept us from setting an earlier appointment.

I was surprised by how little paperwork was taken, here's my list:
Korean docs (Translated, NOT notarized):
       - Marriage Certificate
       - Family Certificate
       - Birth Certificate
       - Certificate of Translation accuracy (made by using a template)
Medical Check Envelope
Australia Background Check, Korean Background Check w/ translation
Confirmation Sheet for form DS-260
I-864 Affidavit of Financial Support
2012 Income tax transcript
Husband's Passport
2Photos



 :wink: could have also taken a LOT longer
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Maureen on February 12, 2014, 01:47:23 pm

  • 4 Korean documents translated and notarized
           - Marriage Certificate
           - Record Check
           - Family Certificate
           - Birth Certificate
  • Unopened medical check from Yonsei Severance
  • Background check from New Zealand (they were sent this directly from the police in New Zealand.  We never had possession of this)
  • The affidavit of support
  • My Income tax transcript for 2012
  • Email from my parents with electronic signature stating that we were going to stay with them
  • Print out of my credit card statement
  • Screenshot of my checking account activity (couldn't print out the statement)
  • my employment contract showing end date of employment
  • Her passport


I was surprised by how little paperwork was taken, here's my list:
Korean docs (Translated, NOT notarized):
       - Marriage Certificate
       - Family Certificate
       - Birth Certificate
       - Certificate of Translation accuracy (made by using a template)
Medical Check Envelope
Australia Background Check, Korean Background Check w/ translation
Confirmation Sheet for form DS-260
I-864 Affidavit of Financial Support
2012 Income tax transcript
Husband's Passport
2Photos

@toddc06 - Sorry, if this is a dumb question, but is the New Zealand background check for your wife? Just making sure because I'm not sure if my husband will need a US background check on top of his Korean one since he was in the US for a year.
Also how did you get an electronic signature from your parents?
Lastly, the credit card and checking statement printout is from your US bank account, correct? Thanks

@Rilakima - Same question, why did your husband need an Australian and Korea background check? And I-864 Affidavit of Financial Support do we need to bring the w-2 too?


Thank you so much everyone! I want to get this process done as soon as possible, so I don't want to mess up anything. All the info here have been very helpful ;D
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: iamrhart on February 12, 2014, 02:00:10 pm

  • 4 Korean documents translated and notarized
           - Marriage Certificate
           - Record Check
           - Family Certificate
           - Birth Certificate
  • Unopened medical check from Yonsei Severance
  • Background check from New Zealand (they were sent this directly from the police in New Zealand.  We never had possession of this)
  • The affidavit of support
  • My Income tax transcript for 2012
  • Email from my parents with electronic signature stating that we were going to stay with them
  • Print out of my credit card statement
  • Screenshot of my checking account activity (couldn't print out the statement)
  • my employment contract showing end date of employment
  • Her passport


I was surprised by how little paperwork was taken, here's my list:
Korean docs (Translated, NOT notarized):
       - Marriage Certificate
       - Family Certificate
       - Birth Certificate
       - Certificate of Translation accuracy (made by using a template)
Medical Check Envelope
Australia Background Check, Korean Background Check w/ translation
Confirmation Sheet for form DS-260
I-864 Affidavit of Financial Support
2012 Income tax transcript
Husband's Passport
2Photos

@toddc06 - Sorry, if this is a dumb question, but is the New Zealand background check for your wife? Just making sure because I'm not sure if my husband will need a US background check on top of his Korean one since he was in the US for a year.
Also how did you get an electronic signature from your parents?
Lastly, the credit card and checking statement printout is from your US bank account, correct? Thanks

@Rilakima - Same question, why did your husband need an Australian and Korea background check? And I-864 Affidavit of Financial Support do we need to bring the w-2 too?


Thank you so much everyone! I want to get this process done as soon as possible, so I don't want to mess up anything. All the info here have been very helpful ;D

Hi Maureen. Its refreshing to see someone so avidly seeking advice on the topic.
I would like to point out, and hopefully it relieves some stress, that the Petitioner and Applicant do not have to submit the same documents.
For Example: The only one(s) needing to do the Background Check are the Applicant and anyone accompanying the applicant (who needs a visa).  The petitioner is already a resident with a Passport (i hope), so they dont need to submit it.

also, your husband wont need to provide Tax documents, since he is the Applicant, and you are the Petitioner (I-864).
sooo....yeah....just keep that in mind.
Especially for the form DS-260.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: detunedkorea on February 12, 2014, 02:15:12 pm
Maureen

-Your husband needs a background check for any country he has lived in for more than 6 months.

-The electronic signature can just be a scanned copy of a signed letter (thats what I used with no problems)

-Yes the bank statements are from your US account just to show a continued presence in the US.

-W2 are not needed if you are giving copies of your taxes/transcipts
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Rilakuma on February 12, 2014, 03:28:44 pm

@Rilakima - Same question, why did your husband need an Australian and Korea background check? And I-864 Affidavit of Financial Support do we need to bring the w-2 too?


Thank you so much everyone! I want to get this process done as soon as possible, so I don't want to mess up anything. All the info here have been very helpful ;D

My husband needed an Australian Background Check because he went to school in Australia and lived there for 5 years (any stay over 6 months needs a background check). The I-864 does not need the W-2, but you will need to submit a copy of your federal income taxes or a tax transcript.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Maureen on February 13, 2014, 08:36:22 am
@iamrhart- Thanks for the quick replies! You have been so helpful. Have you finished your process or still going at it? I'm also wondering if you know if I can continue the visa process back in the states? My school contract is almost up, so I need to fly back home soon. It'll be ideal if we can go back together with his visa completed. But worst case scenario, can I also apply for the engagement visa (K-1 for fiance) for him, even though we're already married?

@detunedkorea- Is the FBI criminal history summary correct? Does he need to notarized and apostiled? What about the Korean one? Also notarized?

@Rilakima- Did it take long for your husband to receive his Australian background check? Did they just mail it to Korea?

Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: iamrhart on February 13, 2014, 08:41:13 am
dont do it (the K visa)

i did that way. i started last year in June/July. and just now sent off my I-864. my way was through the USCIS in the USA, as per the instructions. i didnt find out until last Novermber/December that i should have used the Embassy here in SOuth Korea. sooo.....yeah....i applied for the I-130 and the K visa (using the I-129f), the 129F processed as fast as the I-130, but as soon as the I-130 was accepted, the 129F became obsolete.

Granted the 129F is free for a spouse, but its just extra work and waste of time.



if you change your address, you have to notify them. thats all i know about that situation.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Maureen on February 13, 2014, 10:02:47 am
Another question, my husband was in the US for 10 months, does he need a FBI criminal background check? I read that he only needs one if he stayed for 12 months. And his current residence is in Korea.

"You must obtain a police certificate from your country of nationality and the country of your current residence if your presence there was for 6 months or more after age 16. Police certificates from other countries are also required if your stay was for 12 months or more after age 16."

So he doesn't need one for the states right?
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: iamrhart on February 13, 2014, 10:15:03 am
pretty sure anything over 6 months only needs the Local Police Record


but you can always call and double check
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: detunedkorea on February 13, 2014, 10:51:40 am
I think for the US it is only is only a local check too.  But send USCIS an email to confirm.  They get back very quickly. Nothing has to be notarized. Just get this certificate  범죄경력 ∑ 수사경력 회보서 from the Korean police.  I uploaded the translation earlier on in this thread just fill in your information.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Maureen on February 13, 2014, 11:55:45 am
dont do it (the K visa)

i did that way. i started last year in June/July. and just now sent off my I-864. my way was through the USCIS in the USA, as per the instructions. i didnt find out until last Novermber/December that i should have used the Embassy here in SOuth Korea. sooo.....yeah....i applied for the I-130 and the K visa (using the I-129f), the 129F processed as fast as the I-130, but as soon as the I-130 was accepted, the 129F became obsolete.

Granted the 129F is free for a spouse, but its just extra work and waste of time.



if you change your address, you have to notify them. thats all i know about that situation.

But doesn't the I-129F allow your spouse to live and work in the states while the I-130 is pending? I'm getting nervous that his green card visa won't come out before I have to leave Korea. And doesn't the K-3/k-4 visa allow them to go together to the states?

Are you and your wife still in Korea now? How long will it take for you to receive her green card now? Good luck!!
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: thedsr on February 13, 2014, 12:00:24 pm
It seems it would be a very bad idea to use the processing in America right now.

http://digital.olivesoftware.com/Olive/Tablet/Oregonian/SharedArticle.aspx?href=ORE%2F2014%2F02%2F09&id=Ar00605
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: iamrhart on February 13, 2014, 12:04:37 pm
The I-129f (for a married couple) is a way to have the spouse enter the USA faster. yes.

here is the catch though.

1) the I-130 takes x months (depending what the time frame says on the USCIS website).
2) the I-129f ALSO takes Y months. after a couple months (around the time the Government Shut Down) the I-130 actually had a SHORTER processing time than the I-129f
3) travel.state has a good description of the process.

4) pretty much, as you "wait" for approval of the I-130, then the I-129f is a legitimate goal. but as soon as the USCIS/NVC approves the I-130 Application, then your I-129F is put in the trash...or where ever they put it

with my wife now. yes. dont have any idea about the greencard. we are still waiting on some other docs/process. as mentioned before, we took the path that was mentioned on the Instructions Packet, and not the 'inside information' that we should have gone through Seoul
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: mfriend12 on February 13, 2014, 09:23:52 pm
Hi Maureen -

I just finished the CR-1 immigrant visa process in Seoul for my husband.

We finished the whole process from I-130 application to visa in hand in less than 2 months.. we could have done it faster if we were really in a hurry (and we even were delayed after the interview because we had to mail in one more form)

The I-129F "get your spouse there faster" route makes sense if you're applying to USCIS in the states where it can takes months and months, but it's really fast tracked here in Korea. I'd urge you to get everything you need ready to go and just get it done here. You can extend your E2 visa for a few weeks after your contract I hear. Better to get it all done while you have the opportunity.

We didn't find out about this until we were scheduling appointments, but it takes a week to get the medical check results, so make sure you leave time between medical appointment and interview.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: iamrhart on February 14, 2014, 07:34:36 am
I have a question about that

is the interview scheduled by the embassy? or do they do a 'sign up' and you select the date and time from a website?

i know when i went to the US Embassy in the Philippines, we had to choose dates from a calendar, and then arrive at a certain time.

Is that how it works here? or do they send a letter/notice/email with a date and time? (of THEIR choosing)
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Shinu on February 14, 2014, 07:47:09 am
I have a question about that

is the interview scheduled by the embassy? or do they do a 'sign up' and you select the date and time from a website?

i know when i went to the US Embassy in the Philippines, we had to choose dates from a calendar, and then arrive at a certain time.

Is that how it works here? or do they send a letter/notice/email with a date and time? (of THEIR choosing)

Once your 1-130 is approved, they will send you the packet 3 email.  In the packet 3 document, there is a  link you click that will direct you to a website where you can log in and make your appointment. You can choose the date but I think the time is the same for everyone, which is 8am.  It's on a first come, first serve basis once you get to the consulate.  When you get there, you have to take a number and wait.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: iamrhart on February 14, 2014, 07:54:49 am
yeah....my 'packet three' isnt applicable...for slightly different reasons.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: iamrhart on February 14, 2014, 08:31:55 am
you know. i absolutely HATE how they word these documents.  :rolleyes:

On the ceac website, it says " ...for each applicant to complete online form DS-260..."

THEN i read this
"You and each family member immigrating with you to the United States"
"You, your spouse, and qualified unmarried children, if any, must complete Form DS-260, one for each person applying for an immigrant visa, and obtain supporting documents."

so.....if i am the American and my wife is the one who would be 'immigrating'...that means we only fill one out for her right?

granted this might be a really easy answer, and i will smack my head for being stupid. but i just cant process it right now.

so the question is.
Do i need to fill out a DS-260 for myself. and have my wife fill one out for herself? OR is my wife the only one who needs it?
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Maureen on February 14, 2014, 08:32:31 am
iamrhart-
Do you happen to know the the USCIS int'l number? And how can we request a Local Police record? Thanks for the quick replies.

@asalchert@gmail.com-
Thank you for the warning. I'm trying to stay put in Korea until his CR-1 visa is all finished. But I can only stay until April under my E2 visa. I'll resort to the I-129F as a backup. Can I ask how long the whole process took for you? Thanks for the help~

Hi Maureen -

I just finished the CR-1 immigrant visa process in Seoul for my husband.

We finished the whole process from I-130 application to visa in hand in less than 2 months.. we could have done it faster if we were really in a hurry (and we even were delayed after the interview because we had to mail in one more form)

The I-129F "get your spouse there faster" route makes sense if you're applying to USCIS in the states where it can takes months and months, but it's really fast tracked here in Korea. I'd urge you to get everything you need ready to go and just get it done here. You can extend your E2 visa for a few weeks after your contract I hear. Better to get it all done while you have the opportunity.

We didn't find out about this until we were scheduling appointments, but it takes a week to get the medical check results, so make sure you leave time between medical appointment and interview.

Can you tell me what documents they collected from you during the interview? I still haven't  received my packet 3 yet and it has been almost 3 weeks since I filed the I-130. So in the mean time, I'm trying to gather everything. Is there a number or email I can use to contact them to ask about the progress?

I'm latest I can extend my E2 visa is to late April... do you think that will be enough time? There's no downside, if we just get the medical check down now, right?

Shinu-
Is it hard to make an appointment for the interview? Like are there many dates available or quite limited?
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: iamrhart on February 14, 2014, 09:00:58 am
'calling' the USCIS has been a waste of time for me. they NEVER answer my questions, and they CONSTANTLY put me in circles.

i actually got rather 'livid' with one of the agents. after she told me to call the Embassy i interrupted her mid-sentence and said (similar)

"I appreciate you providing me the number, however i have called this office (Seoul Embassy Switchboard) before, i have called the NVC and the USCIS in the USA. All of you keep refering to the other office for providing information. It is getting irritating that i am going in circles."

she then provided me with an Email that responded within 48hours.  however the information provided to me was not very helpful.


anyways, the Criminal Record Check in South Korea?  just go to a local police department and (there was a previous post with a template) ask them to do a CRC check.  Also, in the Packet Three there is a list of required documents. they provide you with a Korean and English translation. I am sure if you bring the Korean part that asks for the Criminal Record Check, the Officers will understand.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: detunedkorea on February 14, 2014, 09:42:01 am
Yes the wording is difficult.  Just remember your wife is the only immigrant.  So she only needs to fill out the form.  Other places it will ask if your spouse is immigrating with your wife.  There the answer is no, too.  Since you are a citizens you are not immigrating even though you are moving together. 

Here is the packet 3 pdf to check things out before you get the email.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Shinu on February 14, 2014, 10:43:09 am
Maureen---as far as appointments go for the interview, it really just depends.  When I was making an appointment, there were openings from Monday through Friday and I think maybe for each day, they have a certain number of appointments open. Note that everyone's appointment is at 8am---first come, first serve.

If you're asking about the 1-130 appointments----same days, but u can choose the time.

And for my husband and I---our 1-130 was approved in 2 weeks.  I could have made an appointment for the interview the next day if I wanted to because there were plenty of openings in nov and dec but I chose to stall the process  for about 2 months and made an appointment for late Jan instead.  You can probably get this all done within 2 months or even less if you have an easy case and all your paperwork is in order.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: mfriend12 on February 14, 2014, 02:06:41 pm

Can you tell me what documents they collected from you during the interview? I still haven't  received my packet 3 yet and it has been almost 3 weeks since I filed the I-130. So in the mean time, I'm trying to gather everything. Is there a number or email I can use to contact them to ask about the progress?

I'm latest I can extend my E2 visa is to late April... do you think that will be enough time? There's no downside, if we just get the medical check down now, right?

Check out this link: there's a lot of good info including the exact form that they will send you for packet 3 (it's just sent via email, there is no literal "packet"): http://www.visajourney.com/consulates/index.php?ctry=South%20Korea&cty=Seoul

Look under "Packet 3 Contains" for details about packet 3.

It took us 3 weeks to get our Packet 3 by email, so I'd expect it any day.

I'd say make your medical check appt now. The only downside is that your visa validity is tied to your medical results. You have to enter the US within 6 months of your medical check. But it sounds like you are ready to go ASAP, so I'd say go ahead and do it.

It's possible to get your visa within a few weeks after you receive your packet 3, as long as you have everything really ready to submit and no problems.

With our interview, they collected passport photos, DS260 receipt, birth cert (you must have the original and copy), marriage cert (again original and copy), notarized and translated police cert from Korea and country of citizenship, I-864 and past 3 years of tax transcripts for me and for our joint sponsor (my mom). I also submitted a letter from my mom saying she will support and house us on arrival in the states (neither of us have jobs set up yet). I brought a bunch of other supporting docs but I don't think they took anything else. We had to send in my mom's W2s later because she files jointly with her husband so we had to prove which income was hers.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: mfriend12 on February 14, 2014, 02:14:27 pm

so.....if i am the American and my wife is the one who would be 'immigrating'...that means we only fill one out for her right?

You are right, only the intending immigrant (your wife) needs to fill out the ds-260.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: detrong on February 16, 2014, 09:48:44 pm
Hello everyone..I got a quick question for anyone who just recently completed the spouse visa application and approval..Were you required to submit any other documents after filling and submitting the DS-260 online visa application or did you just print the confirmation letter and submitted everything at once at the interview?..Any quick response will be highly appreciated..Thanks.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: detunedkorea on February 16, 2014, 11:07:46 pm
Submit all the required documents for the DS-260 at the interview.  I think submitting your documents online is only for people filing within the USA.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: detrong on February 17, 2014, 08:08:17 pm
Cool thanks..I've been thinking the same too..Why would they have it on there while we are required to submit the documents at the interview.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: iamrhart on February 18, 2014, 08:20:40 am
Two questions:

1) on the DS260, where it asks for the Spouse (US Citizen) information, did anyone list their Korea Address? i tried, but then the Phone Number part got all screwy. what did you do?

2) next, it asks about Vaccinations, in accordance with US Law. did you answer "No"? what if we are waiting for the Medical Exam? if we put "no" is it going to be a big problem?

advice would be appreciated.
Thanks.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: detunedkorea on February 18, 2014, 08:52:01 am
1. I put my Korean address, just so it would be the same as my wife's. No issues with it. On the I-864 I list my US address as my permanent residence.

2. I would wait to submit the 260 until you have the results of the medical check so that you can answer yes.  Your partner is going to have to get any missing vaccines anyway so the answer will be yes
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: iamrhart on February 18, 2014, 09:28:33 am
so if i hold-off on the DS260, that wont impact the Interview Scheduling? or are they going to wait until that document is complete?

How did you list a phone number, (question 1 above) if you put the Korean Address?
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: detunedkorea on February 18, 2014, 09:42:27 am
I just let the phone number get messed up, it just omits the first zero in the area code the same way it would if you call from overseas into korea.

Isn't the interview just sceduled online through https://cgifederal.secure.force.com/

I am pretty sure I scheduled my interview before the 260 was filed. 
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: iamrhart on February 18, 2014, 09:46:07 am
 :rolleyes: when i filed out the I-130, i did it by the book. I was unaware that Seoul would process it. so...i sent mine off to the USA.
Current events have us sending things back and forth. Major waste of time, as the NVC told me that they "will collect the documents and send them to the Embassy in Seoul once everything is collected". 
i could have done THAT part :-[

anyways. just mailed them the Affidavit last week. EMS says that it wasnt delivered, (saturday) because no one was there to receive it.

still awaiting confirmation.

using the ceac.state.gov website, i have paid all fees, and stuff. now just working on the DS 260. so we can be prepared when they want it.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: turi_ian on February 18, 2014, 10:11:06 am
I'm kinda lost here guys. Going to get married and I don't know where to start should I go to the embassy or is there a good website. I'm not marrying a korean FYI, so I won't need any korean paperwork as far as I assume.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: iamrhart on February 18, 2014, 10:14:47 am
it wont matter if you marry a Korean or not. i married a Pinay, still have to process things through the country you live at/want to go to.


Turi_ian, what part (if you can pinpoint it) are you confused about?

you will want to file the form I-130, after you get married. you will file with 1 of 2 places.

1) Embassy in Seoul.
2) USCIS in the USA.   (expensive and a longer process)
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: detrong on February 19, 2014, 10:18:18 am
my spouse had her medical exam yesterday and everything was good except she had high blood pressure..will this a problem at the interview?
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: iamrhart on February 19, 2014, 10:27:22 am
my spouse had her medical exam yesterday and everything was good except she had high blood pressure..will this a problem at the interview?

Is it being treated?

High Blood Pressure seems to be a common thing among adults. hell, i never worried about it as a kid. then as i got older my blood pressure started getting higher and higher.

i think they are more worried about communicable disease. You cannot 'pass' blood pressure onto someone else.

is it border line high? or is it excessive, Hypertension high?

HT is defined as 140+
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: detrong on February 19, 2014, 12:00:28 pm
Its not being treated because we just found out yesterday at the medical exam..

Don't know exactly how high it was or is but the doctor said it was high so we had to wait for about 10 mins then we did the test again and it was still high..I think it was above 140..

I was seriously concerned about it but the nurse said it isn't a problem because HBP cant be a reason for visa denial but still, We're worried because we really wanna leave by March 10..

I'm wondering if anyone had or knows anyone who had this similar situation.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: iamrhart on February 19, 2014, 12:20:32 pm
before i came to Korea, i had high HP, untreated.
i was still issued a Visa (thats Korean Visa though),

i think it really comes down to "is this a disease or infection that will harm others" or even "how will this effect the USA Government" type of thing.

High Blood Pressure is a thing that hundred, if not thousands of people in the USA deal with, and it isnt transmitted through physical means.

dont sweat it.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: detunedkorea on February 19, 2014, 12:32:17 pm
Yeah my wife had the opposite, slightly low blood pressure, and had no problems with the visa.  It was low enough that the doctors mentioned it and checked her twice, although they said it was not low enough to be worried medically. 

Like iamrhart said the medical check is mostly for vaccines and communicable diseases.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: detrong on February 19, 2014, 02:06:11 pm
Ok thanks. I feel better with what you guys just said..Of course HBP is not a communicable  disease and hell there are millions of people who live with it, my wife mentioned her mum has had it since she was 16 and now she is in her 60s still healthy

Anyways I'll just be calm and see what happens at the interview..wish us Luck
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Maureen on February 21, 2014, 10:38:34 am
Still haven't received my packet 3 yet, but I have some questions:


Thank you all very much! good luck everyone :)
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: detunedkorea on February 21, 2014, 11:34:09 am
1. Yes do it online.   Maybe bring in the confirmation but I dont think they take it.  Use your Korean address for this one, it is where they return your passport

2. Use the I-864, The ez form says your income is documented on your W2 which you probably don't have if you were working in Korea. Not sure if there is away around this but the two forms are very similar anyway.

3.  It is 125% of the poverty line for your family size and you can use your Korean income if it was reported on your taxes.

4. Medical took 1 week to get the results although at first they said same day was possible.  Maybe someone else got it quicker

5. No request just use the website.  There are usually plenty of open dates. No scheduled times just first come
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Maureen on February 21, 2014, 12:23:09 pm
2. For the I-864 part 4 information on the sponsor, do I list both my mailing address and place of residence in Korea? And then the country of domicile as USA, right?

Also for part 6 sponsor's income and emplyment, can I check employed and write my public school? Even though technically I'll be unemployed at the end of this contract. I'm just worried I won't be able to list my Korean income.

3. It's over the 125% poverty line, so does that mean I don't need the I-864A? Or joint-sponsor?
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: detunedkorea on February 21, 2014, 12:33:03 pm
2. Seems like people did different things here.  personally i just put mailing address Korea, residence and domicile US

Korean income is no problem. It doesn't matter that your job is ending. That is all I used.  You filed Taxes right?

3. Yes than no joint-sponsor or I-864A is needed
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Shinu on February 21, 2014, 12:55:09 pm
Just fyi---they DO take the confirmation receipt for the DS-260.  It's one of the required docs to bring along with the other documents listed in packet 3.

And for the I-864 part 4 information on the sponsor, for the mailing address I used our Korean address and for the residence address I used my American address.  And domicile MUST be listed as the U.S.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: detrong on February 21, 2014, 01:05:17 pm
About the medical I got my results on the same day..I don't know if I was lucky or what..I did mine at st Mary's hospital Seoul..I got the at about 9 and everything was done by 11 and was told to return by 1:30 for the results..Guessing if the results are released on the same day it means you passed....good luck
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: iamrhart on February 21, 2014, 01:06:42 pm
Still haven't received my packet 3 yet, but I have some questions:

  • For the DS-260, does my Korean husband submit it online and print the receipt for the interview? And for the mailing address, is it our Korean or US one?
  • Do I need to file both the I-864 and I-864A? And what's the difference between the I-864EZ?
  • Do I just look at the poverty guideline for two? My husband and I? And if so, the guideline is $19,387. Can I use my income from Korea to qualify?
  • How long after the medical examination does the result come out? Is it same day if we get it done in the morning?
  • To schedule an interview, the applicant is my husband right? And do we have to make an appointmet request before scheduling an interview appointment?

Thank you all very much! good luck everyone :)

I864A is for Join Sponsors. your the Main-Sponsor, so no
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: iamrhart on February 21, 2014, 01:10:04 pm
About the medical I got my results on the same day..I don't know if I was lucky or what..I did mine at st Mary's hospital Seoul..I got the at about 9 and everything was done by 11 and was told to return by 1:30 for the results..Guessing if the results are released on the same day it means you passed....good luck
Did they test for TB? Usually TB takes a couple of days. its the "bubble" injection under the skin. and if it turns a color you are in trouble....

so if you got the results the same day...im guessing they didnt do the TB test? or is there some form of "rapid" test now?
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: detrong on February 21, 2014, 03:16:06 pm
Well Idk about the skin thing...the test was for my wife...I guess TB must be found in the lungs or something..they did everything blood, vaccines and every physical except the skin thing..It's totally normal to get the results on the same day...A friend's wife did same over a year ago and got her results the same day too and she passed...It might just depend on which hospital you go to I guess
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: iamrhart on February 21, 2014, 06:32:29 pm
Well Idk about the skin thing...the test was for my wife...I guess TB must be found in the lungs or something..they did everything blood, vaccines and every physical except the skin thing..It's totally normal to get the results on the same day...A friend's wife did same over a year ago and got her results the same day too and she passed...It might just depend on which hospital you go to I guess

cool. well, congratulations
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: WellNowWhat on February 25, 2014, 11:38:35 am
My wife and I will be married over 2 years when we apply for a visa for her. In that time I'll file u.s. taxes twice living overseas.

will I have to show proof of the income I filed on? That is to say, if I made $30,000 do I have to prove I made $30,000 or can I just say I made $30k? I won't have any "W-2" like papers working overseas.

Also, since we will still be living overseas when we apply, will my income in Korea matter? If I made $30k or $50K or whatever, will that count in any way toward getting a spouse visa?
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: iamrhart on February 25, 2014, 12:05:08 pm
My wife and I will be married over 2 years when we apply for a visa for her. In that time I'll file u.s. taxes twice living overseas.

will I have to show proof of the income I filed on? That is to say, if I made $30,000 do I have to prove I made $30,000 or can I just say I made $30k? I won't have any "W-2" like papers working overseas.

Also, since we will still be living overseas when we apply, will my income in Korea matter? If I made $30k or $50K or whatever, will that count in any way toward getting a spouse visa?

to answer your questions (based on what i understand of the process):
1) if you made 30k when you filled the AOS, then that is what you should prove. 'however' they will want the most recent tax year as proof. ALSO, there is a section that says "any changes or updates should be reported...blah blah blah". i think that is only in reference to Address, but you could always Email the NVC (you must keep in communication with them, at least one email a year) and ask them.
2) your income is your income. that is what needs to be entered on the forms. it wont matter what country you are from, it is still money that you make to live your life.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: mfriend12 on February 25, 2014, 02:39:58 pm

will I have to show proof of the income I filed on? That is to say, if I made $30,000 do I have to prove I made $30,000 or can I just say I made $30k? I won't have any "W-2" like papers working overseas.

You can use your Korean income, but you must have filed US tax returns. Your "proof of income" will be your tax transcripts. These can be ordered for free from the IRS website.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: iamrhart on February 25, 2014, 02:43:13 pm

will I have to show proof of the income I filed on? That is to say, if I made $30,000 do I have to prove I made $30,000 or can I just say I made $30k? I won't have any "W-2" like papers working overseas.

You can use your Korean income, but you must have filed US tax returns. Your "proof of income" will be your tax transcripts. These can be ordered for free from the IRS website.
Ordered, downloaded, and printed.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: popeye2u on February 25, 2014, 02:48:52 pm
Anybody marry a filipina that didnt require to have a joint sponsor?
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: WellNowWhat on February 25, 2014, 03:50:39 pm

will I have to show proof of the income I filed on? That is to say, if I made $30,000 do I have to prove I made $30,000 or can I just say I made $30k? I won't have any "W-2" like papers working overseas.

You can use your Korean income, but you must have filed US tax returns. Your "proof of income" will be your tax transcripts. These can be ordered for free from the IRS website.

I'll be filing u.s. tax returns both years. I will need to show income above the 125% poverty level? the more income the better?
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: iamrhart on February 25, 2014, 07:30:02 pm

will I have to show proof of the income I filed on? That is to say, if I made $30,000 do I have to prove I made $30,000 or can I just say I made $30k? I won't have any "W-2" like papers working overseas.

You can use your Korean income, but you must have filed US tax returns. Your "proof of income" will be your tax transcripts. These can be ordered for free from the IRS website.

I'll be filing u.s. tax returns both years. I will need to show income above the 125% poverty level? the more income the better?

You dont have to "show" it. The transcript will state it. just bring your most recent transcript. and if you want the 2nd and 3rd year, its optional
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Rilakuma on February 27, 2014, 09:00:43 pm

will I have to show proof of the income I filed on? That is to say, if I made $30,000 do I have to prove I made $30,000 or can I just say I made $30k? I won't have any "W-2" like papers working overseas.

You can use your Korean income, but you must have filed US tax returns. Your "proof of income" will be your tax transcripts. These can be ordered for free from the IRS website.

I'll be filing u.s. tax returns both years. I will need to show income above the 125% poverty level? the more income the better?

If you are sponsoring only one person the current amount you must make is $19,387 in the 2012 tax year. Making more than this is great, but I don't think any extra wealth will affect your application that much. I sponsored one person, showed my income of $19,600 for the 2012 tax year, and that was good enough for them. I didn't have to show evidence of any other savings or investments.

You are required to submit your 2012 tax returns w/ W-2 or you can show your tax transcript. It is optional to show the 2010 and 2011 tax transcripts. The only information they need from those years is your total earnings for the year.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: iamrhart on February 28, 2014, 08:45:29 am
Here is what we used for translation.  Just fill in your names, numbers and addresses.

how did you reference the translation? like "i __deturnedkorea__ certify that this is an accurate translation of the _(criminal record check)__"?
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: detunedkorea on February 28, 2014, 10:14:22 am
No reference. I just handed in the Korean copies and the English copies together.  I've never had any questions about the translations and I know others have used them with no problems. 

My guess is they get so many of these a day at the Seoul office they know what to expect.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: iamrhart on March 11, 2014, 05:45:36 pm
Ran into a snag today. Need your help.

I have an Email. The email tells me that the Amount i entered on the AOS (i-864) 13 a.1. needs to match the Income Tax transcript.  For the AOS, i wrote "XYZ" and on the Tax Transcript, it says "XYZ"....

there is only two other parts, that i could imagine this is 'confusing'. the first part is that the Tax Transcript says this number is "-XYZ", and i wrote "+XYZ".
the second part is AOS I-864 Income section.  it asks for the Current Annual Income. I wrote "TUV" based on what i will make this year (2014). was i supposed to write the same Annual Income from 2013 into the AOS?

1) make everything say "-XYZ"?
2) make only the Tax Return Part says "-XYZ"?

i emailed the NVC, but i dont know what they will say. communication with them seems to be three to four weeks at best.


if you dont want to post an answer in here, could you PM me please? thank you.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: detunedkorea on March 11, 2014, 09:54:22 pm


1) make everything say "-XYZ"?
2) make only the Tax Return Part says "-XYZ"?


For this part I think what you are getting at is the Adjusted Gross Income on the tax transcripts is negative so should you list your income as negative too?

When I filed it out I listed the income a positive as that is how it is listed under 'wages' and 'total positive income' on the transcript

the second part is AOS I-864 Income section.  it asks for the Current Annual Income. I wrote "TUV" based on what i will make this year (2014). was i supposed to write the same Annual Income from 2013 into the AOS?


For this part I used my 2013 annual income on the AOS and did not bother trying to estimate my 2014 income

Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Monfab on March 12, 2014, 03:22:00 pm
Hey guys,
I had a quick look but couldn't find the information. Roughly how long after your interview (if successful) is the visa issued? Just wondering if my finish date is October 1st will I  be safe to schedule an interview over Summer vacation.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Monfab on March 12, 2014, 03:39:35 pm
Balls, I forgot to also ask if you can do the medical on the weekend? I live about 5 hours away from Seoul and 3 from Busan.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Shinu on March 13, 2014, 01:56:20 pm
Hey guys,
I had a quick look but couldn't find the information. Roughly how long after your interview (if successful) is the visa issued? Just wondering if my finish date is October 1st will I  be safe to schedule an interview over Summer vacation.

They will tell you at the interview that it will take a week but I would say 3-5 days.  I read that some people received their visas within 3 days.  Our interview was a day or two before the Lunar New year so it took a little longer (5days).
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: iamrhart on March 13, 2014, 02:15:20 pm
the hospitals in Busan are not open on Saturday.
one of the hospitals in Seoul is. you should call them and ask. they speak english
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Monfab on March 14, 2014, 07:33:05 am
Awesome, thank you so much for your help Shinu and iamrhart.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: fkruz47 on March 17, 2014, 08:47:53 pm
About the medical exam: do you need to give the doctor a record of vaccinations or will they do the necessary titer tests to determine whether or not you've been vaccinated?
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: iamrhart on March 18, 2014, 07:16:38 am
About the medical exam: do you need to give the doctor a record of vaccinations or will they do the necessary titer tests to determine whether or not you've been vaccinated?

when i spoke with the nurse-lady she asked me if my wife had her Medical History. i told her "no" and she said it is no problem.

also, on the "vaccination list" "prepare for the medical exam", it suggests you have a medical history available, but that it is not necessary, as the Doctor will do an 'interview' to determine which ones you need. For example, if your wife had Chickenpox as a child, she probably wont need to have the Vaccine as an Adult.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Shinu on March 18, 2014, 07:43:28 am
About the medical exam: do you need to give the doctor a record of vaccinations or will they do the necessary titer tests to determine whether or not you've been vaccinated?

I don't think they do any kind of test to determine if you've been vaccinated in the past.

It's not a problem if your spouse doesn't have it but your spouse will have to get additional vaccines because they won't know which vaccines he/she has had in the past. We had to pay extra for additional vaccines and they were not cheap. 
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: iamrhart on March 18, 2014, 07:54:35 am
As Shinu mentioned, they are 'not cheap'.
when i talked to the Nurse, the cost of the Exam is 190,000. And the vaccines, (extra) will run you over 300k.
budget accordingly
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: fkruz47 on March 18, 2014, 09:54:22 am
Thanks for the info. guys
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: iamrhart on March 20, 2014, 11:33:40 am
The list of vaccines is:
1) Hep A
2) Hep B
3) Flu
4) Flu B (HIB)
5)Meningococcal
6) Measles
7) Mumps
8) Pneumococcal
9) Pertussis
10) Polio
11) Rotavirus
12) Rubella
13) Tetanus
14) Diptheria Toxoids (if you mix with Tetanus *Tdap, a combo shot, then you can substitute it for the Tetanus)
15) Varicella

Shinu, do you know approximately what they ran? what would the 'average' be for one injection, would you estimate, based on what you went through? *please PM me, if you can answer this. if not, could you point me in the right direction? thanks.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Shinu on March 20, 2014, 12:56:26 pm
The list of vaccines is:
1) Hep A
2) Hep B
3) Flu
4) Flu B (HIB)
5)Meningococcal
6) Measles
7) Mumps
8) Pneumococcal
9) Pertussis
10) Polio
11) Rotavirus
12) Rubella
13) Tetanus
14) Diptheria Toxoids (if you mix with Tetanus *Tdap, a combo shot, then you can substitute it for the Tetanus)
15) Varicella

Shinu, do you know approximately what they ran? what would the 'average' be for one injection, would you estimate, based on what you went through? *please PM me, if you can answer this. if not, could you point me in the right direction? thanks.


I'm not really sure how much each shot cost.  I do know that for 4 shots, we had to pay about 200,000 won more.  The one I do remember was the flu shot and that was cheapest one at 35,000 won.   
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: iamrhart on March 20, 2014, 01:33:27 pm
wow. well, i know this past winter we had (both the wife and i) flu shots. so that is a 'plus'...
i tend to get them each year, because i work in close proximity with children. ya know.

1st served: Children and Elderly
2nd Served: at-risk-workers (those who work with Children and elderly)
3rd served: Parents
4th served: All others who wish to receive it.

at least thats what i remember hearing when they started the vaccines, about 5 or 6 years ago.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: thedsr on March 23, 2014, 04:22:26 pm
Hello people involved in this process.  I have a question and confirmation if you wouldn't mind helping. 
I'm an American male, marrying a Korean woman.  I have plenty of time to finish all of this and am just about to start this process. 
Am I correct that all I need to for the initial phase is:

*I-130 application
*2x G-325A application
*Original and copy of our Korea marriage certificate (translated into English as well)
*Copy of both our passports
*2x pictures of my wife
*Money
??
How is the money paid?  Can we use our credit card or should I be bringing $420 in cash or won with me?

One other question.  Does my wife need to be with me for me to file this paperwork?  It seems that all I am doing is paying and dropping off documents, and she just needs to be present for the big interview after we get packet 3 documents in line?

Thanks for any help you can offer.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: jebckr on March 23, 2014, 07:26:18 pm
Hi, whoever answers Thedsr's question, could you also answer mine?

I'm in the same situation as thedsr except my wife and I are already legally married in Korea and in the US.  What paperwork do I need to file?  I've been told by some that I can't do it at the embassy, but then others say I can.  Could someone clear this up?

We live here in Korea, btw.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Buffalo-hunter on March 24, 2014, 06:52:27 am
To thedsr- That list sounds mostly right for the initial paperwork. You also need to have a Korean family registry and your wife's birth certificate, both translated into English as well. Do make sure you have your ARC card. it was on the list of required documents, but they asked me for it and made a copy. I believe they do accept international credit cards and cash. I never wanted to do credit card- god forbid they won't accept my card, so I always paid cash. Does your wife need to be there- I think technically no, as this paperwork is for the petitioner to file (which is you asking for the government to let her in). BUT I think it's good measure to have her there. If anything she will be familiar with the layout of the building, security process, etc. so later in case she has to go alone, she is more comfortable.

to Jebckr- I am not sure what they are telling you. I too had a legal wedding in America and Korea. But to get a spouse visa (immigrant visa) you have to go to an embassy since you are in Korea. If you move back to America and your wife stays in Korea, you would need to begin the papework in America, but that is only because you are in America.

To both: I made a post about this several months ago. I can't get the link so I will paste it all below:

As promised, here is a recount of my visit to the US embassy to begin getting my wife her permanent residence card.

Paperwork needed:
I-130

G-325A (two- one for the immigrant and one for the petitioner)

Two passport type photos

Marriage Certificate (We have two- US and Korean. You need at least 혼인관계 증명서)

Family Registry--가족관계 증명서

Immigrantsí birth certificate 기본 증명서

Passport Copies- both people

Petitionerís ARC card- they will copy

NOTE: all Korean documents need to be translated. My wife is an English teacher and was able to translate the documents fine. She found some empty templates of the Korean documents online and simply filled in our information. But your translator (be it your wife/husband or another entity) needs to make some sort of form affirming they translated the documents and their qualification for doing so.

Money- $420 dollars or equivalent Korean won. On 11-14 the embassyís exchange rate was $1 for 1100 won

Some evidence of couple relationship- we used our daughter's birth certificate (again, give a copy)

Process: Make sure to get there on time and enter through the IMMIGRATION door, not the U.S. citizenís gate. The immigrant/ non-immigrant door is right across from the Kyobo building. Sometimes this entrance has LONG lines, for us on Friday at 1:40 pm- nobody was waiting.

Show the security person your appointment page, go through metal detectors, give them your cell phone(s) and they will give you a neon yellow laminated number card (to get your phone back).

Proceed up to the third floor, on your left is a window (many windows, but probably only the one on the far left will be open). The person will ask for your paperwork- give all paperwork. He/she will staple your photos to the papers, give a few stamps and then ask you to go to the second floor, cashier window.

Give the cashier your money and another paper (given to you on the third floor). Cashier will give you a receipt and another green paper to fill out. The paper is contact information sheet: put names and email address to be notified of changes and such.

Go back to the third floor, give the green sheet and receipt to the man/woman at the window. He will tell you that in 30-40 days you will receive an email with further instructions (packet 3) or if there are any problems.

Leave.

Total time we were there was around 20 mins, BUT as noted before the line to get into the building, and immigrant services was not busy at all!!!!

Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: iamrhart on March 24, 2014, 07:17:16 am
Hello people involved in this process.  I have a question and confirmation if you wouldn't mind helping. 
I'm an American male, marrying a Korean woman.  I have plenty of time to finish all of this and am just about to start this process. 
Am I correct that all I need to for the initial phase is:

*I-130 application
*2x G-325A application
*Original and copy of our Korea marriage certificate (translated into English as well)
*Copy of both our passports
*2x pictures of my wife
*Money
??
How is the money paid?  Can we use our credit card or should I be bringing $420 in cash or won with me?

One other question.  Does my wife need to be with me for me to file this paperwork?  It seems that all I am doing is paying and dropping off documents, and she just needs to be present for the big interview after we get packet 3 documents in line?

Thanks for any help you can offer.

Paperwork:
I-130 AND all supporting documents (you will know what you need for supporting documents by reading the instructions)
ALWAYS hold onto the ORIGINALS unless specifically asked for, otherwise, submit copies.
Bio pages for both of you.
Biographical Page of both passports.  for example, they dont care about page 11 with a visa to ___ country. they just want to know your information. like an ID

2x Passport-style photos
Money is paid through "money order" it would be beneficial to have a friend/family in the USA send you a Money Order, as i have not found anywhere that will do it here in Korea.....on second thought...maybe western union? (dont quote me on that one though).

i must stress, that you 1) file here in south korea. dont go the 'usa route' like i did.
2) read the instructions associated with EACH form.

Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Shinu on March 24, 2014, 09:36:22 am

One other question.  Does my wife need to be with me for me to file this paperwork?  It seems that all I am doing is paying and dropping off documents, and she just needs to be present for the big interview after we get packet 3 documents in line?



Your wife needs to be there with you.  The person who took my paperwork was adamant that your spouse be with you when you drop off the paperwork and even made my husband come to the window with me.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: iamrhart on March 28, 2014, 11:16:34 am
Confused now.

after submiting the DS260.  do i need to mail the original documents *or photocopies* (supporting documents) to the NVC? can i schedule an appointment?

could someone explain what i need to do next? the websites isnt very clear about it.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: jebckr on March 29, 2014, 02:39:36 pm
Thank you very much Buffalo Hunter.  That is exactly the info I needed.  You are a lifesaver.

Also, how long was the total process for you and your wife?  What exactly was required once you got packet 3?  And is the total cost $420 or is there another fee at the end?  Thanks.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: iamrhart on March 31, 2014, 12:32:10 pm
Where/what do we do to get a 'certified' copy?

is it the same as a "Notarized" copy? where do they do 'notary' services?

*korean name for a Notary?*
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Shinu on March 31, 2014, 01:22:52 pm
Where/what do we do to get a 'certified' copy?

is it the same as a "Notarized" copy? where do they do 'notary' services?

*korean name for a Notary?*
Where/what do we do to get a 'certified' copy?

is it the same as a "Notarized" copy? where do they do 'notary' services?

*korean name for a Notary?*

I think a certified copy is the copy you get directly from the place you are asking for a certain document.  For example the police check.  The document they give you would be a certified copy. 

Ask your spouse to search for places that does notary services in Korea on Naver.  Most law offices will do them. 
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: iamrhart on March 31, 2014, 01:32:14 pm
soooo....
pretty much,
if my wife is from 'out of country'  (not south korea, and not american), we have to get the copies from the country she came from...right?
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: stuck30 on April 01, 2014, 10:15:50 am
So I got my approval on Friday. I was wondering how long it took people to receive their passports back with their visa?

iamrhart - you need to get certified copies of birth certificates/police certificates from your wife's home country. I am from the UK so these didn't need to be translated. A certified copy is one that comes directly from the place issuing it.

Just a word of warning it seems that the notary system in Korea has changed. Now the person who translated the document has to get it notarised and has to take along proof of their qualifications in English.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: stuck30 on April 01, 2014, 10:22:11 am
We got married on 14th Feb and submitted the paperwork on 19th February. We received our packet about 3 weeks later and we made our appointment on 28th March. The visa was approved pretty quickly and I was only asked when we got married, where we met and what my husband's job is.

Make sure you have your tax returns going back three years as there was a couple in the embassy at the same time who had to come back with their tax returns from 2011 even though he was working in Korea at that time. 
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Shinu on April 01, 2014, 11:41:35 am
soooo....
pretty much,
if my wife is from 'out of country'  (not south korea, and not american), we have to get the copies from the country she came from...right?


Are you both out of the country?  If you are still here, you can go to the offices to pick up a copy.  If you're both not in Korea at the moment, yes, you might have to ask for them to send it to you.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Bunk on April 20, 2014, 03:31:57 am
I have a question, the essentials of which I've highlighted in red if you don't want to read the longer bits.

However, first, I would like to thank everyone on this thread for sharing your information.

I've just read it all through, all 10 or so pages, and I feel like most of my basic questions have been answered here. This is invaluable for people like me who are just starting to navigate through this process. It's a great use of Waygook.org.

For background: I am a U.S. citizen married to a Korean. We are both living here in Korea. We are possibly moving to the United States next year around September 2015, but I'm not sure if that will be the actual date of our departure, or if we are going to put it off for a little longer.

I want to start the process for her permanent residence application, but because of our vague and distant plans for departure, I am wondering about how best to time the start of this application process. I know that the medical exam is the determining factor. We need to arrive in the U.S. within six months from the date of the medical exam. And, I know that we have to have the medical exam results in order to do the last interview, as far as I understand it.

So, my question is, considering that we won't leave until September 2015 or possibly later, can and should we go ahead and start the initial application with the I-130 this summer (2014)?

After that, we'd get packet 3 (depending on approval), then attempt to delay the final interview time and the medical exam for possibly June 2015 or some other time that is more fitting with our as-of-now-indefinite departure plans.

Is it possible to delay the application process like this?

Does it matter, or is there a time limitation (an expiration date) for scheduling the final interview starting from the time the I-130 is approved? Could I still schedule an interview six months or more after receiving Packet 3?

Can I start it in the next few months (Summer 2014) after we get our basic paperwork together, putting off our interview time and medical exam until some time in mid-2015? Or, should I just wait on the I-130 application until January or February 2015 because delaying the last phase of the process like that isn't wise or allowed, etc., for whatever reasons?

It seems like many people on this thread had problems opposite to mine. They wanted the process completed sooner rather than later. While I'm not interested in applying through the slower US-based authorities (I want to use the US Embassy in Seoul), I am obviously not in a hurry to get it all done in the next few months.

I actually need to wait for a while to nudge the post-medical exam time window in the right spot to fit with our possible departure in September 2015 (or later).

Thanks for any insight.


Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: iamrhart on April 20, 2014, 07:20:39 am
"I want to start the process for her permanent residence application, but because of our vague and distant plans for departure, I am wondering about how best to time the start of this application process. I know that the medical exam is the determining factor. We need to arrive in the U.S. within six months from the date of the medical exam. And, I know that we have to have the medical exam results in order to do the last interview, as far as I understand it."

What if you took a vacation? Just get her her visa, go to the USA (within 6 months), and get the Green Card or Residence card.
Then badda-bing badda-boom, she can enter/leave again.  The 6-months is the factor that prevents her from entering based on an initial expiration.

*this is my 'problem solving' skill. my wife, came to korea. she came on a visitor visa. she could only come (and leave) once on the visitor Visa. but when she got here (as most others have done too, and immigration even recommends it) we went to immigration and changed her visa to Spouse Visa, and got her a Alien Card. Now she can come and go as she pleases.  Im just speculating. but that could be a viable answer.
why?
1) once she enters the USA, she becomes a CR or IR (depending on how long you have been married, and if she is applying for Green Card and SS card).

nah...never mind....i dont want to get your hopes up.
please research 'what happens after my spouse enters the USA'  or "what are the next steps after we enter the USA', and focus on the 'can she leave/return'.
i have seen threads about it, and i know travel.state has info. but i am not at a place where i can copy, paste, and quote information for you.

Let me know too.
Best of luck.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Bunk on April 20, 2014, 09:30:53 am
Thanks.

I will look into what you mention.

I wondered about that myself... about her going to the US with me on a trip to get it done.

But, to make sure I understand you, you're saying, start the process, get to the point of the interview and the medical check, etc., and then take a vacation to enter to the U.S., obtain her CR or IR, and then come back to Korea to live? You think that might be OK to do? She doesn't have to stay in the US for a certain amount of time after getting the IR/CR?
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Bunk on April 20, 2014, 06:31:46 pm
This is for iamrhart or anyone else for whom this matters:

Visajourney.com seems to have good information on this issue.

It looks like it has to do with maintaining a residence in the US more days out of the year than not. So, if your spouse is not living in the US most of the days of the year, that might send up red flags in the eyes of US Immigration, especially if her stay away from the US is over 6 months.

http://www.visajourney.com/forums/topic/487177-how-often-can-a-gc-holder-leave-the-us/


There's a post on that forum by a man who married a Chinese woman.

He seems to have gone through this issue and has this to say about it:

"Live in the USA and visit other countries for less than a year but not too frequently and most folks are fine.  Start spending enough time outside the USA to give the impression you don't really live here anymore and you'll be in trouble.
 
In 2006, because of CBP (Customs and Border Protection) screw-ups when my wife and daughter entered, I had several conversations with a CBP station chief (don't know if that's the actual title).  As an aside, I mentioned our future plan of spending half our time in China.  He told me that would endanger my wife's status, and it would be best if she Naturalized prior to implementing such a plan."

There are other posts on that thread that are longer and go into more detail about the policies.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: iamrhart on April 20, 2014, 08:24:36 pm
Thanks.

I will look into what you mention.

I wondered about that myself... about her going to the US with me on a trip to get it done.

But, to make sure I understand you, you're saying, start the process, get to the point of the interview and the medical check, etc., and then take a vacation to enter to the U.S., obtain her CR or IR, and then come back to Korea to live? You think that might be OK to do? She doesn't have to stay in the US for a certain amount of time after getting the IR/CR?

yes and no.
what im saying is, get the visa process done close to the time you wanted to 'go to the usa', and once she is there, get her the greencard. and she might have the ability to come and go.

like our visas. we are on E2 visas (most of us English Teachers), and the E2 *generaly* is multiple Entry. so we can come and go.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: iamrhart on April 20, 2014, 08:32:58 pm
This is for iamrhart or anyone else for whom this matters:

Visajourney.com seems to have good information on this issue.

It looks like it has to do with maintaining a residence in the US more days out of the year than not. So, if your spouse is not living in the US most of the days of the year, that might send up red flags in the eyes of US Immigration, especially if her stay away from the US is over 6 months.

http://www.visajourney.com/forums/topic/487177-how-often-can-a-gc-holder-leave-the-us/


There's a post on that forum by a man who married a Chinese woman.

He seems to have gone through this issue and has this to say about it:

"Live in the USA and visit other countries for less than a year but not too frequently and most folks are fine.  Start spending enough time outside the USA to give the impression you don't really live here anymore and you'll be in trouble.
 
In 2006, because of CBP (Customs and Border Protection) screw-ups when my wife and daughter entered, I had several conversations with a CBP station chief (don't know if that's the actual title).  As an aside, I mentioned our future plan of spending half our time in China.  He told me that would endanger my wife's status, and it would be best if she Naturalized prior to implementing such a plan."

There are other posts on that thread that are longer and go into more detail about the policies.

this is what you want.
http://travel.state.gov/content/visas/english/immigrate/types/family/immediate-relative.html#17
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Monfab on April 21, 2014, 07:52:07 am
Hi guys, I'm doing my medical in May but just wanted to know if I had to get the results translated or is everything in English? Thanks
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: iamrhart on April 21, 2014, 10:22:31 am
1) call the hospital with the number provided in the packet.
2) talk to the Visa Section, for traveling to the USA
3) schedule appointment
4) your results will be in English. (at least mine were)
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Monfab on April 21, 2014, 10:42:23 am
Thanks iamrhart!
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: iamrhart on May 02, 2014, 07:19:29 am
for all who have their interveiws scheduled. were you allowed to change the interview date?
im sure that having a later date is fine. but were you allowed to change to an EARLIER date?

also, i have a list of documents that are needed, and they have codes, and its confusing as hell.

what documents did you bring?
*i will review this thread too for the answer to the docs. part*

thanks.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Ley_Druid on May 02, 2014, 07:45:10 am
I am here to usurp the thread! Bwahahaha!

Actually, I hope iamrhart's question doesn't get lost in the mix. I too, have a question about housing.

What did all of you do about housing? Did you put down your parents address or did you go home and buy a house first? My girlfriend and I are pretty flexible, but our long term plan changed and we want to get married a bit early. We will have a wedding in Hawaii probably next year.

I don't have a residence back home and I am actually willing to live in just about any state, well, those that have the jobs I am looking for, which is more than half of them, but I am sure that I wouldn't live with my folks. Do they care or should I put down my parents' address as the location we will move to? If we change residence, is that a big deal? I know we would have to register is, and do so asap, but would it jeopardize her visa?

Thanks much and happy Friday with a four day weekend! 8)
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: iamrhart on May 02, 2014, 08:12:34 am
Correspondence Instructions     C
IV App. 1                                     R
IV App. 2                                     R
Passport                                     Y
B.C                                              o
Adopt.                                         F
Mar. Cert                                     o
Mar. Ter.                                      F
C.rec                                           F                                         
Fin. Ev.                                        Y
Mil. Rec                                        F
SK Polic. Cert.                             o
X(country) Police. Certif.             o
Fee Pay.                                     $
Photo.                                        A
Pet. Mar. Cert.                            F
Pet. BC                                       F
Pet. Mar. Term.                           F
 

Right. so....for those of you who know what those letters mean....which ones are the ones i need to bring? i mean....some of them stand for "NVC sent to the Embassy". but does that mean i need to bring it too?
which ones did you bring?

thanks.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: iamrhart on May 02, 2014, 11:02:27 am
What address did you list as your permanent residence? when you filled out your I-130 Application?
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Maureen on May 03, 2014, 08:56:17 am
For those that are now in the US:

How long did it take for your spouse to receive their green card in the mail after entering the US? And did they send their social security number by mail too? We checked the ssn by mail, but I heard some cases of people still having to go to the ssn office to apply for it.

Also when can they make an ID? Do we have to wait for the green card and ssn first?

Thank you~  :azn:
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: aceleste327 on May 10, 2014, 10:22:12 pm
Hey everyone!
Quick question about submitting the I-130 petition. I emailed the embassy and they told me that I need to submit my husband's original birth certificate when I go to submit the I-130, but many of you on this thread state that they only took it when you went for your interview.

Would anyone be able to shed some light on this?
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: detunedkorea on May 11, 2014, 02:44:46 am
For those that are now in the US:

How long did it take for your spouse to receive their green card in the mail after entering the US? And did they send their social security number by mail too? We checked the ssn by mail, but I heard some cases of people still having to go to the ssn office to apply for it.

Also when can they make an ID? Do we have to wait for the green card and ssn first?

Thank you~  :azn:

We have been here a month and still no Green Card, but with the visa in the passport and stamp it has been no problem doing things.

A week or so after entering you should check with the social security office to see if they have an applications for you.  We checked the box on the application to do it automatically but when we called the social security office they said we did not have a completed application.  SS said the system is really sensitive and will often reject applications.  We went to the office and reapplied then got the card in a week.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: aceleste327 on May 19, 2014, 06:35:39 pm
Did any of you have trouble making an appointment on infopass? The whole month of June just became visible today (up until this point I could only see up to the end of May) and there are no available appointments for the entire month. Will dates become available closer to the date? Thanks.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Monfab on May 28, 2014, 08:55:50 am
I just received my medical results yesterday so now I have all my documents.

I need to get my Korean police check translated (And maybe apostilled?) Does anybody know where I can get this done?

Thanks guys!
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: iamrhart on May 28, 2014, 09:43:14 am
I just received my medical results yesterday so now I have all my documents.

I need to get my Korean police check translated (And maybe apostilled?) Does anybody know where I can get this done?

Thanks guys!
I believe others have said you can do it yourself. check around page 7. that should show you the Record Check and the English translation.




Also, for other readers, any last minute advice or reminders about the Interview? headed to an interview soon, and am getting nervous.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Monfab on May 28, 2014, 10:33:19 am

I believe others have said you can do it yourself. check around page 7. that should show you the Record Check and the English translation.


That's awesome thanks. I also have one more question, in pack 3 it says

"You must obtain a police certificate from your country of nationality and
the country of your current residence if your presence there
was for 6 months or more after age 16. Police certificates from other countries
are also required if your stay was for 12 months or more after age 16."

I have, CRC from:

my country of nationality
Country of residence
And a CRC from Japan (I lived there for a couple of years)

My question is, I lived in Australia for 8 months. Am I right in thinking I don't need a CRC from there?



Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: iamrhart on May 28, 2014, 10:37:33 am

I believe others have said you can do it yourself. check around page 7. that should show you the Record Check and the English translation.


That's awesome thanks. I also have one more question, in pack 3 it says

"You must obtain a police certificate from your country of nationality and
the country of your current residence if your presence there
was for 6 months or more after age 16. Police certificates from other countries
are also required if your stay was for 12 months or more after age 16."

I have, CRC from:

my country of nationality
Country of residence
And a CRC from Japan (I lived there for a couple of years)

My question is, I lived in Australia for 8 months. Am I right in thinking I don't need a CRC from there?

Is it your interview? or your partners' interview?
if your interview, then yes, you need the CRC, if the partner is going for the interview, then she/he will need the CRC from anywhere they lived (since the age of 16) for more than 6 months.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Monfab on May 28, 2014, 12:05:13 pm

I believe others have said you can do it yourself. check around page 7. that should show you the Record Check and the English translation.


That's awesome thanks. I also have one more question, in pack 3 it says

"You must obtain a police certificate from your country of nationality and
the country of your current residence if your presence there
was for 6 months or more after age 16. Police certificates from other countries
are also required if your stay was for 12 months or more after age 16."

I have, CRC from:

my country of nationality
Country of residence
And a CRC from Japan (I lived there for a couple of years)

My question is, I lived in Australia for 8 months. Am I right in thinking I don't need a CRC from there?

Is it your interview? or your partners' interview?
if your interview, then yes, you need the CRC, if the partner is going for the interview, then she/he will need the CRC from anywhere they lived (since the age of 16) for more than 6 months.

I believe others have said you can do it yourself. check around page 7. that should show you the Record Check and the English translation.


That's awesome thanks. I also have one more question, in pack 3 it says

"You must obtain a police certificate from your country of nationality and
the country of your current residence if your presence there
was for 6 months or more after age 16. Police certificates from other countries
are also required if your stay was for 12 months or more after age 16."

I have, CRC from:

my country of nationality
Country of residence
And a CRC from Japan (I lived there for a couple of years)

My question is, I lived in Australia for 8 months. Am I right in thinking I don't need a CRC from there?

Is it your interview? or your partners' interview?
if your interview, then yes, you need the CRC, if the partner is going for the interview, then she/he will need the CRC from anywhere they lived (since the age of 16) for more than 6 months.

It's for my interview. Balls. *Slightly panicking* are you sure? It says here,
"Police certificates from other countries are also required if your stay was for 12 months or more after age 16." I lived in Australia for 8 months. I'm from the UK and I went there on a working holiday visa. Is there a clause or something I've missed? Sorry to keep banging on about this.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: iamrhart on May 28, 2014, 12:09:49 pm
im pretty sure its 6months+

http://travel.state.gov/content/visas/english/immigrate/immigrant-process/documents/submit/documents-to-submit-to-nvc.html

it does say something about 12months. but i am not chancing it. im taking one anyways.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Monfab on May 28, 2014, 12:28:35 pm
When I woke up this morning I was sure I had everything prepared but now I'm not sure. Probably going to have to hold off on the interview until I get this other CRC. Thanks for your help iamrhart, and good luck in your interview mate.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: iamrhart on May 28, 2014, 02:15:54 pm
thanks. how long does it take to get the CRC?

try to call them or send them an Email. it might be different than what i have interpreted it as.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Monfab on May 29, 2014, 12:06:19 pm
*UPDATE*

So I heard back from the visa folks today. They said that so long as you can prove that you were in a country for under 12 months (and you don't currently reside there) you don't need a criminal record check.

Fortunately, I have my old passport with me with my entrance and exit stamps. It seems, though, that they won't just take your word for it. You have to prove to them that you left the country when you say you did.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: iamrhart on May 29, 2014, 12:08:35 pm
*UPDATE*

So I heard back from the visa folks today. They said that so long as you can prove that you were in a country for under 12 months (and you don't currently reside there) you don't need a criminal record check.

Fortunately, I have my old passport with me with my entrance and exit stamps. It seems, though, that they won't just take your word for it. You have to prove to them that you left the country when you say you did.

aside from having a Government Official stamp the passport when you leave, and having an entrance/exit stub (ticket), how would you prove it? it would come down to your 'word'...right? sometimes the paperwork gets very confusing. but thanks for letting us know about the time-limit rule
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Monfab on May 29, 2014, 12:21:42 pm
aside from having a Government Official stamp the passport when you leave, and having an entrance/exit stub (ticket), how would you prove it? it would come down to your 'word'...right? sometimes the paperwork gets very confusing. but thanks for letting us know about the time-limit rule

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True, you'd think they'd make it easier, or at least clearer in the wording of things.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Maureen on June 08, 2014, 09:51:51 pm

We have been here a month and still no Green Card, but with the visa in the passport and stamp it has been no problem doing things.

A week or so after entering you should check with the social security office to see if they have an applications for you.  We checked the box on the application to do it automatically but when we called the social security office they said we did not have a completed application.  SS said the system is really sensitive and will often reject applications.  We went to the office and reapplied then got the card in a week.

So you can apply for a social security number without a green card? What documents did you have to bring? Translated marriage certificate? Notarized? Apostilled?

Asalchert@gmail.com :

Same question, what documents did you bring in to make his ssn?

P.s. Did anyone change their last name with their Korean marriage certificate? If so, did you have to get it notarized and apostilled? Thank you!!
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: happySuwon on June 09, 2014, 07:46:13 am
Hi all,outside of a Korean Law firm, is there anywhere else I can have my KNPC certified ? I  have all my docs,this is just the last thing that needs to still be done . Thanks!
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: aceleste327 on June 09, 2014, 07:50:07 am
I was under the impression that having the original copy is a certified copy. You just need to get it translated and have a letter from the translator if they are a friend explaining their qualifications.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Monfab on June 09, 2014, 08:05:01 am
I was under the impression that having the original copy is a certified copy. You just need to get it translated and have a letter from the translator if they are a friend explaining their qualifications.

This.

There are a bunch of places near the embassy, opposite the City office where you can get things translated and, if need be, certified and have an apostille attached. But for the police check you don't need it.

There are some translations of the docs you need on (or around) page 5 of this thread where you can put in your info and then take to your interview.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: happySuwon on June 09, 2014, 09:37:09 am
I was under the impression that having the original copy is a certified copy. You just need to get it translated and have a letter from the translator if they are a friend explaining their qualifications.

This.

There are a bunch of places near the embassy, opposite the City office where you can get things translated and, if need be, certified and have an apostille attached. But for the police check you don't need it.

There are some translations of the docs you need on (or around) page 5 of this thread where you can put in your info and then take to your interview.


Ah thank you , I downloaded that, glad to know it is all I need.Interview next week!
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Ley_Druid on June 16, 2014, 12:33:19 pm
Sorry to hijack the thread, but I need help understanding what is needed for the Affidavit.

I need to get that first, yeah? Before we can sign the 훈인신고 but I live way way way out on an island and it is hard to get to Seoul easily.

I am curious how long does it take and what do I need to bring for the Affidavit to certify that I am eligable to marry? Thanks all!
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: aceleste327 on June 16, 2014, 12:45:05 pm
There is a form you can download from the US embassy's website. Fill that out, sign it and bring that along with your passport or other documents proving that you are a US citizen. You can make an appointment to submit the affidavit by looking for "American Services" on the embassy's website.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Ley_Druid on June 16, 2014, 01:05:10 pm
There is a form you can download from the US embassy's website. Fill that out, sign it and bring that along with your passport or other documents proving that you are a US citizen. You can make an appointment to submit the affidavit by looking for "American Services" on the embassy's website.

Cool. I couldn't find the paper but I will look harder. Other than my passport what do I actually need? I have no idea what the other documents are. Thanks.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Ley_Druid on June 16, 2014, 01:41:19 pm
Ok, I found the paper, however, I am still confused on the procedure. Am I just applying for a notary for this document? Is that a same-day process? Or do I have to give it time? I am asking because I have to take time off of work to go there.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Shinu on June 16, 2014, 02:17:51 pm
Sorry to hijack the thread, but I need help understanding what is needed for the Affidavit.

I need to get that first, yeah? Before we can sign the 훈인신고 but I live way way way out on an island and it is hard to get to Seoul easily.

I am curious how long does it take and what do I need to bring for the Affidavit to certify that I am eligable to marry? Thanks all!

Are you talking about the Affidavit for Eligibility for Marriage?

If you are, all the info you need is here:

http://seoul.usembassy.gov/acs_getting_married.html#american
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Ley_Druid on June 16, 2014, 02:54:23 pm
Sorry to hijack the thread, but I need help understanding what is needed for the Affidavit.

I need to get that first, yeah? Before we can sign the 훈인신고 but I live way way way out on an island and it is hard to get to Seoul easily.

I am curious how long does it take and what do I need to bring for the Affidavit to certify that I am eligable to marry? Thanks all!

Are you talking about the Affidavit for Eligibility for Marriage?

If you are, all the info you need is here:

http://seoul.usembassy.gov/acs_getting_married.html#american

Yeah the Affidavit for Eligibility of Marriage. That site almost had everything I needed, but the amount of time required for the notary I was confused about. I contacted the embassy and they said it is a same-day service, which is what I was looking for. I have to take off time from work to go there if I cannot do it during my vacation, so that is what I worried about.

I found the paper needed on the website and everything seems good to go, but the only American photo ID I have is my passport. Will a Korean ARC or Korean driver's license work?
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: iamrhart on June 16, 2014, 06:16:33 pm
Went in for the interview.
we were first in line. we arrived at 7am, and after we got there, maybe a minute or two, others started to line up. guard came out and said "are you here for ___" (he was making sure we were in the right line). we showed him our letters and he said the doors would open at 7:30.  Doors opened promptly at the time he said.

we go in, get our tickets to be called, etc.


Some tips on the interview:
as others mentioned, bring originals and copies over every possible documents you can think of.  In our case we didnt need to have any of them, except the photos (which was listed in the 'checklist of required documents). i think that is because the NVC requested all documents when we sent the I-130 to the USCIS in the USA.

I have/had been working on this Visa for over a year now, we went with the NVC application, using the Mail-System, sending to USCIS etc.  I highly recommend that NO ONE does this.


ah, feels good.


*also, there were about 14 couples there, they startedcalling people at 8:00, we were out of there by around 9:15 9:30, so try to be "#1" in line. haha
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Shinu on June 18, 2014, 01:34:54 pm
Sorry to hijack the thread, but I need help understanding what is needed for the Affidavit.

I need to get that first, yeah? Before we can sign the 훈인신고 but I live way way way out on an island and it is hard to get to Seoul easily.

I am curious how long does it take and what do I need to bring for the Affidavit to certify that I am eligable to marry? Thanks all!

Are you talking about the Affidavit for Eligibility for Marriage?

If you are, all the info you need is here:

http://seoul.usembassy.gov/acs_getting_married.html#american

Yeah the Affidavit for Eligibility of Marriage. That site almost had everything I needed, but the amount of time required for the notary I was confused about. I contacted the embassy and they said it is a same-day service, which is what I was looking for. I have to take off time from work to go there if I cannot do it during my vacation, so that is what I worried about.

I found the paper needed on the website and everything seems good to go, but the only American photo ID I have is my passport. Will a Korean ARC or Korean driver's license work?

I'm not sure bc I think i sued my American driver's license. If that's all you have, then you really have no choice but to use them.  You might have to call them again to double check.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: iamrhart on June 18, 2014, 09:55:58 pm
New quesiton


When you arrived in the USA, with your Spouse (if you had a layover/connecting flight), how long did it take to go through Immigration?

The only way for me to get from an International Airport (SEA, JFK, LAX, etc.) to my home, is to use a connection (and change to different airline) flight. Were you 'through immigration' within minutes? a half hour? an hour +? 

thanks.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Monfab on June 24, 2014, 01:16:21 pm
I've just booked my interview appointment, I have all the required docs. To anyone who's already gone through the interview process is there anything you wish you'd known before the interview that nobody told you before hand?
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: happySuwon on June 25, 2014, 11:38:44 am
went for interview yesterday,was asked to provide proof of domicile .My Hubby's tax records were included already, what else can be used ? We will be living with family until we get settled, so a least wont work . Also,no job confirmations yet . Any advice on this ?
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: iamrhart on June 25, 2014, 12:23:22 pm
I've just booked my interview appointment, I have all the required docs. To anyone who's already gone through the interview process is there anything you wish you'd known before the interview that nobody told you before hand?

No photos. (dont take before and after pics of the spouse at the embassy. it's a government building, so photography is a 'nono')
Prepare to answer random questions. some might have been asked on the forms, some might not have been. like "what will both of you do, when you get to the usa for employment"

went for interview yesterday,was asked to provide proof of domicile .My Hubby's tax records were included already, what else can be used ? We will be living with family until we get settled, so a least wont work . Also,no job confirmations yet . Any advice on this ?

You gave your Domicile, or his?  i think they want proof of where you are staying, IN the USA, or where you are a resident of.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: happySuwon on June 25, 2014, 01:58:34 pm
iamrhart, they wanted proof of my US husband's intent to stay in the states, even though he showed his renewd license and tax returns ,and other things that had his address on it .
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Shinu on July 01, 2014, 08:26:17 pm
New quesiton


When you arrived in the USA, with your Spouse (if you had a layover/connecting flight), how long did it take to go through Immigration?

The only way for me to get from an International Airport (SEA, JFK, LAX, etc.) to my home, is to use a connection (and change to different airline) flight. Were you 'through immigration' within minutes? a half hour? an hour +? 

thanks.


Hey iamrhart---my husband and I just arrived yesterday.  Our port of entry was Dallas and we had a connecting flight also.  We had 2 hours and 40 minutes in between before our connecting flight and that was just enough time.  I would say give yourself at least 1.5- 2 hours to go through customs and immigration.  After we passed through immigration, we had to wait inside a room for them to process the paperwork.  That took about a 30-40 minute wait, depending on how many people are also waiting to be processed.  Then after that, we had to go get our luggage and go through another customs check and then recheck in our bags, and then go through security again. 

I would also suggest choosing a state (port of entry) that doesn't have Mexican immigration problems at the moment.  I'm saying this bc I swear, they made every Mexican person that went through immigration go into that room also, making the wait even longer. 
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: iamrhart on July 02, 2014, 07:37:18 am
Yes. we have a long layover. i am pretty sure we will be alright.

our next 'hurtle' is the USCIS/ELIS application part. we submitted payments. and now i am not sure if we have to submit more documents, or just do the payment/fee and then enter the US Port of Entry.

what did you do, with the USCIS/ELIS site?
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Ley_Druid on July 02, 2014, 08:24:28 am
Yes. we have a long layover. i am pretty sure we will be alright.

our next 'hurtle' is the USCIS/ELIS application part. we submitted payments. and now i am not sure if we have to submit more documents, or just do the payment/fee and then enter the US Port of Entry.

what did you do, with the USCIS/ELIS site?

Make sure that you are not flying into Detroit. From what the Korean forums say about it, it is a hellhole, as far as immigration is concerned. Supposedly, they turn people away rather often, and force them to return to their countries.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Shinu on July 02, 2014, 08:10:31 pm
Yes. we have a long layover. i am pretty sure we will be alright.

our next 'hurtle' is the USCIS/ELIS application part. we submitted payments. and now i am not sure if we have to submit more documents, or just do the payment/fee and then enter the US Port of Entry.

what did you do, with the USCIS/ELIS site?

After you submit the payment, i think the only thing left to do is enter the port entry.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: happySuwon on July 08, 2014, 10:27:58 am
Regarding the fees : We paid 420 when filing, 230 for my medical and 230 when we went for the interview (dollars) .Is there any other fee outstanding ?
I am currently waiting for my passport, it should be here within the day or two
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: iamrhart on July 08, 2014, 11:41:00 am
Regarding the fees : We paid 420 when filing, 230 for my medical and 230 when we went for the interview (dollars) .Is there any other fee outstanding ?
I am currently waiting for my passport, it should be here within the day or two

When you receive your Passport, it will come with your documents. in a package that says "Do Not Open". 
as it says, DO NOT OPEN it. the only one who will open it is the Port Of Entry officer.

The packet will have some loose papers attached to it. explaining that you need to pay a $164 fee for the processing of I-551.  *green card*
this payment is to be made online. all instructions are in the paper.

again, if you see something that says "do not open". then DO NOT open it.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: happySuwon on July 09, 2014, 08:46:03 am
Finally got my passport (flight is tomo,so was a little panicked about it all ) ,and my visa says expiration Nov 30? It is a CR-1 , what does this mean ?we are quite confused as we thought it is valid for two years until you reapply for permanent residency ?
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Ley_Druid on July 09, 2014, 08:56:22 am
Regarding the fees : We paid 420 when filing, 230 for my medical and 230 when we went for the interview (dollars) .Is there any other fee outstanding ?
I am currently waiting for my passport, it should be here within the day or two

When you receive your Passport, it will come with your documents. in a package that says "Do Not Open". 
as it says, DO NOT OPEN it. the only one who will open it is the Port Of Entry officer.

The packet will have some loose papers attached to it. explaining that you need to pay a $164 fee for the processing of I-551.  *green card*
this payment is to be made online. all instructions are in the paper.

again, if you see something that says "do not open". then DO NOT open it.

The passport comes inside the sealed envelope that you cannot open???

BTW, if you decide to apply for the CR-1 visa and your health check expires, does that mean you start over or that you can just do a new health check and keep the status?
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: iamrhart on July 09, 2014, 08:57:16 am
Finally got my passport (flight is tomo,so was a little panicked about it all ) ,and my visa says expiration Nov 30? It is a CR-1 , what does this mean ?we are quite confused as we thought it is valid for two years until you reapply for permanent residency ?

:O wow. last minute eh?

did you pay the USCISELIS fee?

happy travels. good luck to you.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: iamrhart on July 09, 2014, 09:00:56 am
Regarding the fees : We paid 420 when filing, 230 for my medical and 230 when we went for the interview (dollars) .Is there any other fee outstanding ?
I am currently waiting for my passport, it should be here within the day or two

When you receive your Passport, it will come with your documents. in a package that says "Do Not Open". 
as it says, DO NOT OPEN it. the only one who will open it is the Port Of Entry officer.

The packet will have some loose papers attached to it. explaining that you need to pay a $164 fee for the processing of I-551.  *green card*
this payment is to be made online. all instructions are in the paper.

again, if you see something that says "do not open". then DO NOT open it.

The passport comes inside the sealed envelope that you cannot open???

BTW, if you decide to apply for the CR-1 visa and your health check expires, does that mean you start over or that you can just do a new health check and keep the status?
Maybe my explanation was a bit hard to understand.
when you get a package, you will receive the following items INSIDE the box.

1) Passport
2) Letter
3) Brownish-Yellow packet that says "DO NOT OPEN". It may/may not have a a paper stapled to the front, which has information specific to your case.
4) another 'loose' paper, probably pink, with English and another language (depending on where you are applying from. since we are in Korea, it will most likely be English and Korean) that explains you have a fee to pay, in order to process a I-551 Request.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: happySuwon on July 09, 2014, 10:40:56 am
Regarding the fees : We paid 420 when filing, 230 for my medical and 230 when we went for the interview (dollars) .Is there any other fee outstanding ?
I am currently waiting for my passport, it should be here within the day or two

When you receive your Passport, it will come with your documents. in a package that says "Do Not Open". 
as it says, DO NOT OPEN it. the only one who will open it is the Port Of Entry officer.

The packet will have some loose papers attached to it. explaining that you need to pay a $164 fee for the processing of I-551.  *green card*
this payment is to be made online. all instructions are in the paper.

again, if you see something that says "do not open". then DO NOT open it.

The passport comes inside the sealed envelope that you cannot open???

BTW, if you decide to apply for the CR-1 visa and your health check expires, does that mean you start over or that you can just do a new health check and keep the status?
Maybe my explanation was a bit hard to understand.
when you get a package, you will receive the following items INSIDE the box.

1) Passport
2) Letter
3) Brownish-Yellow packet that says "DO NOT OPEN". It may/may not have a a paper stapled to the front, which has information specific to your case.
4) another 'loose' paper, probably pink, with English and another language (depending on where you are applying from. since we are in Korea, it will most likely be English and Korean) that explains you have a fee to pay, in order to process a I-551 Request.

Yeah,pushed it  a bit , but glad it worked out :-) What was the date of expiration on your wife's visa iamhart??
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: mogbert on July 12, 2014, 09:46:57 pm
For those of you who have completed the process, in hindsight would you pay $1500 to hire an immigration lawyer friend to do the paperwork for you?    Or do you think it's easy enough to do it yourself?
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: aceleste327 on July 13, 2014, 10:47:59 am
For those of you who have completed the process, in hindsight would you pay $1500 to hire an immigration lawyer friend to do the paperwork for you?    Or do you think it's easy enough to do it yourself?

Hell. No.

My husband and I went for his interview on Friday and he was approved and the only help we got was from online blogs, this forum, and visajourney.com. We met two girls there who were applying for fiancee visas and they both had hired and paid immigration lawyers and both of them were turned away for having the wrong paperwork.

If you really want to hire someone to take the stress off of you, I would recommend doing your own research on the side to make sure you have everything you need in order.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Sprite06 on July 13, 2014, 11:33:44 am
Submitted the initial i-129f last month.  Received the first NOA in the mail.  Waiting on the second.

(Living in the States, Korean fiance moving to USA)
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: toddc06 on July 14, 2014, 09:34:33 am
It's been a while but I thought I should update.  Yesterday my wife received her actual green card!  We hadn't been married for 2 years when we entered the US so we had to do the CR-1 visa. That means in 2 more years her CR-1 green card will expire.  90 days before then we apply (and pay) to lift the conditions and she becomes a regular permanent resident.  I think 3 years after that, she can take the history/government test and all that jazz to become a citizen.  Definitely don't pay a lawyer 1500 unless there is a good reason to...like without a lawyer your spouse may not be granted a visa due to legal issues.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: toddc06 on July 14, 2014, 09:35:00 am
And good luck to everybody getting started now.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: happySuwon on July 14, 2014, 10:10:09 pm
It's been a while but I thought I should update.  Yesterday my wife received her actual green card!  We hadn't been married for 2 years when we entered the US so we had to do the CR-1 visa. That means in 2 more years her CR-1 green card will expire.  90 days before then we apply (and pay) to lift the conditions and she becomes a regular permanent resident.  I think 3 years after that, she can take the history/government test and all that jazz to become a citizen.  Definitely don't pay a lawyer 1500 unless there is a good reason to...like without a lawyer your spouse may not be granted a visa due to legal issues.


Congrats! How long did it take?

I arrived on the 11th July ,and we wondering how long we will have to wait . Also, I applied for my SSN card via my DS 260 application ,has your wife received that yet?

Update on my experience :My port of entry was Chicago o'hare, I only had a 2.40 minute layover, in hindsight we should have tried to at least have like 4 hours. the first immigration check didn't take too long, the guy checked that I had all my paper work , and instructed me to head to a different desk. Once there, the guy took my DO NOT OPEN enveloped, asked me to sit down, went through my paper work, called me back ,and asked me how long I was married,and what was my job plan .That's it, he stamped me in ,and I had to go through security and all that jazz. It was not time consuming at all,and because I made sure to sit in front in the plane, and walked super fast I was first in line for it all . It was not as stressful as  I had thought it would be :-) Now waiting for SSN and Green card.

Good luck to you all .
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: haysupz on July 15, 2014, 09:18:04 pm
Does anyone know about the translations of Korean documents for submitting the I-130 petition? My wife found some Korean post that said that you can't do individual translations anymore (since 2013). Is that true? She is more than qualified to translate and we really don't want to pay someone to translate something she's already done. Any ideas?
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: iamrhart on July 16, 2014, 07:05:56 am
Does anyone know about the translations of Korean documents for submitting the I-130 petition? My wife found some Korean post that said that you can't do individual translations anymore (since 2013). Is that true? She is more than qualified to translate and we really don't want to pay someone to translate something she's already done. Any ideas?

i dont know about any changes. no one has reported a problem (here) (yet).
you can also find that between pages 5-8 (i think its page 7), there is a poster who put a bunch of files up. english and korean.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Ley_Druid on July 16, 2014, 07:45:08 am
Does anyone know about the translations of Korean documents for submitting the I-130 petition? My wife found some Korean post that said that you can't do individual translations anymore (since 2013). Is that true? She is more than qualified to translate and we really don't want to pay someone to translate something she's already done. Any ideas?
My fiancee said there is a place that does translations very close to the embassy. Prepare to pay though.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: thedsr on July 16, 2014, 07:47:52 am
Does anyone know about the translations of Korean documents for submitting the I-130 petition? My wife found some Korean post that said that you can't do individual translations anymore (since 2013). Is that true? She is more than qualified to translate and we really don't want to pay someone to translate something she's already done. Any ideas?

I used the templates provided in this thread in June and they accepted them without an issue.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: happySuwon on July 16, 2014, 09:21:27 pm
Does anyone know about the translations of Korean documents for submitting the I-130 petition? My wife found some Korean post that said that you can't do individual translations anymore (since 2013). Is that true? She is more than qualified to translate and we really don't want to pay someone to translate something she's already done. Any ideas?

I also used the templates provided here, and there was no issue in May and didn't even have it notarized or anything .
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Shinu on July 22, 2014, 09:49:41 am
It's been a while but I thought I should update.  Yesterday my wife received her actual green card!  We hadn't been married for 2 years when we entered the US so we had to do the CR-1 visa. That means in 2 more years her CR-1 green card will expire.  90 days before then we apply (and pay) to lift the conditions and she becomes a regular permanent resident.  I think 3 years after that, she can take the history/government test and all that jazz to become a citizen.  Definitely don't pay a lawyer 1500 unless there is a good reason to...like without a lawyer your spouse may not be granted a visa due to legal issues.


Congrats! How long did it take?

I arrived on the 11th July ,and we wondering how long we will have to wait . Also, I applied for my SSN card via my DS 260 application ,has your wife received that yet?

Update on my experience :My port of entry was Chicago o'hare, I only had a 2.40 minute layover, in hindsight we should have tried to at least have like 4 hours. the first immigration check didn't take too long, the guy checked that I had all my paper work , and instructed me to head to a different desk. Once there, the guy took my DO NOT OPEN enveloped, asked me to sit down, went through my paper work, called me back ,and asked me how long I was married,and what was my job plan .That's it, he stamped me in ,and I had to go through security and all that jazz. It was not time consuming at all,and because I made sure to sit in front in the plane, and walked super fast I was first in line for it all . It was not as stressful as  I had thought it would be :-) Now waiting for SSN and Green card.

Good luck to you all .

@toddc06---I would also like to know how long it took to get the green card.  Also it's been 3 weeks and still no social security card in the mail.  I called ss and the person I spoke with couldn't even tell me the status of my husband's application and told me to wait 2 more months. 
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: iamrhart on July 22, 2014, 10:42:55 am
It's been a while but I thought I should update.  Yesterday my wife received her actual green card!  We hadn't been married for 2 years when we entered the US so we had to do the CR-1 visa. That means in 2 more years her CR-1 green card will expire.  90 days before then we apply (and pay) to lift the conditions and she becomes a regular permanent resident.  I think 3 years after that, she can take the history/government test and all that jazz to become a citizen.  Definitely don't pay a lawyer 1500 unless there is a good reason to...like without a lawyer your spouse may not be granted a visa due to legal issues.


Congrats! How long did it take?

I arrived on the 11th July ,and we wondering how long we will have to wait . Also, I applied for my SSN card via my DS 260 application ,has your wife received that yet?

Update on my experience :My port of entry was Chicago o'hare, I only had a 2.40 minute layover, in hindsight we should have tried to at least have like 4 hours. the first immigration check didn't take too long, the guy checked that I had all my paper work , and instructed me to head to a different desk. Once there, the guy took my DO NOT OPEN enveloped, asked me to sit down, went through my paper work, called me back ,and asked me how long I was married,and what was my job plan .That's it, he stamped me in ,and I had to go through security and all that jazz. It was not time consuming at all,and because I made sure to sit in front in the plane, and walked super fast I was first in line for it all . It was not as stressful as  I had thought it would be :-) Now waiting for SSN and Green card.

Good luck to you all .

@toddc06---I would also like to know how long it took to get the green card.  Also it's been 3 weeks and still no social security card in the mail.  I called ss and the person I spoke with couldn't even tell me the status of my husband's application and told me to wait 2 more months.

How close are you to an SS branch? maybe it would be prudent to just walk in (with hubby) and handle it face to face?
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: toddc06 on July 22, 2014, 12:05:24 pm
Hey all, sorry it took so long to answer.  We have been busy the past couple of days.  It took us over 3 weeks to get the SS card, or in our case the letter that told me we were missing some information.  We ended up having to go in to the SS Administration office and give them her address here and her parents' names again for some reason.  Then we got the card the next week.  After that, we received a letter telling us she couldn't get a green card because I didn't pay the 165 dollar (I think) processing fee. After I payed that we got her green card in 2 weeks.  I got sloppy at the end apparently and missed that fee payment step.  We are 3 months into being back now and just got her set up with a bank account because that was required to show residency in my state to get her driver's license.

Don't worry too much.  You will either get the SS card soon or a letter telling you that something is missing. If all else fails, you can just go down to your nearest ssa office. In our case, apparently a worker somewhere forgot to type some info in the computer.  Took 5 minutes to fix.  And be sure to set up the bank account quickly to establish residency so you can get your spouse's driver's license unless your state has a reciprocal agreement with Korea for that.  There are only a few with that kind of arrangement, I think.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: toddc06 on July 22, 2014, 12:09:43 pm
To be more specific, I think it took us a month to get the SS card, but it could have been longer.  The green card takes longer, maybe 2 months if you do it right the first time.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Shinu on July 23, 2014, 03:36:04 am
@toddc06--thanks for the quick response!

Another question for those of you already in the States.  Did you all go and get another marriage license in your state or just have your Korean one? 
We are trying to change over my husband's Korean license to a state one, but the secretary of state (DMV) person we spoke with is adamant that we show a U.S marriage license to prove that we are married for residency purposes (she was so rude about it too). BTW, my state has a reciprocal agreement with Korea for driver's licenses but they were still adamant that we provide a U.S marriage license of proof that we are married.

Any responses are appreciated!
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: thedsr on July 23, 2014, 07:42:37 am
@toddc06--thanks for the quick response!

Another question for those of you already in the States.  Did you all go and get another marriage license in your state or just have your Korean one? 
We are trying to change over my husband's Korean license to a state one, but the secretary of state (DMV) person we spoke with is adamant that we show a U.S marriage license to prove that we are married for residency purposes (she was so rude about it too). BTW, my state has a reciprocal agreement with Korea for driver's licenses but they were still adamant that we provide a U.S marriage license of proof that we are married.

Any responses are appreciated!

I'd ask to talk to their supervisor, if you weren't talking to one already.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: toddc06 on July 23, 2014, 09:17:30 pm
Why can't they prove residency with a bank statement?  I don't think your spouse has to prove that he is married to prove residency.  We ended up getting a letter from the bank that said she had a bank account and ooo was her address.  They stamped and signed it and it worked fine.   Go back and you will probably get a new person.  If not, try a different dmv.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Shinu on July 24, 2014, 09:57:55 am
Why can't they prove residency with a bank statement?  I don't think your spouse has to prove that he is married to prove residency.  We ended up getting a letter from the bank that said she had a bank account and ooo was her address.  They stamped and signed it and it worked fine.   Go back and you will probably get a new person.  If not, try a different dmv.

Thanks for the response.  I will try that.  I've just been getting the run around with everything so far, so it's been quite frustrating. 

Anyway, still no SS card and it's been almost a month.  We will go to the office tomorrow.  Will def let you all know how that goes.  Wish me luck.  ;D

Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Shinu on July 25, 2014, 02:05:32 am
We just got back from the SS office and the kind lady told us there was no application in for my husband.   We had to apply for a new card and hopefully it will come in soon.

When we filled out the DS260 form online there was a question that asked us if we wanted to receive a SS card automatically and we checked yes.  From reading others response on this forum about the ss card, it seems that checking "yes" doesn't guaranteed that they will issue a card automatically.  I really don't even know why they have that option.  But my advice to all who will be entering the U.S is to go into the SS office after a week or two to make sure there is an application in for you. 
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Shinu on July 25, 2014, 02:09:04 am
Also, anyone here heard of the I-94?  The lady at the SS office said my husband needed it to be able to work.

Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: iamrhart on July 25, 2014, 07:22:53 am
this is a list of US Customes and Immigration Service forms.
http://www.uscis.gov/forms


i believe that the I-94 is a different Government branch. *off the top of my head*.  i will look into it.

*couple minutes later, Update*

some resources have said that it is either an Electronic (or paper) document. filled out by the Immigration Officer (or online, depending on how you proceed). it says the place of arrival/departure, passport/visa type, etc. 
the most informative site i found was this one.
https://iss.tamu.edu/immigration/i94.asp

but i am not sure if that means YOU have to fill it out, or one of their agents made a 'boo-boo' at the gate.

https://iss.tamu.edu/immigration/i94.asp
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Shinu on July 26, 2014, 12:38:39 am
I was almost certain that our spouses didn't need something like that to be able to work.  I thought that they could work legally bc they had a green card already.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: iamrhart on July 26, 2014, 08:57:19 am
I was almost certain that our spouses didn't need something like that to be able to work.  I thought that they could work legally bc they had a green card already.

yeah, the "needs it to work" part threw me off. My understanding was the Green Card and/or the SS card was enough legal documentation for the individual to be able to be employed.

maybe this person was giving you a hard time?
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: toddc06 on July 26, 2014, 09:43:15 am
I was told by the immigration officer upon entering that my spouse's passport was her temporary green card and she could work using that until the green card came.  They didn't mention any other forms.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Shinu on July 29, 2014, 12:15:51 pm
I was told by the immigration officer upon entering that my spouse's passport was her temporary green card and she could work using that until the green card came.  They didn't mention any other forms.

This is exactly what I thought but the worker kept asking for an I-94 and kept saying that my husband needed it to legally work.  I did some research, and our spouses don't need it.

I'm assuming the worker didn't know much about permanent residents bc she wasn't even sure if my husband was eligible for a ss card and had to ask her supervisor.

But thanks for clarifying the information! 

Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Shinu on August 08, 2014, 08:54:58 am
Just to update.  We finally got the ss card and green card in the mail today.  The green card took 5 weeks to come in.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Ley_Druid on August 09, 2014, 09:33:11 am
Just to update.  We finally got the ss card and green card in the mail today.  The green card took 5 weeks to come in.

What was your total time? I just got married last month and now we are getting ready to apply. Thanks!
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Ley_Druid on August 10, 2014, 09:17:47 pm
Anyone know anything about the "Certificate of Acceptance" or 수리증명서? I didn't see anything posted about that on the embassy website, but my wife said in Korean that it is necessary. Anyone recently applied?
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Shinu on August 14, 2014, 05:10:21 am
Ley_Druid---I don't know anything about the certificate of acceptance. 

Also, I would say you can get everything done from the initial I-130 to your interview to getting the spousal visa in less than 3 months (if you do everything through the Seoul office).  Once you get in the U.S, you'll get the rest of his/her documents (ss card, driver's license, green card) in less than 2 months (in my case anyways).
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Monfab on August 28, 2014, 12:12:07 pm
Wow, so after what feels like a long time the embassy is now processing my visa.

I have to admit I ballsed up slightly and got the wrong police check from the UK. BUT, with that said the embassy staff were really nice about it and made it clear what I had to do.

Thanks to everyone in this thread for all the information and help. I'll post again once I have my passport back.

Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Rodrigo3586 on September 02, 2014, 02:41:14 pm
I have an appointment to submit my I-130 on the 15th and I just want to make sure I've got all my paperwork together. Here's what I'll be bringing:


I-130
G-325A (for both of us)
Two passport photos
Marriage Certificate
Passports

Is there anything else we will need? I saw somewhere on this post that a person needed birth certificates, is this necessary for everyone?

Thanks for the help, ya'll!
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Shinu on September 08, 2014, 09:13:34 am
I have an appointment to submit my I-130 on the 15th and I just want to make sure I've got all my paperwork together. Here's what I'll be bringing:


I-130
G-325A (for both of us)
Two passport photos
Marriage Certificate
Passports

Is there anything else we will need? I saw somewhere on this post that a person needed birth certificates, is this necessary for everyone?

Thanks for the help, ya'll!

I got this from another post on here:

Paperwork needed:
I-130 form

G-325A (two- one for the immigrant and one for the petitioner)

Two passport type photos

Marriage Certificate-  혼인관계 증명서

Family Registry--가족관계 증명서 (I'm assuming only if you're marrying a Korean)

Immigrantsí birth certificate 기본 증명서

Passport Copies- both people

Petitionerís ARC card- they will copy

NOTE: all Korean documents need to be translated.

And don't forget the fee ($420).  Only cash is accepted either Korean won or usd.  Also, bring originals and copies of all documents. 
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Ley_Druid on September 26, 2014, 12:02:59 pm
Is anyone currently in the process? I turned in my papers a month ago, but my wife keeps telling me that Koreans on the Korean forums are reporting one a week or two to get packet-3.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Ley_Druid on September 26, 2014, 01:10:50 pm
Is anyone currently in the process? I turned in my papers a month ago, but my wife keeps telling me that Koreans on the Korean forums are reporting one a week or two to get packet-3.

Nevermind. I got someone from the department on the phone and they said that it was approved on September 25th, yesterday, so it took about one month, for anyone wondering, and it is currently being sent to the visa department for the packet 3 prep. :azn:
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Rodrigo3586 on September 30, 2014, 01:47:01 pm
We turned in our I-130 on the 15th of this month and have already received our packet 3 stuff. It only took them two weeks to approve the I-130!


Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Ley_Druid on September 30, 2014, 04:01:37 pm
We turned in our I-130 on the 15th of this month and have already received our packet 3 stuff. It only took them two weeks to approve the I-130!

Wow, half the time it took me. I guess maybe they do things in the middle of the month or something. I got my packet 3 and I found that we have to plan the interview within a month. I mean, we cannot plan it a few months ahead like we hoped. But when I tried to register, it asked about receiving documents and having them shipped or picked up in person, but I had no idea what they were talking about. Any idea on that?
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: toddc06 on September 30, 2014, 07:15:03 pm
I think it is asking if you want to pick up your spouse's passport/visa or have it shipped.  If I remember correctly there is an option to pick it up from the delivery company's office closest to you, and we originally chose that but it was out of the way so we called and had them deliver it.  It actually came pretty fast.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Ley_Druid on September 30, 2014, 11:12:07 pm
I think it is asking if you want to pick up your spouse's passport/visa or have it shipped.  If I remember correctly there is an option to pick it up from the delivery company's office closest to you, and we originally chose that but it was out of the way so we called and had them deliver it.  It actually came pretty fast.
So we cannot have it picked up at the embassy? I tried pick-up and delivery, and whatever the third option was, but I couldn't find one where we could pick it up at the embassy.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: iamrhart on October 01, 2014, 02:08:32 am
When u go in for the interview the clerk will ask you what you want to do. To make the process easier, you should fill out the delivery information before goimg to the office. And then print out the receipt. When she asks about the delivery information then hand over the address receipt.

*sorry. I said "she"...but the interviewer COULD be a man too. No disrespect*
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Ley_Druid on October 01, 2014, 07:38:07 am
When u go in for the interview the clerk will ask you what you want to do. To make the process easier, you should fill out the delivery information before goimg to the office. And then print out the receipt. When she asks about the delivery information then hand over the address receipt.

*sorry. I said "she"...but the interviewer COULD be a man too. No disrespect*

Cool, thanks! It is kind of important because my wife is actually working in another country, so she will only be here for about three weeks.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Rodrigo3586 on October 01, 2014, 07:41:02 am
I thought there wasn't a time limit to turn in the packet 3/interview. My wife is still waiting on her Canadian background check to come through. Where did you see or hear this info?
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Ley_Druid on October 01, 2014, 07:46:35 am
I thought there wasn't a time limit to turn in the packet 3/interview. My wife is still waiting on her Canadian background check to come through. Where did you see or hear this info?

The time limit to turn in the packet 3 is two years from the date that it was emailed to  you.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Rodrigo3586 on October 01, 2014, 07:49:26 am
I thought there wasn't a time limit to turn in the packet 3/interview. My wife is still waiting on her Canadian background check to come through. Where did you see or hear this info?

The time limit to turn in the packet 3 is two years from the date that it was emailed to  you.

Well alright. That makes me feel better about this. Thanks for clarifying!
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: illinoisjones on October 07, 2014, 03:13:48 pm
Hope this hasn't already been discussed, but I couldn't find anything about it:

My Korean wife have received the packet 3 and we are preparing for our interview appointment. I am off work the first week of November and was hoping to schedule the appointment then (we live far from Seoul). But when I went online to schedule the appointment (http://www.ustraveldocs.com/kr/index.html?firstTime=No) the only dates available were in the last two weeks of October. No dates after that in November, December, etc.

So, my guess is that more dates will become available if I wait longer. But if I'm wrong I don't want to miss my chance. I called the number on the website and asked, but the lady wouldn't give me a definite answer. She said the dates are personalized for our case number and more might become available, but "it's at the discretion of the consulate." Does anybody know whether more dates will open up if I skip the ones already provided?

Thanks everyone for the great information. Really useful thread.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: rxqueen on October 13, 2014, 10:26:59 am
To any Canadians who had to submit their birth certificate:

Did you submit the long-form or short-form birth certificate?

The birth certificate I was able to get from my mom is what seems to be the short-form, since it only has my name, date and city of birth on it.

Has anyone used this and was it ok?

I know that I can order a "long-form birth certificate" online, but I don't want to go through the hassle of finding a guarantor, paying the fees, and waiting for the certificate to arrive if I don't have to.

Thanks for your input!
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: iamrhart on November 05, 2014, 10:29:02 am
Yay. Finaly got the greencard. Feels like it took forever. *in actuality it took two months from the date of admitance into the USA.
ALSO ladies and gents. Please note that when/if you get accepted into the usa. U will recieve a stamp in the passprt. It IS a greencard. It is a temporary greencard. U can open a bank account with it. Get a job. Etc. if ypu go to a bnak and they say "but the visa expired" then just know that the BANK doesnt know what they are talking about. You should go to a different branch. Ss card came before the greencard. Only took a couple weeks.

Word of advice: go to the DMV as soon as you can and get a "non drivers ID". Will help a lot as a form of Identification.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Ley_Druid on November 05, 2014, 01:17:25 pm
Yay. Finaly got the greencard. Feels like it took forever. *in actuality it took two months from the date of admitance into the USA.
ALSO ladies and gents. Please note that when/if you get accepted into the usa. U will recieve a stamp in the passprt. It IS a greencard. It is a temporary greencard. U can open a bank account with it. Get a job. Etc. if ypu go to a bnak and they say "but the visa expired" then just know that the BANK doesnt know what they are talking about. You should go to a different branch. Ss card came before the greencard. Only took a couple weeks.

Word of advice: go to the DMV as soon as you can and get a "non drivers ID". Will help a lot as a form of Identification.

Thanks for the info. Currently, we are gathering the documents for the packet 3. It took exactly a month from the submission of our I-130 Petition to receive the email. We registered for our appointment in December. Note to those who are doing a long term plan on this, it is important to consider the fact that you can only get an interview date up to 30 days from the current date.

Good luck to everyone who is in the process.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: geegcurtin on November 13, 2014, 10:03:23 am
Hi everyone.
I'm just in the very early stages of applying for my green card (my husband is American, I'm Irish)
I went to America during college on a work and travel visa for 3 months and in that time I was given a social security number. I don't think I still have it or remember it and I noticed that the I-130 form asks for it.
Does anyone know if there is any way to retrieve this number?
Thanks!
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: johnpwessel on November 14, 2014, 02:18:46 pm
Submitted the i-130 on Monday, we got the packet 3 email today (4 days later)! Wow, it must be some kind of record.

Does income earned in Korea count for the I-864 form even though it's not included in AGI?
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: country09 on November 14, 2014, 03:28:32 pm
I was wondering is someone can clear this up for me.

I am wanting to get my wife a green card so that when we decide to move over there we can do it more freely and without time constraints. I am under the assumption that for you to actually get your green card, after you have gone through all the paper work, you need to be in the US for a certain amount of time.

Is it possible for her to get her card and not have to be in the US for an extended period of time?
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: kungfuninja on November 14, 2014, 05:18:53 pm
http://www.uscis.gov/green-card/green-card-through-family/green-card-immediate-relative-us-citizen

Look at the section "Get a Green Card While Outside the United States." It looks like your spouse is considered an immediate family member, and you can apply for a visa abroad that allows him/her to travel to the states and claim permanent residency upon arrival. You should be good to go! Might be a bit of a hassle, but looks like a clear path.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: iamrhart on November 20, 2014, 07:27:32 am
ok, let me try to shed some light for you guys/girls. please remember this is based on my experience.

Johnpwessel, you should include you current income, even if it is Korean.
country09 the green card process will not even start until the individual has landed (my understanding). HOWEVER, upon arrival and ACCEPTANCE, the Boarder Protection guard will take the visa and put in a stamp. the stamp is a I-155 (i think that is the name). this makes her "visa" obsolete. as the I-155 IS A TEMPORARY GREEN CARD.  *went to the bank to get her an account, and they kept arguing that the visa was expired, but i kept pointing out that the I-155 trumps the visa. turns out that BANKS are not always "up to date" with IMMIGRATION laws.  ^.^ and yes, i was right to tell the bank that the visa didnt matter anymore, it was the I-155 they should be looking at.


"Hi everyone.
I'm just in the very early stages of applying for my green card (my husband is American, I'm Irish)
I went to America during college on a work and travel visa for 3 months and in that time I was given a social security number. I don't think I still have it or remember it and I noticed that the I-130 form asks for it.
Does anyone know if there is any way to retrieve this number?
Thanks! "

so....this means you left the usa after college? or you stayed in the usa and got married?  if you left the USA, without becoming a resident or temporary resident, or relative of a us citizen, i do not think you can have a social security card.  the BEST advice i would give you, is to call the SSA (social security administration). http://www.ssa.gov/



Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Ley_Druid on November 20, 2014, 10:01:36 am
When filling in the online forum to schedule the interview after receiving the Packet-3, when we want to pick up the passport, what option should we choose? The office in Yongsan?
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: iamrhart on November 21, 2014, 10:34:43 am
I cant speak for picking it up. We had ours delivered certified mail.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Rodrigo3586 on December 01, 2014, 08:47:14 am
I cant speak for picking it up. We had ours delivered certified mail.

How long did it take you to receive your passport after the interview?
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: popeye2u on December 01, 2014, 09:29:00 am
Btw, has the requierment to have US based income changed.  I will be trying again but with a joint sponsor this time.  Last time I tried to get my wife's visa they said my Korean income wasnt counted. 
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: iamrhart on December 02, 2014, 09:05:21 pm
I cant speak for picking it up. We had ours delivered certified mail.

How long did it take you to receive your passport after the interview?
I think around 8 to 13 days....so about two weeks
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: iamrhart on December 03, 2014, 11:17:47 pm
from my understanding, if you are married for less than 2 years, she will need to wait for her greencard until conditions are removed.  If you have been married over 2 years, then she gets her green card unconditionally.  She can leave the US as long as she filles for permission but its usually up to 6 months to be away.  You have to basically show that she intends to live in the US, otherwise there is a chance of losing the green card.
the way that works is as follows.
When the spouse arrives in the usa. They receive a stamp. That is an I 551 or sommething. It is a GREEN CARD to be used until the REAL greencard arrives. If married for less than 2years the spouse is  a conditonal resident. The spouse will need to file to have the Conditional Status removed. This must be done NO LATER THAN 90 days before the anniversary of their second year in the usa
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: johnpwessel on December 16, 2014, 08:02:10 am
Does the  I 551 have anything like a temporary SSN or tax ID# on it that can be used to open a bank account?
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: iamrhart on December 18, 2014, 07:53:57 am
Does the  I 551 have anything like a temporary SSN or tax ID# on it that can be used to open a bank account?

You will recieve the SSN no EARLIER than 2 weeks of landing. the Passport I-551 is a Greencard. IF the bank is familiar with doing visa/greencard enrollments, then you will have no problem. I went to one bank, and the lady had never done it before. so she went with the date of the VISA, and not the date of the I-551 stamp. I contacted immigration about it, and they said that the lady was wrong and i should probably try a different bank.  so i went to a bank (same bank, different branch), and everything went smooth. all because the lady that helped open the account, was familiar with the process.

so, "Can you open an account with the I-551?"  the answer is yes. 
"is it easy?"  depends on how much experience your teller/bank person  has with the situation.
 
** you can also go to the DMV and get a Non-Drivers ID. that way you have 1) State ID, 2) SSN, and 3) Passport I-551.

good luck
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Ley_Druid on December 18, 2014, 08:16:30 am
New Question: How did you proove domicile? We went in for our interview on the first week of this month and we got rejected for domicile purposes. Another friend of my wife's went in with the same exact circumstances, except that the girl was pregnant and that his parents co-signed the application. Is that something I should do?

The people at the embassy were literally of no help. Their paper said what kind of documents might help, but they stressed that even if we had all of them, it doesn't mean that we can pass or not.

What did you guys provide that I didn't? Thanks!
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Rodrigo3586 on December 18, 2014, 12:04:22 pm
New Question: How did you proove domicile? We went in for our interview on the first week of this month and we got rejected for domicile purposes. Another friend of my wife's went in with the same exact circumstances, except that the girl was pregnant and that his parents co-signed the application. Is that something I should do?

The people at the embassy were literally of no help. Their paper said what kind of documents might help, but they stressed that even if we had all of them, it doesn't mean that we can pass or not.

What did you guys provide that I didn't? Thanks!

Damn. I'm sorry to hear that. We have our appointment in two weeks and I plan on bringing my drivers license, American bank account info, tax records and a written explanation about what I was doing abroad and what I intend to do when I get back. What did you bring with you?
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: iamrhart on December 18, 2014, 12:19:59 pm
For domicile i used my tax returns and bank statement. There should be a list of acceptable documents on the travel.state.gov site, or somewhere regarding the visa application. maybe even get a affidavit from family members?  sorry you ran into that hiccup. follow-up question... are you also having difficulty with your "Affidavit of Support"?  i think its form 864?  *i dont know the forms as well as i used to. its been about 4 months :-)

New Question: How did you proove domicile? We went in for our interview on the first week of this month and we got rejected for domicile purposes. Another friend of my wife's went in with the same exact circumstances, except that the girl was pregnant and that his parents co-signed the application. Is that something I should do?

The people at the embassy were literally of no help. Their paper said what kind of documents might help, but they stressed that even if we had all of them, it doesn't mean that we can pass or not.

What did you guys provide that I didn't? Thanks!
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Ley_Druid on December 18, 2014, 02:54:52 pm
New Question: How did you proove domicile? We went in for our interview on the first week of this month and we got rejected for domicile purposes. Another friend of my wife's went in with the same exact circumstances, except that the girl was pregnant and that his parents co-signed the application. Is that something I should do?

The people at the embassy were literally of no help. Their paper said what kind of documents might help, but they stressed that even if we had all of them, it doesn't mean that we can pass or not.

What did you guys provide that I didn't? Thanks!

Damn. I'm sorry to hear that. We have our appointment in two weeks and I plan on bringing my drivers license, American bank account info, tax records and a written explanation about what I was doing abroad and what I intend to do when I get back. What did you bring with you?
I didn't bring anything since there was no information about that on my packet 3 checklist.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Ley_Druid on December 18, 2014, 02:58:00 pm
For domicile i used my tax returns and bank statement. There should be a list of acceptable documents on the travel.state.gov site, or somewhere regarding the visa application. maybe even get a affidavit from family members?  sorry you ran into that hiccup. follow-up question... are you also having difficulty with your "Affidavit of Support"?  i think its form 864?  *i dont know the forms as well as i used to. its been about 4 months :-)

New Question: How did you proove domicile? We went in for our interview on the first week of this month and we got rejected for domicile purposes. Another friend of my wife's went in with the same exact circumstances, except that the girl was pregnant and that his parents co-signed the application. Is that something I should do?

The people at the embassy were literally of no help. Their paper said what kind of documents might help, but they stressed that even if we had all of them, it doesn't mean that we can pass or not.

What did you guys provide that I didn't? Thanks!

What exactly did you show them on your bank statements? Your address?
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Rodrigo3586 on December 18, 2014, 03:13:54 pm
New Question: How did you proove domicile? We went in for our interview on the first week of this month and we got rejected for domicile purposes. Another friend of my wife's went in with the same exact circumstances, except that the girl was pregnant and that his parents co-signed the application. Is that something I should do?

The people at the embassy were literally of no help. Their paper said what kind of documents might help, but they stressed that even if we had all of them, it doesn't mean that we can pass or not.

What did you guys provide that I didn't? Thanks!

Damn. I'm sorry to hear that. We have our appointment in two weeks and I plan on bringing my drivers license, American bank account info, tax records and a written explanation about what I was doing abroad and what I intend to do when I get back. What did you bring with you?
I didn't bring anything since there was no information about that on my packet 3 checklist.

Ah man. I think it was in the instructions for the actual form. I found it here:

http://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/files/form/i-864instr.pdf

Part 4, subsection 2

Any luck getting another appointment this month, or will you have to wait forever to go back in? It really just seems like you'll need to print out a few things that Iamrhart and I listed and you'll be okay. Good luck!
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: iamrhart on December 18, 2014, 10:25:30 pm
For domicile i used my tax returns and bank statement. There should be a list of acceptable documents on the travel.state.gov site, or somewhere regarding the visa application. maybe even get a affidavit from family members?  sorry you ran into that hiccup. follow-up question... are you also having difficulty with your "Affidavit of Support"?  i think its form 864?  *i dont know the forms as well as i used to. its been about 4 months :-)

New Question: How did you proove domicile? We went in for our interview on the first week of this month and we got rejected for domicile purposes. Another friend of my wife's went in with the same exact circumstances, except that the girl was pregnant and that his parents co-signed the application. Is that something I should do?

The people at the embassy were literally of no help. Their paper said what kind of documents might help, but they stressed that even if we had all of them, it doesn't mean that we can pass or not.

What did you guys provide that I didn't? Thanks!

What exactly did you show them on your bank statements? Your address?

I didnt show them the Amount or the Account Number. just the address and bank address (so they knew it wasnt a fake bank). they didnt have a problem with it, but sometimes they see a paper, take it, and dispose of it. so i dont "know" 100% that theyused it.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Ley_Druid on December 19, 2014, 05:59:43 am
New Question: How did you proove domicile? We went in for our interview on the first week of this month and we got rejected for domicile purposes. Another friend of my wife's went in with the same exact circumstances, except that the girl was pregnant and that his parents co-signed the application. Is that something I should do?

The people at the embassy were literally of no help. Their paper said what kind of documents might help, but they stressed that even if we had all of them, it doesn't mean that we can pass or not.

What did you guys provide that I didn't? Thanks!

Damn. I'm sorry to hear that. We have our appointment in two weeks and I plan on bringing my drivers license, American bank account info, tax records and a written explanation about what I was doing abroad and what I intend to do when I get back. What did you bring with you?
I didn't bring anything since there was no information about that on my packet 3 checklist.

Ah man. I think it was in the instructions for the actual form. I found it here:

http://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/files/form/i-864instr.pdf

Part 4, subsection 2

Any luck getting another appointment this month, or will you have to wait forever to go back in? It really just seems like you'll need to print out a few things that Iamrhart and I listed and you'll be okay. Good luck!

I wonder how I totally missed that. I prepared for about four months to ensure that I had everything. I guess I better get my bank statement and everything else I can.

We won't be able to do it again until April. My wife actually works in Dubai, but she is Korean.

It is strange that the form that they gave me said nothing about bank statements or anything else this form said. They said I had to have a job and all that.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: johnpwessel on December 22, 2014, 07:11:07 pm
My wife got approved for her visa today, from submitting the i-130 the process only took 42 days. Thanks to everyone that posted useful information and answered my questions.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: iamrhart on December 22, 2014, 11:48:27 pm
My wife got approved for her visa today, from submitting the i-130 the process only took 42 days. Thanks to everyone that posted useful information and answered my questions.

Congrats!
now the "real journey" begins eh? hehehe
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Rodrigo3586 on December 23, 2014, 08:01:37 am
My wife has her interview on Monday morning and I'm hoping you guys/gals can help me with something. I back filed my taxes for the 2011 and 2012 tax years about 4 months ago. The 2011 were accepted after about a month or so. After waiting another couple of months for the 2012 to be accepted, I called and asked them if there was an issue with my 2012 forms. The IRS man said that they had never received the 2012 form (even though they were in the same envelope as the 2011 forms  :evil: ) so I had to send them again. I sent them AGAIN in late November and they were received in early December.

As of today, they still have not been processed and I'm kind of worried. One of the parts of the I-864 form requests the 2013 tax transcript, which I have, and my income for the previous three years (from my tax records). So should I just list the amount that I filed for the 2012 tax year, or should I tell them that I've filed, but they haven't been processed yet?

I know none of you are Immigration Officers, but I'm just seeking some opinions on the matter.

Thanks and Happy Holidays!
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Ley_Druid on December 23, 2014, 10:34:27 am
My wife has her interview on Monday morning and I'm hoping you guys/gals can help me with something. I back filed my taxes for the 2011 and 2012 tax years about 4 months ago. The 2011 were accepted after about a month or so. After waiting another couple of months for the 2012 to be accepted, I called and asked them if there was an issue with my 2012 forms. The IRS man said that they had never received the 2012 form (even though they were in the same envelope as the 2011 forms  :evil: ) so I had to send them again. I sent them AGAIN in late November and they were received in early December.

As of today, they still have not been processed and I'm kind of worried. One of the parts of the I-864 form requests the 2013 tax transcript, which I have, and my income for the previous three years (from my tax records). So should I just list the amount that I filed for the 2012 tax year, or should I tell them that I've filed, but they haven't been processed yet?

I know none of you are Immigration Officers, but I'm just seeking some opinions on the matter.

Thanks and Happy Holidays!

So long as you have sent them in and you have the forms with you, it shouldn't be a problem.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: iamrhart on December 23, 2014, 09:52:12 pm
i suggest checking the IRS website constantly. they have an interactive area where you can even print off verification sheets.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Rodrigo3586 on January 01, 2015, 03:49:38 pm
Well, we went in for my wife's interview on Monday morning and I thought I would share our experience. We got there around 7:30 and were let in to the Embassy at that time. We were 4th in line that day and were called up to turn in our paperwork around 8:15 or so. The woman behind the counter (not the interviewer) seemed to really focus on my proof of domicile. I provided her with credit card and bank statements, a valid drivers license and proof that I had completed the online portion of a teacher training program in Texas (which I explained showed my intent to move back home). I also provided a written explanation of everything for her. She really focused on the teaching program and told me that it doesn't really provide domicile and that I should be prepared to answer more questions about my domicile during the interview.

About 30 minutes later they called us to the window again and told us to go downstairs and pay (I think we paid 390,000won). After we paid, we waited another 15 or 20 minutes and were called to the window again. This time, it was with the "interviewer." She asked my wife to swear that everything we submitted was truthful and asked us when we got married. After that she told us that her visa was approved and we'd be receiving it in the mail in a week. So simple, huh?!

My wife received her passport/visa yesterday afternoon and we are good to go now!! Thanks again to everyone that answered questions and helped us during this process. ;D
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: iamrhart on January 13, 2015, 07:54:03 am
Well, we went in for my wife's interview on Monday morning and I thought I would share our experience. We got there around 7:30 and were let in to the Embassy at that time. We were 4th in line that day and were called up to turn in our paperwork around 8:15 or so. The woman behind the counter (not the interviewer) seemed to really focus on my proof of domicile. I provided her with credit card and bank statements, a valid drivers license and proof that I had completed the online portion of a teacher training program in Texas (which I explained showed my intent to move back home). I also provided a written explanation of everything for her. She really focused on the teaching program and told me that it doesn't really provide domicile and that I should be prepared to answer more questions about my domicile during the interview.

About 30 minutes later they called us to the window again and told us to go downstairs and pay (I think we paid 390,000won). After we paid, we waited another 15 or 20 minutes and were called to the window again. This time, it was with the "interviewer." She asked my wife to swear that everything we submitted was truthful and asked us when we got married. After that she told us that her visa was approved and we'd be receiving it in the mail in a week. So simple, huh?!

My wife received her passport/visa yesterday afternoon and we are good to go now!! Thanks again to everyone that answered questions and helped us during this process. ;D

Congrats. and see you soon (speaking as a US resident). glad the Visa interview was over...and now.... the Customs and Border Officer/Patrol/Agent guy. i have heard that Seattle is the best one to go to, as Chicago and NY are 'tougher'.  My wife and i went to SEA and i have heard others that went there. Very easy going guys there, were not aggressive at all. Very friendly.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Rodrigo3586 on January 13, 2015, 09:48:18 am
Well, we went in for my wife's interview on Monday morning and I thought I would share our experience. We got there around 7:30 and were let in to the Embassy at that time. We were 4th in line that day and were called up to turn in our paperwork around 8:15 or so. The woman behind the counter (not the interviewer) seemed to really focus on my proof of domicile. I provided her with credit card and bank statements, a valid drivers license and proof that I had completed the online portion of a teacher training program in Texas (which I explained showed my intent to move back home). I also provided a written explanation of everything for her. She really focused on the teaching program and told me that it doesn't really provide domicile and that I should be prepared to answer more questions about my domicile during the interview.

About 30 minutes later they called us to the window again and told us to go downstairs and pay (I think we paid 390,000won). After we paid, we waited another 15 or 20 minutes and were called to the window again. This time, it was with the "interviewer." She asked my wife to swear that everything we submitted was truthful and asked us when we got married. After that she told us that her visa was approved and we'd be receiving it in the mail in a week. So simple, huh?!

My wife received her passport/visa yesterday afternoon and we are good to go now!! Thanks again to everyone that answered questions and helped us during this process. ;D

Congrats. and see you soon (speaking as a US resident). glad the Visa interview was over...and now.... the Customs and Border Officer/Patrol/Agent guy. i have heard that Seattle is the best one to go to, as Chicago and NY are 'tougher'.  My wife and i went to SEA and i have heard others that went there. Very easy going guys there, were not aggressive at all. Very friendly.

Unfortunately, we are locked into a Dallas arrival. What kind of questions did you get from the Customs and Border Officer/Patrol/Agent guy? I figure this guy/gal will be a lot more intimidating than the kind woman at the embassy. Anyway, thanks for the help on here!
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: mmerza on January 13, 2015, 12:46:08 pm
Just keeping an eye on this thread.  Thanks. 

( Hoping to get my husband's Visa  by late February. )
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: iamrhart on January 13, 2015, 01:23:22 pm
Well, we went in for my wife's interview on Monday morning and I thought I would share our experience. We got there around 7:30 and were let in to the Embassy at that time. We were 4th in line that day and were called up to turn in our paperwork around 8:15 or so. The woman behind the counter (not the interviewer) seemed to really focus on my proof of domicile. I provided her with credit card and bank statements, a valid drivers license and proof that I had completed the online portion of a teacher training program in Texas (which I explained showed my intent to move back home). I also provided a written explanation of everything for her. She really focused on the teaching program and told me that it doesn't really provide domicile and that I should be prepared to answer more questions about my domicile during the interview.

About 30 minutes later they called us to the window again and told us to go downstairs and pay (I think we paid 390,000won). After we paid, we waited another 15 or 20 minutes and were called to the window again. This time, it was with the "interviewer." She asked my wife to swear that everything we submitted was truthful and asked us when we got married. After that she told us that her visa was approved and we'd be receiving it in the mail in a week. So simple, huh?!

My wife received her passport/visa yesterday afternoon and we are good to go now!! Thanks again to everyone that answered questions and helped us during this process. ;D

Congrats. and see you soon (speaking as a US resident). glad the Visa interview was over...and now.... the Customs and Border Officer/Patrol/Agent guy. i have heard that Seattle is the best one to go to, as Chicago and NY are 'tougher'.  My wife and i went to SEA and i have heard others that went there. Very easy going guys there, were not aggressive at all. Very friendly.

Unfortunately, we are locked into a Dallas arrival. What kind of questions did you get from the Customs and Border Officer/Patrol/Agent guy? I figure this guy/gal will be a lot more intimidating than the kind woman at the embassy. Anyway, thanks for the help on here!
if i remember correctly, he asked her her name, where she was from, had she ever been to the USA before, etc (etc. being questions that were already answered on the visa app.). The one that i laughed at/chuckled about was when he looked her straight in the face and said "just remember, in the US we all have to work, so you should find a job" (or something to that extent. I chuckled cause i had been on her (my wife) case about what she wanted to do when she gets to the USA, and she kept putting it off like "i can do whatever"  "i dont care" "i will be a home maker".....i am SO glad she didnt give that answer to the Embassy for the visa, and to the CB officer. That could have been bad.  And even now she is working, so it wasnt anything to worry about.  :undecided:
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: toddc06 on February 02, 2015, 12:57:28 am
Well, we went in for my wife's interview on Monday morning and I thought I would share our experience. We got there around 7:30 and were let in to the Embassy at that time. We were 4th in line that day and were called up to turn in our paperwork around 8:15 or so. The woman behind the counter (not the interviewer) seemed to really focus on my proof of domicile. I provided her with credit card and bank statements, a valid drivers license and proof that I had completed the online portion of a teacher training program in Texas (which I explained showed my intent to move back home). I also provided a written explanation of everything for her. She really focused on the teaching program and told me that it doesn't really provide domicile and that I should be prepared to answer more questions about my domicile during the interview.

About 30 minutes later they called us to the window again and told us to go downstairs and pay (I think we paid 390,000won). After we paid, we waited another 15 or 20 minutes and were called to the window again. This time, it was with the "interviewer." She asked my wife to swear that everything we submitted was truthful and asked us when we got married. After that she told us that her visa was approved and we'd be receiving it in the mail in a week. So simple, huh?!

My wife received her passport/visa yesterday afternoon and we are good to go now!! Thanks again to everyone that answered questions and helped us during this process. ;D

Congrats. and see you soon (speaking as a US resident). glad the Visa interview was over...and now.... the Customs and Border Officer/Patrol/Agent guy. i have heard that Seattle is the best one to go to, as Chicago and NY are 'tougher'.  My wife and i went to SEA and i have heard others that went there. Very easy going guys there, were not aggressive at all. Very friendly.

Unfortunately, we are locked into a Dallas arrival. What kind of questions did you get from the Customs and Border Officer/Patrol/Agent guy? I figure this guy/gal will be a lot more intimidating than the kind woman at the embassy. Anyway, thanks for the help on here!

So I haven't checked this board in a while, and you may already be in the US, but we had a Dallas arrival and it took us less than 5 minutes to get through immigration.  We were in and out faster than the people just visiting/coming home.  We just went into another room, it was pretty late at night because our flight was delayed 5 hours, and we were the only ones there.  The customs people were probably the nicest immigration people I've spoken to.  They didn't even ask her any questions.  They just got her fingerprints and made small talk.  Very positive experience.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: cad_diva20 on February 02, 2015, 12:06:57 pm
Hey guys! I would LOVE some advice. I am Canadian, just got engaged to an American guy.

We are thinking of staying in Korea for two more years.  Seeing as we have all this time, do you suggest we marry here ASAP  or marry closer to our departure date (maybe withing 6 months of departure date)? It doesn't really matter for us. We could do it now, or later.

We are planning on living in the states rather than in Canada.
I would LOVE some input on this! Thanks everyone!!
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: iamrhart on February 04, 2015, 09:43:26 am
Hey guys! I would LOVE some advice. I am Canadian, just got engaged to an American guy.

We are thinking of staying in Korea for two more years.  Seeing as we have all this time, do you suggest we marry here ASAP  or marry closer to our departure date (maybe withing 6 months of departure date)? It doesn't really matter for us. We could do it now, or later.

We are planning on living in the states rather than in Canada.
I would LOVE some input on this! Thanks everyone!!

i think the answer for this would be based on preference, as most posters here are seeking advice on getting the Visa from the USA government, while in South Korea (whether they married to a korean, filipino, etc.).  SO, if you married your other and then proceeded to come to korea, and then wanted to get a USA visa, this thread would be helpful. 
my advice: search for the document you will need from the country-of-marriage. i married in the Philippines, and the USA government wanted a lot of documents from the Philippines. so just make sure you have all the documents that the process requires, and maybe even some that are not required.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Ley_Druid on February 06, 2015, 10:45:19 am
BTW - we submitted our i-130 the day AFTER we got married - so you can do it as soon as you like! We didn't want to waste any time and I think they prefer that.

I am pretty sure that we did it the same day.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: oskinny1 on February 06, 2015, 11:19:50 am
I am going through this but while we are in the USA.

The wife and I got married in the US Jan 2014 but we lived in Saudi until May. We thought we would be moving after a few months, but it hasn't happened yet. We went to Costa Rica in Nov and when we returned (she on a tourist visa) the immigration agent told us to get a visa sorted for her or there was a good chance she would not be allowed back in. "A tourist visa is for being a tourist and then going home, not for living in a country."

We were going to go with a lawyer but for $3,000 just to sort papers out and hold your hand while you interview seemed a bit steep and are handling it ourselves.

We sent out the package January 2 and got a notice of receipt Jan 7. The wife went for her fingerprints Jan 26 and we got notice for our interview date on Feb 3. The interview will be March 5. If everything goes to plan it will take us 2 months from start to finish.



Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: iamrhart on February 23, 2015, 01:48:20 am
Ive heard mixed things about lawyers. I hope u succeed.

Oh, by the way....3k? ^.^ awesome. Can you donate some.my way too? ^.^   (just kidding)
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: oskinny1 on February 23, 2015, 05:24:22 am
Ive heard mixed things about lawyers. I hope u succeed.

Oh, by the way....3k? ^.^ awesome. Can you donate some.my way too? ^.^   (just kidding)

Nonono, we didn't go with a lawyer.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: oskinny1 on March 14, 2015, 11:54:46 pm
From sending in the forms to receiving the green card took us 9 weeks while in the USA. This was done without a lawyer though there were quite a few sitting in the reception area waiting for the interviews.

I did this in Ohio so that could be what made things go a bit faster.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: justaguy on March 21, 2015, 01:51:30 am
Hi guys. We turned in our I-130 about 4 weeks ago.

When can we expect the e-mail for packet 3?

We turned in the I-130 at the Seoul embassy.

Thanks
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Ley_Druid on March 21, 2015, 07:50:01 am
Hi guys. We turned in our I-130 about 4 weeks ago.

When can we expect the e-mail for packet 3?

We turned in the I-130 at the Seoul embassy.

Thanks

You should get it soon. Within two more weeks I would say.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: justaguy on March 21, 2015, 01:11:54 pm

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You should get it soon. Within two more weeks I would say.
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Thanks.

We'll keep checking out e-mail every ten minutes for two more weeks.

Can't wait to get on an airplane home!
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: geegcurtin on March 22, 2015, 05:28:52 pm
Hi everyone,

Myself and my husband will start the green card process soon. I'm Irish and he's American. I've been watching this thread for a while now and excited that we are finally beginning the process.
I'm just wondering, when you turn in the I-130 form do I need to bring my birth cert or will my passport suffice?
Thanks in advance!
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: justaguy on March 22, 2015, 08:33:08 pm
I'm just wondering, when you turn in the I-130 form do I need to bring my birth cert or will my passport suffice?
Thanks in advance!

I'm a US citizen and my wife is Korean.

I had my birth certificate available and they didn't want it (for the initial I-130).

My wife does not have a birth certificate, and they didn't ask for hers (when submitting the initial I-130).

They did want the birth certificates of our children (when we first handed in the I-130).
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: mogbert on March 23, 2015, 06:45:11 am
For taxes, did you guys have your spouses' information on them? My spouse doesn't work and I've been trying to figure out if I need her info on my taxes for the visa approval.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: justaguy on March 23, 2015, 07:03:53 am
For taxes, did you guys have your spouses' information on them? My spouse doesn't work and I've been trying to figure out if I need her info on my taxes for the visa approval.

I was told that I didn't need any of my wife's info when I filed my taxes.

She doesn't have a tax ID or social so she doesn't exist to the IRS yet.

I have kids and needed their SS numbers and that was it.

YMMV
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: mogbert on March 24, 2015, 09:37:09 pm
Thanks.  So your wife was able to get a Visa approved?

There's an extra form that is available and the process is a hassle to get through to get a tax ID number for a non-US citizen spouse.  But I'm not sure if I absolutely have to do it or not.  It involves sending my passport to the closest office for the paperwork to be processed and in our case, that's Japan.


For taxes, did you guys have your spouses' information on them? My spouse doesn't work and I've been trying to figure out if I need her info on my taxes for the visa approval.

I was told that I didn't need any of my wife's info when I filed my taxes.

She doesn't have a tax ID or social so she doesn't exist to the IRS yet.

I have kids and needed their SS numbers and that was it.

YMMV
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Ley_Druid on March 25, 2015, 09:49:59 am
For taxes, did you guys have your spouses' information on them? My spouse doesn't work and I've been trying to figure out if I need her info on my taxes for the visa approval.

I was told that I didn't need any of my wife's info when I filed my taxes.

She doesn't have a tax ID or social so she doesn't exist to the IRS yet.

I have kids and needed their SS numbers and that was it.

YMMV

Any updates? You might wanna let the group know how long your total wait is once you get your PACKET-3.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: justaguy on March 25, 2015, 12:13:43 pm
Thanks.  So your wife was able to get a Visa approved?

There's an extra form that is available and the process is a hassle to get through to get a tax ID number for a non-US citizen spouse.  But I'm not sure if I absolutely have to do it or not.  It involves sending my passport to the closest office for the paperwork to be processed and in our case, that's Japan.


For taxes, did you guys have your spouses' information on them? My spouse doesn't work and I've been trying to figure out if I need her info on my taxes for the visa approval.


i can't think of a reason to file jointly. I don't think it will affect the visa process.

Anyone else?

---

I'm still waiting for packet 3. If it's not here. By Friday, I'll make an embassy appointment to get my passport renewed and pop in on the 2nd floor to ask that guy if he knows what's up.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: justaguy on March 31, 2015, 04:15:43 pm
Quick question: has anyone waited longer than 6 weeks for packet 3?

Thanks

EDIT: got it today. 6 weeks and a few days.

EDIT 2: preparing pack 3 interview docs

1) opened a U.S. Bank account today (will bring scans of bank info to interview)

2) have a letter of tenancy at our U.S. address

3) if they require an additional affidavit of support sponsor, can get it done within 24 hours

4) it looks like the health check appt., will take the longest amount of time in all of this

Will update
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: geegcurtin on April 07, 2015, 12:00:38 pm
Thanks for the information.
We had our first appointment yesterday and it went well. They did ask me for my birth certificate but luckily the one that my mom had posted arrived a few days beforehand. I think maybe I needed my birth cert because I'm not Korean.

Anyways now begins the waiting for our packet 3.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: justaguy on April 07, 2015, 12:56:41 pm
Thanks for the information.
We had our first appointment yesterday and it went well. They did ask me for my birth certificate but luckily the one that my mom had posted arrived a few days beforehand. I think maybe I needed my birth cert because I'm not Korean.

Anyways now begins the waiting for our packet 3.

I'm glad you had the birth certificate with you. They asked for my daughter's birth certificate and luckily I had brought EVERYTHING.

Just a heads up- we just scheduled the health check and the first appointment we could get is in 5 weeks! It looks like we won't be able to leave until the summer. I was hoping to spend some spring time touring around the states. Now we may be confined to a beach trip, but my family can't swim. Disney in Florida in the summer is 100% nope.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: cad_diva20 on April 08, 2015, 08:07:54 am
Once all is said and done, your papers have been submitted, you have done the interviews and you have the green light to go ahead move into the US, how long do you have to leave Korea?

Meaning, are you given an allotted period of time to leave and move to the US or can you stick around Korea for a while and move to the states whenever you are ready.

Are you given a leave by blah blah date?

Just trying to think ahead here :) Thanks guys!
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: justaguy on April 08, 2015, 01:09:30 pm
IIRC, you have to enter the U.S. within 6 months of being issued the visa.

http://www.immihelp.com/immigrant-visa/steps-after-immigrant-visa-interview.html

Edit: yes. Six months
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Shinu on April 09, 2015, 04:03:26 am
Thanks for the information.
We had our first appointment yesterday and it went well. They did ask me for my birth certificate but luckily the one that my mom had posted arrived a few days beforehand. I think maybe I needed my birth cert because I'm not Korean.

Anyways now begins the waiting for our packet 3.

I'm glad you had the birth certificate with you. They asked for my daughter's birth certificate and luckily I had brought EVERYTHING.

Just a heads up- we just scheduled the health check and the first appointment we could get is in 5 weeks! It looks like we won't be able to leave until the summer. I was hoping to spend some spring time touring around the states. Now we may be confined to a beach trip, but my family can't swim. Disney in Florida in the summer is 100% nope.

Geez...5 weeks?!  Have you tried calling the other hospitals on the list? 
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: justaguy on April 09, 2015, 12:06:04 pm
Yes. Well, there are only two hospitals on the list in Seoul and the third hospital is in Busan.

What's a normal wait time? I've seen stories here saying start to finish was 3 months. It's going to run us into 5-6 months start to finish. I wish I started the process last year. Oh well.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: geegcurtin on April 09, 2015, 02:24:20 pm
Thanks for the information about the health check justaguy.
I was just checking up about trying to organise my health check early but I saw that you need to be able to give your case number to the hospital and you don't get that number until you get your packet 3.

Has anyone tried to get their health check before they received packet 3? 
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Steinbeck5 on April 16, 2015, 03:44:32 pm
We just completed our interview today. Our experience was on par with what everyone else has been describing, although it seems our interview was a little more involved. Rather than just a question or two, it was at least 10, focusing the early part of our relationship, how we met, how I proposed, etc. Perhaps this is because we had only been married for two months, my wife is Chinese, or some other reason. Despite the length, the officer conducting it was jovial and was joking around with us the whole time.

The total time from getting the marriage certificate to the interview was 2.5 months. He said we would get the visa in a couple of days. The time between I-130 petition and p3 was exactly 4 weeks.

As far as I know, you can't do the health check before the p3 since it requires a case number. When we checked, the Seoul hospitals were booked for almost a month. But Busan had more availability. If you're in a time crunch, I would suggest checking out Busan's hospital.

Since everything is still pretty fresh in our memory, I'll be checking here to see if our experience is relevant to anyone's questions.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: justaguy on April 16, 2015, 09:28:04 pm
The time between I-130 petition and p3 was exactly 4 weeks.

Congratulations! 

Few questions:

1) How long have you been out of the United States?

2) Do you have a job lined up back home?  If not, did they take your tax returns from working abroad with no problem or were there questions about your savings/ work abroad?

3) How did you prove residence in the U.S. 

-I have a U.S. bank account and  a letter from family that I have residence. 

Anything you can think of that helped you get approved?

Thanks
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Steinbeck5 on April 17, 2015, 11:19:44 am
Thanks!

1. I've been out of the U.S for 3 years, but with a 7 month period back in the U.S. between the 2nd and 3rd contract.
2. I do not, but outlined general plans in my domicile letter. The interviewer also had me confirm those details. They took all 3 tax transcripts and my credit card/bank statements.
3. The letter, bank and credit card statements, letter from my parents inviting us to stay with them, and I believe they also took the copy of my driver's license that was still valid.

As long as all of your documents are in order, everything is straight forward. I think the letter from your parents is probably the most important thing. We also brought an album of photos and other relationship proof, but he didn't really want to see them. He mentioned that seeing the two people together is good? But of course, this was just our particular case so I think it's smart to prepare as much as possible.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: justaguy on April 17, 2015, 05:50:25 pm
Thanks!

1. I've been out of the U.S for 3 years, but with a 7 month period back in the U.S. between the 2nd and 3rd contract.
2. I do not, but outlined general plans in my domicile letter. The interviewer also had me confirm those details. They took all 3 tax transcripts and my credit card/bank statements.
3. The letter, bank and credit card statements, letter from my parents inviting us to stay with them, and I believe they also took the copy of my driver's license that was still valid.

As long as all of your documents are in order, everything is straight forward. I think the letter from your parents is probably the most important thing. We also brought an album of photos and other relationship proof, but he didn't really want to see them. He mentioned that seeing the two people together is good? But of course, this was just our particular case so I think it's smart to prepare as much as possible.

Thanks a ton!

This domicile letter: is it just a letter of your intent to reside and work in the U.S.?  I need to start working on mine now.  I have not seen it mentioned before this post.  THANKS

The letter from my parents is a basic one liner I wrote saying we have permission to live at such and such address. 

So, I'm going to crank out a domicile letter and see if I can write a longer letter "from" my folks. 

Also, my bank info is pretty limited.  My bank card and checkbook are both in the states.  So, I'll just have photo copies of the checkcard, checkbook, and an envelope or two from my bank.

I also have some information on enrolling my daughter in the local kindergarten- district specific... I hope that helps prove intent. 

And, I have letters from potential employers.

Thanks again for the info.  Every bit counts.  I've been out of the states for a decade.  My wife and kids have visited for up to two months a few times. 

 
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Steinbeck5 on April 17, 2015, 08:28:27 pm
The "domicile letter" isn't mentioned by name in this way, but can be found in the instructions of I-864. It says a "written explanation" should be provided in cases where your principal residence is outside of the US, yet you consider the US to be your "country of domicile."

You can go about this in a few ways, like providing evidence you always considered your stay in Korea temporary and have maintained a residence in America while living abroad. Or, and this is probably more relevant to your case, you can provide proof that you intend to reestablish your domicile in the States when your wife immigrates. They specifically mention registering children in U.S. schools so you are good there.

Check out the I-864 instructions for more detailed explanations and other options to consider.
Hope this helps!

Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: adrienne.light on April 21, 2015, 12:58:40 pm
I've been reading through all these posts and it's been very helpful. My Korean boyfriend and I want to leave Korea March 2016 and after travelling, arrive in the US in May 2016. We're getting married this August.

I have a few questions:
-We'll have to live separately until Jan 2016. For the I-130 form, what was your evidence of a bona fide marriage?
-And does anyone know the maximum period of time you can use between I-130 approval and scheduling the interview? Since we're going to travel for 2 months between leveling Korea and arriving in America, I want to make sure we don't start the process too early.

Thanks for everyone who has already posted! Good luck and have a happy marriage!
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: geegcurtin on May 12, 2015, 12:54:14 pm

-We'll have to live separately until Jan 2016. For the I-130 form, what was your evidence of a bona fide marriage?
For the I-130 your marriage certificate should be the evidence. (If you get married in Korea then I think you might have to get that translated in to English.

-And does anyone know the maximum period of time you can use between I-130 approval and scheduling the interview? Since we're going to travel for 2 months between leveling Korea and arriving in America, I want to make sure we don't start the process too early.
I just recieved my packet 3 information today. I was waiting 5 weeks for it since I handed in my I-130. It says that you then have to wait a further 6-10 weeks for approval of your visa interview.
I'm not sure what the maximum time is, sorry.

If you apply for the visa and then go travelling then you should be okay as long as your health check isn't more than 6 months old when you arrive in to America.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: bonitaabril on June 03, 2015, 12:19:14 pm
Thank you everyone for all of the posts on here, I have really appreciate everything posted, the information has been a huge help on the immigration process for us.

I figured I would give a heads up in case someone was wanting to put off doing the 1st interview. We turned in our i-130 application over 5 weeks ago and so we emailed the consulate and they told us that right now they are taking 60 days to process the paperwork and send out the packet 3 emails. I am hoping that they are just exaggerating the timeframe so we will be pleasantly surprised when the email comes sooner, but if it doesn't I wanted to let everyone currently in the process know the updated quoted timeframe for the 1st interview to the packet 3 email.

Also to answer a previous question I saw on here, you can wait up to 2 years after the i-130 before doing the packet 3 interview, but the visa stamp in the passport is only valid 6 months from the date of the medical exam.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: justaguy on June 06, 2015, 09:55:00 pm
Update:

Interview: we arrived at 7:30 am for our 8:00 am interview. There was already a line formed. We were third. By 7:45 there were over 20 people in line. Get there early!

Pulled a number, they called my wife and they asked for a bunch of papers. A ton of stuff we brought they did not care about.

They did care about the letter of intent that I wrote and e-mails from potential employers for myself.

Fifteen minutes later, they called us for the actual interview. The guy was very nice. He asked when and where we met, my intentions in the US, when we were leaving, and asked my wife what her plans were. Less than two minutes and she was approved!

I think a lot of the speed had to do with the length of our marriage and the fact that we have kids.

The visa arrived in her passport a week later. I'm in the states now working and she'll be here Monday!!!!

Good luck everyone!!
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: geegcurtin on June 24, 2015, 08:06:30 am
Congratulations justaguy!
I hope that you and your family enjoy America :)

I received my police check from my city's main police station. When I was applying for it I showed them the packet 3 info in Korean as to what was needed.

But looking at my check now I can't find any area with investigation records on it.
I have attached it here, does this look right to you?  I just have a fear of going up to Seoul for the interview and finding out that something is wrong with my documents.
(sorry...I accidentally scanned it twice)

Thanks in advance!
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: suniloneal34 on June 25, 2015, 02:07:55 pm
Posting for later, will spend some time reading through it.  Lot's to get through. 

Would anyone that understands the process let me know if my initial thoughts on it make sense or if I need to re-review this madness.

I'm a U.S citizen from California and she is a Korean citizen.

1. Get a civil wedding in Korea -  September 2015
I am here on a tourist visa at the moment (i leave every 80 days or so).I already have a job offer in America, so just spending time with each other in Korea until then. Does it matter if I'm on a tourist visa? Any specific docs I need besides a passport?

2. I move to California - January 2016 (my job there starts then).

3. Do the CR1 process (the I-130) - Start mid January 2016 and submit it in San Francisco?
I assume there are some sort of income requirements etc on the form, so that is why we want to wait until I am working in America to get that going. Also, is there any reason to submit this in the Embassy in Seoul versus San Francisco?

4. She stays in Korea (continues working) until everything is approved etc around September 2016?
Can she leave Korea during this time to visit me in America and/or could I visit Korea? I have no idea how long this whole process would take but from what I've read this seems like the right amount of time?

5. She can move to the US and everything is done (e.g., she can start legally working in the US, has a green card, etc etc)?

6. We do a religious wedding in 2017 sometime with family/friends etc? This is more of a personal question I guess....i know little to nothing about weddings.

Thanks for any advice. Lot of details to get through! Side question - any big reason I'm missing to do a K1 visa (beside any cost related reasons)? Seems like more steps, lot of waiting around for a green card, etc?
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: geegcurtin on July 22, 2015, 11:04:23 am
I know this thread is pretty quiet these days but I'm hoping someone will be able to help me.

I just completed my DS-260 form online. It says that it will take up to 30 business days to complete the review. My visa interview appointment is on August 3rd. Will I be okay if the DS-260 hasn't been reviewed by then? It didn't say that there was a time limit on when to complete it on my packet information, so I'm hoping that it will be okay.
TIA,
Grainne
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: bonitaabril on July 22, 2015, 03:30:04 pm
geegcurtin
We set up an interview for less than 30 days after we filled out the DS-260, I don't think that will be a problem, we had our interview about 2-3 weeks after submitting the DS-260 application, we only waited that long because we were waiting for the rest of our paperwork to come in.

Also just a heads up for anyone the price for the interview is higher than earlier posts on this thread, it is now $325, make sure you bring exact cash, you can also pay 357,500won. They accept cards but when they ran mine it didn't go through so it is safer just to take in the cash.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: adrienne.light on July 23, 2015, 07:39:30 am
I'm just about to begin the whole process. Tomorrow I'm going to the embassy for my affidavit for marriage. Then next week we're applying for marriage here in Korea. Our wedding is in September and that's when we'll submit the I-130 application. (I live in Daegu so have to work around my school's vacation days)

I'll post updates (and questions I'm sure) along the way!
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Shinu on July 25, 2015, 01:25:27 am
I'm just wondering, do you all have a Korean marriage license and an American marriage license?  Or just one? 
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: adrienne.light on July 28, 2015, 08:14:50 am
I'm just wondering, do you all have a Korean marriage license and an American marriage license?  Or just one? 
Shinu:
We're applying for a Korean marriage license. (You only need one.) In our current situation (living in Korea and having our wedding in Korea) its the easier option for us. We'll translate it into English then to show the embassy.

Also, my visit to the embassy went very fast and smooth. From entering to exiting it took 30mins and I had my affidavit of eligibility for marriage in hand. Next Monday we're visiting the local district office to apply for our marriage.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Shinu on July 28, 2015, 01:49:46 pm
I'm just wondering, do you all have a Korean marriage license and an American marriage license?  Or just one? 
Shinu:
We're applying for a Korean marriage license. (You only need one.) In our current situation (living in Korea and having our wedding in Korea) its the easier option for us. We'll translate it into English then to show the embassy.

Also, my visit to the embassy went very fast and smooth. From entering to exiting it took 30mins and I had my affidavit of eligibility for marriage in hand. Next Monday we're visiting the local district office to apply for our marriage.

adrienne.lig
I'm just wondering, do you all have a Korean marriage license and an American marriage license?  Or just one? 
Shinu:
We're applying for a Korean marriage license. (You only need one.) In our current situation (living in Korea and having our wedding in Korea) its the easier option for us. We'll translate it into English then to show the embassy.

Also, my visit to the embassy went very fast and smooth. From entering to exiting it took 30mins and I had my affidavit of eligibility for marriage in hand. Next Monday we're visiting the local district office to apply for our marriage.
I'm just wondering, do you all have a Korean marriage license and an American marriage license?  Or just one? 
Shinu:
We're applying for a Korean marriage license. (You only need one.) In our current situation (living in Korea and having our wedding in Korea) its the easier option for us. We'll translate it into English then to show the embassy.

Also, my visit to the embassy went very fast and smooth. From entering to exiting it took 30mins and I had my affidavit of eligibility for marriage in hand. Next Monday we're visiting the local district office to apply for our marriage.

adrienne.light :
If you and your spouse plan on living in the U.S forever, you'll only need one.  We are here in the U.S now and thought maybe in a few years maybe going back to Korea for a year or two but to get a korean spousal visa you need to present korean immigration with a U.S marriage license and a korean one as part of the application process.  We did not know this. I was just wondering if others had known this already.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: ART55 on July 28, 2015, 04:00:11 pm
First off, thanks everyone for putting all your helpful information and advice!

My wife and I will hand in her I-130 application next week.

I understand the six months thing to immigrate to the U.S with the visa and once we land, we will be issued the green card.  From there we will need to get the social security card and wait for the ID card in the mail, something along those lines. 

Anyways, my question is as follows:  even though we will tell the USCIS we plan to immigrate to the U.S. in March once my contract ends, this could all be up in the air and we could stay in Korea a little longer.  Could we just travel to the U.S. within that 6 month time frame and get the green card and then come back to South Korea a month later? Is that not considered immigrating?  Even if we get her social security card and open a bank account while there.  See, in May we will be married for two years, and then we will have to apply to remove that probationary status thing right after we get the green card.  I don't want to wait to do the interview, and would like to get the approval for the visa so that we have the option to go home in March because that seems to be the most likely scenario for us.

Anybody know anything about this or got some good advice?
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: bonitaabril on July 30, 2015, 12:56:51 pm
ART55:
If you get into the states in March they will stamp your passport with the green card, to remove the conditional resident status you will wait 2 years after you get the green card. So if you get the green card this March you can start applying to get the conditional resident removed 90 days before your 2 year card expired (So march of 2018). If you don't want to pay the extra $590 fee and do the extra paperwork to get the conditional resident status removed you can wait until May to enter the states and then you will automatically receive the permanent residency card and not have to worry about getting the conditional residency removed.

You can move to the states and then come back into Korea, but if you spend more time in Korea than you are in the states when you apply for the conditional status removed you will probably have some problems proving that you are immigrating to the states, you need to show that you spent more time in the states and have that as your primary residency.

Here is the uscis website about removing the conditional permanent residency status on the green card. http://www.uscis.gov/green-card/after-green-card-granted/conditional-permanent-residence/remove-conditions-permanent-residence-based-marriage
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: oregon on August 03, 2015, 12:10:55 pm
Has anyone gone through the process recently? Turned in 1-130 over a month ago and haven't heard back yet. The agent told us it could take 2 months to get packet 3 but with everyone's testimonials on here it seemed to go much faster than that. Getting worried because My job is up at the end of the month and don't want to renew my contract  because my father is having health problems, which came on in June that is why we applied so late. Would love to hear some good new from people.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: bonitaabril on August 04, 2015, 10:12:57 pm
Has anyone gone through the process recently? Turned in 1-130 over a month ago and haven't heard back yet. The agent told us it could take 2 months to get packet 3 but with everyone's testimonials on here it seemed to go much faster than that. Getting worried because My job is up at the end of the month and don't want to renew my contract  because my father is having health problems, which came on in June that is why we applied so late. Would love to hear some good new from people.

It took them about 6-7 weeks to send our packet 3 email to us. They seem to be working a little slower now.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: oregon on August 05, 2015, 06:30:25 am
Has anyone gone through the process recently? Turned in 1-130 over a month ago and haven't heard back yet. The agent told us it could take 2 months to get packet 3 but with everyone's testimonials on here it seemed to go much faster than that. Getting worried because My job is up at the end of the month and don't want to renew my contract  because my father is having health problems, which came on in June that is why we applied so late. Would love to hear some good new from people.

It took them about 6-7 weeks to send our packet 3 email to us. They seem to be working a little slower now.

That's good news, it's week 6 this week so hopefully any day now. Thanks for putting me at ease.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: anteater on August 09, 2015, 12:15:00 am
Is there a definitive answer on whether or not income earned in Korea (for the sake of specificity--a teacher's income) is sufficient proof for an affidavit of support for Packet 3? Has anyone successfully sponsored their spouse using solely the income they earned as a teacher in Korea as evidenced by federal tax returns? 

Reading through this thread it almost seems hit and miss.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: bonitaabril on August 09, 2015, 05:03:21 pm
Yes, we just received my husband's green card visa and we only used my income as an English teacher in Korea, we brought an affidavit of support from my parents just to be safe but they were fine with me just using my Korean income.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: adrienne.light on August 10, 2015, 07:45:57 am
I'll be submitting the I-130 application soon. To do that, both the American and Korean spouses have to go to the embassy correct?
Also, did you make an appointment or wait in line with the non-Americans?
Thanks!
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: bonitaabril on August 12, 2015, 05:23:24 pm
I'll be submitting the I-130 application soon. To do that, both the American and Korean spouses have to go to the embassy correct?
Also, did you make an appointment or wait in line with the non-Americans?
Thanks!

For the i-130 you need to make an appointment online at  https://infopass.uscis.gov/ . They open new times 2 weeks in the future so tomorrow about 9am they will open the times for the 26th.
When you enter to turn it in you don't go in the US citizen door at the front you enter at the side for immigration services.
Also you will want both people there to turn everything in with the i-130 paperwork.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: adrienne.light on August 13, 2015, 08:04:33 am
Thank you, bonitaabril!

I want to make sure I have everything ready for the I-130 application. I need:
I-130 application
G-325A (for both of us)
Marriage certificate and translation (we got married in Korea)
One passport photo (of each of us)
Copy of passport
$420 fee

Is that it? Can I pay with cash or card when I turn it in? For the Korean marriage certificate, we can translate it ourselves, right? Does it need to be notarized? And did anyone else send additional evidence of marriage or just the marriage certificate?

Thank you!
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: bonitaabril on August 13, 2015, 10:10:50 pm
Thank you, bonitaabril!

I want to make sure I have everything ready for the I-130 application. I need:
I-130 application
G-325A (for both of us)
Marriage certificate and translation (we got married in Korea)
One passport photo (of each of us)
Copy of passport
$420 fee

Is that it? Can I pay with cash or card when I turn it in? For the Korean marriage certificate, we can translate it ourselves, right? Does it need to be notarized? And did anyone else send additional evidence of marriage or just the marriage certificate?

Thank you!

You are welcome, we paid in cash. They have a credit card machine but it wouldn't accept my card so I had to leave and find the closest ATM to withdraw the money. You can translate the korean documents yourself and you don't have to notarize anything.

This is what they asked me to give them with the i-130:
i-130
appointment notice (I printed off when I made the appointment)
My ARC
3 years worth of tax documents (you can print them off of irs.gov)
G-325A (1 for each)
Marriage Certificate with translation
Copies of our passports (also take your passport)
Passport pictures (2 of each of us)
$420 (462,000won)
I also gave them the G1145 form which requests them to email you once they process your information (it will take longer for you to get notification if you don't get it by email)

My husband is Korean so we also needed:
Family Certificate (with translation)
Basic Certificate (with translation)

if your spouse isn't Korean then you will need their birth certificate.

I also brought some letters from friends proving our marriage relationship but they didn't specifically ask for it and I forgot to give it to them.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: jaec113 on August 17, 2015, 02:16:25 pm
Hi all, I'm getting ready for the visa interview for my wife (Korean) next week and I (US citizen) wanted to double check I have all the needed documentation. So if anyone could check my list I'd greatly appreciate it. Thanks! I have:

I864 with 3 years tax transcripts, bank statement showing US address to prove domicile
I864A from mother to provide financial support with documentation
Letter of support from mother fo show shes part of household
Confirmation of DS-260
Copy of wedding certificate with translation
Wife's birth certificate with translation
Copy of family relation with translation
Packet IV letter showing appointment date
Wife's police background check
Wife's health check
Wife's passport
2 decent photos
Fee

Anything missing of wrong? Also, silly question, but what kind of attire should be worn to the interview? Formal, like job interview, or like buisness casual? I'm assuming casual (t-shirt, shorts/jeans) is probably not appropriate? Thanks!
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: cad_diva20 on August 18, 2015, 03:05:33 pm
I am Canadian, my husband is American. We got married  this May.
We are about to start the whole process ASAP.

I just have one quick regarding the criminal record checks. At what stage are they handed in? During the interview process? I know that they can take a long time to process and receive since we are going to ask for our criminal record check from abroad...

Also, do we BOTH need criminal record checks? Do I need a Canadian criminal record check done, or is a Korean criminal record check ok? (I'm going to assume I need a Canadian criminal record check done.)

A speedy response would be super appreciated!!!

PS. Are there any American/Canadian couples that have done this out there? :)
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: cad_diva20 on August 18, 2015, 03:11:28 pm
Also, do we BOTH need to hand in our taxes of the last three years, or just HIS american taxes?
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: bonitaabril on August 18, 2015, 07:00:17 pm
Hi all, I'm getting ready for the visa interview for my wife (Korean) next week and I (US citizen) wanted to double check I have all the needed documentation. So if anyone could check my list I'd greatly appreciate it. Thanks! I have:

I864 with 3 years tax transcripts, bank statement showing US address to prove domicile
I864A from mother to provide financial support with documentation
Letter of support from mother fo show shes part of household
Confirmation of DS-260
Copy of wedding certificate with translation
Wife's birth certificate with translation
Copy of family relation with translation
Packet IV letter showing appointment date
Wife's police background check
Wife's health check
Wife's passport
2 decent photos
Fee

Anything missing of wrong? Also, silly question, but what kind of attire should be worn to the interview? Formal, like job interview, or like buisness casual? I'm assuming casual (t-shirt, shorts/jeans) is probably not appropriate? Thanks!

Has your wife been in the states? My husband (Korean) had lived in the states for a few years and they wanted to see his old visas that he used to enter the states (we had forgotten them and we still passed but it would have helped the process along to have those)

When you say "copy of marriage certificate" do you mean an official document of the marriage certificate or a copy that you made by scanning it? They want to at least see the original even if you turn in the copy so make sure you have the original with you of that and the Family certificate.

The photos need to be passport sizes (I am sure you know that but I want to make sure all the bases are covered)

You will also want to bring your passport to show them to enter the embassy.

Also did you work while you were in Korea? They specifically asked for my work contract and made a copy of the main page to keep in the file as well.

For the interview they don't really have a specific dress code, people were there in shorts and t-shirts, jeans, and some were dressed up. We dressed up but it wouldn't really affect the interview. You just stand at a window and answer their questions so the interviewer won't even see anything below your shirt.
I hope this helps and let me know if you have any more questions. We just did the interview a few weeks ago so it is still fresh in my mind.

Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: bonitaabril on August 18, 2015, 07:06:55 pm
I am Canadian, my husband is American. We got married  this May.
We are about to start the whole process ASAP.

I just have one quick regarding the criminal record checks. At what stage are they handed in? During the interview process? I know that they can take a long time to process and receive since we are going to ask for our criminal record check from abroad...

Also, do we BOTH need criminal record checks? Do I need a Canadian criminal record check done, or is a Korean criminal record check ok? (I'm going to assume I need a Canadian criminal record check done.)

A speedy response would be super appreciated!!!

PS. Are there any American/Canadian couples that have done this out there? :)

My husband is Korean so I can't help with any Canadian specifics but your husband doesn't need to worry about a background check, he is already an American citizen so he can enter the coutry just fine, you need a background check for any country that you have lived for over a year since you were 16 and then one from Korea since you are living here currently.

You hand in the criminal background check in the 2nd interview so you don't need to have it in hand for the 1st, if it is anything like us applying for my husband's American background check I say apply now, backgrounds checks are valid for 15 months so you don't have to worry about it being too early. Ours came a few days before our 2nd interview so we were a little stressed about it getting to us in time.

Let me know if you have any more questions, it was a crazy process but I got a ton of help from this thread so I will try to give any extra help I can provide to assist others with this process.

And to answer the tax question you only need your husband's taxes.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: jaec113 on August 19, 2015, 09:11:29 am
Has your wife been in the states? My husband (Korean) had lived in the states for a few years and they wanted to see his old visas that he used to enter the states (we had forgotten them and we still passed but it would have helped the process along to have those)

When you say "copy of marriage certificate" do you mean an official document of the marriage certificate or a copy that you made by scanning it? They want to at least see the original even if you turn in the copy so make sure you have the original with you of that and the Family certificate.

The photos need to be passport sizes (I am sure you know that but I want to make sure all the bases are covered)

You will also want to bring your passport to show them to enter the embassy.

Also did you work while you were in Korea? They specifically asked for my work contract and made a copy of the main page to keep in the file as well.

For the interview they don't really have a specific dress code, people were there in shorts and t-shirts, jeans, and some were dressed up. We dressed up but it wouldn't really affect the interview. You just stand at a window and answer their questions so the interviewer won't even see anything below your shirt.
I hope this helps and let me know if you have any more questions. We just did the interview a few weeks ago so it is still fresh in my mind.

Thanks for the information!

My wife has been to the US, but just as a tourist. She didn't need a visa as she qualified through the visa waiver program (ETSA). I guess I'll bring that just in case.

The wedding certificate (Korean) is from the district office, so it should be fine.

I did work in Korea (public school) but I'm not sure I have the contract anymore. I finished my contract a few months ago. Hopefully they don't need it.

We live in Changwon now, so we can't exactly run back home and grab anything missing if we need it, so I'm trying to be super-sure of everything before we travel to Seoul.

Thanks again!
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: cad_diva20 on August 20, 2015, 02:31:05 pm
American Husband with Canadian Wife here :)

My birth certificate is in Spanish. Does anyone know if it needs to be translated? http://www.immihelp.com/birth-certificate/  This web site says it doesn't need to be translated...?
Also, does it need to be the ACTUAL birth certificate or is a copy ok?

Also: bonitaabril thanks for your help!!!
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: jaec113 on August 20, 2015, 07:46:02 pm
American Husband with Canadian Wife here :)

My birth certificate is in Spanish. Does anyone know if it needs to be translated? http://www.immihelp.com/birth-certificate/  This web site says it doesn't need to be translated...?
Also, does it need to be the ACTUAL birth certificate or is a copy ok?

Also: bonitaabril thanks for your help!!!
Think anything not in English needs to be translated. Copy is fine since they'll keep any documents you submit and you probably won't get it back.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: cad_diva20 on August 23, 2015, 05:51:57 pm
Thank you, bonitaabril!

I want to make sure I have everything ready for the I-130 application. I need:
I-130 application
G-325A (for both of us)
Marriage certificate and translation (we got married in Korea)
One passport photo (of each of us)
Copy of passport
$420 fee

Is that it? Can I pay with cash or card when I turn it in? For the Korean marriage certificate, we can translate it ourselves, right? Does it need to be notarized? And did anyone else send additional evidence of marriage or just the marriage certificate?

Thank you!

You are welcome, we paid in cash. They have a credit card machine but it wouldn't accept my card so I had to leave and find the closest ATM to withdraw the money. You can translate the korean documents yourself and you don't have to notarize anything.

This is what they asked me to give them with the i-130:
i-130
appointment notice (I printed off when I made the appointment)
My ARC
3 years worth of tax documents (you can print them off of irs.gov)
G-325A (1 for each)
Marriage Certificate with translation
Copies of our passports (also take your passport)
Passport pictures (2 of each of us)
$420 (462,000won)
I also gave them the G1145 form which requests them to email you once they process your information (it will take longer for you to get notification if you don't get it by email)

My husband is Korean so we also needed:
Family Certificate (with translation)
Basic Certificate (with translation)

if your spouse isn't Korean then you will need their birth certificate.

I also brought some letters from friends proving our marriage relationship but they didn't specifically ask for it and I forgot to give it to them.


Hey guys! I was under the impression that the three years of taxes were to be handed in during the second interview? Have the rules changed and now they must be handed in during the I-130 process?
My husband is backfilling for last year's taxes this week and it may take some time to process etc. 
I can't find anything anywhere that says we have to hand in the tax info during the first step. Haaaaalp! Lol I was about to make an appointment to hand in the I-130 but now I think I will wait :(
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: oskinny1 on August 23, 2015, 09:04:52 pm
Hi all, I'm getting ready for the visa interview for my wife (Korean) next week and I (US citizen) wanted to double check I have all the needed documentation. So if anyone could check my list I'd greatly appreciate it. Thanks! I have:

I864 with 3 years tax transcripts, bank statement showing US address to prove domicile
I864A from mother to provide financial support with documentation
Letter of support from mother fo show shes part of household
Confirmation of DS-260
Copy of wedding certificate with translation
Wife's birth certificate with translation
Copy of family relation with translation
Packet IV letter showing appointment date
Wife's police background check
Wife's health check
Wife's passport
2 decent photos
Fee

Anything missing of wrong? Also, silly question, but what kind of attire should be worn to the interview? Formal, like job interview, or like buisness casual? I'm assuming casual (t-shirt, shorts/jeans) is probably not appropriate? Thanks!

Dress nicely! I wore a suit just to show that we are serious. also, bring photos of you two together, if you have photos of your wife with your family and you with her family all the better.  My wife made huge scrapbooks for the previous two years and that really impressed the interviewer.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: jaec113 on August 23, 2015, 09:49:52 pm
Thanks for the info folks.

One last question. For the I864 can I just file a tax transcript for the most recent year or do I need to provide a copy of my 1040 with W2 and form 1099? The instructions seem to say the former while a separate page says the latter.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: dantheman650 on August 26, 2015, 03:23:31 pm
Hi all! My wife and I are trying to move to the US early next year and as such, submitted our I-130 packet in July. Trouble is, I am a dummy and didn't realize there was a USCIS office in Seoul, so I mailed it to the USCIS lockbox in America. It's been received and is processing, but I'm extremely worried it's going to delay everything from here on out. Does anyone have any experience with this? Is it reasonable to think we'll be able to leave Korea in early March if we submitted the I-130 on July 17?
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: jaec113 on August 28, 2015, 09:34:29 am
Hi all! My wife and I are trying to move to the US early next year and as such, submitted our I-130 packet in July. Trouble is, I am a dummy and didn't realize there was a USCIS office in Seoul, so I mailed it to the USCIS lockbox in America. It's been received and is processing, but I'm extremely worried it's going to delay everything from here on out. Does anyone have any experience with this? Is it reasonable to think we'll be able to leave Korea in early March if we submitted the I-130 on July 17?

Processing time at USCIS lockboxes tend to take significantly longer than Seoul USCIS. Seoul takes several weeks, and I've heard most US lockboxes take at least 4-6 months. Due to some weird timing issues my first I-130 application had to be sent to a lockbox, and if I recall correctly it took around 4-5 months until I heard the result. Assuming similar timing, you could get the approval by November/December. *FYI due to a mistake on my part the I-130 was denied, and we re-started the process with USCIS Seoul, so I can't testify to the second half of the process with USCIS lockbox in terms of timing*

The tricky thing from there is being able to get appointments for the medical check and interview in a timely manner. The medical check can't be done until the I-130 has been approved and there are only three hospitals in Korea it can be done at (2 in Seoul, 1 in Busan). You have to make an appointment (no walk-ins) and I've heard the two in Seoul are quite busy and people have had to wait as long as 3-4 weeks for available slots. We did ours in Busan, and there was just a week wait. Interview appointment scheduling is done by the USCIS office after you complete the online DS-260. Our interview was scheduled approx. for 3 weeks after we completed the DS-260.

Your best bet is to read online and start collecting everything you'll need for packet III (after I-130 approval), so when your I-130 is approved you can fly through the rest of the process as fast as possible. So, can it be done? Possibly, but I think it'll be tight.

If you know where your I-130 is being processed you can check the avg. processing time here: https://egov.uscis.gov/cris/processTimesDisplayInit.do
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: dantheman650 on August 31, 2015, 12:01:44 pm
Thank you for the excellent information. I am incredibly bummed that I didn't send it to Seoul, but we already have all the paperwork done for packet 3 and I'm not in Seoul anyway so going to Busan for the medical check will be no problem.

You said you had to restart the process. Is this something I could do, as in cancel the current processing and send the I-130 to the Seoul USCIS? I'm guessing the answer might be yes, but I'd have to pay again, which I'm not willing to do.

I checked the average processing time for my center and it's 5 months. That puts my I-130 approval in mid-December. Assuming 1 week for the medical and three for the interview, we'd be done with the interview mid to late January. After the interview, typically how long until you can leave Korea?

EDIT: My wife and I are thinking about withdrawing our first I-130 and refiling in Seoul. I know there's no way to say for sure, but if we file this Friday does our timeline look reasonable to be in America at the beginning of March? I guess what I'm asking is if you had to bet, should we stick with our current processing center or do a changeup?
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: MaxCat on August 31, 2015, 04:31:37 pm
Can someone absolutely clarify what is needed in order to file the I-130 in Seoul?
Because the list given here by some people from 2013 is:

I-130

G-325A (two- one for the immigrant and one for the petitioner)

Two passport type photos

Marriage Certificate

Family Registry--가족관계 증명서

Immigrantsí birth certificate 기본 증명서

Passport Copies- both people

Petitionerís ARC card

Is this still applicable and current? because when I emailed the embassy they referred me to the I-130 instructions which states many other documents (proof of relationship, tax, finances, etc)


Thanks!
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: kptko on August 31, 2015, 04:45:26 pm
Can someone absolutely clarify what is needed in order to file the I-130 in Seoul?
Because the list given here by some people from 2013 is:

I-130

G-325A (two- one for the immigrant and one for the petitioner)

Two passport type photos

Marriage Certificate

Family Registry--가족관계 증명서

Immigrantsí birth certificate 기본 증명서

Passport Copies- both people

Petitionerís ARC card

Is this still applicable and current? because when I emailed the embassy they referred me to the I-130 instructions which states many other documents (proof of relationship, tax, finances, etc)


Thanks!

Marriage certificate needs to be translated into English. Evidence of name change, and English translation, if applicable.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: adrienne.light on September 01, 2015, 07:41:08 am
Can someone absolutely clarify what is needed in order to file the I-130 in Seoul?
Because the list given here by some people from 2013 is:

I-130

G-325A (two- one for the immigrant and one for the petitioner)

Two passport type photos

Marriage Certificate

Family Registry--가족관계 증명서

Immigrantsí birth certificate 기본 증명서

Passport Copies- both people

Petitionerís ARC card

Is this still applicable and current? because when I emailed the embassy they referred me to the I-130 instructions which states many other documents (proof of relationship, tax, finances, etc)


Thanks!

I asked the same thing about a month ago and this was the response someone gave:

i-130
appointment notice (I printed off when I made the appointment)
My ARC
3 years worth of tax documents (you can print them off of irs.gov)
G-325A (1 for each)
Marriage Certificate with translation
Copies of our passports (also take your passport)
Passport pictures (2 of each of us)
$420 (462,000won)
I also gave them the G1145 form which requests them to email you once they process your information (it will take longer for you to get notification if you don't get it by email)

My husband is Korean so we also needed:
Family Certificate (with translation)
Basic Certificate (with translation)

if your spouse isn't Korean then you will need their birth certificate.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: cad_diva20 on September 01, 2015, 02:33:24 pm
Hi guys!
Just to clarify the above post, I just called immigration and asked them about the 3 years worth of taxes mentioned above.
You DON'T need tax information for the I-130 application.
I was a little confused when I read that, so I thought i would give them a call and ask :)

But as mentioned in other posts, yes you 100% need the tax info for the next step.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: MaxCat on September 02, 2015, 11:23:44 am
Thanks for the response! I thought from previous posts that we only needed the tax print out of the last year and not three years? Has the information changed?
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: cad_diva20 on September 02, 2015, 02:59:19 pm
Thanks for the response! I thought from previous posts that we only needed the tax print out of the last year and not three years? Has the information changed?

You need tax info of last three years.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: jaec113 on September 02, 2015, 08:28:30 pm
Thank you for the excellent information. I am incredibly bummed that I didn't send it to Seoul, but we already have all the paperwork done for packet 3 and I'm not in Seoul anyway so going to Busan for the medical check will be no problem.

You said you had to restart the process. Is this something I could do, as in cancel the current processing and send the I-130 to the Seoul USCIS? I'm guessing the answer might be yes, but I'd have to pay again, which I'm not willing to do.

I checked the average processing time for my center and it's 5 months. That puts my I-130 approval in mid-December. Assuming 1 week for the medical and three for the interview, we'd be done with the interview mid to late January. After the interview, typically how long until you can leave Korea?

EDIT: My wife and I are thinking about withdrawing our first I-130 and refiling in Seoul. I know there's no way to say for sure, but if we file this Friday does our timeline look reasonable to be in America at the beginning of March? I guess what I'm asking is if you had to bet, should we stick with our current processing center or do a changeup?

I'm sure you could cancel your current application and re-apply, but yes you would certainly need to pay the fee again. You would also need to bring any official document showing you cancelled the initial application. (for the record I didn't submit some paperwork so we were officially denied, and then re-applied)

I'd say two weeks for medical if you want for a more "conservative" estimate since after the medical check you have to wait for them to mail you the results (which takes a week or so).

In theory you can leave as soon as you have the passport with the temp. visa in it. Most people here say it takes a week, but ours came literally in two days (interview on Thursday, visa came Saturday morning).

If you absolutely must get out by early March, and you can pay the fees again then re-filing with Seoul would be your best bet, but if you have your ducks lined up it's possible to leave it with the US. However, just for the sake of saying it, 5 months is an AVERAGE time meaning it could be faster or longer. A little longer and it could throw off your timing.

If you have the time it may be a good idea to call USCIS on the phone and talk to someone there about moving the application/cancel/re-apply.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: jaec113 on September 02, 2015, 08:40:56 pm
Thanks for the response! I thought from previous posts that we only needed the tax print out of the last year and not three years? Has the information changed?

You need tax info of last three years.

I think it varies to an extent on who looks at the paperwork. Officially the I-864 requires the most recent year's tax transcript with an option to include two further years if you feel it will help you qualify financially. There is also a direction/checklist that says to provide a copy of your most recent 1040 or proof you did not need to file one.

We did our interview last week, and the only thing they took was the copy of the 1040. I gave three years of tax transcripts as well, but they gave them back, and as far as I can tell they were not used.

To be safe, I would recommend bringing all four documents (3 years transcripts and a copy of the 1040 if you can get it). As the saying goes, "better to have it and not need it, then need it and not have it".
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: jaec113 on September 02, 2015, 08:49:51 pm
Can someone absolutely clarify what is needed in order to file the I-130 in Seoul?
Because the list given here by some people from 2013 is:

I-130

G-325A (two- one for the immigrant and one for the petitioner)

Two passport type photos

Marriage Certificate

Family Registry--가족관계 증명서

Immigrantsí birth certificate 기본 증명서

Passport Copies- both people

Petitionerís ARC card

Is this still applicable and current? because when I emailed the embassy they referred me to the I-130 instructions which states many other documents (proof of relationship, tax, finances, etc)


Thanks!

I asked the same thing about a month ago and this was the response someone gave:

i-130
appointment notice (I printed off when I made the appointment)
My ARC
3 years worth of tax documents (you can print them off of irs.gov)
G-325A (1 for each)
Marriage Certificate with translation
Copies of our passports (also take your passport)
Passport pictures (2 of each of us)
$420 (462,000won)
I also gave them the G1145 form which requests them to email you once they process your information (it will take longer for you to get notification if you don't get it by email)

My husband is Korean so we also needed:
Family Certificate (with translation)
Basic Certificate (with translation)

if your spouse isn't Korean then you will need their birth certificate.

For the sake of completeness, I'll add that you also need to provide a letter of certification that the translation is accurate. You can translate them yourself (or if married to a Korean they can). The letter basically just needs to say that the person who translated is fluent and the translation is correct.

The G1145 form can be filled out there. When we went (admittedly several months ago) they gave us the form at the window and we just gave it then.

Also, I don't think you need the tax transcript for the I-130, but do for the interview. Note, you cannot print them online anymore. The only thing you can do is request a copy to be mailed to you.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: adrienne.light on September 21, 2015, 02:17:34 pm
I went Friday to turn in my I-130 application and I wanted to update what they took from us(Korean husband):

I-130 application (i made a mistake and used my USA address not my KOREA address. So the guy took white-out to it and I fixed it there)
appointment notice
copy of ARC
G-325A (1 for each)
Copies of our passports (looked at real passports too)
Passport pictures (1 of each of us)
$420 (504,000won) ***CASH**** (they don't take card. we had to leave, walk across the street to the ATM and then go back)
G1145 form
Marriage Certificate and translation
Family Certificate and translation
Basic Certificate and translation
Letter from my husband stating he translated them accurately

He said we should hear from them in one month
Fingers crossed!
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: ohar94 on October 13, 2015, 08:08:30 am
Can anyone confirm that the letter of accurate translation does not need to be notarized before hand?  In this thread it seems that you don't need to notarize the letter if you do your own translation, but on the website it says that you need to notarize the translation if you submit the documents outside of the U.S.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: adrienne.light on October 13, 2015, 11:55:41 am
You do not need it notarized. Just translated and a letter saying who translated it.

My (korean) husband used this form I made.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: cad_diva20 on October 13, 2015, 02:39:09 pm
I went Friday to turn in my I-130 application and I wanted to update what they took from us(Korean husband):

I-130 application (i made a mistake and used my USA address not my KOREA address. So the guy took white-out to it and I fixed it there)
appointment notice
copy of ARC
G-325A (1 for each)
Copies of our passports (looked at real passports too)
Passport pictures (1 of each of us)
$420 (504,000won) ***CASH**** (they don't take card. we had to leave, walk across the street to the ATM and then go back)
G1145 form
Marriage Certificate and translation
Family Certificate and translation
Basic Certificate and translation
Letter from my husband stating he translated them accurately

He said we should hear from them in one month
Fingers crossed!

Hi adrienne.light! Have your recieved your packet III yet? Just curious :) We handed ours in on the 6th, was curious about the current wait time for others that handed it around sept/ oct
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: adrienne.light on October 13, 2015, 03:06:25 pm
We turned ours in Sept 18th. We haven't gotten out packet 3 yet. But the man said it would take one month. Fingers are crossed we'll get it next week.

How's your progress going?
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: ohar94 on October 14, 2015, 10:12:28 am
Thank you for your answer, Adrienne.

There is one more thing that I am worried about, proving domicile.  I have been living in Korea for several years and closed my American bank accounts/credit cards years ago (I never used them and didn't want any fee for not using them); Using American bank accounts seems like the popular way to prove domicile in the interview step.  Does anyone know of any other way to prove domicile? I have been paying student loans monthly for years, and the bill is mailed to my parents address in the U.S.  Has anyone heard of someone using a student loan bill to prove domicile?  Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: MaxCat on October 21, 2015, 10:34:39 am

Hi adrienne.light! Have your recieved your packet III yet? Just curious :) We handed ours in on the 6th, was curious about the current wait time for others that handed it around sept/ oct

I filed the I-130 on Sept 21 2015 and I just received an email with Packet 3 today. So it took exactly 1 month.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: adrienne.light on October 21, 2015, 11:15:22 am

Hi adrienne.light! Have your recieved your packet III yet? Just curious :) We handed ours in on the 6th, was curious about the current wait time for others that handed it around sept/ oct

I filed the I-130 on Sept 21 2015 and I just received an email with Packet 3 today. So it took exactly 1 month.

I just received the email and packet 3 today too! One month, three days. Congratulations! Good luck with the next step!
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: kjmerri2 on October 21, 2015, 12:01:38 pm
Hi everyone  ;D

My husband and I are planning to start this whole process in January.  We're not planning to leave until late September/ early October next year, but I wanted to get started early to make sure we have plenty of time.  (I realize I need to be careful with timing the medical exam, though.)  I was wondering what others' experiences have been as far as getting appointments for each step.

Those of you who've recently submitted a petition, did you have any trouble scheduling an appointment?  Did you end up needing to wait for openings at all? 

Has anyone had any trouble scheduling an appointment for the medical exam in the Seoul locations?  How far in advance did you need to make your appointment? 

Thank you so much to everyone for taking the time to share your experiences on this thread.  I've read through the entire thing, and I've found it to be really helpful.  And congratulations to all those that are making it through the process successfully! 
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: cad_diva20 on October 22, 2015, 09:23:55 am

Hi adrienne.light! Have your recieved your packet III yet? Just curious :) We handed ours in on the 6th, was curious about the current wait time for others that handed it around sept/ oct

I filed the I-130 on Sept 21 2015 and I just received an email with Packet 3 today. So it took exactly 1 month.

I just received the email and packet 3 today too! One month, three days. Congratulations! Good luck with the next step!

We  handed ours October 6th, still haven't received packet III as it's only been two weeks. Looks like a few of us are going through this process at around the same time(ish).
Let's help each other out as much as we can! We will also be helping others as well by posting our experiences.

I know i'm going to have some issues because my american husband will be travelling on and off these next few months. Scheduling medical checks and interview appointments will be tricky. Also, he had to backfile taxes, which we need for the final interview. We are not quite sure how long it will take to get those tax transcripts.

We both have jobs lined up for mid March. So we MUST leave at the latest, April.

Stressssssssssed out!!! :cry:
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: cad_diva20 on October 22, 2015, 09:34:53 am


Those of you who've recently submitted a petition, did you have any trouble scheduling an appointment?  Did you end up needing to wait for openings at all? 


If you're talking about submitting step 1, the I-130 along with other documents, then no, scheduling is not too troublesome.

They open up the schedule two weeks in advance. So if there is a specific day that you would like to make your appointment on, make sure that you log on to the website exactly two weeks before to make the appointment.

That's what I did and there were plenty of dates available. Good luck ^^
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: jarena2 on October 23, 2015, 04:34:22 pm
My wife and I are going through this process right now.
We submitted the I-130 on the first of this month and received packet 3 this morning. We were also able to schedule the health check at Yonsei for early next month with no issues.
It looks like it's a decent time to do this stuff. I was betting on mid-November at the earliest.

I have a question, though: do you receive the medical examination results that day? Should we wait to schedule the interview until we have the packet in-hand?
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: suniloneal34 on October 27, 2015, 12:15:28 pm
I am in Korea on a visitor visa (used to teach, "visiting" now until my job starts in California in January) and we got married.

A few questions:

1. It seems like unfortunately I can't submit the i-130 at the UCIS Seoul place but have to mail it in instead. It says the Chicago Lockbox online, but also lists a Phoenix one for people "from" California. Not sure which one to mail it to. Maybe I should call?

2. After stuff is approved do they physically mail anything to the address I'd have listed in California (my parents house) or send out an email/text for packet 3? Not on great terms with them and don't want to need them assisting/reading mail for me.

Thanks!
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: cad_diva20 on November 02, 2015, 02:37:59 pm
Just got my packet III on Friday. Exactly 3 weeks and and 3 days after handing in out I-130.
I immediately made my medical check appointment at Yonsei and they had plenty of dates available, even for this week, but I had a specific date in mind and they were able to easily set up the appointment for the date of my choosing. Don't really know when they will give me the results but I reckon it won't take more than a month. Forgot to ask them on the phone :(

We also reserved our Interview appointment for the last week of December (the week we were hoping to be available) right away and it looked like there were plenty of spaces available from now until the end of December.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: MaxCat on November 03, 2015, 07:18:00 pm
Do you/spouses have a vaccine/immunization record for the medical? I wonder what they give you if you don't.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: cad_diva20 on November 04, 2015, 02:01:54 pm
Do you/spouses have a vaccine/immunization record for the medical? I wonder what they give you if you don't.
I don't have my immunization record with me. It is not necessary to have. I've been getting all of the shots as proposed by the Canadian government up until maybe 5 years ago.
There is a small "interview" process at the time of the medical check where the doctor will ask you about your immunization history etc.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: MaxCat on November 09, 2015, 12:22:26 pm
Thanks for the info!

Regarding proof of domicile: I was going to put parents address who live in the East coast etc. for convenience, however the state we are actually moving to (West Coast) is elsewhere. Does this matter when we enter the US? Basically the officer who will check the packet? Is this information even in there?
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: MaxCat on November 12, 2015, 11:50:45 am
I just had my medical at Yonsei yesterday. Highly recommend the place, very chill and easy. I did not have my shot record and I got 2 shots tetanus and MMR, if you did not get a flu shot then that one too.

They said results take a week and if you get it mailed then a possible 3-4 days more.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: adrienne.light on November 16, 2015, 02:07:24 pm
I'm just starting on packet 3. It looks pretty straight forward. New things being:
DS-260 (online)
Police report
Medical report
Affidavit of support/ income

Is that what everyone found to be true?
When I go online to apply for the DS-260, it takes about sending documents to the National Visa Center. Does that apply to us (who are applying at the Seoul embassy)?
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: cad_diva20 on November 16, 2015, 03:36:37 pm
I'm just starting on packet 3. It looks pretty straight forward. New things being:
DS-260 (online)
Police report
Medical report
Affidavit of support/ income

Is that what everyone found to be true?
When I go online to apply for the DS-260, it takes about sending documents to the National Visa Center. Does that apply to us (who are applying at the Seoul embassy)?

I also just finished the DS-260, haven't submitted it, but i am finished.
In the part where we have to put our spouse's info, there is a part that asks for a phone number.
My american spouse has a Korean phone number because we are obviously living here. But the space doesn't allow for the common 11 number Korean number.
The space is limited to (***)***  ****.
Are you getting this issue as well?
When it asked for my phone number at the beginning, there was no limit on the numbers, so that was ok.
Grrrrrr.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: adrienne.light on November 17, 2015, 07:37:52 am
I'm just starting on packet 3. It looks pretty straight forward. New things being:
DS-260 (online)
Police report
Medical report
Affidavit of support/ income

Is that what everyone found to be true?
When I go online to apply for the DS-260, it takes about sending documents to the National Visa Center. Does that apply to us (who are applying at the Seoul embassy)?

I also just finished the DS-260, haven't submitted it, but i am finished.
In the part where we have to put our spouse's info, there is a part that asks for a phone number.
My american spouse has a Korean phone number because we are obviously living here. But the space doesn't allow for the common 11 number Korean number.
The space is limited to (***)***  ****.
Are you getting this issue as well?
When it asked for my phone number at the beginning, there was no limit on the numbers, so that was ok.
Grrrrrr.

hmm... I guess I'll just use my parents' American phone number since they will be the main contact once we arrive. We'll stay with them until we can find a place of our own.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: cad_diva20 on November 17, 2015, 07:58:56 am
I'm just starting on packet 3. It looks pretty straight forward. New things being:
DS-260 (online)
Police report
Medical report
Affidavit of support/ income

Is that what everyone found to be true?
When I go online to apply for the DS-260, it takes about sending documents to the National Visa Center. Does that apply to us (who are applying at the Seoul embassy)?

I just finished my DS-260 and i don't recall seeing anything about sending documents to the NVC. The only thing i remember is it asking where we would like to have the "green card" and other documents sent to in the states once we are settled in.
Regardless, if you did see something about sending documents to the NVC, it shouldn't apply to you since, as you said, you are applying at the Seoul Embassy.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: overdrive2023x on November 20, 2015, 03:11:57 pm
Does anyone know the correct link for making an appointment for the marriage interview session? The http://www.ustraveldocs.com/kr website is a little confusing for me.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: cad_diva20 on November 23, 2015, 08:01:43 am
Does anyone know the correct link for making an appointment for the marriage interview session? The http://www.ustraveldocs.com/kr website is a little confusing for me.

Go to that website's main page, go to where it says "Immigrant Visas" (it's in red) and click on Schedule My Appointment.

Then, click on "cases NOT processed through NVC" etc. (Click here only if you are applying for an IR/CR whilst in Seoul, I'm assuming this is your case.)
Read through the first paragraph, there you will see a link to make the appointment.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: MaxCat on November 24, 2015, 11:16:24 am
For Affidavit of support/ income do we only need proof (for example bank statements) for the American spouse or both?
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: overdrive2023x on November 24, 2015, 01:10:10 pm
Does anyone know the correct link for making an appointment for the marriage interview session? The http://www.ustraveldocs.com/kr website is a little confusing for me.

Go to that website's main page, go to where it says "Immigrant Visas" (it's in red) and click on Schedule My Appointment.

Then, click on "cases NOT processed through NVC" etc. (Click here only if you are applying for an IR/CR whilst in Seoul, I'm assuming this is your case.)
Read through the first paragraph, there you will see a link to make the appointment.

You are a legend thank you!
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: overdrive2023x on November 24, 2015, 01:11:14 pm
For Affidavit of support/ income do we only need proof (for example bank statements) for the American spouse or both?

I was wondering this as well. In other forms it asks if a spouse will be immigrating with you. As US citizens, we're not technically immigrating are we?
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: cad_diva20 on December 07, 2015, 02:43:35 pm
For Affidavit of support/ income do we only need proof (for example bank statements) for the American spouse or both?

I was wondering this as well. In other forms it asks if a spouse will be immigrating with you. As US citizens, we're not technically immigrating are we?

Yes, you will see this somewhat confusing question in some forms, asking if you (the american citizen) will immigrate with your spouse. The answer is always no. You are an american citizen, you cannot immigrate because well you ARE a citizen already.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: cad_diva20 on December 07, 2015, 02:53:33 pm
For Affidavit of support/ income do we only need proof (for example bank statements) for the American spouse or both?
You usually need affidavit of support/ income from the American spouse only. In most cases, the spouse that is not american obviously has no banking information from the states etc.

Though, i have heard of some couples preparing income information from both spouses to show further proof, if it helps their case. You can never over prepare.

Though they only specifically ask for the income info of the American spouse.
I for one, am not American, and my American spouse is the only one preparing income info for the I-864 Form.
Though for the final interview, i will also bring my tax and income information, JUST in case.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: taingray on December 10, 2015, 12:21:58 pm
There are a million responses in this thread so I don't want to re-read the entire thing, but I recall a few people saying they had no problems contacting someone from USCIS by phone and having their questions answered about documentation and stuff. Does anyone know what phone number to call for this purpose? I just spent 10 minutes on the phone with the embassy, only for them to tell me I must call USCIS at a different number, only to have the automated voice message at the USCIS number tell me they do not answer any questions or enquiries by phone. I could have sworn people on this site said they were able to contact them easily  :cry:

Thanks in advance! In the meantime, I'll start combing through this thread...
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: slkenn on December 10, 2015, 05:37:10 pm
There are a million responses in this thread so I don't want to re-read the entire thing, but I recall a few people saying they had no problems contacting someone from USCIS by phone and having their questions answered about documentation and stuff. Does anyone know what phone number to call for this purpose? I just spent 10 minutes on the phone with the embassy, only for them to tell me I must call USCIS at a different number, only to have the automated voice message at the USCIS number tell me they do not answer any questions or enquiries by phone. I could have sworn people on this site said they were able to contact them easily  :cry:

Thanks in advance! In the meantime, I'll start combing through this thread...


I'm not sure what number you used, but this is the number listed on the Packet 3 instructions

CALL CENTER INFORMATION
TEL: (02) 6009-9170, 1600-8884 (IN KOREA), (703) 520-2234 (IN THE U.S.)
E-MAIL: support-korea@ustraveldocs.com
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: taingray on December 14, 2015, 02:32:44 pm
There are a million responses in this thread so I don't want to re-read the entire thing, but I recall a few people saying they had no problems contacting someone from USCIS by phone and having their questions answered about documentation and stuff. Does anyone know what phone number to call for this purpose? I just spent 10 minutes on the phone with the embassy, only for them to tell me I must call USCIS at a different number, only to have the automated voice message at the USCIS number tell me they do not answer any questions or enquiries by phone. I could have sworn people on this site said they were able to contact them easily  :cry:

Thanks in advance! In the meantime, I'll start combing through this thread...


I'm not sure what number you used, but this is the number listed on the Packet 3 instructions

CALL CENTER INFORMATION
TEL: (02) 6009-9170, 1600-8884 (IN KOREA), (703) 520-2234 (IN THE U.S.)
E-MAIL: support-korea@ustraveldocs.com

Thanks! I actually ended up emailing them at this address and they responded with an answer to my question within a few hours: CIS.Seoul@uscis.dhs.gov. If anyone has a question for them this is the email to use! I was pleasantly surprised at their efficiency.

I don't know why they can't be more straightforward in regards to who you should contact. They always give you the run-around. That second number you listed is the first one I tried, where, after I initially asked the lady my questions, she kept me on the line for about 15 minutes asking for my passport number, name, and all this other info, only to tell me after all that that they do not answer green card questions. She gave me another number which was the automated message saying USCIS doesn't take questions over the phone  :evil:
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: popeye2u on December 14, 2015, 06:44:26 pm
Just need clarification on two items.  Are both the medical exam and US Visa good for 6 months?
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: cad_diva20 on December 15, 2015, 02:36:54 pm
Just need clarification on two items.  Are both the medical exam and US Visa good for 6 months?

Medical Exam is good for 6 months. You MUST leave the country by then. Otherwise you will have to do another exam.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: dantheman650 on December 15, 2015, 02:38:08 pm
About how long does it take from receiving Packet 3 to visa in hand? After 5 long months, my I-130 was finally approved in America and I'm having it transferred to the embassy here for visa processing (thank god).
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: popeye2u on December 15, 2015, 02:52:18 pm
@Dantheman:  Once you get the Packet 3, you need to submit the DS260 online.  Takes about 3-4 weeks to get confirmation. Once it is ready, you can make an appt at the embassy.  I would say total time is at the most, 2 months or a little less.  I made our appt as far in the future as I could. 
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: popeye2u on December 15, 2015, 02:56:54 pm
If a medical test expires after the interview, does the medical test still have to be taken to be seen at the embassy even though the visa is still unexpired? 
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: caerdroia on December 16, 2015, 12:37:27 pm
Hi everyone. I'm currently going through the immigration process with my spouse. We submitted the i-130 already, and are now working on the next step and trying to get our documents prepared.   

I have a question for those who had their parents write a letter saying that you and your spouse would be staying with them in the USA at their home while settling in. What kind of details did you put in the letter? Did you need to provide any details of your parents' financial information to prove that they could support you both? AND, did they ask for the original of the letter, or would a scanned copy be okay?

Thanks in advance~
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: overdrive2023x on December 17, 2015, 01:17:39 pm
I have a question for those who had their parents write a letter saying that you and your spouse would be staying with them in the USA at their home while settling in. What kind of details did you put in the letter? Did you need to provide any details of your parents' financial information to prove that they could support you both? AND, did they ask for the original of the letter, or would a scanned copy be okay?

One thing they asked for that surprised me (and another guy in line) was that wanted actual W2's from your parent if you listed them as a joint sponsor and had their tax transcripts attached to the i-864. While in the end the consular officer didn't ask about them, the first officer that sorts your paperwork said that it might be an issue brought up by the consular officer.

I had my mother write the letter by hand and sign it and then mail it to me (along with other documents I needed like my father's tax scripts). I would figure out what you need from your parents, and then just have them ship a packet over to you including the letter.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: popeye2u on December 17, 2015, 01:54:06 pm
Why do Americans get shafted in Medical fees.  US visas have to pay 190,00 and other countries pay 150,000?  >:(
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: caerdroia on December 17, 2015, 02:48:27 pm
I have a question for those who had their parents write a letter saying that you and your spouse would be staying with them in the USA at their home while settling in. What kind of details did you put in the letter? Did you need to provide any details of your parents' financial information to prove that they could support you both? AND, did they ask for the original of the letter, or would a scanned copy be okay?

One thing they asked for that surprised me (and another guy in line) was that wanted actual W2's from your parent if you listed them as a joint sponsor and had their tax transcripts attached to the i-864. While in the end the consular officer didn't ask about them, the first officer that sorts your paperwork said that it might be an issue brought up by the consular officer.

I had my mother write the letter by hand and sign it and then mail it to me (along with other documents I needed like my father's tax scripts). I would figure out what you need from your parents, and then just have them ship a packet over to you including the letter.

Thank you overdrive! That is really good to know - can't believe they actually ask for parents' W2 forms as well  :huh:
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: cad_diva20 on December 17, 2015, 03:30:05 pm
Our interview is coming up and we are pretty much ready.
I'm just curious as to how others have "packaged" all of their documents and paperwork when they gave them to the officers?

Did you put them in a file? Without a file? Binder? List a table of contents?

When we handed in our first documents along with the I-130, i had everything nicely organized in a binder with clear sheets and tabs separating each "type" of document. The guy we handed in this to, took all the paper work out of the clear sheets, took the sticky tabs away and gave me back my binder...

Any suggestions on how we're supposed to "package" everything for the interview? Just hand in the paperwork in a stack?? lol
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: MaxCat on December 20, 2015, 11:27:39 am
Our interview is coming up and we are pretty much ready.
I'm just curious as to how others have "packaged" all of their documents and paperwork when they gave them to the officers?

Did you put them in a file? Without a file? Binder? List a table of contents?

When we handed in our first documents along with the I-130, i had everything nicely organized in a binder with clear sheets and tabs separating each "type" of document. The guy we handed in this to, took all the paper work out of the clear sheets, took the sticky tabs away and gave me back my binder...

Any suggestions on how we're supposed to "package" everything for the interview? Just hand in the paperwork in a stack?? lol

From what I read, they take everything out of binders, folders, take off clips etc. I think the only important thing is that it is the papers are in the order listed on Packet 3.

Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: adrienne.light on December 22, 2015, 01:07:37 pm
I-864 vs. I-864EZ

Which one have people used? I've been in Korea for 3 years and don't have recent American W2's but I have current tax transcripts.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: cad_diva20 on December 23, 2015, 07:51:23 am
I-864 vs. I-864EZ

Which one have people used? I've been in Korea for 3 years and don't have recent American W2's but I have current tax transcripts.

We were in the same situation, we could have qualified for the EZ form EXCEPT for the fact that we  did not have W2's. We handed in the normal I-864 instead.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: cad_diva20 on December 23, 2015, 08:03:29 am
I cannot stress this enough guys:

BRING the correct Korean Police Checks!!! We saw two couples at our recent interview get rejected because of this.

You need to bring TWO types of Korean Police Checks. JUST like the current Packet III Instructions says. I think the OLD packet III instructions that circulates the internet only says to bring ONE type. You need 2 TYPES.

If you look carefully on your mailed packet III instructions, they give you 2 SAMPLE Forms that you need to hand in. Those are the ones you need to ask for and fill out. Don't let the Korean Police Officers tell you otherwise. To make things more clear, download the sample form PDFs on your phone and show them to the police officers if you can.

When I went to the police station I had to really INSIST that they give me the two. They said I was incorrect and only needed one. (Even though I showed them the KOREAN instructions and they even spoke perfect English) They caved in and gave me the two. (I went to the Yonsei Police Station location. If you go there, they should now know the correct instructions)

One of the Police Checks you get on the spot, and the other one takes 4-7 business days to be ready for pick up.

EDIT: I should specify that this is for MY case. My husband is American and I am Canadian.

If you are american and your spouse is Korean, the Korean spouse STILL needs TWO different documents but one of them is different than what I (Canadian spouse) had to hand in.
Point is, Just make sure you get the right paper kk?  :wink:
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: adrienne.light on December 23, 2015, 03:03:43 pm
I-864 vs. I-864EZ

Which one have people used? I've been in Korea for 3 years and don't have recent American W2's but I have current tax transcripts.

Thanks! I'll just do the regular I-864 form. On my 2014 tax return, I claimed $24,000 as my income. The 125% poverty line is $19,912. So I pass the requirement and don't need my parents to fill out a support form, correct?

I know we MUST submit the most recent tax return but the other 2 years are optional. Did any choose NOT to submit the other two years? My claimed income for those years is very low ($296 and $9,014) because I was bouncing between Korea and the states.

We set our interview date for next month! Time to put the finishing touches on everything.

Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: cad_diva20 on December 24, 2015, 07:54:56 am
Which one have people used? I've been in Korea for 3 years and don't have recent American W2's but I have current tax transcripts.
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Thanks! I'll just do the regular I-864 form. On my 2014 tax return, I claimed $24,000 as my income. The 125% poverty line is $19,912. So I pass the requirement and don't need my parents to fill out a support form, correct?

I know we MUST submit the most recent tax return but the other 2 years are optional. Did any choose NOT to submit the other two years? My claimed income for those years is very low ($296 and $9,014) because I was bouncing between Korea and the states.

We set our interview date for next month! Time to put the finishing touches on everything.
[/quote]

Yes, you pass the requirements so there is no need for a co-sponsor.

We chose not to submit the other two tax years during the interview but we did  bring them to the interview just in case they wanted to see them.

Though we did have to write the tax amounts of all 3 years on the I-864.

P.S We did our interview a few days ago and I got my visa accepted on the spot. I will write a more detailed review of the whole experience when i get some time. This page has helped me out immensely during this really stressful ordeal so i'd like to help out others :)
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: popeye2u on December 24, 2015, 08:29:26 am
2 quick questions: How long does it take to get the passport back after the interview?  How long is the visa good for to enter the US? 
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: MaxCat on December 24, 2015, 10:21:53 am
I cannot stress this enough guys:

BRING the correct Korean Police Checks!!! We saw two couples at our recent interview get rejected because of this.

You need to bring TWO types of Korean Police Checks. JUST like the current Packet III Instructions says. I think the OLD packet III instructions that circulates the internet only says to bring ONE type. You need 2 TYPES.

If you look carefully on your mailed packet III instructions, they give you 2 SAMPLE Forms that you need to hand in. Those are the ones you need to ask for and fill out. Don't let the Korean Police Officers tell you otherwise. To make things more clear, download the sample form PDFs on your phone and show them to the police officers if you can.

When I went to the police station I had to really INSIST that they give me the two. They said I was incorrect and only needed one. (Even though I showed them the KOREAN instructions and they even spoke perfect English) They caved in and gave me the two. (I went to the Yonsei Police Station location. If you go there, they should now know the correct instructions)

One of the Police Checks you get on the spot, and the other one takes 4-7 business days to be ready for pick up.

EDIT: I should specify that this is for MY case. My husband is American and I am Canadian.

If you are american and your spouse is Korean, the Korean spouse STILL needs TWO different documents but one of them is different than what I (Canadian spouse) had to hand in.
Point is, Just make sure you get the right paper kk?  :wink:

This is true, you do need *two* forms. However, you don't get rejected if you don't have them. They just send you to the police station near the area  to get it and come back.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: cad_diva20 on December 24, 2015, 12:44:19 pm
I cannot stress this enough guys:

BRING the correct Korean Police Checks!!! We saw two couples at our recent interview get rejected because of this.

You need to bring TWO types of Korean Police Checks. JUST like the current Packet III Instructions says. I think the OLD packet III instructions that circulates the internet only says to bring ONE type. You need 2 TYPES.

If you look carefully on your mailed packet III instructions, they give you 2 SAMPLE Forms that you need to hand in. Those are the ones you need to ask for and fill out. Don't let the Korean Police Officers tell you otherwise. To make things more clear, download the sample form PDFs on your phone and show them to the police officers if you can.

When I went to the police station I had to really INSIST that they give me the two. They said I was incorrect and only needed one. (Even though I showed them the KOREAN instructions and they even spoke perfect English) They caved in and gave me the two. (I went to the Yonsei Police Station location. If you go there, they should now know the correct instructions)

One of the Police Checks you get on the spot, and the other one takes 4-7 business days to be ready for pick up.

EDIT: I should specify that this is for MY case. My husband is American and I am Canadian.

If you are american and your spouse is Korean, the Korean spouse STILL needs TWO different documents but one of them is different than what I (Canadian spouse) had to hand in.
Point is, Just make sure you get the right paper kk?  :wink:

This is true, you do need *two* forms. However, you don't get rejected if you don't have them. They just send you to the police station near the area  to get it and come back.

Yes, that's correct. I should not have used the word "rejected".  8)
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: ohar94 on December 27, 2015, 05:24:56 pm
My wife and I just received packet III, 7 weeks after the first embassy visit. 

Our excitement was cut-short by the realization that her passport will expire next month.  She must renew her passport which will mean that she will get a new passport number.  Has anyone else run into this problem before?... We wouldn't have to start all over again, right?  :huh:
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: adrienne.light on December 29, 2015, 02:14:46 pm
Did anyone have any problems for NOT turning a W2 with your I-864 form? Working here in Korea we don't have one.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: cad_diva20 on December 31, 2015, 09:21:10 am
2 quick questions: How long does it take to get the passport back after the interview?  How long is the visa good for to enter the US? 
Did anyone have any problems for NOT turning a W2 with your I-864 form? Working here in Korea we don't have one.

If you work in Korea, they don't expect you to have the W2s. You don't have to hand it in because well, you don't get W2s. They understand that.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: cad_diva20 on December 31, 2015, 09:32:39 am
2 quick questions: How long does it take to get the passport back after the interview?  How long is the visa good for to enter the US?

They say it takes a week to get the passport back. I got mine back in 2 days.

As far as your second question goes, it depends on what type of visa you apply for. If you apply for a CR-1 visa, the "green card" you get is good for 2 years. After to years, you will have to apply to get the "Conditional" part removed. If it's a normal Resident Visa, then the "green card" is good for 10 years i think.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: kjmerri2 on December 31, 2015, 01:57:23 pm
2 quick questions: How long does it take to get the passport back after the interview?  How long is the visa good for to enter the US?

They say it takes a week to get the passport back. I got mine back in 2 days.

As far as your second question goes, it depends on what type of visa you apply for. If you apply for a CR-1 visa, the "green card" you get is good for 2 years. After to years, you will have to apply to get the "Conditional" part removed. If it's a normal Resident Visa, then the "green card" is good for 10 years i think.

From http://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/immigrate/immigrant-process/interview/after.html

"When You Should Travel - You must arrive and apply for admission in the United States no later than the visa expiration date printed on your visa. An immigrant visa is usually valid for up to six months from the date of issuance unless your medical examination expires sooner, which may make your visa valid for less than six months."

If you haven't checked out the flowchart on that link above, I highly recommend going through it.  It's pretty thorough and conveniently breaks up the process for you.

Popeye2u's answer above only applies after you've been admitted into the US (meaning that you've cleared immigration in the airport), in which case you will receive the temporary Green Card.  From your question, I understood you to be asking about traveling after getting the initial visa from the embassy.   

Best of luck!
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: juskajo on December 31, 2015, 02:09:59 pm
We just did the interview first thing Monday morning, got the visa in the mail Wednesday (the passport w/new visa, and the big envelope we're not supposed to open until we arrive at a port of entry).

They took all the documents we had into the back office, looked over them while we waited, then called us over for the interview.  So I can't for sure which documents were helpful and which were redundant.

To answer some recent questions in this thread...

Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: suniloneal34 on December 31, 2015, 04:02:08 pm
I apologize if this has been talked about a lot already - tried skimming posts for the past few pages.

When long should i expect to wait from from them receiving the i-130 (says December 4th they received the i-130 when I check the status) to receiving the packet 3 email?

Packet 3 email means the i-130 has been approved right?

Then, all that's left is for her (the immigrant) to set up an interview date, get all the heaps of documents ready?

Thanks!
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: juskajo on December 31, 2015, 09:31:33 pm
When long should i expect to wait from from them receiving the i-130 (says December 4th they received the i-130 when I check the status) to receiving the packet 3 email?

Packet 3 email means the i-130 has been approved right?

Took only a few weeks for us.  This may be a busy season for them, as annual contracts are wrapping up.  Check your spam folder regularly.  If it was denied for some reason, I imagine they'd let you know.

Then, all that's left is for her (the immigrant) to set up an interview date, get all the heaps of documents ready?

Well, get the heaps of documents together, double and triple check all of them, and THEN set up an interview date, but yeah.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: suniloneal34 on January 01, 2016, 01:49:13 pm
Thanks for the info!

Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: keepinitreal on January 04, 2016, 07:41:26 pm
I cannot stress this enough guys:

BRING the correct Korean Police Checks!!! We saw two couples at our recent interview get rejected because of this.

You need to bring TWO types of Korean Police Checks. JUST like the current Packet III Instructions says. I think the OLD packet III instructions that circulates the internet only says to bring ONE type. You need 2 TYPES.

If you look carefully on your mailed packet III instructions, they give you 2 SAMPLE Forms that you need to hand in. Those are the ones you need to ask for and fill out. Don't let the Korean Police Officers tell you otherwise. To make things more clear, download the sample form PDFs on your phone and show them to the police officers if you can.

When I went to the police station I had to really INSIST that they give me the two. They said I was incorrect and only needed one. (Even though I showed them the KOREAN instructions and they even spoke perfect English) They caved in and gave me the two. (I went to the Yonsei Police Station location. If you go there, they should now know the correct instructions)

One of the Police Checks you get on the spot, and the other one takes 4-7 business days to be ready for pick up.

EDIT: I should specify that this is for MY case. My husband is American and I am Canadian.

If you are american and your spouse is Korean, the Korean spouse STILL needs TWO different documents but one of them is different than what I (Canadian spouse) had to hand in.
Point is, Just make sure you get the right paper kk?  :wink:

Hi,

Would you recall the names of the two types of Korean police check? I am trying to be proactive to obtain the documents.

In addition,

I submitted my I 130 for my Korean spouse back in 27 NOV 15 and still have not heard anything from them. Has anyone who submitted in that time frame received their Packet 3?

Thanks for all the assistance;really appreciate it.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: taingray on January 05, 2016, 04:03:23 pm
Did anyone that submitted the I-130 very recently get an estimate on the processing time till they receive packet 3? We went to the embassy today and they told us 60 days. Is that the estimate they always give? We're not in a big hurry or anything but I was hoping it would be faster. I know the times can vary by several weeks.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: slkenn on January 05, 2016, 07:19:51 pm
Quote

In addition,

I submitted my I 130 for my Korean spouse back in 27 NOV 15 and still have not heard anything from them. Has anyone who submitted in that time frame received their Packet 3?

Thanks for all the assistance;really appreciate it.


Christmas and New Year's Holidays are probably adding a few extra days to your processing time as well~
We were also told it would take up to 60 days. 
We submitted the  I-130 on Nov 4 and got the Packet 3 in my inbox on Dec 8.

Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: keepinitreal on January 08, 2016, 11:47:57 am
Did anyone that submitted the I-130 very recently get an estimate on the processing time till they receive packet 3? We went to the embassy today and they told us 60 days. Is that the estimate they always give? We're not in a big hurry or anything but I was hoping it would be faster. I know the times can vary by several weeks.

They told me 60 days they will make their decision but the they said probably 30 days. It has been more than 30 days for me and still waiting.
could you anyone email me the most recent packet 3 at stay_clean1@yahoo.com?
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: suniloneal34 on January 08, 2016, 02:36:38 pm
All good to know. We submitted ours on Dec 4th and haven't gotten the packet 3 email yet either.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: slkenn on January 08, 2016, 03:45:38 pm
I found this same question back in July of 2014, but was wondering if anyone has a more recent experience ...

When you arrived in the USA with your Spouse, how long did it take to go through Immigration? Also, did your spouse go through the "citizens/green card holders" line with you?

We'll have to get a connecting flight, so I was wondering how much layover time we would need.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: slkenn on January 08, 2016, 08:55:44 pm
Another quick question ...

For those who have sent in the DS-260 (online form) - there's a question on their that asks if the applicant's spouse/children will be immigrating to the U.S. with them. Well, I (the petition and the spouse) and our children are all moving to the U.S., but we are already U.S. citizens ... so are we supposed to answer "yes" to this question because we are all moving?  or "no" because we are already citizens and not actually "immigrating"?

Lol, or I am just thinking too hard?
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: cad_diva20 on January 12, 2016, 10:41:10 am
Another quick question ...

For those who have sent in the DS-260 (online form) - there's a question on their that asks if the applicant's spouse/children will be immigrating to the U.S. with them. Well, I (the petition and the spouse) and our children are all moving to the U.S., but we are already U.S. citizens ... so are we supposed to answer "yes" to this question because we are all moving?  or "no" because we are already citizens and not actually "immigrating"?

Lol, or I am just thinking too hard?

If you are an american citizen already, click "no" because you cannot immigrate. I over thought that one too.  :cheesy:
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: popeye2u on January 13, 2016, 08:26:39 am
Had our interview and visa was approved.  Strangely, the 2nd Korean police check was handed back to us.  When do you pay the green card fee?
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: suniloneal34 on January 13, 2016, 10:03:28 pm
Any updates on people receiving their packet 3? Holidays probably slowed stuff down by 2x as they get through backlogs etc.

Does anyone know of a timeframe from packet 3 date to when the foreign spouse is legally allowed to move to the US if stuff is done at a non rushed normal pace?

For example:
January 30th: Packet 3 email received
End of May: Legally allowed?

My US company is crazy about setting dates for PTO so I'm trying to figure out a time to come back to Korea to help my spouse with the moving etc (later is fine, but of course too early makes the trip over pointless).
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: popeye2u on January 16, 2016, 01:26:29 pm
I think you have a yr from the time the I-130 is approved.  But you can ask for an extension.  Once you get the Packet 3, you need to do the DS-260 online.  Takes about a month to get approved and then you can make the appt.  In all I would say 2 months.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: popeye2u on January 16, 2016, 01:31:03 pm
We received the passport/visa in the mail. Strangly the big vanilla envelope had a cut in one of the corners.  Did anyone else's envelope arrive the same way?  Just asking because it says the envelope should not be opened.   
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: cad_diva20 on January 18, 2016, 08:00:14 am
We received the passport/visa in the mail. Strangly the big vanilla envelope had a cut in one of the corners.  Did anyone else's envelope arrive the same way?  Just asking because it says the envelope should not be opened.

Mine had a cut in the corner as well! It's not just my envelope, phewwww! 8)
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: popeye2u on January 18, 2016, 02:07:13 pm
Thanks Cad_Diva.  That is a relief to know.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: popeye2u on January 18, 2016, 02:37:03 pm
I am flying into Detroit.  Has anyone processed their papers there?  Good or bad or did they send you back to Korea?
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: taingray on January 26, 2016, 06:34:58 pm
Question about ordering tax transcripts: I know you have to go on the IRS website to order them. On my 1040, my address is my Korean one, not my US address. Did any of you successfully order your transcripts on the website by putting in your Korean address on the request form thing (assuming you also listed that address on the 1040, obviously)? I'm a little paranoid the IRS will somehow mess up the address when mailing them to Korea and I won't get them...
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: keepinitreal on January 27, 2016, 01:16:37 pm
I got my Packet 3 Instructions 7 weeks after I submitted my I -130 and documents. My spouse and I completed the interview and submitted Packet 3 yesterday. Some advice and tips:

It is not two police certificate; it is one. I gave them two and they gave one back. If your spouse is a non-Korean citizen, then it might be two different police certificates.
-Ensure you have ALL documents with you prior to interview; saw a lot of couples getting the blue slip. Attention to Detail. Have your W2 and Letter of Domicile. Have a picture with you and your spouse if your spouse does not go with you on the interview date.
-I made a mistake of using the Family Relations Certificate before I got married; get the one with your name on the certificate after marriage. We quickly went to Jongno City Hall to get it and paid 10,000 to get it translated across the street and took it back to them.
Approved Visa and Passport is currently on way to the address I put on the site when I scheduled the interview.

Best of luck to those who are still working on it.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: caerdroia on January 28, 2016, 09:26:22 am
We filed the i-130 form on December 15th, and got our packet 3 email on January 21st, so it took about 6 weeks. Now I'm working on filling out the affidavit of support paperwork and spouse is getting the medical check-up today! ;D

I have a question about the affidavit of support~ My income is already sufficient to support my spouse (it's a regular public school EPIK teacher income anyway), but do you think it's worth it or would strengthen our chances to ALSO get my parents to fill out the i-864a forms (Contract between Sponsor and Household Member), just so their income gets added into mine?

Or would you guys say that it's not really necessary... 
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: suniloneal34 on February 02, 2016, 01:34:52 am
For all the people posting their I-130 times to approval timeframes did you go through the process in S.Korea?

I filed on December 4th (or so) to the Phoenix lockbox (I'm from California). I called in to the customer service national number to see if I can get an update and they said it could be up to 5-7 more months before any sort of approval.

Sucks.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: p33k on February 02, 2016, 09:55:16 am
For all the people posting their I-130 times to approval timeframes did you go through the process in S.Korea?

I filed on December 4th (or so) to the Phoenix lockbox (I'm from California). I called in to the customer service national number to see if I can get an update and they said it could be up to 5-7 more months before any sort of approval.

Sucks.

It seems much quicker for people in S.Korea as it only took us about 4 weeks to get approval here.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: MaxCat on February 03, 2016, 07:49:55 pm
Question about ordering tax transcripts: I know you have to go on the IRS website to order them. On my 1040, my address is my Korean one, not my US address. Did any of you successfully order your transcripts on the website by putting in your Korean address on the request form thing (assuming you also listed that address on the 1040, obviously)? I'm a little paranoid the IRS will somehow mess up the address when mailing them to Korea and I won't get them...

You don't even need the tax transcripts. A copy of the 1040 is sufficient.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: taingray on February 03, 2016, 08:40:08 pm
Question about ordering tax transcripts: I know you have to go on the IRS website to order them. On my 1040, my address is my Korean one, not my US address. Did any of you successfully order your transcripts on the website by putting in your Korean address on the request form thing (assuming you also listed that address on the 1040, obviously)? I'm a little paranoid the IRS will somehow mess up the address when mailing them to Korea and I won't get them...

You don't even need the tax transcripts. A copy of the 1040 is sufficient.

I read in the instructions that if you give them a copy of the 1040 you also have to submit W-2s. I don't have official W-2s, just pay slips from my job in Korea... Did this work for you (assuming you already submitted it)? If so, that would be awesome since it would save me a lot of time/hassle with the transcripts!
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: taingray on February 04, 2016, 06:00:10 pm
After some back and forth with the U.S consulate in Seoul, I can't seem to get a straight answer about this:

Can anyone confirm that they submitted a COPY of their 1040 with form I-864 instead of official tax transcripts, and it was accepted by the consulate? If so, what did you do about the W-2 requirement that the I-864 instructions list? Can I submit it without any form of proof of payment, or should I include a translated copy of an unofficial pay slip from my employer?

I simply cannot get a straight "yes" or "no" answer from the consulate about this. They keep dodging the W-2 part of my question; they only say that I must submit tax information from the last year and that I can use a copy of my 1040 (DUH, a**holes). Not sure why it's so difficult to answer such a simple question.

Thanks in advance!
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Pecan on February 05, 2016, 08:21:41 am
You can get the Korean equivalent of w-2s at your local NTS printed in English for free.

That is how most provide the information (not sure how you would do it, otherwise).
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: taingray on February 05, 2016, 12:36:36 pm
You can get the Korean equivalent of w-2s at your local NTS printed in English for free.

That is how most provide the information (not sure how you would do it, otherwise).

Thanks for that! Did this work for you?

Also: tax transcripts. That's how you'd provide the info otherwise (without W-2s).
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: adrienne.light on February 11, 2016, 12:44:18 pm
I wanted to give my experience now that the interview is over.

My husband is special case. He after the medical exam, it was revealed that he has small scars in his lungs which might be from TB. So he had to get another test done to make sure he is cured of all TB. This test takes 8 weeks to get the results. Luckily, we were allowed to keep our visa appointment.

We had our interview appointment at 8am. We arrived and were in the waiting room by 7:45 and were 4th in line. At 7:55 they called the first couple.
When it was our turn, we handed over all the documents we had. But here's what they took:
-All the documents listed in packet 3
-3 years of tax records: 1040 (2014, 2013, 2012) and 2555 (qualified in 2014) and W2s from when I worked in America (2012)
-copy of my American bank account and American credit card statement
-Letter I made that explained my domicile and that we would live with my parents
-copy of the front page of my most recent work contract (I brought the originals but they returned them to me after looking at them)

They asked if I (the American spouse) had any proof I was moving back to the states. I told them no and we're going to be living with my parents. They were satisfied with that answer. Also, my husband's photos were older than 6 months (same picture that's in his 2 year old passport) so we had to leave the embassy to get new pictures. Luckily, there's a passport photo booth in the metro station and we were back within 10mins. After turning over the new pictures, we waited.

After a little bit, they started calling people for the interview part. Some couples had only the foreign spouse go up, others went together. The interview is through a glass window like when you turn in the documents. My husband and I went together. The guy was very cheerful (3 couples before us were approved). He asked us how we met and what style of wedding did we have. Both my husband and I answered the questions together. With a smile on his face, the interviewer said we were good! He told us the hospital will mail his final medical exam results directly to the embassy. Then they will look over them. If everything is clear, they will tell us to mail in his passport to put in his visa. Within a week, we'll have it back. It seemed like no one was surprised about him needing the additional TB test and it wasn't a big issue. The interview was less than 5 minutes. We walked out the door of the embassy at 9:15am.

I hope this can help others!
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: taingray on February 12, 2016, 10:11:45 am
We submitted the I-130 on January 5th and just got our Packet 3 email today, February 12th! It took about five and a half weeks. I was so excited... until I saw that the first available interview is March 11th, damnit. I really wanted to buy our tickets sooner!

Without going into detail, this is the second time I've done this process, and for some reason this time it has taken way longer for them to process the paperwork (which is annoying, since it was so much easier/faster for us to gather everything since I mostly know what I'm doing this time!). The first time was about three years ago and it only took two weeks to get Packet 3. Interview appointments were also available only a week or two later. This must be a busy time of year.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: MaxCat on February 12, 2016, 07:20:29 pm
Question about ordering tax transcripts: I know you have to go on the IRS website to order them. On my 1040, my address is my Korean one, not my US address. Did any of you successfully order your transcripts on the website by putting in your Korean address on the request form thing (assuming you also listed that address on the 1040, obviously)? I'm a little paranoid the IRS will somehow mess up the address when mailing them to Korea and I won't get them...

You don't even need the tax transcripts. A copy of the 1040 is sufficient.

I read in the instructions that if you give them a copy of the 1040 you also have to submit W-2s. I don't have official W-2s, just pay slips from my job in Korea... Did this work for you (assuming you already submitted it)? If so, that would be awesome since it would save me a lot of time/hassle with the transcripts!

Yes this worked, I already finished with the whole process 2 months ago. I first emailed someone from the consulate asking if a copy is okay and they said yes. I took only the copy of the 1040 for the interview and it was fine.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: taingray on February 15, 2016, 12:42:13 pm
Question about ordering tax transcripts: I know you have to go on the IRS website to order them. On my 1040, my address is my Korean one, not my US address. Did any of you successfully order your transcripts on the website by putting in your Korean address on the request form thing (assuming you also listed that address on the 1040, obviously)? I'm a little paranoid the IRS will somehow mess up the address when mailing them to Korea and I won't get them...


You don't even need the tax transcripts. A copy of the 1040 is sufficient.

I read in the instructions that if you give them a copy of the 1040 you also have to submit W-2s. I don't have official W-2s, just pay slips from my job in Korea... Did this work for you (assuming you already submitted it)? If so, that would be awesome since it would save me a lot of time/hassle with the transcripts!

Yes this worked, I already finished with the whole process 2 months ago. I first emailed someone from the consulate asking if a copy is okay and they said yes. I took only the copy of the 1040 for the interview and it was fine.

Great, thanks! I will do that, too.

All these other stupid little issues keep coming up. Because there is such a long waiting time for interviews, my husband couldn't schedule his until March 21. My contract ends February 29, so I guess I will have to say I'm unemployed and enter my current income as $0, right? Or if I finish and print the I-864 before the end of February, could I still list my current income as it is now? I'm not sure what to do. I'm afraid they'll reject us because I will officially be unemployed by the time of his interview :/ I'm considering having my mom be a joint sponsor, but she is very unreliable.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: MaxCat on February 15, 2016, 07:50:17 pm
Great, thanks! I will do that, too.

All these other stupid little issues keep coming up. Because there is such a long waiting time for interviews, my husband couldn't schedule his until March 21. My contract ends February 29, so I guess I will have to say I'm unemployed and enter my current income as $0, right? Or if I finish and print the I-864 before the end of February, could I still list my current income as it is now? I'm not sure what to do. I'm afraid they'll reject us because I will officially be unemployed by the time of his interview :/ I'm considering having my mom be a joint sponsor, but she is very unreliable.

I don't think you should worry, they base your income requirements on the tax transcripts of the  last two years and if it is over the poverty line (which obviously in your case it is if you worked). They don't really care or ask about your current employment or contract end date. They only really care about what the 1040 says, like I said, they base income requirements on that.

Also someone previously said they called the consulate to see if they can change the interview date to an earlier date and it worked. Maybe you can try that too if you still want an earlier date. 


Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: taingray on February 15, 2016, 09:11:56 pm
Great, thanks! I will do that, too.

All these other stupid little issues keep coming up. Because there is such a long waiting time for interviews, my husband couldn't schedule his until March 21. My contract ends February 29, so I guess I will have to say I'm unemployed and enter my current income as $0, right? Or if I finish and print the I-864 before the end of February, could I still list my current income as it is now? I'm not sure what to do. I'm afraid they'll reject us because I will officially be unemployed by the time of his interview :/ I'm considering having my mom be a joint sponsor, but she is very unreliable.

I don't think you should worry, they base your income requirements on the tax transcripts of the  last two years and if it is over the poverty line (which obviously in your case it is if you worked). They don't really care or ask about your current employment or contract end date. They only really care about what the 1040 says, like I said, they base income requirements on that.

Also someone previously said they called the consulate to see if they can change the interview date to an earlier date and it worked. Maybe you can try that too if you still want an earlier date.

Yeah... I'm just really worried about how bad it's going to look on the I-864 where I would have to list my current income as $0  :sad: It says my current income should be above the poverty line by 125%, not just my income from last year, so I don't know if they will accept it even if I made enough last year.

My husband is going to call tomorrow to see if there's anyway they can move the appointment up... So many [potential] problems would be solved if we could somehow do it before my contract ends!
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: taingray on February 17, 2016, 09:58:21 am
Sorry guys, I have another stupid question.

I'm planning on giving a copy of my 1040 to the embassy along with the I-864. I filed my 2015 taxes with Turbotax to get it processed sooner, so on the pdf version of my 1040 that Turbotax generates, the part where my signature should go is blank since it was an electronic signature.

My question, then, is should I actually sign my name and write the date I filed on the 1040 after I print it out, or should I just leave the signature blank? There is also a paper included that says my taxes were accepted by the IRS, so maybe the officer at the consulate will get that and not care about the signature and I'm just overthinking this, but I want to make sure I do everything right.

Thanks in advance!
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: MaxCat on February 18, 2016, 07:05:51 pm
Sorry guys, I have another stupid question.

I'm planning on giving a copy of my 1040 to the embassy along with the I-864. I filed my 2015 taxes with Turbotax to get it processed sooner, so on the pdf version of my 1040 that Turbotax generates, the part where my signature should go is blank since it was an electronic signature.

My question, then, is should I actually sign my name and write the date I filed on the 1040 after I print it out, or should I just leave the signature blank? There is also a paper included that says my taxes were accepted by the IRS, so maybe the officer at the consulate will get that and not care about the signature and I'm just overthinking this, but I want to make sure I do everything right.

Thanks in advance!

You can leave the signature blank, that's what we did since it was filed online. It was no problem.


Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: MaxCat on February 20, 2016, 10:57:32 am
Important and Useful Tips Compilation

Below I am going to outline some tips and answers to common questions I have had/ others have had during this process. The answers are based on my own personal experiences and other posters I have read (from this thread and others) who have also successfully gone through the process and received a visa. No opinions or conjectures, only facts.

Filing 1-130

Appointment
make it at https://infopass.uscis.gov/

What you need to take to the embassy
I-130

Appointment notice printed

G-325A (two- one for the immigrant and one for the petitioner)

Two passport type photos (5cm x 5cm)

Marriage Certificate - 혼인관계증명서 with translation

Family Registry--가족관계 증명서  with translation

Immigrantsí birth certificate 기본 증명서  with translation

Passport Copies- both people

Petitionerís ARC card

Evidence of Name change and translation if applicable

$420 (462,000 won)


Translations
You do not need a certified or notarized translation. You/your spouse/any capable person can translate it. Attach to it  a short statement letter that states that the person who  translated is fluent and the translation is correct. Sign and dated.

How long it takes to receive Packet 3 after filing the 1-130
On average it seems to take about 4 weeks, but I have read as early as 2-3 weeks all the way to 7 weeks.  It depends on how busy they are, holidays etc.

Packet 3
Here is Packet 3 which you receive by email:
http://photos.state.gov/libraries/korea/1348142/packets/IV.pdf

You can probably do/ collect all the stuff before you even receive it just to get a head start and be done with everything quicker. Just make sure you plan out when to do the medical because it is only valid for 6 months.

Filing i-864

Taxes
 You need copies of your 1040 taxes for the past 3 years. You do not *need* tax transcripts, copies of 1040 are fine.

Proof of Domicile

You need proof of domicile that shows you are intending to move back to the US.

Example of some valid proof that people have used include:

1. Bank Statement from a US Bank that is still active
2. Proof of making bank transfers to US bank from Korean bank account
3. Email correspondence to employers that show you are looking for a job.
4. Emails, acceptance letters etc if you are entering into some kind of school
5. Letter from family or whoever you are staying with saying you are welcome to stay with them in the U.S until you get settles
6. Korean work contract showing the end date.
7. Different pieces of mail with U.S address on it that shows you have maintained a permanent mailing address
8. Estimated quotes or copy of receipts of shipping your stuff to the U.S
9. One way plane ticket to U.S
10. Copy of drivers license and state I.D
11. Copy of voter registration card
12. Proof of life insurance, health insurance in the U.S etc.
13. Copy of title to your car in the U.S
14. Korean apartment lease ending.

These are the things people have used successfully. You obviously don't need all of them, just the ones that apply or others you can think of.

Medical
I did not have a shot record and I got 2 shots tetanus and MMR. You will also get the flu shot if you did not get that already.

Police Check
You need a police check from Korea and also any other country you have lived in for over 12 months since the age of 16. Twelve months not 6 months.

Korean Police Check: Here is the application http://photos.state.gov/libraries/korea/1348142/packets/PC.pdf

Make sure you check both boxes.

If you don't have it right they just make you go to the police station nearby the embassy to get the right one.

Visa Validity
The visa is valid 6 months from your medical check. So if you did your medical on November 11, you must leave the country and enter the U.S by May 11.

Interview Scheduling
To schedule your interview go to: https://cgifederal.secure.force.com/?language=English&country=Korea


After the Interview
You receive your passport back quickly, in my case 2 days. The brown package you receive has an odd cut on the corner, this is normal.


To contact the Embassy with questions use these emails:
CIS.Seoul@uscis.dhs.gov.
support-korea@ustraveldocs.com

Hope this helps and relieves some worries! I will add more info to this if needed
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: slkenn on February 22, 2016, 05:13:12 pm
The previous post from MaxCat is a great summary - thanks for that!

My husband had his final Interview today and I have received  a lot of help from this site, so I wanted to include our experience, too.

We arrived at the Embassy at 7:15 a.m. and were first in line. By 7:25 a.m. there were 7 or 8 people. Right at 7:30 a.m. they took our passports and the appt. confirmation sheet and check for my husband's name on a list. We went through security and surrendered our phone. We were told to go to the 2nd floor to check-in and then proceed to the 3rd floor. Once on the 3rd floor we were told to take a number and wait. (We went there with our 2 children and the security personnel was very kind and took a moment to set up a little children's table and turn on a small TV with cartoons on it.)

Right at 8:00 a.m. we were called to the window and asked to submit our forms. While we were standing there the forms were reviews. She asked us a couple questions about how we were covering the financial side (since I'm a housewife) and made a note of my letter about no W-2s and checked our assets. She said everything was in order and then asked us to have a seat while our forms were reviewed.  We submitted:
-All the documents listed in packet 3
- A letter explaining that I had no income for the last 3 years (being a housewife)
- a copy of my American bank account statement and American credit card statement
- a copy of an email exchange I had with a realtor
- a letter from my parents saying we could stay with them
- a copy of my husband's yearly pay summary for the past 3 years
- copies from our bank of proof of our assets

At 8:45 a.m. my husband's name was called and his fingerprints were taken. He was also given a paper to read (mostly about spousal abuse) and told to go to the 2nd floor to pay the interview fee and come back and hand in the receipt. Asked to wait some more.

At 9:00 a.m. my husband called to another window and asked if he wanted to have the interview in Korean or English (though I think it depends on the interviewer - the person next to us was not given this option) a few questions, "When did you meet your wife?" "How did you meet." "What do you plan on doing for a job in the U.S.?" He also asked who the sponsor was [me] and asked me if I worked or planned to work and if our children were U.S. citizens. He asked when we intended to go to the U.S. and reminded us we had 6 months from the time of the medical check. Then, after a pause, "You've been approved. You'll receive your passport by mail in about a week. Do you have any questions?" As a previous poster mentioned, a

And that was it~ We left at 9:15 a.m.

  :azn:
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: popeye2u on February 23, 2016, 12:42:48 pm
Just an update.  My wife was granted her visa back in Jan.  We submitted my tax forms for last 2 years, Pension balance, bank balances, and US bank balance showing our address and place of residence.  Current income on the I-864 is what we project to earn this yr.  Only a few questions were asked as in the previous post and visa was approved.  We flew to Detroit and found it very easy to go through immigration.  We were the only ones with a packet.  They took us to an office and 15 minutes later they gave her passport back with her temporary residence stamp.  We didn't have to do any paperwork for her social security card. It arrived by mail a week later.  Now just waiting for her Green Card to arrive.  We came back to Korea for 8 months and then she will return to the US. 
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: taingray on February 25, 2016, 04:26:00 pm
We had our interview today and we passed! I'm so relieved that it's over. Thanks waygook, and especially MaxCat, for the helpful posts!!

I'm not really adding anything new to all the other excellent info in this thread, but I'll share our experience anyway.

We got to the embassy at about 7:32 and even though we were 8th in line, we were the second ones interviewed (a lot of people seemed to be going out to get missing documents). We submitted everything on the Packet 3 checklist, as well as the following:

[For the domicile requirement]
-my public voting record showing I have voted in recent elections in my state
-a copy of my driver's license
-Certificate of Vehicle Registration for my state showing that my car's registration is current
-bank and credit card statements showing my permanent address at home
-a letter my mom wrote, signed, scanned, and emailed to me saying we will stay at her house when we first go back
-scanned copies of shipping receipts for boxes of stuff I recently mailed back home from Korea
-a copy of my ARC to show it expires in March (this is the only thing from all this that they did not take)

For my taxes, I just submitted the TurboTax generated 1040 and 2555 forms for 2015, along with a sheet that certifies that the IRS accepted my return. This worked, even though the IRS officially has not finished processing my taxes despite the fact that I e-filed over a month ago. They did not ask for any other income information.

The first time we were called up, the lady asked me if I was still working and I said yes, but that my contract in Korea finishes at the end of the month. I had been very worried this would be a problem but she didn't seem to care. She also told my husband to go down to the second floor to get a sticker on his passport. After that he went up again for fingerprinting and downstairs to pay.

The guy who interviewed us was very nice. He asked us how we met, when we were married, what my job was and what I plan to do when we go to the US (I said we planned to stay with my mom and look for jobs in the area). He also asked my husband if he had ever been arrested in Korea or when he was previously in the US, and what he had been doing in Korea for the past few years (he answered that he was working and studying).

We were finished with everything at about 9:40, so just a little over two hours. Now we wait for his passport back in the mail!
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: slkenn on February 25, 2016, 08:59:10 pm
Just wanted to update that we had our interview Monday (as mentioned above) and on Wednesday afternoon we got my husband's passport with Immigrant Visa and the packet to take with us~ Much faster than I thought!
Title: I-864 Clarification (overthinking everything)
Post by: Tom34150070 on April 05, 2016, 04:11:06 pm
Hey everyone,
My wife and I received packet 3 and are in the process of getting everything together.  We aren't able to log in to the DS-260 but we have been told by the consulate site that it is a system error and to just keep moving forward. 
The next step in this never ending trek is the I-864.  I have a pretty standard situation: I've been here a while.  I filed taxes but all of my income has been made here in Korea.  I left my job about a month ago so my income is finished. 
My parents are my cosponsors (father- I-864, mother- I864A).  My wife and I will be living with them until we can afford to live on our own or we start sleeping in a tent in the woods... whichever.

QUESTIONS:
1. Would I enter "My current annual income" as $0.00?  I assume yes.
2. This is what is currently throwing me off. The next section is about "Income you are using from any other person who was counted in your household size."  My inclination is to just mark this all as zero.  However, since we will be moving in with my parents and I am proving domicile at my parents' house, am I supposed to list their incomes here?

Thanks in advance.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Moe Hay on April 20, 2016, 11:23:11 pm
Hello, everyone.

This is a fantastically useful thread. Thanks for all of the information.

Quick question:

I'm an American citizen. My spouse, a native Korean, had spent two years living and studying in Shanghai, China once upon a time in her early adulthood (five or six years ago). Since we'll be applying for her U.S. green card at some point in the future, she'll most likely need a background check from the Shanghai authorities stating she didn't run afoul of the law, etc.

From the little I've read online so far, it seems that non-Chinese citizens who are attempting to obtain a background check from Chinese authorities have basically two options: go to China and get the check from the Exit and Entry office in the relevant city, or send their passports and information to someone in China who acts as their go-between and applies for the check for them. There does not seem to be any application option online or through the mail, etc.

My question is for those who might have obtained one of these Chinese background checks for reasons related to marriage or work. What did you have to do to get your background check, first of all. Secondly, are you aware of any option to get the background check without having to travel to China or use an intermediary? Again, to reiterate, the city my wife stayed in was Shanghai.

Thanks for any help, and good luck with all of your visa/green card applications.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: toddingumi on September 27, 2016, 03:06:04 pm
Important and Useful Tips Compilation

Below I am going to outline some tips and answers to common questions I have had/ others have had during this process. The answers are based on my own personal experiences and other posters I have read (from this thread and others) who have also successfully gone through the process and received a visa. No opinions or conjectures, only facts.

Filing 1-130

Appointment
make it at https://infopass.uscis.gov/

What you need to take to the embassy
I-130

Appointment notice printed

G-325A (two- one for the immigrant and one for the petitioner)

Two passport type photos (5cm x 5cm)

Marriage Certificate - 혼인관계증명서 with translation

Family Registry--가족관계 증명서  with translation

Immigrantsí birth certificate 기본 증명서  with translation

Passport Copies- both people

Petitionerís ARC card

Evidence of Name change and translation if applicable

$420 (462,000 won)


Translations
You do not need a certified or notarized translation. You/your spouse/any capable person can translate it. Attach to it  a short statement letter that states that the person who  translated is fluent and the translation is correct. Sign and dated.

How long it takes to receive Packet 3 after filing the 1-130
On average it seems to take about 4 weeks, but I have read as early as 2-3 weeks all the way to 7 weeks.  It depends on how busy they are, holidays etc.

Packet 3
Here is Packet 3 which you receive by email:
http://photos.state.gov/libraries/korea/1348142/packets/IV.pdf

You can probably do/ collect all the stuff before you even receive it just to get a head start and be done with everything quicker. Just make sure you plan out when to do the medical because it is only valid for 6 months.

Filing i-864

Taxes
 You need copies of your 1040 taxes for the past 3 years. You do not *need* tax transcripts, copies of 1040 are fine.

Proof of Domicile

You need proof of domicile that shows you are intending to move back to the US.

Example of some valid proof that people have used include:

1. Bank Statement from a US Bank that is still active
2. Proof of making bank transfers to US bank from Korean bank account
3. Email correspondence to employers that show you are looking for a job.
4. Emails, acceptance letters etc if you are entering into some kind of school
5. Letter from family or whoever you are staying with saying you are welcome to stay with them in the U.S until you get settles
6. Korean work contract showing the end date.
7. Different pieces of mail with U.S address on it that shows you have maintained a permanent mailing address
8. Estimated quotes or copy of receipts of shipping your stuff to the U.S
9. One way plane ticket to U.S
10. Copy of drivers license and state I.D
11. Copy of voter registration card
12. Proof of life insurance, health insurance in the U.S etc.
13. Copy of title to your car in the U.S
14. Korean apartment lease ending.

These are the things people have used successfully. You obviously don't need all of them, just the ones that apply or others you can think of.

Medical
I did not have a shot record and I got 2 shots tetanus and MMR. You will also get the flu shot if you did not get that already.

Police Check
You need a police check from Korea and also any other country you have lived in for over 12 months since the age of 16. Twelve months not 6 months.

Korean Police Check: Here is the application http://photos.state.gov/libraries/korea/1348142/packets/PC.pdf

Make sure you check both boxes.

If you don't have it right they just make you go to the police station nearby the embassy to get the right one.

Visa Validity
The visa is valid 6 months from your medical check. So if you did your medical on November 11, you must leave the country and enter the U.S by May 11.

Interview Scheduling
To schedule your interview go to: https://cgifederal.secure.force.com/?language=English&country=Korea


After the Interview
You receive your passport back quickly, in my case 2 days. The brown package you receive has an odd cut on the corner, this is normal.


To contact the Embassy with questions use these emails:
CIS.Seoul@uscis.dhs.gov.
support-korea@ustraveldocs.com

Hope this helps and relieves some worries! I will add more info to this if needed

Question about the G-325 docs. In the upper right hand corner it says File Number: A______ . What do you put here? Do you receive a file number when you make an appointment to submit your I-130? Does anyone know about this?

Also. Are you signing both the the G-325 and G-325A because you are the applicant/petitioner? Or does your spouse sign his/her G-325A?
Thanks
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: GenuineMoniker on October 13, 2016, 02:52:34 pm
Hello Everyone,

I am also joining this process and am very excited to begin. Most of my "what to bring to the appointment" questions are sorted, so I will only ask one extra question about that topic in addition to I-130 Form-specific questions:

-I see above that the"immigrant's birth certificate" is necessary. My wife is from Vietnam, so we would have to get a copy--or the original?--of the certificate?

Form-specific Questions:
1) In Sections B. and C. 2., are the addresses our current ones in South Korea? (We live together).
2) In Section C. 10., does my spouse's ARC Card number or Passport number qualify as an Alien Registration Number?
3) In Section C. 17., do I simply enter in my spouse's information recorded on her Passport?
4) Under the section where it asks for my citizenship: I was naturalized at 12, so my parents have the original document. When I fill in the section about my US citizenship, do I simply enter the number on my naturalization document?

Lastly, if anyone could direct me toward a thread regarding "Birth Abroad", I'd greatly appreciate it. Our son will be born in December and I'd like to get his passport, social, and citizenship recorded asap before my family and I return to the states (mid-July). I heard the process for my baby to get his citizen could take 6 months total; if anyone could dispel that rumor I'd greatly appreciate that too.

Have a great day everyone.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: bewolff on October 21, 2016, 06:28:29 am
Intended Domicile Information
I can show my expiring contract.
I can show an email exchange about enrolling my son in school.
I could probably get a a real estate agent to email me about apartment listings.
I can show a letter from a friend offering a place to stay until we get settled.

I do not have a current US bank account, CC, Vehicle Registration and I think by driver license may be expired.

Question 1:  Will the documents I have likely be enough?
Question 2:  Any ideas for other documents?
Question 3:  Can I open a US bank account from here in Korea? ...by going into KB or online?
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: toddingumi on December 15, 2016, 09:01:50 am
Important and Useful Tips Compilation

Below I am going to outline some tips and answers to common questions I have had/ others have had during this process. The answers are based on my own personal experiences and other posters I have read (from this thread and others) who have also successfully gone through the process and received a visa. No opinions or conjectures, only facts.

Filing 1-130

Appointment
make it at https://infopass.uscis.gov/

What you need to take to the embassy
I-130

Appointment notice printed

G-325A (two- one for the immigrant and one for the petitioner)

Two passport type photos (5cm x 5cm)

Marriage Certificate - 혼인관계증명서 with translation

Family Registry--가족관계 증명서  with translation

Immigrantsí birth certificate 기본 증명서  with translation

Passport Copies- both people

Petitionerís ARC card

Evidence of Name change and translation if applicable

$420 (462,000 won)


Translations
You do not need a certified or notarized translation. You/your spouse/any capable person can translate it. Attach to it  a short statement letter that states that the person who  translated is fluent and the translation is correct. Sign and dated.

How long it takes to receive Packet 3 after filing the 1-130
On average it seems to take about 4 weeks, but I have read as early as 2-3 weeks all the way to 7 weeks.  It depends on how busy they are, holidays etc.

Packet 3
Here is Packet 3 which you receive by email:
http://photos.state.gov/libraries/korea/1348142/packets/IV.pdf

You can probably do/ collect all the stuff before you even receive it just to get a head start and be done with everything quicker. Just make sure you plan out when to do the medical because it is only valid for 6 months.

Filing i-864

Taxes
 You need copies of your 1040 taxes for the past 3 years. You do not *need* tax transcripts, copies of 1040 are fine.

Proof of Domicile

You need proof of domicile that shows you are intending to move back to the US.

Example of some valid proof that people have used include:

1. Bank Statement from a US Bank that is still active
2. Proof of making bank transfers to US bank from Korean bank account
3. Email correspondence to employers that show you are looking for a job.
4. Emails, acceptance letters etc if you are entering into some kind of school
5. Letter from family or whoever you are staying with saying you are welcome to stay with them in the U.S until you get settles
6. Korean work contract showing the end date.
7. Different pieces of mail with U.S address on it that shows you have maintained a permanent mailing address
8. Estimated quotes or copy of receipts of shipping your stuff to the U.S
9. One way plane ticket to U.S
10. Copy of drivers license and state I.D
11. Copy of voter registration card
12. Proof of life insurance, health insurance in the U.S etc.
13. Copy of title to your car in the U.S
14. Korean apartment lease ending.

These are the things people have used successfully. You obviously don't need all of them, just the ones that apply or others you can think of.

Medical
I did not have a shot record and I got 2 shots tetanus and MMR. You will also get the flu shot if you did not get that already.

Police Check
You need a police check from Korea and also any other country you have lived in for over 12 months since the age of 16. Twelve months not 6 months.

Korean Police Check: Here is the application http://photos.state.gov/libraries/korea/1348142/packets/PC.pdf

Make sure you check both boxes.

If you don't have it right they just make you go to the police station nearby the embassy to get the right one.

Visa Validity
The visa is valid 6 months from your medical check. So if you did your medical on November 11, you must leave the country and enter the U.S by May 11.

Interview Scheduling
To schedule your interview go to: https://cgifederal.secure.force.com/?language=English&country=Korea


After the Interview
You receive your passport back quickly, in my case 2 days. The brown package you receive has an odd cut on the corner, this is normal.


To contact the Embassy with questions use these emails:
CIS.Seoul@uscis.dhs.gov.
support-korea@ustraveldocs.com

Hope this helps and relieves some worries! I will add more info to this if needed

Question about the G-325 docs. In the upper right hand corner it says File Number: A______ . What do you put here? Do you receive a file number when you make an appointment to submit your I-130? Does anyone know about this?

Also. Are you signing both the the G-325 and G-325A because you are the applicant/petitioner? Or does your spouse sign his/her G-325A?
Thanks

Can anybody answer this?
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: country09 on December 22, 2016, 09:23:24 am
For the file number I left it blank.

G-325A: whoever the form is being filled out for needs to sign. So petitioner and applicant need to sign their own forms. I had this exact same question.

USCIS is awesome when it comes back to responding to questions. Longest I have waited is a couple hours.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Ptolemy on January 20, 2017, 06:10:50 pm
The American and Canada immigration processes are garbage, most annoying stuff in the world. But Korea immigration is the greatest, all countries should use it as a model.

We didn't even fill in all the form, told the Korean lady it was confusing. She was like "hey don't worry, I'll fill it in for you!". Thanks, government workers actually doing their job, love it! The wife told her she was worried about some details "hey don't worry, he's going to get in no matter what!". Pay a few bucks, no expensive process, no hassle, and angry government fatty workers.

Sure enough, one week later F6 arrives in the mail. The actual card is extremely attractive, not just my photo, the design too.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: DIE5EL on January 20, 2017, 07:24:32 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?
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: SMOE NSET on January 22, 2017, 12:26:55 am
DIESEL

I would wait until you know exactly when you plan on going back. The only part of the process that made us delay our exit by a month was the medical check up. My wife had 2 white spots on her lungs and so they tested her for TB (which takes awhile since you have to do mouth swabs twice with time in between). She didn't have TB but it delayed our exit a month which made the medical check up expire so she had to do it all over again. So plan the time you are leaving and plan the medical check up a few months before and then do the rest of the process.

Once the medical was done, the interview at the embassy was quick and her documents arrived shortly after.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Teachersa on January 22, 2017, 12:02:33 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.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: DIE5EL on January 24, 2017, 09:59:25 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?
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: kjmerri2 on January 24, 2017, 10:38:09 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?

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!

Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: DIE5EL on January 29, 2017, 04:23:13 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 :)
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: DIE5EL on February 10, 2017, 06:52:30 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.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: doumie80 on February 14, 2017, 12:46:48 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. :-[
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: DIE5EL on February 26, 2017, 10:36:42 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. :-[
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
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: country09 on February 27, 2017, 09:38:42 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.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: DIE5EL on April 10, 2017, 04:24:19 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?
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Seoul cruiser on April 11, 2017, 07:11:53 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.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: DIE5EL on April 20, 2017, 05:29:10 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
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Seoul cruiser on April 21, 2017, 07:20:52 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.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: DIE5EL on April 21, 2017, 03:36:07 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
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Pattinsons on April 23, 2017, 08:42:11 pm
Just a question pertaining to the financial support. My wife read online that it is possible to submit a Korean tax return, but I read that it must be an IRS. Has anyone filed their Korean tax return during the visa process.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Seoul cruiser on April 24, 2017, 06:57:46 am
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

Good deal, sounds like they are working with you two well. Good luck in the future.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Seoul cruiser on April 24, 2017, 07:08:05 am
Just a question pertaining to the financial support. My wife read online that it is possible to submit a Korean tax return, but I read that it must be an IRS. Has anyone filed their Korean tax return during the visa process.

You should be filing your U.S. federal income tax which shows your foreign income. I don't think they will accept a Korean tax statement. The affidavit of support does indeed say that it has to be a U.S. document for taxes. Have you not been filing your taxes in the U.S.? If not, I would suggest setting up an appointment at H and R block to have them prepare your taxes. They can not E-file them so, you would have to mail them in, have them sent to a family member, and then have said family member ship them to you (I don't think I would trust the IRS to send them overseas). You technically only need 1 year tax proof. Even if you bypass that specific section and show assets worth 110%, I think they still need the last years tax statement.

Take this with a grain of salt as I'm no immigration specialist. All the information above is just from my own research. My spouse also reads things online, it has been 50/50 with the information she has told me. So, don't put to much merit in the Korean threads discussing immigration.

Edit: I'm not sure but, I think you can still file your 2016 tax returns electronically through H and R block. Doesn't overseas folks have till June or something like that? It's something to check into, and would save you a lot of hassle.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: toddingumi on April 24, 2017, 10:06:26 am
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

Good deal, sounds like they are working with you two well. Good luck in the future.


Is this the e-packet??? They sent this to me but not my wife. And i don't know if they are sending a hard copy or by email. Confused.

Dear XXXXXXXXX
 
We received the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)-approved visa petition filed on your behalf.

You should visit this website: http://www.ustraveldocs.com, or call the Visa Information and Appointment Service at (632) 976-8500 to 02 from the Philippines or (703)-520-2235 from the United States, between 7pm-7am EST / 6pm-6am CST / 5pm-5am MST / 4pm-4am PST to schedule a visa interview appointment. The call center is open Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (Manila time), except on U.S. and Philippine holidays. Callers must have the case number, passport number, and passport expiry date for each applicant (principal applicant and derivative family members) ready when requesting a visa appointment.

All applicants must register their delivery address online. We are unable to deliver your passport and visa if you fail to register a delivery address. To register online, click on the ďSelect Document Delivery AddressĒ link under the Immigrant Visas section of our website (http://www.ustraveldocs.com/ph/). Once there, click on the first link under the ďMore ActionsĒ to register a delivery address for the first time, or to change an existing delivery address.
 
If you have any question(s) on how to register a delivery address, please contact Manilaís Visa Information and Appointment Service Center at (632) 976-8500, (632) 976-8501 or (632) 976-8502.

You should read and follow all application and interview preparation instructions for immigrant visa applicants located on the Embassyís web site at https://ph.usembassy.gov/visas/immigrant-visas/. The instructions contained in the website will provide you the required documentation and procedures to follow prior to the interview date.

All immigrant visa applicants are required to complete the Form DS-260 (Online Immigrant Visa Application and Registration) at https://ceac.state.gov/ceac and print the confirmation page to be presented at the time of interview. Any applicant without the completed application form will be advised to reschedule the interview. If you are unable to keep your visa interview appointment date, please visit the same website or call the Visa Information and Appointment Service to reschedule your interview appointment.

Applicants are advised to visit https://www.uscis.gov/tools/green-card-resources/welcome-united-states for practical information to help you settle into everyday life in the United States.

 

 
                                                           Sincerely,
 
                                                           Consular Officer
                                                    Immigrant Visa Branch
 
 
Case Number: MNL2017XXXXX
Name (P)   : XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Seoul cruiser on April 24, 2017, 12:02:32 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

Good deal, sounds like they are working with you two well. Good luck in the future.


Is this the e-packet??? They sent this to me but not my wife. And i don't know if they are sending a hard copy or by email. Confused.

Dear XXXXXXXXX
 
We received the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)-approved visa petition filed on your behalf.

You should visit this website: http://www.ustraveldocs.com, or call the Visa Information and Appointment Service at (632) 976-8500 to 02 from the Philippines or (703)-520-2235 from the United States, between 7pm-7am EST / 6pm-6am CST / 5pm-5am MST / 4pm-4am PST to schedule a visa interview appointment. The call center is open Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (Manila time), except on U.S. and Philippine holidays. Callers must have the case number, passport number, and passport expiry date for each applicant (principal applicant and derivative family members) ready when requesting a visa appointment.

All applicants must register their delivery address online. We are unable to deliver your passport and visa if you fail to register a delivery address. To register online, click on the ďSelect Document Delivery AddressĒ link under the Immigrant Visas section of our website (http://www.ustraveldocs.com/ph/). Once there, click on the first link under the ďMore ActionsĒ to register a delivery address for the first time, or to change an existing delivery address.
 
If you have any question(s) on how to register a delivery address, please contact Manilaís Visa Information and Appointment Service Center at (632) 976-8500, (632) 976-8501 or (632) 976-8502.

You should read and follow all application and interview preparation instructions for immigrant visa applicants located on the Embassyís web site at https://ph.usembassy.gov/visas/immigrant-visas/. The instructions contained in the website will provide you the required documentation and procedures to follow prior to the interview date.

All immigrant visa applicants are required to complete the Form DS-260 (Online Immigrant Visa Application and Registration) at https://ceac.state.gov/ceac and print the confirmation page to be presented at the time of interview. Any applicant without the completed application form will be advised to reschedule the interview. If you are unable to keep your visa interview appointment date, please visit the same website or call the Visa Information and Appointment Service to reschedule your interview appointment.

Applicants are advised to visit https://www.uscis.gov/tools/green-card-resources/welcome-united-states for practical information to help you settle into everyday life in the United States.

 

 
                                                           Sincerely,
 
                                                           Consular Officer
                                                    Immigrant Visa Branch
 
 
Case Number: MNL2017XXXXX
Name (P)   : XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

Yes, that is the E-packet. You will not receive a hard copy by mail. If you registered two e-mail address, I would assume they would send it to both addresses. You just print it off and follow the directions in the links.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: donovan on May 06, 2017, 04:30:32 pm
When submitting the petition (Form I-130), does the spouse for whom you're petitioning need to be present as well? Even if she doesn't *need* to be, *can* she be present? Is it a good idea to bring her along one way or the other?

Also, I find it very curious that there seems to be so many more documents that need to be submitted for the petition than are listed on the official website of the USCIS. Why would that be, and how did you learn about the need of all these other documents?

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Required Documentation

To complete the process, the petitioner must submit:

*Form I-130 (signed with proper fee), with all required documentation, including:
*Two completed and signed G-325A forms (one for you and one for your spouse)
*A copy of your civil marriage certificate
*A copy of all divorce decrees, death certificates, or annulment decrees that demonstrate that all previous marriages entered into by you and/or your spouse were terminated
*Passport style photos of you and your spouse (see Form I-130 instructions for photo requirements)
*Evidence of all legal name changes for you and/or your spouse (may include marriage certificates, divorce decrees, court judgment of name change, adoption decrees, etc.)

If you are a U.S. citizen, you must demonstrate your status with:
*A copy of your valid U.S. passport OR
*A copy of your U.S. birth certificate OR
*A copy of Consular Report of Birth Abroad OR
*A copy of your naturalization certificate OR
*A copy of your certificate of citizenship

https://www.uscis.gov/family/family-us-citizens/spouse/bringing-spouses-live-united-states-permanent-residents
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Seoul cruiser on May 08, 2017, 07:54:33 am
When submitting the petition (Form I-130), does the spouse for whom you're petitioning need to be present as well? Even if she doesn't *need* to be, *can* she be present? Is it a good idea to bring her along one way or the other?

Also, I find it very curious that there seems to be so many more documents that need to be submitted for the petition than are listed on the official website of the USCIS. Why would that be, and how did you learn about the need of all these other documents?

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Required Documentation

To complete the process, the petitioner must submit:

*Form I-130 (signed with proper fee), with all required documentation, including:
*Two completed and signed G-325A forms (one for you and one for your spouse)
*A copy of your civil marriage certificate
*A copy of all divorce decrees, death certificates, or annulment decrees that demonstrate that all previous marriages entered into by you and/or your spouse were terminated
*Passport style photos of you and your spouse (see Form I-130 instructions for photo requirements)
*Evidence of all legal name changes for you and/or your spouse (may include marriage certificates, divorce decrees, court judgment of name change, adoption decrees, etc.)

If you are a U.S. citizen, you must demonstrate your status with:
*A copy of your valid U.S. passport OR
*A copy of your U.S. birth certificate OR
*A copy of Consular Report of Birth Abroad OR
*A copy of your naturalization certificate OR
*A copy of your certificate of citizenship

https://www.uscis.gov/family/family-us-citizens/spouse/bringing-spouses-live-united-states-permanent-residents

No, your spouse does not have to be present. They can accompany you to the embassy if you want.  IMO I think it is better for your spouse to be present. Their main concern is if the "marriage" is legitimate.

The official website is out of date, I think. You no longer have to complete the G-325, it is done online at the NVC website now called the DS-260.

Also, it's important to remember that there are different steps depending on where your case is being processes. When it is done overseas (in Korea) the process is much faster and is simple. If it is done stateside, you have to use the drop boxes. It's a pain in the ass and take about 1 year just to get the I130 approval. It took 3 days in Korea.

As for the documents that you need, the Pkt3 will tell you what forms you need. When you download the current forms, there is also an instruction sheet with the form to be downloaded. The instructions sheet will tell you what documents you need for that specific form.

One of the main reasons for needing more documents than what is listed online is because the rules change frequently. It used to be that you need 3 years of federal income tax, now you only need 1. You couldn't use your spouses assets for the affidavit of support, now you can. I think, it changes so much/fast, that the website can't keep up with the changes. Just think, Trump tried a temp ban a little while ago, could you imagine the problems that would have caused with immigration in that region?

This is the current link for having your case processed at the Korean Embassy.
https://kr.usembassy.gov/visas/immigrant-visas/family-based-immigration/the-interview/

This is where you make your visa appointment date.
https://cgifederal.secure.force.com/

This is where you complete the DS-260 and, check the status of your case.
https://ceac.state.gov/IV/Login.aspx

In order to access those websites, you will need to have your I-130 approved (you actually make an appointment at the embassy to submit the I-130), which comes in the form of an email that gives you your case number and all the info to access the websites.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: donovan on May 08, 2017, 09:59:34 am
@Seoul cruiser

Thanks for the info.

I get that things change, but do they really change *so* quickly that they can't update text on an official website? (Rhetorical question. Just a rant.)

I'm not so worried about the packet stuff because those instructions will be sent to me directly from them and I would hope I could expect that to be accurate and up to date. I'm more concerned about taking off work, going to the embassy for my appointment, being told that I'm missing things that were not even listed, and then having to do it all over again two weeks later. (And maybe once more if requirements change again!)

I'm curious though....
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Their main concern is if the "marriage" is legitimate.

...Why did you put marriage in scare quotes?  :sad: It's legit, I swear!
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Seoul cruiser on May 08, 2017, 11:38:56 am
@Seoul cruiser

Thanks for the info.

I get that things change, but do they really change *so* quickly that they can't update text on an official website? (Rhetorical question. Just a rant.)

I'm not so worried about the packet stuff because those instructions will be sent to me directly from them and I would hope I could expect that to be accurate and up to date. I'm more concerned about taking off work, going to the embassy for my appointment, being told that I'm missing things that were not even listed, and then having to do it all over again two weeks later. (And maybe once more if requirements change again!)

I'm curious though....
Quote
Their main concern is if the "marriage" is legitimate.

...Why did you put marriage in scare quotes?  :sad: It's legit, I swear!

As long as you go through the instructions carefully, you should have no problems. One thing to look out for is the dates on the downloadable paperwork. You want to make sure that the expiration date has not past.  If you don't have current paperwork they will not accept it, and you could be missing documents.

I put marriage in quotes because that is their (immigration) main concern. It wasn't directed at you, just more of a general statement. As long as that is legit, they will work with you on everything else for the most part. Don't worry to much about missing paperwork. If you were missing paperwork, I am pretty sure they will allow you to mail the missing documents to them. I don't think you would have to have another appointment. You will have a total of 2 appointments. 1 for submitting the I-130, and one more for the Visa interview. Actually, you don't even have to go to the Visa interview, just the pending immigrant. I would recommend going though, just my opinion. As for the appointments, just be aware that they only take appointments on certain days for USCIS services. The other days they go to the military posts and offer their services.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: donovan on May 08, 2017, 02:55:11 pm
As for the appointments, just be aware that they only take appointments on certain days for USCIS services. The other days they go to the military posts and offer their services.

Good to know. Actually, the one thing that seems to be up to date on the USCIS website is their slick new reservation system. It asks what the purpose of visit is (click petition) and then it gives you a calendar with only the days that service is offered along with a handful of times to choose from.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: donovan on May 19, 2017, 02:39:44 pm
Just had my petition submission appointment this afternoon. I got there early and ended up finishing before my scheduled appointment time, despite the confirmation page saying you can't enter any earlier than 15 minutes before the appointment. As a U.S. citizen, here's everything I was asked to submit:

*Form I-130. Make sure it's the most current version.
*Form I-130A
*NO G-325A forms! These are no longer used.
*A copy of your civil marriage certificate
*A copy of your spouses birth/basic certificate
*A copy of your spouses family registry
*Translations of all three aforementioned documents (can be done by spouse)
*A certification of accurate translation (make your own)
*A copy of all divorce decrees, death certificates, or annulment decrees that demonstrate that all previous marriages entered into by you and/or your spouse were terminated
*Passport style photos (white background, 51mm x 51mm) of you and your spouse. Just 1 was needed of the spouse and 1 of the petitioner. Write your respective names on the back.
*Evidence of all legal name changes for you and/or your spouse (may include marriage certificates, divorce decrees, court judgment of name change, adoption decrees, etc.)
*The fee of $535 turned out to be 642ooo KRW! I probably would have been better off paying in USD, but I had only prepared KRW.
*Bring both your and your spouse's passports. They will be handed back to you. Submit a copy of each.
*Bring proof of residency for yourself, e.g. Your ARC card. Submit a copy of it, front and back.
*Not required, but Window Lady said she would accept photos of us if I had any to provide. Couldn't hurt to bring some along to submit.

She said it would take 2 months to get a response.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: thunderlips on May 19, 2017, 02:53:30 pm
Just had my petition submission appointment this afternoon. I got there early and ended up finishing before my scheduled appointment time, despite the confirmation page saying you can't enter any earlier than 15 minutes before the appointment. As a U.S. citizen, here's everything I was asked to submit:

*Form I-130. Make sure it's the most current version.
*Form I-130A
*NO G-325A forms! These are no longer used.
*A copy of your civil marriage certificate
*A copy of your spouses birth/basic certificate
*A copy of your spouses family registry
*Translations of all three aforementioned documents (can be done by spouse)
*A certification of accurate translation (make your own)
*A copy of all divorce decrees, death certificates, or annulment decrees that demonstrate that all previous marriages entered into by you and/or your spouse were terminated
*Passport style photos (white background, 51mm x 51mm) of you and your spouse. Just 1 was needed of the spouse and 1 of the petitioner. Write your respective names on the back.
*Evidence of all legal name changes for you and/or your spouse (may include marriage certificates, divorce decrees, court judgment of name change, adoption decrees, etc.)
*The fee of $535 turned out to be 642ooo KRW! I probably would have been better off paying in USD, but I had only prepared KRW.
*Bring both your and your spouse's passports. They will be handed back to you. Submit a copy of each.
*Bring proof of residency for yourself, e.g. Your ARC card. Submit a copy of it, front and back.
*Not required, but Window Lady said she would accept photos of us if I had any to provide. Couldn't hurt to bring some along to submit.

She said it would take 2 months to get a response.

Good luck! I need to start this process at some point. Thanks for the info.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: tipit1 on May 19, 2017, 03:03:08 pm
Anyone know if it is possible to pay with an American credit card? Cash is always better, but I was just wondering.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: donovan on May 20, 2017, 12:00:32 pm
Anyone know if it is possible to pay with an American credit card? Cash is always better, but I was just wondering.

https://www.uscis.gov/about-us/find-uscis-office/international-offices/south-korea-uscis-seoul-field-office

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For all...applications and petitions that you submit to this office, you must pay the fees to the U.S. Embassy cashier in U.S. dollars, Korean won, or U.S. Postal money orders, or by credit card. Proper identification, a local address, or a telephone number may be requested for money orders. We do not accept certified checks or personal checks.

It says you can pay with credit cards without specifying domestic or foreign. As long as there are no geo-restrictions on your card, I don't see why you would have a problem using your American card.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: tipit1 on May 21, 2017, 02:29:16 pm
That works for me. Thanks donovan.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Seoul cruiser on May 22, 2017, 07:12:00 am
Just had my petition submission appointment this afternoon. I got there early and ended up finishing before my scheduled appointment time, despite the confirmation page saying you can't enter any earlier than 15 minutes before the appointment. As a U.S. citizen, here's everything I was asked to submit:

*Form I-130. Make sure it's the most current version.
*Form I-130A
*NO G-325A forms! These are no longer used.
*A copy of your civil marriage certificate
*A copy of your spouses birth/basic certificate
*A copy of your spouses family registry
*Translations of all three aforementioned documents (can be done by spouse)
*A certification of accurate translation (make your own)
*A copy of all divorce decrees, death certificates, or annulment decrees that demonstrate that all previous marriages entered into by you and/or your spouse were terminated
*Passport style photos (white background, 51mm x 51mm) of you and your spouse. Just 1 was needed of the spouse and 1 of the petitioner. Write your respective names on the back.
*Evidence of all legal name changes for you and/or your spouse (may include marriage certificates, divorce decrees, court judgment of name change, adoption decrees, etc.)
*The fee of $535 turned out to be 642ooo KRW! I probably would have been better off paying in USD, but I had only prepared KRW.
*Bring both your and your spouse's passports. They will be handed back to you. Submit a copy of each.
*Bring proof of residency for yourself, e.g. Your ARC card. Submit a copy of it, front and back.
*Not required, but Window Lady said she would accept photos of us if I had any to provide. Couldn't hurt to bring some along to submit.

She said it would take 2 months to get a response.


You needed your spouses birth certificate and family registry? I didn't need any of that for the petition submission. I do need that for the visa interview though.

She also told me it would take about 2 months. It took three days  ;D  So, don't be surprised if you get an approval email soon.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: donovan on May 22, 2017, 07:39:30 am
Just had my petition submission appointment this afternoon. I got there early and ended up finishing before my scheduled appointment time, despite the confirmation page saying you can't enter any earlier than 15 minutes before the appointment. As a U.S. citizen, here's everything I was asked to submit:

*Form I-130. Make sure it's the most current version.
*Form I-130A
*NO G-325A forms! These are no longer used.
*A copy of your civil marriage certificate
*A copy of your spouses birth/basic certificate
*A copy of your spouses family registry
*Translations of all three aforementioned documents (can be done by spouse)
*A certification of accurate translation (make your own)
*A copy of all divorce decrees, death certificates, or annulment decrees that demonstrate that all previous marriages entered into by you and/or your spouse were terminated
*Passport style photos (white background, 51mm x 51mm) of you and your spouse. Just 1 was needed of the spouse and 1 of the petitioner. Write your respective names on the back.
*Evidence of all legal name changes for you and/or your spouse (may include marriage certificates, divorce decrees, court judgment of name change, adoption decrees, etc.)
*The fee of $535 turned out to be 642ooo KRW! I probably would have been better off paying in USD, but I had only prepared KRW.
*Bring both your and your spouse's passports. They will be handed back to you. Submit a copy of each.
*Bring proof of residency for yourself, e.g. Your ARC card. Submit a copy of it, front and back.
*Not required, but Window Lady said she would accept photos of us if I had any to provide. Couldn't hurt to bring some along to submit.

She said it would take 2 months to get a response.



You needed your spouses birth certificate and family registry? I didn't need any of that for the petition submission. I do need that for the visa interview though.

She also told me it would take about 2 months. It took three days  ;D  So, don't be surprised if you get an approval email soon.

Oh. Well. Maybe she didn't need it. haha. She seemed willing to take anything I had as long as it had an English translation. I submitted it with the petition it because that's what I had read I needed from the website and from this thread :-[

And yeah, hoping the email will come sooner than July^^
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Seoul cruiser on May 22, 2017, 08:52:15 am
Just had my petition submission appointment this afternoon. I got there early and ended up finishing before my scheduled appointment time, despite the confirmation page saying you can't enter any earlier than 15 minutes before the appointment. As a U.S. citizen, here's everything I was asked to submit:

*Form I-130. Make sure it's the most current version.
*Form I-130A
*NO G-325A forms! These are no longer used.
*A copy of your civil marriage certificate
*A copy of your spouses birth/basic certificate
*A copy of your spouses family registry
*Translations of all three aforementioned documents (can be done by spouse)
*A certification of accurate translation (make your own)
*A copy of all divorce decrees, death certificates, or annulment decrees that demonstrate that all previous marriages entered into by you and/or your spouse were terminated
*Passport style photos (white background, 51mm x 51mm) of you and your spouse. Just 1 was needed of the spouse and 1 of the petitioner. Write your respective names on the back.
*Evidence of all legal name changes for you and/or your spouse (may include marriage certificates, divorce decrees, court judgment of name change, adoption decrees, etc.)
*The fee of $535 turned out to be 642ooo KRW! I probably would have been better off paying in USD, but I had only prepared KRW.
*Bring both your and your spouse's passports. They will be handed back to you. Submit a copy of each.
*Bring proof of residency for yourself, e.g. Your ARC card. Submit a copy of it, front and back.
*Not required, but Window Lady said she would accept photos of us if I had any to provide. Couldn't hurt to bring some along to submit.

She said it would take 2 months to get a response.



You needed your spouses birth certificate and family registry? I didn't need any of that for the petition submission. I do need that for the visa interview though.

She also told me it would take about 2 months. It took three days  ;D  So, don't be surprised if you get an approval email soon.

Oh. Well. Maybe she didn't need it. haha. She seemed willing to take anything I had as long as it had an English translation. I submitted it with the petition it because that's what I had read I needed from the website and from this thread :-[

And yeah, hoping the email will come sooner than July^^

Yea, that's what I was referring to earlier about it changing, and outdated websites. It could be that you needed that, it might have changed  :laugh:. Honestly, it's hard to keep up with them. Best of luck on getting the Epkt3 early!
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: rosetintedwanderlust on May 22, 2017, 03:06:00 pm
Just had my petition submission appointment this afternoon. I got there early and ended up finishing before my scheduled appointment time, despite the confirmation page saying you can't enter any earlier than 15 minutes before the appointment. As a U.S. citizen, here's everything I was asked to submit:

*Form I-130. Make sure it's the most current version.
*Form I-130A
*NO G-325A forms! These are no longer used.
*A copy of your civil marriage certificate
*A copy of your spouses birth/basic certificate
*A copy of your spouses family registry
*Translations of all three aforementioned documents (can be done by spouse)
*A certification of accurate translation (make your own)
*A copy of all divorce decrees, death certificates, or annulment decrees that demonstrate that all previous marriages entered into by you and/or your spouse were terminated
*Passport style photos (white background, 51mm x 51mm) of you and your spouse. Just 1 was needed of the spouse and 1 of the petitioner. Write your respective names on the back.
*Evidence of all legal name changes for you and/or your spouse (may include marriage certificates, divorce decrees, court judgment of name change, adoption decrees, etc.)
*The fee of $535 turned out to be 642ooo KRW! I probably would have been better off paying in USD, but I had only prepared KRW.
*Bring both your and your spouse's passports. They will be handed back to you. Submit a copy of each.
*Bring proof of residency for yourself, e.g. Your ARC card. Submit a copy of it, front and back.
*Not required, but Window Lady said she would accept photos of us if I had any to provide. Couldn't hurt to bring some along to submit.

She said it would take 2 months to get a response.



You needed your spouses birth certificate and family registry? I didn't need any of that for the petition submission. I do need that for the visa interview though.

She also told me it would take about 2 months. It took three days  ;D  So, don't be surprised if you get an approval email soon.

Oh. Well. Maybe she didn't need it. haha. She seemed willing to take anything I had as long as it had an English translation. I submitted it with the petition it because that's what I had read I needed from the website and from this thread :-[

And yeah, hoping the email will come sooner than July^^

When you say it only took 3 days, do you mean your spouse got a green card for the states in 3 days?
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Seoul cruiser on May 23, 2017, 07:21:04 am
Just had my petition submission appointment this afternoon. I got there early and ended up finishing before my scheduled appointment time, despite the confirmation page saying you can't enter any earlier than 15 minutes before the appointment. As a U.S. citizen, here's everything I was asked to submit:

*Form I-130. Make sure it's the most current version.
*Form I-130A
*NO G-325A forms! These are no longer used.
*A copy of your civil marriage certificate
*A copy of your spouses birth/basic certificate
*A copy of your spouses family registry
*Translations of all three aforementioned documents (can be done by spouse)
*A certification of accurate translation (make your own)
*A copy of all divorce decrees, death certificates, or annulment decrees that demonstrate that all previous marriages entered into by you and/or your spouse were terminated
*Passport style photos (white background, 51mm x 51mm) of you and your spouse. Just 1 was needed of the spouse and 1 of the petitioner. Write your respective names on the back.
*Evidence of all legal name changes for you and/or your spouse (may include marriage certificates, divorce decrees, court judgment of name change, adoption decrees, etc.)
*The fee of $535 turned out to be 642ooo KRW! I probably would have been better off paying in USD, but I had only prepared KRW.
*Bring both your and your spouse's passports. They will be handed back to you. Submit a copy of each.
*Bring proof of residency for yourself, e.g. Your ARC card. Submit a copy of it, front and back.
*Not required, but Window Lady said she would accept photos of us if I had any to provide. Couldn't hurt to bring some along to submit.

She said it would take 2 months to get a response.



You needed your spouses birth certificate and family registry? I didn't need any of that for the petition submission. I do need that for the visa interview though.

She also told me it would take about 2 months. It took three days  ;D  So, don't be surprised if you get an approval email soon.

Oh. Well. Maybe she didn't need it. haha. She seemed willing to take anything I had as long as it had an English translation. I submitted it with the petition it because that's what I had read I needed from the website and from this thread :-[

And yeah, hoping the email will come sooner than July^^

When you say it only took 3 days, do you mean your spouse got a green card for the states in 3 days?
No, when I say it only took 3 days, it means for the I-130 approval. They say it takes two months, meaning for the approval of the I-130. I suppose you could actually get the Visa stamped in the passport in less then a week if said immigrant scheduled the medical check for a few days after the I-130 petition, had all other paperwork done (gathered) and was able to set up the visa interview for the same week after receiving the Epkt-3. Don't know if I would want to take that chance though, but it could be done theoretically. As for the green card, the immigrant will not receive that until they are at their place of residence in the United States. USCIS actually mails it to them. There is a place on one of the documents for that information.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: angelic_soldier on May 30, 2017, 09:46:34 am
Sorry if this is a stupid question but do I have to go there in person for the I130 submission?
I live in Changwon and would have to take a day off of work. Can the petition be mailed in? Or could my wife submit it?
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: country09 on May 30, 2017, 09:58:12 am
You don't have to go in but if you mail it to the Chicago center it will take a very long time. Also cross your fingers that everything is correct in your paper work because it will set you back even longer if it isn't. Just take a vacation day and go up there. I said I had to deal with embassy stuff for my Visa. I also live in Changwon and had to deal with this exact same situation. The embassy lady I talked to highly recommended I did it in person and I am glad I did. It went much faster.

Don't know if you know this or not but the Seoul office only takes in person submissions. All mailed in submissions have to be sent to Chicago. Also it took me a total of 30 minutes to complete it. 25 minutes were me waiting to be called to the counter and 5 of me handing it in. I spent 8 hours of travel for 5 minutes of work and I would still recommend you do it in person instead of mailing it in.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: country09 on May 30, 2017, 10:04:06 am
Oh and forgot to mention. Yes your wife can submit it. The I-130 is very informal. They just want all the paperwork. It doesnt matter who turns it in. Your interview will be different though and both of you should attend.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: donovan on May 30, 2017, 02:20:56 pm
We are still waiting on our packet III, but I ordered my tax transcripts ahead of time and they just arrived in my mailbox last night. But what's their purpose exactly? Are they there to prove my income or to prove that I'm current on my taxes? If they're meant to show that I'm current, the transcripts I received would work for that purpose, but they show nothing of my current income because it's all foreign-earned. Adjusted Gross income: $0. Taxable income: $0. I hope this doesn't mean I filed my taxes incorrectly... If the transcripts are indeed needed to prove income, in lieu of having a copy of the 1040 I filed, do you think it would be possible to hand write a 'copy' using new forms and all the same information?
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: country09 on May 30, 2017, 02:32:52 pm
The US tax transcripts are used to prove affidavit of support for your wife. On the US tax transcripts it will show the amount earned in Korea with the US dollar equivalent. As long as you are over the threshold for you house size.

http://www.immihelp.com/affidavit-of-support/i-864p-poverty-guidelines.html
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: donovan on May 30, 2017, 02:43:16 pm
Yeah. My transcripts don't have that. In fact, they look nothing like this picture:

(https://www.maricopa.edu/sites/default/files/TRT1.PNG)

Mine says "Account Transcript" Rather than "Tax Return Transcript" at the top, first of all. Is it possible these are different?

Mine:

Quote
EXEMPTIONS: 00
FILING STATUS: Single
ADJUSTED GROSS INCOME: 0.00
TAXABLE INCOME: 0.00
TAX PER RETURN: 0.00
SE TAXABLE INCOME TAXPAYER: 0.00
SE TAXABLE INCOME SPOUSE: 0.00
TOTAL SELF EMPLOYMENT TAX: 0.00

And that's basically it. Is this the wrong file?
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: country09 on May 30, 2017, 02:49:12 pm
I can't honestly remember what I handed in. Does yours show wages earned? Call them to make sure I think that both are acceptable I think I had the tax transcripts though.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: donovan on May 30, 2017, 03:04:49 pm
No it doesn't. Don't worry, I'm just inept. They are the wrong type of transcripts.

Quote
Transcript Types

We offer the following transcript types at no charge to you:

    Tax Return Transcript - shows most line items including your adjusted gross income (AGI) from your original tax return (Form 1040, 1040A or 1040EZ) as filed, along with any forms and schedules. It doesn’t show changes made after you filed your original return. This transcript is only available for the current tax year and returns processed during the prior three years. A tax return transcript usually meets the needs of lending institutions offering mortgages and student loans. Note: the secondary spouse on a joint return must use Get Transcript Online or Form 4506-T to request this transcript type. When using Get Transcript by Mail or phone, the primary taxpayer on the return must make the request. 
    Tax Account Transcript - shows basic data such as return type, marital status, adjusted gross income, taxable income and all payment types. It also shows changes made after you filed your original return. This transcript is available for the current tax year and up to 10 prior years using Get Transcript Online or Form 4506-T. When using Get Transcript by Mail or phone, you’re limited to the current tax year and returns processed during the prior three years.

https://www.irs.gov/individuals/tax-return-transcript-types-and-ways-to-order-them

UPDATE:
HA. Scratch that. I am not as inept as I thought.
I had ordered transcripts for the last three years and each had to be done separately, but after ordering I realized that the IRS still had my address as it was written using the old system, and I had just had some trouble receiving a package from America that had used the old address system, so I called the IRS to update my address and then ordered each years' tax transcripts again. When I received my transcripts in my mailbox they came in six separate envelopes (AHN-vel-opes), so I assumed that they sent out two copies from each year due to my multiple requests. I only opened one to check because I wasn't sure if immigration needed these documents sealed. Since the contents of that one looked strange, I opened another one and it looked exactly the same. HOWEVER, now I realize that the six envelopes were not duplicates, but rather the IRS had sent out the Tax Account Transcripts and the Tax Return Transcripts for each year in separate envelopes, hence six.

These transcripts DON'T need to be in sealed envelopes, correct?
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Cramsy on July 21, 2017, 10:38:37 am
Hey guys!

So we filed my i-130 6 weeks ago now and haven't heard anything back... so when I see people got replies in 3 days it's a little concerning. Anyone else had to wait this long?
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: country09 on July 21, 2017, 10:54:50 am
30 days was what I was told when I did it. I got it in half that time. Give them a call and find out. May want to double check with them that the email is correct.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: gogators! on July 21, 2017, 11:03:02 am
No it doesn't. Don't worry, I'm just inept. They are the wrong type of transcripts.

Quote
Transcript Types

We offer the following transcript types at no charge to you:

    Tax Return Transcript - shows most line items including your adjusted gross income (AGI) from your original tax return (Form 1040, 1040A or 1040EZ) as filed, along with any forms and schedules. It doesnít show changes made after you filed your original return. This transcript is only available for the current tax year and returns processed during the prior three years. A tax return transcript usually meets the needs of lending institutions offering mortgages and student loans. Note: the secondary spouse on a joint return must use Get Transcript Online or Form 4506-T to request this transcript type. When using Get Transcript by Mail or phone, the primary taxpayer on the return must make the request. 
    Tax Account Transcript - shows basic data such as return type, marital status, adjusted gross income, taxable income and all payment types. It also shows changes made after you filed your original return. This transcript is available for the current tax year and up to 10 prior years using Get Transcript Online or Form 4506-T. When using Get Transcript by Mail or phone, youíre limited to the current tax year and returns processed during the prior three years.

https://www.irs.gov/individuals/tax-return-transcript-types-and-ways-to-order-them

UPDATE:
HA. Scratch that. I am not as inept as I thought.
I had ordered transcripts for the last three years and each had to be done separately, but after ordering I realized that the IRS still had my address as it was written using the old system, and I had just had some trouble receiving a package from America that had used the old address system, so I called the IRS to update my address and then ordered each years' tax transcripts again. When I received my transcripts in my mailbox they came in six separate envelopes (AHN-vel-opes), so I assumed that they sent out two copies from each year due to my multiple requests. I only opened one to check because I wasn't sure if immigration needed these documents sealed. Since the contents of that one looked strange, I opened another one and it looked exactly the same. HOWEVER, now I realize that the six envelopes were not duplicates, but rather the IRS had sent out the Tax Account Transcripts and the Tax Return Transcripts for each year in separate envelopes, hence six.

These transcripts DON'T need to be in sealed envelopes, correct?
I just gave them a copy of last year's 1040. No problemo.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: gogators! on July 21, 2017, 11:06:07 am
Anyone know if it is possible to pay with an American credit card? Cash is always better, but I was just wondering.
I used an American credit card to pay.

Better than cash since it earns rewards points.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: gogators! on July 21, 2017, 11:07:50 am
Just had my petition submission appointment this afternoon. I got there early and ended up finishing before my scheduled appointment time, despite the confirmation page saying you can't enter any earlier than 15 minutes before the appointment. As a U.S. citizen, here's everything I was asked to submit:

*Form I-130. Make sure it's the most current version.
*Form I-130A
*NO G-325A forms! These are no longer used.
*A copy of your civil marriage certificate
*A copy of your spouses birth/basic certificate
*A copy of your spouses family registry
*Translations of all three aforementioned documents (can be done by spouse)
*A certification of accurate translation (make your own)
*A copy of all divorce decrees, death certificates, or annulment decrees that demonstrate that all previous marriages entered into by you and/or your spouse were terminated
*Passport style photos (white background, 51mm x 51mm) of you and your spouse. Just 1 was needed of the spouse and 1 of the petitioner. Write your respective names on the back.
*Evidence of all legal name changes for you and/or your spouse (may include marriage certificates, divorce decrees, court judgment of name change, adoption decrees, etc.)
*The fee of $535 turned out to be 642ooo KRW! I probably would have been better off paying in USD, but I had only prepared KRW.
*Bring both your and your spouse's passports. They will be handed back to you. Submit a copy of each.
*Bring proof of residency for yourself, e.g. Your ARC card. Submit a copy of it, front and back.
*Not required, but Window Lady said she would accept photos of us if I had any to provide. Couldn't hurt to bring some along to submit.

She said it would take 2 months to get a response.



You needed your spouses birth certificate and family registry? I didn't need any of that for the petition submission. I do need that for the visa interview though.

She also told me it would take about 2 months. It took three days  ;D  So, don't be surprised if you get an approval email soon.

Oh. Well. Maybe she didn't need it. haha. She seemed willing to take anything I had as long as it had an English translation. I submitted it with the petition it because that's what I had read I needed from the website and from this thread :-[

And yeah, hoping the email will come sooner than July^^

When you say it only took 3 days, do you mean your spouse got a green card for the states in 3 days?
No, when I say it only took 3 days, it means for the I-130 approval. They say it takes two months, meaning for the approval of the I-130. I suppose you could actually get the Visa stamped in the passport in less then a week if said immigrant scheduled the medical check for a few days after the I-130 petition, had all other paperwork done (gathered) and was able to set up the visa interview for the same week after receiving the Epkt-3. Don't know if I would want to take that chance though, but it could be done theoretically. As for the green card, the immigrant will not receive that until they are at their place of residence in the United States. USCIS actually mails it to them. There is a place on one of the documents for that information.
The waiting times are really for the U.S., where there are a lot more applicants. It's much faster in Seoul.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: gogators! on July 21, 2017, 11:09:46 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?
Are you checking your spam box?
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: donovan on July 21, 2017, 11:36:43 am
Hey guys!

So we filed my i-130 6 weeks ago now and haven't heard anything back... so when I see people got replies in 3 days it's a little concerning. Anyone else had to wait this long?

I read the same "3-day" posts and also ended up waiting more than 6 weeks for my Packet 3 email to come and felt the same concern, but my email just arrived last week (6~7 weeks total wait time), so you don't have to worry. They're probably just a little backed up at the moment.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: gogators! on July 21, 2017, 02:49:15 pm
Hey guys!

So we filed my i-130 6 weeks ago now and haven't heard anything back... so when I see people got replies in 3 days it's a little concerning. Anyone else had to wait this long?

I read the same "3-day" posts and also ended up waiting more than 6 weeks for my Packet 3 email to come and felt the same concern, but my email just arrived last week (6~7 weeks total wait time), so you don't have to worry. They're probably just a little backed up at the moment.

I hope you get this time-sensitive information in time, but alas, I'm moderated! Maybe if I just publicly apologize to gogators! and weigookin74 for portmanteau-ing their handles together we all can put this ugly episode behind us?

Sorry Gator and Weiwei~~ :-[
Say what? Mods sure have itchy trigger fingers these days.

Of course, it could just be the heat.  ;D
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: tipit1 on August 01, 2017, 07:35:59 am
Anyone know if it is possible to pay with an American credit card? Cash is always better, but I was just wondering.
I used an American credit card to pay.

Better than cash since it earns rewards points.

That is the truth. Forgot about the rewards.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Cramsy on August 01, 2017, 09:38:40 am
Hey guys!

So we filed my i-130 6 weeks ago now and haven't heard anything back... so when I see people got replies in 3 days it's a little concerning. Anyone else had to wait this long?

I read the same "3-day" posts and also ended up waiting more than 6 weeks for my Packet 3 email to come and felt the same concern, but my email just arrived last week (6~7 weeks total wait time), so you don't have to worry. They're probably just a little backed up at the moment.

Packet came in today! Only 7ish weeks after we applied... All good to go for the next steps!
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: twinsaurus on August 22, 2017, 09:20:22 pm
I read that evidence of a name change is one of the things you have to bring to the initial I-130 Embassy appointment. I didn't change my name, will this be a problem?
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: rosetintedwanderlust on September 04, 2017, 10:17:06 pm
Hi everyone, I'm a teacher and I've been in Korea for 7 years. I'm worried I will have to get a joint sponsor for my husband after reading this:

"The income must be U.S. based earnings. An exception is for U.S. military stationed or on deployment overseas, and also for Department of Defense contractors. Very few others qualify based on earnings abroad. Sometimes, we can finesse a case where the U.S. citizen is working abroad on temporary assignment, but is paid by a U.S. company."

source: https://asl-lawfirm.com/marriage-visa-income-requirements

Is anyone else an English teacher here getting paid from a Korean school and was able to get the CR-1 visa without a sponsor recently (as in the last 6 months to a year- in case the laws have changed)?
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: twinsaurus on September 13, 2017, 01:07:25 pm
Hello all, I've looked here and there and not seen much info about my question.

I was under the impression that it would likely take a period of weeks (they said up to 2 months) to get my I-130 approved; however, they got it done in 2 business days.

Is there a maximum time limit between I-130 approval and the next step? I haven't even started gathering all the needed documents and I think it'll probably be at least January before we can schedule the interview (wedding, vacations, etc. already planned). What's the time limit on this? do I have to submit all the docs/get the medical check within 2 months or something? Does the I-130 have an expiration date?

OK thanks.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: country09 on September 13, 2017, 01:57:00 pm
Hi everyone, I'm a teacher and I've been in Korea for 7 years. I'm worried I will have to get a joint sponsor for my husband after reading this:

"The income must be U.S. based earnings. An exception is for U.S. military stationed or on deployment overseas, and also for Department of Defense contractors. Very few others qualify based on earnings abroad. Sometimes, we can finesse a case where the U.S. citizen is working abroad on temporary assignment, but is paid by a U.S. company."

source: https://asl-lawfirm.com/marriage-visa-income-requirements

Is anyone else an English teacher here getting paid from a Korean school and was able to get the CR-1 visa without a sponsor recently (as in the last 6 months to a year- in case the laws have changed)?

My wife is on an IR-1. I have been here 8 years. I just submitted my tax transcripts for the previous 3 years. There were no problems. (Of course your income earned abroad has to be above the poverty requirements for your household) We finished the IR-1 in January 2017.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: country09 on September 13, 2017, 02:11:35 pm
Hello all, I've looked here and there and not seen much info about my question.

I was under the impression that it would likely take a period of weeks (they said up to 2 months) to get my I-130 approved; however, they got it done in 2 business days.

Is there a maximum time limit between I-130 approval and the next step? I haven't even started gathering all the needed documents and I think it'll probably be at least January before we can schedule the interview (wedding, vacations, etc. already planned). What's the time limit on this? do I have to submit all the docs/get the medical check within 2 months or something? Does the I-130 have an expiration date?

OK thanks.

I do not believe that I-130 has an expiration date. The I-130 just creates the relationship between the petitioner and applicant. If that relationship were to change then you would have to do the proper paper work to update that change. There are expiration dates on the med check and visa validity but I have not seen anything relating to the I-130

A quick inquiry to support-korea@ustraveldocs.com will confirm this.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: jh2015 on September 19, 2017, 09:38:03 am
Hello all, I've looked here and there and not seen much info about my question.

I was under the impression that it would likely take a period of weeks (they said up to 2 months) to get my I-130 approved; however, they got it done in 2 business days.

Is there a maximum time limit between I-130 approval and the next step? I haven't even started gathering all the needed documents and I think it'll probably be at least January before we can schedule the interview (wedding, vacations, etc. already planned). What's the time limit on this? do I have to submit all the docs/get the medical check within 2 months or something? Does the I-130 have an expiration date?

OK thanks.

I do not believe that I-130 has an expiration date. The I-130 just creates the relationship between the petitioner and applicant. If that relationship were to change then you would have to do the proper paper work to update that change. There are expiration dates on the med check and visa validity but I have not seen anything relating to the I-130

A quick inquiry to support-korea@ustraveldocs.com will confirm this.

This is not true. I-130 expires two years after approval.  This question has been answered earlier and I found the info myself, too.

Packet 3 instructions has this warning at the bottom. "FAILURE TO APPLY FOR YOUR IMMIGRANT VISA WITHIN TWO YEARS (SB-1/SE VISA WITHIN SIX MONTHS) OF
BEING NOTIFIED THAT YOU MAY APPLY WILL RESULT IN THE PERMANENT TERMINATION OF YOUR CASE
PURSUANT TO SECTION 203(G) OF THE IMMIGRATION AND NATIONALITY ACT. CONTACT US IF YOU WISH TO
EXTEND YOUR CASE. REPORT ANY CHANGE IN YOUR ADDRESS PROMPTLY TO US BY CONTACTING THE CALL
CENTER. DO NOT MAKE ARRANGEMENTS TO DEPART KOREA, DISPOSE OF YOUR PROPERTY, GIVE UP YOUR
JOB OR SELL YOUR BUSINESS UNTIL AFTER YOU RECEIVE A VISA."

and here's the link.

https://kr.usembassy.gov/visas/immigrant-visas/packet3-iv/

Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: jh2015 on September 19, 2017, 09:53:41 am
Hi everyone, I'm a teacher and I've been in Korea for 7 years. I'm worried I will have to get a joint sponsor for my husband after reading this:

"The income must be U.S. based earnings. An exception is for U.S. military stationed or on deployment overseas, and also for Department of Defense contractors. Very few others qualify based on earnings abroad. Sometimes, we can finesse a case where the U.S. citizen is working abroad on temporary assignment, but is paid by a U.S. company."

source: https://asl-lawfirm.com/marriage-visa-income-requirements

Is anyone else an English teacher here getting paid from a Korean school and was able to get the CR-1 visa without a sponsor recently (as in the last 6 months to a year- in case the laws have changed)?

I, too, wondered about this and thought I could only use a US based income. I had my mother-in-law sponsor me because of that. However, that's not what I was told during the interview.

My wife is the petitioner and I brought her tax transcripts to the interview. When she filed her taxes, she filed the foreign earned income exclusion, form 2555EZ, effectively making her AGI zero. The person who collected my documents at the window before the interview told me I could use that income. I ended up not changing the form but I think you could use your Korean income to sponsor your spouse's visa, if what that person said is true.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: bigwilliestyle on September 20, 2017, 03:13:47 pm
Hello everyone. I was wondering what exactly the packet 3 letter is. Is it the email we received stated they have accepted our i-130 petition? I know it says that I need to bring the letter to the hospital for the health check but I'm just not exactly sure what it is... :-[ :-[ Sorry for the stupid question...
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: tipit1 on September 24, 2017, 06:13:03 am
Going on 8 weeks now... :huh: 
Anyone have any advice on how to contact them? they didn't give any code to enter on the USCIS site. Looked on the Embassy site but dont know really which one to call.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: slycordinator on September 24, 2017, 06:37:30 am
Hello everyone. I was wondering what exactly the packet 3 letter is. Is it the email we received stated they have accepted our i-130 petition? I know it says that I need to bring the letter to the hospital for the health check but I'm just not exactly sure what it is... :-[ :-[ Sorry for the stupid question...
The email will be from SeoulIV@state.gov and the subject will literally be "Packet 3 for [applicant name]"

It'll have links to packet 4 instructions on how to apply to immigrate and the link for making your appointment.

That email is the packet 3.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Cramsy on October 17, 2017, 10:46:28 am
Hey guys! few quick questions I'd really love some help with~

- How official do my immunization records need to be when I go to get my health check? I'm Australian and have a generic list of the shots I got, but was wondering if the records need to be from a doctor.
- Income. Obviously, my wife and I currently live and work in Korea, so am I right in assuming that income needs to be US based? So we'll need to use my wife's mum as my sponsor?

Any help would be greatly appreciated!
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: country09 on October 17, 2017, 11:07:52 am
Hey guys! few quick questions I'd really love some help with~

- How official do my immunization records need to be when I go to get my health check? I'm Australian and have a generic list of the shots I got, but was wondering if the records need to be from a doctor.
- Income. Obviously, my wife and I currently live and work in Korea, so am I right in assuming that income needs to be US based? So we'll need to use my wife's mum as my sponsor?

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

First question I am not sure about. You may need to call one of the hospitals listed and check it out.

Your wife can use her income earned in Korea to meet the threshold. This is of course assuming she earns enough. She will need to show her US tax records so she should get working on that. The tax records took me the most time and were the biggest pain in the butt when dealing with packet 3
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Cramsy on October 17, 2017, 12:53:51 pm
Thanks Country09!

I've seen conflicting reports about the income thing. Some people say that it needs to be US based and others say Korean income is fine/

I'm just confused because why would the US be happy with her income in another country if she's going to return to America without a job?
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: country09 on October 17, 2017, 01:03:04 pm
My wife got her IR-1 at the beginning of 2017. I used my income to satisfy the requirement. If you are still worried just email or call them and ask them.

 I can't answer the reason why they would accept the foreign income earned, sorry. Maybe it has to do with showing that you have maintained a consistent income that theoretically will be the same when you arrive back in the U.S.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Cramsy on October 17, 2017, 02:46:31 pm
My wife got her IR-1 at the beginning of 2017. I used my income to satisfy the requirement. If you are still worried just email or call them and ask them.

 I can't answer the reason why they would accept the foreign income earned, sorry. Maybe it has to do with showing that you have maintained a consistent income that theoretically will be the same when you arrive back in the U.S.


Thanks so much! This should make things 100x easier for us. I'll send an email for more info because it still seems...odd to me. Congrats to you and your wife on making it through this...process haha
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Space Manatee on October 23, 2017, 06:27:18 pm
My girlfriend and I are having a bit of an issue with immigration and any help would be appreciated. So, I'm from the US and she's South Korean. We met while we were both living in Japan, where we left about a month ago to begin traveling before ultimately settling in the US for a bit. Now, I'm an idiot and I didn't realize there was a special visa needed before entering. I thought we could enter with her on a tourist visa and then change it after getting married. So, it would've been much easier to do all of this while living in Japan, but that ship has sailed. We're thinking of sending the packet of materials while staying in Italy, which is where we are now. The only thing is we're not sure if we need her divorce certificate from Korea as she was previously married to a Korean man. I know it says to send it, but will the US be able to find out about it if it was a foreign marriage?

Also, is it possible for her to stay in the US on a tourist visa while the process is going on? I read that it takes about 3-8 months or something and that's longer than we'd prefer to be apart. We were thinking she could do a visa run to Canada after the 90 days are up. I assume this would raise red flags with Border Patrol upon reentry, though. Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Cramsy on January 12, 2018, 03:05:32 pm
Just finished the whole CR1 process. MAN what a journey. Good luck to everyone taking on this behemoth
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: gogators! on January 12, 2018, 04:33:19 pm
My girlfriend and I are having a bit of an issue with immigration and any help would be appreciated. So, I'm from the US and she's South Korean. We met while we were both living in Japan, where we left about a month ago to begin traveling before ultimately settling in the US for a bit. Now, I'm an idiot and I didn't realize there was a special visa needed before entering. I thought we could enter with her on a tourist visa and then change it after getting married. So, it would've been much easier to do all of this while living in Japan, but that ship has sailed. We're thinking of sending the packet of materials while staying in Italy, which is where we are now. The only thing is we're not sure if we need her divorce certificate from Korea as she was previously married to a Korean man. I know it says to send it, but will the US be able to find out about it if it was a foreign marriage?

Also, is it possible for her to stay in the US on a tourist visa while the process is going on? I read that it takes about 3-8 months or something and that's longer than we'd prefer to be apart. We were thinking she could do a visa run to Canada after the 90 days are up. I assume this would raise red flags with Border Patrol upon reentry, though. Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
I don't think it makes any sense starting the process in Italy. When I did it here (Seoul) there were people who had started it in the US at the embassy and they were having to pay higher fees plus some other things.

It's a lot easier and faster to do it out of country because there are so fewer people applying.

As for the visa, contact the embassy or check on the website, which is very informative. As for the marriage certificate, in the current political climate I'd say now is no time to take chances.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: donovan on May 22, 2018, 12:37:54 am
For the Packet IV Affidavit of Support with Evidence of Income, has anyone just asked a family member to sponsor their spouse financially rather than use oneís own income to sponsor him/her yourself? It seems like it would be more straightforward, quicker and  easier for a family member back home to collect his documents and send it here than it would be for me to do it myself from Korea. Iím thinking it might also bolster my wifeís application as that person can report a higher income than myself and it shows family support for the marriage and the move to America.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: yfb on May 22, 2018, 03:56:48 am
Absolutely do not ask a family member to sign that affidavit. If things don't go as planned once you return to the United States and you divorce, your spouse will have every right to go after your family member for financial support. The sponsor's obligations terminate when the spouse either becomes a US citizen, leaves the US, or dies.

Is that a burden you want to impose on someone else? I doubt you will find many takers if they knew the ramifications of signing that form.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: donovan on May 24, 2018, 11:56:35 am
Absolutely do not ask a family member to sign that affidavit. If things don't go as planned once you return to the United States and you divorce, your spouse will have every right to go after your family member for financial support. The sponsor's obligations terminate when the spouse either becomes a US citizen, leaves the US, or dies.

Is that a burden you want to impose on someone else? I doubt you will find many takers if they knew the ramifications of signing that form.

Yeah, but if I had a family member sign it, I wouldnít have to call the IRS...
(We donít plan for things to go south anyway, so I think itís cool.)


Instead of getting a tax transcript, anybody just try producing a copy of your 1040?
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: twinsaurus on May 24, 2018, 04:42:48 pm
The "tax transcript" they ask for isn't something you have to get from the IRS. A copy of your 1040/tax return from the previous year will suffice PROVIDED you filled it out correctly and truthfully.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: donovan on May 24, 2018, 06:36:55 pm
Thank you, Twinsaurus. The actual tax transcript is something you have to request from the IRS, but good to know itís also common just to use a copy of my tax return, provided itís accurate. I was also concerned that my income might not be high enough to sponsor her myself, but I was under the mistaken impression that my income had to be at least double the poverty line. For my three-person household I am right at the cusp of that line, but 125% is the line I have to clear, and that should be no problem.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Teachersa on June 06, 2018, 12:38:10 pm
Hi All.
Does anyone know how long the process from start to finish takes?
And if its possible to pause the application without having to re-apply. Like after you receive Packet 3 how long do they give you to collect the required documents? Do you have 6 months/a year before they void the application?
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: twinsaurus on June 06, 2018, 04:12:26 pm
They just changed the wait time for packet 3 from 6 weeks to 90 days. However, I received packet 3 within only 3 days so I guess it fluctuates a lot.

@teachersusa, from filing I-130 to having a visa in hand I would estimate it takes about 3-4 months if you don't delay between steps. And yes, you can delay collecting the docs. When you get Packet 3, you have 2 years from the date on the letter to schedule an interview. You have plenty of time.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: donovan on June 06, 2018, 07:29:19 pm
My wife and I will be stalling over a year from when we got our Packet III until we schedule our interview because we are waiting until after our two-year anniversary. The process is much simpler (and cheaper, faster) if you begin the process after being married for two years.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Teachersa on June 06, 2018, 09:26:34 pm
My wife and I will be stalling over a year from when we got our Packet III until we schedule our interview because we are waiting until after our two-year anniversary. The process is much simpler (and cheaper, faster) if you begin the process after being married for two years.
Yep... we got married two years ago so when we finally moved to the States there would be no conditional residency stuff to mess with... I researched this 2 years ago but I just wanted to remind myself of the details without going down a rabbit hole of reading.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: ajeromeo on June 21, 2018, 02:52:50 pm
Does anyone know if the DS-260 has to be finished before your visa interview? I got the confirmation email after I completed it (about 3 weeks ago). But I'm assuming it takes a few weeks to process/review.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: twinsaurus on June 21, 2018, 04:46:36 pm
As far as I know, the DS-260 isn't "processed" per se. All you have to do after you finished filling it out is print out the confirmation page and submit it at your interview. I guess the officer will have access to all the information you entered into the DS-260 and that's the point of it. Here's what was written about it on boundless.com

ēOnce youíve submitted the DS-260 online, you must print the confirmation page so you can bring it to your visa interview at the U.S. consulate.

On another note, I have scheduled my husband's visa interview for next week. I'm freaking out thinking that we've somehow forgotten something essential...
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: gogators! on June 22, 2018, 04:41:35 am
Hi All.
Does anyone know how long the process from start to finish takes?
And if its possible to pause the application without having to re-apply. Like after you receive Packet 3 how long do they give you to collect the required documents? Do you have 6 months/a year before they void the application?
The medical check-up is only good for six months. After that, you have to do it again. And that ain't cheap, at least in Korea.

The process was pretty quick for me and my spouse in SK. I didn't have to wait long for appointments and the paperwork was processed quickly. Then you have to travel to the US for the last step and it was less than a month before the green card arrived.

What takes time is getting all the documents you need and having them translated, etc.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: twinsaurus on June 25, 2018, 04:52:43 pm
OK, I may be overthinking this, but is it enough to bring my tax transcripts/W2s to show that finances are in order, or do I also have to somehow prove my employability in the states? Some people mentioned earlier in this thread that they had a "letter of intent" or emails from potential employers in the States and that gets me worried... our interview is this Thursday but we're not moving to the States until October... so I have nothing to show my employability as of yet besides a teaching certificate.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: donovan on June 25, 2018, 06:45:42 pm
OK, I may be overthinking this, but is it enough to bring my tax transcripts/W2s to show that finances are in order, or do I also have to somehow prove my employability in the states? Some people mentioned earlier in this thread that they had a "letter of intent" or emails from potential employers in the States and that gets me worried... our interview is this Thursday but we're not moving to the States until October... so I have nothing to show my employability as of yet besides a teaching certificate.

Most Iíve read here seem to say that proof of present income is enough even if you obviously wonít have the same job after moving. Maybe those who have provided other documents were being overly cautious as you are, or couldnít prove a current income high enough and so were asked for additional documents.  That said, havenít had our interview yet. Let us know how it goes!
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: sojuadventurer on June 26, 2018, 07:58:35 am
OK, I may be overthinking this, but is it enough to bring my tax transcripts/W2s to show that finances are in order, or do I also have to somehow prove my employability in the states? Some people mentioned earlier in this thread that they had a "letter of intent" or emails from potential employers in the States and that gets me worried... our interview is this Thursday but we're not moving to the States until October... so I have nothing to show my employability as of yet besides a teaching certificate.

Most Iíve read here seem to say that proof of present income is enough even if you obviously wonít have the same job after moving. Maybe those who have provided other documents were being overly cautious as you are, or couldnít prove a current income high enough and so were asked for additional documents.  That said, havenít had our interview yet. Let us know how it goes!

When I had to deal with this situation back in 2015, I was told that any overseas income would not count (as I would no longer have it once I went to the States). I was told that I'd either have to have a substantial amount in savings (i.e. around $60,000.00) or I would need someone to agree to be a sponsor (via form i-134 - affidavit of support). I should not, this was for a fiance visa. They also needed to provide proof of income and additional documentation to go along with the i-134.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: skheibel on June 26, 2018, 01:02:28 pm
Hey you guys. I applied for the CR-1 9 weeks ago and we still haven't heard anything. When we applied, we were told it could take up to 90 days but I'm still really nervous about it. Anyone else currently waiting? Thanks.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: twinsaurus on June 26, 2018, 02:07:26 pm
OK, I may be overthinking this, but is it enough to bring my tax transcripts/W2s to show that finances are in order, or do I also have to somehow prove my employability in the states? Some people mentioned earlier in this thread that they had a "letter of intent" or emails from potential employers in the States and that gets me worried... our interview is this Thursday but we're not moving to the States until October... so I have nothing to show my employability as of yet besides a teaching certificate.

Most Iíve read here seem to say that proof of present income is enough even if you obviously wonít have the same job after moving. Maybe those who have provided other documents were being overly cautious as you are, or couldnít prove a current income high enough and so were asked for additional documents.  That said, havenít had our interview yet. Let us know how it goes!

When I had to deal with this situation back in 2015, I was told that any overseas income would not count (as I would no longer have it once I went to the States). I was told that I'd either have to have a substantial amount in savings (i.e. around $60,000.00) or I would need someone to agree to be a sponsor (via form i-134 - affidavit of support). I should not, this was for a fiance visa. They also needed to provide proof of income and additional documentation to go along with the i-134.

My husband (the immigrant) has substantial enough savings in his name, but since I'm the sponsor I don't think that would count towards my income... unless the US considers that marital property. I'll print it out and see what they say about it.

Thanks all
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: sto1986 on June 27, 2018, 07:45:51 pm
Hey you guys. I applied for the CR-1 9 weeks ago and we still haven't heard anything. When we applied, we were told it could take up to 90 days but I'm still really nervous about it. Anyone else currently waiting? Thanks.

I am currently waiting as well. Went to the embassy on May 11th and have not gotten any email response or anything? I know they said it would take about 3 months for them to process the application, but it's been over a month now (going on 7th weeks to be exact). Does anyone on this forum have any experience with a long waiting time to process the I-130 application and how long did you wait to get your Packet 3 email? My wife and I are ready to leave Korea so we really want to get the process rolling? What should I do if two months pass and still no email?
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: gogators! on June 28, 2018, 01:23:48 am
Hey you guys. I applied for the CR-1 9 weeks ago and we still haven't heard anything. When we applied, we were told it could take up to 90 days but I'm still really nervous about it. Anyone else currently waiting? Thanks.

I am currently waiting as well. Went to the embassy on May 11th and have not gotten any email response or anything? I know they said it would take about 3 months for them to process the application, but it's been over a month now (going on 7th weeks to be exact). Does anyone on this forum have any experience with a long waiting time to process the I-130 application and how long did you wait to get your Packet 3 email? My wife and I are ready to leave Korea so we really want to get the process rolling? What should I do if two months pass and still no email?
I had a very short wait in the spring of 2017.

The long wait now could be for a variety of reasons--more people applying, lower staffing, trump's desire for much less immigration to the US, or something else like time of year.

I'd look for a contact regarding the application and call or e-mail them, although they'll probably just give you the three months line. But it never hurts to call, even if all you get is a little peace of mind. 
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: twinsaurus on June 28, 2018, 10:24:57 am
We just finished the CR-1 interview and passed!! All our paperwork was in order, thank God. However, the woman asked if I have any documentation regarding when my current contract ends, to assure that I actually don't have plans to keep living and working here. I didn't think to bring my contract, and she said it was OK, but it might be useful to bring a copy for those of you like me who dont plan to leave Korea for a few more months and don't have any employment prospects in the States yet.

Otherwise it was a breeze! We waited about 1.5 hrs past our interview time. What a load off my shoulders.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: donovan on June 28, 2018, 11:20:39 am
We just finished the CR-1 interview and passed!! All our paperwork was in order, thank God. However, the woman asked if I have any documentation regarding when my current contract ends, to assure that I actually don't have plans to keep living and working here. I didn't think to bring my contract, and she said it was OK, but it might be useful to bring a copy for those of you like me who dont plan to leave Korea for a few more months and don't have any employment prospects in the States yet.

Otherwise it was a breeze! We waited about 1.5 hrs past our interview time. What a load off my shoulders.

(https://i.pinimg.com/originals/a1/7c/c1/a17cc10c65943d6b1f319b72aa4aa1d5.gif)
ㅊㅋㅊㅋ!

Did you end up figuring this out, either the easy way or the hard way?

OK, I may be overthinking this, but is it enough to bring my tax transcripts/W2s to show that finances are in order, or do I also have to somehow prove my employability in the states? Some people mentioned earlier in this thread that they had a "letter of intent" or emails from potential employers in the States and that gets me worried... our interview is this Thursday but we're not moving to the States until October... so I have nothing to show my employability as of yet besides a teaching certificate.

Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: twinsaurus on June 28, 2018, 09:03:42 pm

Did you end up figuring this out, either the easy way or the hard way?

OK, I may be overthinking this, but is it enough to bring my tax transcripts/W2s to show that finances are in order, or do I also have to somehow prove my employability in the states? Some people mentioned earlier in this thread that they had a "letter of intent" or emails from potential employers in the States and that gets me worried... our interview is this Thursday but we're not moving to the States until October... so I have nothing to show my employability as of yet besides a teaching certificate.

Haha yes, I think they do want to see some proof of employability but it isn't a requirement by any means. I didn't have any proof and we still passed. It was enough for me to tell them that my contract will end in August. Thanks for the 'grats!
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: tisha12 on March 26, 2019, 11:00:44 am
Hi everyone. I'm looking for some confirmation but in order to file for the I-130 in person at the USCIS I have to make an appointment online. BUT is which website is it?

Is it through the:
A.  https://evisaforms.state.gov/acs/default.asp?postcode=SEO&appcode=1 website
B: https://my.uscis.gov/en/appointment/v2 (INFOPASS website)

I'm guessing its the INFOPASS website but the message that pops up is that no appointments are available.

Thank you in advance!
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Andyman on March 26, 2019, 11:14:03 am
I don't know why you're getting that message, but I did everything through the second link (USCIS) when I went through the green card process some years ago.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: tisha12 on March 26, 2019, 11:18:58 am
I don't know why you're getting that message, but I did everything through the second link (USCIS) when I went through the green card process some years ago.

Thanks for the response. After looking through the thread some more it seems like the website only shows up to 2 weeks in advance of available time slots at the time someone is looking - so everything has already been filled in advanced! Thank you!
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: Mercedeskim2018 on March 27, 2019, 04:08:00 pm
How can I file my taxes for the US government while I'm in Korea? I want to be able to use my income tax for the sponsorship of my husband. How long would I need to be working in Korea before it shows that I make enough for 2 people. (20,575) Please PM me ❤️
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: iavmendoza on April 14, 2019, 03:12:38 am
Hi everyone. I'm looking for some confirmation but in order to file for the I-130 in person at the USCIS I have to make an appointment online. BUT is which website is it?

Is it through the:
A.  https://evisaforms.state.gov/acs/default.asp?postcode=SEO&appcode=1 website
B: https://my.uscis.gov/en/appointment/v2 (INFOPASS website)

I'm guessing its the INFOPASS website but the message that pops up is that no appointments are available.

Thank you in advance!


Iím on the same boat! I cannot find any available appointments to submit my i-130 to uscis so i can start this journey.. any help is appreciated..
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: thunderlips on April 14, 2019, 09:14:55 am
The Trumpian admin decided to cut uscis services. The blackouts could be related.

https://inhomelandsecurity.com/trump-administration-closing-citizenship-and-immigration-services-offices-abroad/

Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: gogators! on April 16, 2019, 02:42:04 am
I  got this message for two immigration offices in different US cities:

 Important office information
This office is not accepting walk-in requests or scheduling InfoPass appointments.

You may have missed the boat. Make sure to vote Dem.

And there's this:

Quote
More and more aspiring immigrants Ė especially Mexicans Ė are being denied visas based on determinations by the U.S. State Department that they might become "public charges," dependent on the government for support, according to official data and interviews with attorneys, immigrants and their family members.

Lawyers for some immigrants say consular officers are denying visas even when applicants fulfill legal requirements to prove they will be financially independent.

The refusals, capping an often complex and lengthy application process, can trap people for months or longer outside the United States, separated from American spouses and children, as they renew their efforts to legally return. Some may never be able to go back.

One reason for the rise in refusals are little-known changes last year in the State Department's foreign affairs manual that gave diplomats wider discretion in deciding visa denials on public-charge grounds.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: iavmendoza on April 16, 2019, 11:59:59 am
I  got this message for two immigration offices in different US cities:

 Important office information
This office is not accepting walk-in requests or scheduling InfoPass appointments.



I got an appointment already. They donít just release all the available appointments all at once.... thank you anyway

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And there's this:

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More and more aspiring immigrants Ė especially Mexicans Ė are being denied visas based on determinations by the U.S. State Department that they might become "public charges," dependent on the government for support, according to official data and interviews with attorneys, immigrants and their family members.

Lawyers for some immigrants say consular officers are denying visas even when applicants fulfill legal requirements to prove they will be financially independent.

The refusals, capping an often complex and lengthy application process, can trap people for months or longer outside the United States, separated from American spouses and children, as they renew their efforts to legally return. Some may never be able to go back.

One reason for the rise in refusals are little-known changes last year in the State Department's foreign affairs manual that gave diplomats wider discretion in deciding visa denials on public-charge grounds.
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: iavmendoza on May 06, 2019, 04:00:08 pm
How can I file my taxes for the US government while I'm in Korea? I want to be able to use my income tax for the sponsorship of my husband. How long would I need to be working in Korea before it shows that I make enough for 2 people. (20,575) Please PM me ❤️


You can purchase turbo tax.. or look for an accountant who fixes tax for americans. Usually they are located near a military base... i have ny accountant at camp walker, he is a korean american. I can give u his info if u want
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: JohnD on June 08, 2019, 08:41:32 pm
How do I fill in the part for "Mailing Address" (10a -  10i)? I currently live in Korea. It seems like they want a US address. Do I just write it out by hand because korean address are too long. Also, for "state", do I just put NA?
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: gogators! on June 09, 2019, 09:19:49 pm
How do I fill in the part for "Mailing Address" (10a -  10i)? I currently live in Korea. It seems like they want a US address. Do I just write it out by hand because korean address are too long. Also, for "state", do I just put NA?
Put in your Korean address. Write it in by hand if you have to. You can put the province in for state. 

Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: tisha12 on June 13, 2019, 01:23:03 pm
Hi guys. I'm having trouble getting an appointment on the INFOPASS website to submit my I-130. Is there a certain time the website refreshes for open spots? I've been keeping my eye on the website for the last week and a half with no luck. Would appreciate any tips you have! Thank you!
Title: Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
Post by: gogators! on June 13, 2019, 08:27:44 pm
Hi guys. I'm having trouble getting an appointment on the INFOPASS website to submit my I-130. Is there a certain time the website refreshes for open spots? I've been keeping my eye on the website for the last week and a half with no luck. Would appreciate any tips you have! Thank you!
I'd call and find out what's going on. Someone above had the same problem and I looked at a few different offices in the US just to compare and none of them were taking appointments.