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  • toddc06
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    • April 28, 2011, 10:37:54 am
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Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
« Reply #60 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:

  • 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
« Last Edit: January 22, 2014, 03:27:21 pm by toddc06 »


  • Shinu
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Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
« Reply #61 on: January 25, 2014, 12:50:49 am »
Do we really need to get the police check notarized? 


  • toddc06
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Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
« Reply #62 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 :)


  • Shinu
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Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
« Reply #63 on: January 25, 2014, 11:27:25 pm »
Great thanks!!


  • Shinu
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Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
« Reply #64 on: January 25, 2014, 11:40:22 pm »
And congrats!!  Glad everything went smoothly for you.


  • detunedkorea
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Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
« Reply #65 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.


  • Rilakuma
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Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
« Reply #66 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.


  • detunedkorea
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Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
« Reply #67 on: January 26, 2014, 03:51:55 pm »
Here is what we used for translation.  Just fill in your names, numbers and addresses. 


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Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
« Reply #68 on: January 26, 2014, 07:58:58 pm »
Okay, thanks!!!


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Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
« Reply #69 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.


  • iamrhart
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Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
« Reply #70 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?
You only live today once. You wont get a second chance. You wont get to live it twice. So make the most of it.

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Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
« Reply #71 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. 


  • detrong
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    • February 06, 2014, 05:49:03 pm
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Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
« Reply #72 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?


  • iamrhart
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Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
« Reply #73 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
You only live today once. You wont get a second chance. You wont get to live it twice. So make the most of it.

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  • detrong
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Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
« Reply #74 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


  • iamrhart
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Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
« Reply #75 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
You only live today once. You wont get a second chance. You wont get to live it twice. So make the most of it.

A sane man in an insane world will appear insane.


  • detrong
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Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
« Reply #76 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.


  • Shinu
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Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
« Reply #77 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. 


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Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
« Reply #78 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^


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Re: US Spousal Immigration Visa Thread
« Reply #79 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!