Contact Us

We encourage comments, replies, and other communication through this blog.  If you have a specific question which would require telling us personal details such as your name, date of birth, passport number, etc., do not post it publicly on the blog but feel free to send us an email.

Emergencies involving the death, arrest, or hospitalization of an American citizen in Korea can be addressed immediately by calling the main Embassy switchboard.

Main Switchboard: 82-2-397-4114

When dialing from outside of Korea, first dial the international access code (011 in the U.S.), then the Korea country code (82), then the area code (2), and finally the Embassy number (397-4114).

International Mailing Address:
US Embassy in Seoul, Korea
188 Sejong-daero, Jongno-gu,
Seoul, Korea
03141

E-mail: SeoulinfoACS@state.gov

24/7 Telephone Information Line:  82-2-397-4040

208 responses to “Contact Us

  1. My name is Amy Bruno, director of the Fort Dodge, Iowa Chamber of Commerce. We will soon have a new Korean Company building a manufacturing plant in our town, and i want to be sure to welcome the Koreans who come here to live appropriately, as well as help them get used to American culture. Do you have any suggestions of what i should do? thank you.

    • Thanks for your question Amy! There is a ton of information online about specific Korean cultural traditions and society – from the South Korea profile on ediplomat.com for fairly formal advice on Korean history and culture, to eatyourkimchi.com for a lighter take on modern Korean life, and everything in between. Without generalizing too much, what you may find is that Koreans tend to be hardworking, they love their families, they love the outdoors and having fun, and people in Seoul and many other major Korean cities live in a very modern and advanced society. There is bound to be some culture shock when they arrive, but at the core we’re not all that different and if you treat them the way you would hope to be treated if you were arriving in Korea then things should go well. Group meals are always a hit, tours of the local sights or for general orientation would probably be helpful, and if you learn to say a couple of phrases in Korean they will definitely appreciate the effort. Fort Dodge, Iowa is lucky to get a group of Korean neighbors. If anyone else has good advice for Amy, feel free to post it here!

  2. Hello my name is Lauren, I am an American Undergraduate Student. I have a question regarding Korean student visas. This May I will be going to Shanghai for research and then in June I will be flying to Seoul. I have been accepted to a study abroad program in Yonsei University, however they do not send out the paper to receive a Korean Student Visa until July/August ( I will already be in Korea by then) is it possible for me to get the Korean Student Visa from within the country? Do you have any suggestions for me? Thank you.

    • Hi Lauren! Sounds like you have a pretty awesome study abroad program lined up. For an official, accurate answer to your question about getting a Korean visa in Korea, we will have to refer you to the Korean Immigration Service. They have a very good website (in English) with all kinds of FAQs, policies, application forms, and even a cartoon with lots of good info. http://www.immigration.go.kr/HP/IMM80/index.do is the best place to start. Since you’re going through an official program at Yonsei (congratulations – it’s an excellent school) they will likely have an international program coordinator or similar office to help international students such as yourself to get the appropriate visas. You might try asking them for advice, since you’re in a different situation than other students with your schedule.

      Before you travel, be sure to register your trip in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at http://travel.state.gov/ so that the U.S. Embassies in China and Korea can reach you if necessary while you’re abroad! Have a great trip and study hard!

  3. My Name is Daniel. I am worry about leaving message like this.
    I am Korean-american, 60 years old now. I came to korea on May 2012 to live with my parents(86 yrs and 84 yrs old) after my wife passed away three years ago. I have been tried to find a new job in seoul but it is very hard due to my age. I want to live with my parens until their passing away in seoul, korea. I need a job to live in seoul, Korea. I can speak korean very well and english mid range, free talking.

    Do you have some project to help to find a job for citizens in korea?

    Please help me if possible though it is officially or unofficially.
    It will be very good job for me.

    Thanks

    Daniel

    • Thank you for your inquiry. The U.S. Embassy does not maintain a database, nor do we have specific information on employment agencies that assist job seekers in finding work in Korea.

      We suggest you to contact the Seoul Global Center(SGC) run by the Seoul Metropolitan Government. SGC is a comprehensive support center for foreign residents in Seoul and is a one-stop service center for offering daily living, business activities, administrative services, various educational courses and international exchange events. Their website is http://english.seoul.go.kr/lh/support/scof1.php. They can also be reached at (02)-1688-0120.

  4. https://www.facebook.com/events/412976535448316/418176384928331/?comment_id=418416081571028&notif_t=event_mall_reply

    Are there any organizations in South Korea that help to fund raise for this American girl? I have heard the wives/husbands of the foreign diplomats in Korea have an organization that can help, but cannot find any information on them.
    In short: She is an American teaching English in Changwan, Korea. She was in India for her winter vacation, and was struck by a speeding motorcycle. Her medical bills are amounting up to $35,000 dollars.

    • A) Thank you for your inquiry. Unfortunately, the U.S. Embassy cannot be involved in fundraising events for individuals. We are also not in a position to recommend any fundraising organizations. However, we suggest that you to visit the EXPAT blog: http://koreaexpatblog.com/, where you may be able to find some useful information. We regret that we cannot provide a more positive response.

  5. Hello, My name is Nancy Dipali Das. I want to know about my visa. I got U.S.A multiple visa 2011-2016 but my passport is invalid last march 31. I made a new passport. Now my question. Can I use that visa when I travel to U.S.A. or make a new visa?

    • A)Thank you for your inquiry. As explained in our website, if you have valid visas in your expired passports, you can travel to the United States with your two (expired and new) passports, as long as the visa is not damaged, and it is the appropriate type of visa required for your principal purpose of travel. Also, the name and other personal data should be the same in both passports.
      Thank you.

  6. A) Thank you for your inquiry. Please note that this blog is only for American Citizen Services related matters such as U.S. passports, Consular Reports of Birth Abroad, or notarial services. If you have a question regarding U.S. visas, please contact the Global Support System (GSS) for assistance. You may find the GSS contact information on their website at http://www.ustraveldocs.com/kr/kr-main-contactus.asp.
    Thank you.

  7. I looked into the FBI website, and saw that they provide their services through the embassy in South Korea. I would like to request a Criminal History Request to the FBI, but I need a current finger print card. I am unsure if this current finger print card I have to do it by myself by doing FBI form FD-258 form or I need to do it through an agency.Also, I am unsure if current finger print card is a separate document from the 10 rolled finger print impressions and plain impression of both thumbs that are given in form FD-258 or if the 10 rolled finger print impression and thumbs are items of the finger print card in the form FD-258. Finally, I would like to know if I could send the money due to this process through a money order from Western Union. Look forward to your response.

    • A) Thank you for your inquiry. Unfortunately, our American Citizen Services Unit cannot provide assistance with fingerprinting or obtaining FBI background checks. It is our understanding that certain police stations in Korea are able to provide fingerprint services without charge. Please call your local police station to verify hours and procedures. However, for detailed information on criminal background check process including a service fee, please review the FBI website or contact them directly for assistance.

      Thank you.

  8. Keith Caldwell

    I’m in need of a little assistance. I’m trying to find a solution to my divorce from my spouse who I believe has entered Korea under a false name & it’s this same name that I’ve married her under. I’m seeking the most efficient process to getting this resolved. Thank you.

    • A) Thank you for your inquiry. If your spouse is a U.S. citizen who you believe to be in Korea and you wish to contact her, please send us a detailed message by email at SeoulinfoACS@state.gov. If your spouse is Korean and you believe that she has entered Korea, you may need to contact the Korea National Police Agency for assistance, as the U.S. Embassy is unable to assist in finding non-U.S. citizens in Korea.
      Thank you.

  9. Hello I’m Minda I’m former filipina but I’m Korean citizen now, I am already divorce to my ex husband korean man , now me and my Fiancé American man is planning to get married and,
    Next month, can you tell me what are those list of requirements he need to prepare so we can get married and how can we change his visa? I hope you can answer me thank you 😉

    • Thank you for your inquiry. The Embassy only assists with notarizing an Affidavit of Eligibility for Marriage form so that a U.S. citizen can report his/her marriage in accordance with the laws of Korea. Once the Embassy has notarized an Affidavit of Eligibility for Marriage, a U.S. citizen with his/her fiancé/fiancée needs to take it along with other required documents to a local ward office for approval by a Korean government official. Please ensure you have fulfilled those requirements prior to going to the ward office. Another possible source of information related to marriage procedures in Korea is the Seoul Global Center at 02-2075-4130.

  10. Hello my name is Breauna Oldham. I am currently an undergraduate junior in the United States. I am very interested in working in the US embassy in Seoul, especially with the American Citizen Services. Can you please tell me the requriments to work there and how to apply?

    Thank you,
    Breauna Oldham

  11. My brother has applied my immigration to USA. I need to update birth certificate of my daughter she was born one month ago please help me. What is the process?

    • A) Thank you for your inquiry. If your circumstances have changed and your immigrant visa petition has not yet been approved by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigrant Services (USCIS), please contact USCIS to notify them of the change. If your immigrant visa petition has been forwarded to the National Visa Center (NVC), please contact NVC. If you were told that your petition has been approved and has been transferred to the U.S. Embassy or consulate, you need to contact the U.S. Embassy or consulate where your case will be processed.
      Thank you.

  12. My son is an American citizen in his 2nd year at Yonsei University, majoring in political science / international relations. He is very interested in an internship with the U.S. Embassy in Seoul during semester breaks (Jan-Feb, Jul-Aug). Does the embassy have an intern program? If so, how can he apply? Thanks for our help.

  13. I am a US citizen male who will be marrying a Korean woman. What type of document will my fiancee and I need to bring to the local ward office? Will my fiancee need to be with me when I go to the embassy to have my Affidavit of Eligibility notarized?

    • A) Thank you for your inquiry. The list of required documents for U.S. citizens to report his/her marriage at a Korean ward office can be found on our website at http://seoul.usembassy.gov/acs_getting_married.html#american. For information on the required documents needed for Korean nationals, we suggest you contact the ward office where you plan to report your marriage. Please note that only U.S. citizens are required to appear in person at the U.S. Embassy to obtain an Affidavit of Eligibility.
      Thank you.

  14. I’m a US citizen who recently married a Korean. I would like to change my name. According to the website, I know which documents I need to bring. However, it doesn’t specify if the original certified marriage certificate must be in English. Mine is in Korean, including my name. Is this document acceptable, or must it be translated into English and then certified again?

    Thank you.

    • A) Thank you for your inquiry. if you decide to take your spouse’s surname after marriage and your marriage certificate is in Korean, you will need to bring it along with a Korean translation. It does not need to be either notarized or certified.
      Thank you.

  15. My wife has applied and received her CR1 visa. We’re planning our trip to the states soon so we can file for her green card. According to the interviewer at the embassy, he said once she enters the U.S. on her visa and files for her green card, she cannot leave until the green card is issued to her. It’s going to be mailed to my parents house. We plan on going to guam, not the lower 50 states. The packet says nothing about that. Just the stamp in the visa is good for one year, and if your going to travel outside the U.S. for longer than a year, it’s a form you have to fill out. Can she come back to Korea without having her green card in hand? My parents was going to mail it here to us. I’m military stationed here in Korea, we can’t just wait god knows how long until she finally receives it in the mail.

    • A) Thank you for your inquiry. In general, an individual who entered the U.S. on an immigrant visa, may travel outside the U.S. before he/she receives the green card. However, since US Citizenship and Immigrant Services(USCIS)is responsible for issuing and mailing green cards, you should contact USCIS directly to ask a question regarding your wife’s green card. Their contact information can be found at http://www.uscis.gov/about-us/contact-us.

      In addition, US Customs & Border Protection (CBP) has sole authority over entry into the United States. You may contact CBP regarding the travel documents necessary for your wife’s re-entry to the United States prior to receipt of her green card. Their contact information can be found at http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/toolbox/contacts/.
      Thank you.

  16. I’m an American ( US Army) I’m married to a Filipino. When I apply for my wife’s immigrant visa, will she be able to go to other countries while it’s being processed for example back to the Philippines for vacation ? And about hoe long is the normal process waiting?

    • Thank you for your inquiry. An individual may travel other country while the immigrant visa petition/application is being processed. However, please note that an immigrant visa interview will be scheduled for the applicant at a US Embassy or consulate and the applicant must be present at the interview with required documents on the scheduled appointment date.

      If you are an active military member in Korea, you may file an immigrant petition, Form I-130, for your spouse with the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in Korea. Please contact USCIS directly for detailed information on filing an immigrant visa petition. They can be reach at 02) 397-4282 or 11-822-397-4548 or CIS-Seoul.Inquiries@dhs.gov by email.

      Once USCIS conducts the necessary checks and approves your spouse’s petition, they will send the approved petition packet to the Immigrant Visa (IV) unit in Korea. Then IV unit will send your spouse a set of IV forms and instructions, called Packet 3.
      The whole process can take several months, depending on the individual, their circumstances, and their background information.

      Thank you.

  17. To whom it may concern,

    I am an American-born, American citizen who is applying for a position on the Yongsan base (technically their Dragon Hill Lodge). Recently spoke to a lady at their Human Resources and she informed me that I am an ordinary US citizen and not the right US citizen under the US/ROK SOFA agreement. I currently am under the F-4 visa and am perplexed/frustrated as to why an American citizen cannot work on-base. I understand that under the agreement they have to employ a majority of Korean nationals but this job is requiring a US citizen only. Is it difficult to achieve SOFA status? Or does one have to be associated with the military somehow? Does my younger brother (who is currently serving as a member of the AmeriCorps/NCCC-FEMA Corps) allow me to be eligible to apply for a job on-base?

    Thank you,

    A very confused US citizen.

    • A) Thank you for your inquiry. As you may aware, a Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) is an agreement between the United States and a foreign nation about the stationing of U.S. military forces in that foreign country and only the U.S. military can grant you SOFA status by being active duty military. Unfortunately, the U.S. Embassy has no authority regarding matters related to individuals under the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA). You may want to refer to the U.S. military website at http://www.usfk.mil/usfk/sofa.the.sofa.and.you.360 for detailed information on SOFA.

      Please note inquiries related to employment with the U.S. military in Korea, you should contact the Military Human Resources Office directly.
      Thank you.

  18. Hi, I’m just wondering where to start in finding my mother in Seoul Korea. I have my family census with family names and addresses. These addresses are from 1971 in Korea. I’m hoping to write a few letters to the addresses on my birth census, but not sure if the addresses are correct…meaning I see no zip codes, just street and city. I can not read or write Korean, but I have used google translate, and hoping to get in contact with someone from those old addresses. I’m having a few health issues, and really need to know what my blood line is, and I also have 4 boys. It’s very important to know because of health reasons. Plus, I would like to know who my birth mother was…according to my father, she was the best friend of my mom who adopted me, and came here to the states with my American father when I was just 3 years old. I know I can start with these addresses, and sending letters to each of these addresses that I have, but since they are so old, and not sure about how to write the address, I have no clue what else I can do. Thank you.

    • Thank you for your inquiry. We’re sorry to hear you’ve had difficulty finding your birth mother in Korea. Unfortunately, the U.S. Embassy does not have the resources to help you contact a Korean national in Korea nor can we confirm the validity of addresses on your behalf.

      As you may know, Korean nationals living in Korea may be located through their family register records which are kept by local ward offices. However, we believe the family register records can be released only to family members. The Embassy cannot obtain these documents on your behalf. You may wish to contact the Seoul Global Center (SGC) run by the Seoul Metropolitan Government to see if they can assist you. SGC is a comprehensive support center for foreigners. They can also be reached at (02)-2075-4130.
      Thank you.

  19. Hello, I am an American born in the US to a Korean mother and American father. I am now living in France with my French husband and will be applying for French citizenship next year. For this, I need to obtain a copy of my mother’s birth certificate in Korea and I have no idea how to do this and my mother is not cooperative. I am not a Korean citizen and I do not speak the language. Can this request be handled in English? And if so, can you direct me to the correct website? Thank you!

    • Thank you for your inquiry. Unfortunately, all Korean vital records are maintained by the Korean government and the U.S. Embassy is unable to assist you in obtaining these documents. You may wish to contact the Seoul Global Center (SGC) run by the Seoul Metropolitan Government for assistance. SGC is a comprehensive support center for foreigners and offers of assistance in foreign languages including English. They can also be reached at 82-2-2075-4130.
      Thank you.

  20. My daughter Elizabeth is going to school in south Korean there’s was an accident at the shool I have not been able to contact her my number is there anyone who can help me

  21. A)Thank you for your inquiry. We are not aware of this issue but the Saudi Arabian embassy in Korea or the Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs may be a more appropriate contact for information. Please note that no marriage ceremonies are performed at the U.S. Embassy. The U.S. Embassy only assists U.S. citizens with the paperwork necessary (Affidavit for Eligibility of Marriage) for a legal marriage in Korea, under applicable Korean law.

    We suggest that your colleague contact the ward office directly where he registered his marriage in Korea for clarification on this issue. Another option for your colleague is that since a Korean marriage certificate is in Korean, he may consider to have his marriage certificate translated into English and apostilled as an authentic Korean official document for international use, including for use in the United States. The U.S. embassies cannot provide this service. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) in Korean can apostille Korean documents such as marriage certificates or death certificates, etc… Please contact MOFA directly at 02-2100-7600 for detailed information on how to obtain an apostille.

    You may also wish to contact the Seoul Global Center (SGC) at 02-2075-4180 for detailed guidance on the marriage procedures in Korea. SGC is a comprehensive support center for foreigners in Korea and offers of assistance in foreign languages including English.

    Thank you.

  22. Carmencita Reyes Calixto

    I am a Filipino taking my Master’s Degree in a university in Seoul, South Korea. I am planning to visit my relatives and friends in the US in time for 4th of July. Is it possible for me to apply for my tourist visa from Seoul US embassy?

  23. Hi, my name is Hyejin Shin. and I am a pemanent resident in USA and my husband is US citizen. I have a question regarding giving a birth in Korea. If I give a birth to my baby in Korea, what is the procedure to bring my new born baby back to USA with American citizenship? Should my husband visit US embassy in Seoul with me? How many time we have to visit? How many days my husband has to stay in korea to finish whole procedure? Does my baby has to enter USA with his/her citizen farther or permanent residents mother is ok? Please kindly give me details. Otherwise I will have to start to file my own citizenship shortly because of this

    • Thank you for your inquiry. If your spouse is a U.S. citizen, you should apply for a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) for your baby. The CRBA is an official record of U.S. citizenship issued to a person under age 18 who was born abroad to one or more U.S. citizen parents and acquired citizenship at birth. This document is used in the U.S. like a certified copy of a birth certificate, and it is acceptable evidence of citizenship for obtaining a U.S. passport. (Under law, U.S. citizens must use their U.S. passport to enter and exit the U.S., even if they also hold a passport from another country.) Although there is no legal requirement for both parents to be present with the child for the Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) interview, we encourage both parents to come if at all possible. Otherwise, the non-applying parent must provide a notarized Form DS-3053 (Statement of Consent) for the minor child to apply for a U.S. passport. Once the applications have been submitted and are found to be in good order at the time of application, neither your baby, you, nor your husband will need to return to the Embassy. For more information about how to apply for a CRBA and a U.S. passport, please see our website at http://seoul.usEmbassy.gov/acs_report_of_birth.html.
      Thank you.

  24. Vanida Meenakanit

    I’m an American citizen by birth having been living in Seoul for about 20 years with my Korean husband and 2 children, age 16 and 13. They both are attending international school in Korea. We have plan to move to the US sometime in June 2015 (after the school year ends ) so as to allow time to enroll my 13 years old child to a school in the US to continue with his studying while my first child will go to college.
    I have read information from ‘USCIS for American citizen’ website. I understand that to apply for US citizenship for my children through naturalization I need to have physical present in the US for at least 5 years. Unfortunately I had only been living there for only 3 years before coming to Korea. Another way I can do ,as per the information from the website, is to apply for green cards by submitting I-130 petition forms, applying for visa number once the I-130 approved, waiting until receiving a Visa Packet. And my children will receive the green cards within 45 days from the date of arrival to the US. Please advise if I understand it correctly?

    My question are

    1 How long will it usually take from filing I-130 form to receiving the visa packet?
    (I would like to know when I should file the petition so that by June of 2015 we would be ready to go to the US.)

    2 Does the visa packet have expiry date? Is there a period of time they need to enter the US after receiving the packet.

    3 should I file the petition at the US Embassy in Seoul in person or online through the website?
    Thank you for taking your time and appreciate your reply

    • Thank you for your inquiry. Form I-130 is administered by the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), not by the State Department. For instructions on the filing process for the I-130 petition, including answers to your questions above, please refer to the USCIS website, or contact them by email at CIS-Seoul.Inquiries@DHS.Gov or by phone at 02-397-4464, 4548, or 4548 for assistance. Once USCIS in Seoul has approved a petition, the petition will be forwarded to the Immigrant Visa section at the U.S. Embassy in Seoul for further processing. The validity of your children’s’ immigrant visas will be the same as the validity of your medical examination certificate. Generally, Immigrant visas are valid for 6 months after the interview date. For most people this is six months after the date of the examination, but the validity may be shorter if you have some medical conditions. For more information on immigrant visas, please send an email to support-korea@ustraveldocs.com.
      Thank you.

  25. My son was born in CA in 2008 and I did not receicve my son’s Social Security Card before we came to Korea. Now we’re about to re-issue our son’s passport and I know that we need to have the S.S.N. on the application form.

    I tried the contact address and fax number of ASIAN Department of Social Security Administration in Manila you have posted in another page of this blog. However, they did not work well.

    Please let me know what is the most simple and easiest way to know my son’s S.S.N. here in KOREA. I heard there is S.S.N. officier in your Embassy. (Surely! There are many babies are born in Korea, too.)
    We have a birth certificate that we can use for the passport.

    I will look forward hearing from you soon. Thank you!

    Best regards,
    Kayoung

    • Thank you for your inquiry. As stated on our website, the Social Security Administration (SSA) does not have an office, or any employees, at the U.S. Embassy in Korea. To inquire about your child’s Social Security Number, you need to do exactly what you have been doing so far: contact the SSA regional office in Manila directly, either by phone at (63) (2) 301-2000 or by email FBU.Manila@ssa.gov. In your request, you will need to include your child’s full name, date of birth, place of birth, parents’ full names, and current address. Please be aware that some people have reported that their emails to SSA initially bounced back, but then went through successfully when they tried again at a later time.
      Thank you.

  26. Hello, I am a Japanese citizen currently residing in Seoul. I will go to graduate school in the U.S. this fall. Is it possible to apply for my student visa in Seoul, even though I am a Japanese national?

  27. I’m an American citizen residing in Korea and applying green cards for my children. I acquired some knowledge ,through the embassy website, about necessary steps required to process my petitions. I have some questions that need to be clarified to prevent unwanted future difficulties on my part. I would like to know that once everything went all the way through the end of the process which means receiving contact from the embassy to come for an interview, and if I were not ready to leave Korea for the US in the near future, is it possible to postpone the interview and the medical examination appointments to the later date convenient to me? Is there a maximum period of time the interview could be postponed from the original schedule ?

    Best regards,
    Nina M

    • A) Thank you for your follow-up inquiry. Section 203(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), as amended, requires that your children’s immigrant visa applications and approved petition be canceled if they do not apply for immigrant visas within one year of being advised by the Immigrant Visa Unit at the U.S. Embassy to do so. To keep your children’s case active beyond one year, you need to send us an email request that includes the children’s full names, date and place of birth, case number, your contact number, an e-mail address, and a short statement as to why you want to have your children’s case validity extended. For more information on immigrant visas, please refer to our website or send an email to support-korea@ustraveldocs.com.
      Thank you.

  28. I am an American citizen who was married at the Embassy in March 2006. Our copy of our marriage certificate was destroyed by the movers during a PCS move to Hawai’i. My wife’s command sponsorship packet was lost at my losing station and we need to re-submit it in Hawaii, but we need a copy of our marriage certificate to do so. I need it as soon as possible, and need to know how to obtain a copy (since the information line is useless, and won’t let me speak to a human being). I have access to a fax to submit a copy for my packet, but will also be needing a notarized copy for future use. Please help me resolve this situation as quickly as possible, as every day that goes by is costing me money that I don’t have.

    I have already sent TWO e-mails to SeoulinfoACS@state.gov, and have received exactly zero non-automated replies. I’m more than a little irritated at this point.

    • Thank you for your inquiry. As stated on our website and email auto-reply, due to the high volume of correspondence that we receive daily, if the answer to your question is on our web site http://seoul.usembassy.gov/acs_service.html, we don’t send out a reply.

      Many people have the misconception that they were married at the Embassy. While our office assists with notarizing affidavits of eligibility to marry and authenticating the marriage certificate issued by the various Korean ward offices or Seoul City Hall, no marriage records are kept by our office and Embassies do not perform marriages. The U.S. Embassy only assists U.S. citizens with the paperwork necessary (Affidavit for Eligibility of Marriage) for a legal marriage in Korea, under applicable Korean law.

      As explained in our website, a certified copy of your Report and Certificate of Marriage may be obtained by writing the specific ward office in which your marriage actually took place. A certified check or money order for the marriage certificate should be made payable to the specific ward office. For your information, most Americans in Korea registered their marriages at the Citizen Affairs Section, Jongno-gu Ward Office near the American Embassy in Seoul.

      If your marriage was registered before January 31, 1995, a copy of a Korean marriage certificate may be obtained by writing to the Citizens Section, Seoul City Hall, 110 Seojong-daero, Junggu, Seoul, Korea. According to their representative, as of April 23, 2014, the fee is $25 per copy, including express mail return service. However, this fee and the City’s regulations are subject to change, so please check with Seoul City Hall for the most up-to-date information before you send your request. Please visit the following website: http://seoul.usembassy.gov/acs_obtain.html for more information.

      Should you have difficulty reaching an English speaker at the Seoul City Hall, you may wish to contact the Seoul Global Center (SGC) for assistance: by phone at (02) 2075-4130, or by email at hotline@seoul.go.kr. SGC is a comprehensive support center for foreigners run by the Seoul Metropolitan Government, and offers assistance in several foreign languages, including English.

      We hope this information is helpful to you.

  29. I’m a dual citizenship holder who has been living in Korea since moving here as a child. I want to make an US passport but I don’t have any current identification as a US citizen. I have my birth certificate and the passport I used as a child to enter Korea, but all the identification methods I’ve obtained since then were with my Korean citizenship and name. What should I do?

    • Thank you for your inquiry. A passport applicant is responsible for bringing all required original documents listed on our website. If you are unable to bring the required documents, bring whatever supporting documents you believe support your application to the interview. The consular officer will review your application and will determine your eligibility for a passport.
      Thank you.

  30. I am hoping someone can answer a question for me. I called USCIS and spoke to a representative who suggested contacting the US Embassy in Seoul. I tried to call the Embassy, but I am unable to actually speak to anyone.

    My husband is a US permanent resident and has been issued a re-entry travel authorization document. We have been working in Korea for 18 months. Our current teaching contracts end in September 2014, and we plan on returning to the US at that point.

    The problem is that his re-entry document expires August 19, a few weeks before our contracts in Korea finish. Is there any way to renew or extend the date? What are the repercussions if we do not renew the document, but return to the US after it has expired? His Permanent Resident/Green Card is valid through 12/22/2020.

    We have read through both the USCIS and the Seoul US Embassy websites, but have not found the answer to this particular question.

    Thank you for any help you can offer.

  31. John Trecosta

    I am trying to renew my wife’s permanent resident card. Is it possible to do this through the US embassy in Seoul? Also, I and am in need of an FD 258 fingerprint card. Is it possible to have one sent to me, please? Finally, does the embassy conduction biometric appointments?

    Thank you.

  32. I’m an American citizen residing in Seoul. I’d like to submit I-130 application forms for my family members. I made an appointment in advance online (at https://evisaforms.state.gov/acs/default.asp?postcode=SEO&appcode=1) and
    went to the embassy on the appointed date. Once there I showed a copy of my appointment confirmation letter and I was told by a gentleman at the window on the third floor, where I’m supposed to submit the forms, that I had made a wrong appointment. The appointment I made was for the services on the first floor. He kindly gave me a web address where I can make the next appointment for the services on the third floor which is ..https://infopass.uscis.gov.
    And I’d thoroughly searched for the link that would direct me to the page where I can make an appointment; but to no avail. The only appointment page I found on the website was the one for those who had already submitted documents and received a receipt number and wanted to follow up the progress. Please advise how I can make an appointment with the department on the third floor where I’m supposed to submit my I-130 forms.

    Best regards.

  33. Denise Rucker

    I am in search of trying to find my mother she lives in Seoul Korea her name is Chung sun sin haven’t had contact with since the age 9 I am now 34

    • Thank you for your inquiry. Please note that the Embassy in Korea may attempt to locate U.S. citizens who are believed to be in Korea and are not in communication with family or friends in case of emergency. If your mother is a U.S. citizen, please send us an email to seoulinfoACS@state.gov with detailed information. However, we are unable to assist in finding a non-U.S. citizen in Korea. In such case, you may wish to contact the Seoul Global Center (SGC) run by the Seoul Metropolitan Government to see if they can assist you. SGC is a comprehensive support center for foreigners and offers of assistance in foreign languages including English. They can be reached at 82-2-2075-4130.
      Thank you.

  34. I’m an American living in Korea, and I submitted form I-130 on behalf of my Korean wife on April 28. I haven’t gotten any reply about Packet 3, and I’m wondering how I can check the status of my application. Thanks for your help!

  35. My mother is a Korean War Orphan from the early 1950’s and had a South Korean Passport but was given US citizenship after coming to the United States as a child. When I traveled to South Korea in 2000, I was given a 5 year visa, though I am not sure why.

    Because of this past acquired visa which could allow extended stay, I have recently pondered again traveling to South Korea to study Korean culture and History, especially through the standpoint of the arts.

    My question is whether I would be granted again a five year visa and furthermore would I be able to obtain any work to help with living expenses natural to any extended stay scenario.

    • Thank you for your inquiry. The U.S. Embassy has no authority over matters related to your work permit, admission into or stay in Korea. Korean visas for U.S. citizens fall under the jurisdiction of the Korean government. For questions or concerns, please contact the Korean Immigration Service directly by phone at 1345, or online atwww.immigration.go.kr. If you are in the U.S., you may wish to consult with the Korean Embassy in the U.S. at http://usa.mofat.go.kr/english/am/usa/visa/visa/index.jsp. You may also wish to contact the Seoul Global Center (SGC) run by the Seoul Metropolitan Government to see if they can assist you. SGC is a comprehensive support center for foreigners and offers of assistance in foreign languages including English. They can be reached at 82-2-2075-4130.
      Thank you.

  36. Hello, My fiance and I are facing a catch-22 situation regarding her visa application. I understand the need to screen visa applicants as if they were potential immigrants, so I cannot understand why one interviewer told her to get married and apply for an immigration visa. I am a US citizen, retired from the US Army. She is Korean. I need to go back to the US to settle my affairs. We wanted to travel in the US together, visiting my friends and family, before returning to Korea. She is NOT interested in immigrating to the US. We plan to get married one day, but NOT because some consular official said so, and definitely NOT just to get a visa. ( I’m pretty sure that’s illegal). What can we do?

    • Thank you for your inquiry. Please understand that this ACS blog is for U.S. Citizen Services related inquiries such as U.S. passports, notaries and Consular Report of Birth Abroad. If your inquiry is concerning about U.S. visas, please contact the visa customer services directly or refer to the visa website: http://ustraveldocs.com/kr/index.html. Please also find below the contact information for the visa customer services.
      Telephone: Callers in South Korea: Please call 1600-8884 without the area code
      Email: support-korea@ustraveldocs.com
      Thank you.

  37. Does marriage to a Korean confer
    any class of Korean citizenship to the non Korean spouse?

  38. Hi, I had my child three months ago and she is a born american citizen, Her grandmother who is korean, want to see her and we plan to stay for some years.
    Do I need a passport for her to go to korea, since we will be applying for dual citizenship my husband and I later.

  39. I’m an American citizen living in Korea. My husband is Korean and our first child was born in Korea recently. I understand all the required documents for the CRBA except for one: “Evidence of couple’s relationship prior to the conception of the child”. What EXACTLY do I need to bring to fullfill this requirement?
    Thank you,
    Erin Kim

    • Thank you for your inquiry. It all depends on individual circumstances, so there is no one-size-fits all answer. You may submit anything at all that you think would be helpful as evidence of your relationship with your husband such as couple pictures.
      Thank you.

  40. I’m an American citizen by birth but had been brought up aboard since infancy. I went to the US for the first time in 1989 to stay with a relative for about a year. After getting married in 1991 I came back to the US again with my Korean husband and spent about 3 years in the US before coming back to live in Korea. During three years of living in the US I had had a few temporary jobs and had filed income tax return each year without fail.
    Since 1994 my husband and I had moved back to Korea. I have never had a job or earned income while living in Korea all these years.

    I understand that I need to submit a copy of my income tax return along with the affidavit of support form when applying for permanent resident visas for my children.

    My questions are

    1. I don’t have copies of the income tax return I filed 20 years ago. What should I do?

    2. Since my husband has been earning income (in Korea), should he be the one who files an affidavit of support for our children instead of me? even though he is a Korean citizen.

    Best regards

    • Thank you for your inquiry. Please understand that this blog is for U.S. Citizen Services related matters such as passports, Consular Report of Birth Abroad and notaries only. If your inquiry is concerning U.S. visas including immigrant visas, please contact the U.S. visa section directly for the information you require. Their contact information can be found at http://ustraveldocs.com/kr/kr-main-contactus.asp.
      Thank you.

  41. Greetings, I would like to apply for an IDP, but I did not apply for one before I left the states. I have my current US issued Drivers License, passport and passport photos. What do I do to apply for an IDP here in Korea? May I apply for one at the US Embassy? THanks!

    • Thank you for your inquiry. The U.S. Embassy does not issue an International Driving Permit (IDP). Please contact the AAA (American Automobile Association) and/or National Automobile Club in the U.S. directly for the information you require.
      Thank you.

  42. Hello,

    I am an American citizen who is pregnant. I am not married and I do not know who the Korean father is and I am worried that it will cause some issues at the time of registering the babies birth. Granted I don’t lose my job due to this, I am planning on having the baby here as my contract ends only a few weeks before the baby is due and I would not want to risk flying home. What are the procedures I will need to go through for this and would my child be considered a Korean citizen or US citizen?

    Thank you

    • Thank you for your inquiry. Although you are a unmarried U.S. citizen mother and do not know who the father is, you can still apply for your child’s Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) that is official record confirming that the child acquired U.S. citizenship at birth. Please refer to our website for detailed information on how to obtain a U.S. citizenship for a child born abroad to a U.S. citizen parent or parents. All inquiries regarding Korean Nationality should be directed to the Korean Immigration Services.
      Thank you.

  43. Hi,
    I am H-1B visa holder and my country of origin is Indonesia. I am planning to visit Korea this upcoming December. Is it possible to do H-1B visa stamping in Seoul instead of my home country?

    Thank you

  44. My 17 years old child has recently recieved a lawful permanent resident visa approval from the US embassy in Seoul.
    I would like to know if she traveled to the U.S. for a few weeks and come back to Korea and stay here for a few months before immigrating to the US, would it be possible to apply for her US passport while she is in Korea ? Does a stamp endorsed on the visa upon her entering the US (or temporary green-card) serve as a prove of citizenship for applying for her passport? What other documents required for her passport application?

    Best regards

  45. Thank you for your reply. I just want to clarify; Is the I-551 stamp endorsed on a child’s foreign passport acceptable as evidence of US citizenship when applying for a US passport?

    Best regards

    • Thank you for your inquiry.
      The I-551 stamp shows a child’s lawful admission to the United States. Please bring any relevant documents which show your child’s permanent residency such as a green card. Please note that the U.S. Embassy may request additional supporting documents as proof of permanent residency after reviewing the documents you submit.

  46. I’m a filipina married to a korean we’re planning to have a vacation in US…i’m not yet a korean citizen i just want to know my requirements for tourist visa..

  47. Hellow.My name is Kim Olga.I’m from Uzbekistan.I’m 25 years old.I have bachelor’s degree from Tashkent State Institute of Oriental studies.I living know in Korea,but I want to go to Amerika becouse I want to work,study and practice English language.
    Is It possible to get viza here and go to Amerika?

  48. My grandson and I plan to visit Korea next summer. Can we visit the embassy in Seoul? Does the embassy have any events in which we can participate or observe? Thanks. Bob Kleba, Wisconsin.

    • Thank you for your inquiry. Please note that American Citizen Services (ACS) section at the Embassy is available to assist with emergencies involving U.S. citizens and those who need to apply for U.S. passports, additional visa pages in their current passports, Consular Reports of Birth Abroad, notarial services and to provide information regarding voting, federal benefits, and registration with the Embassy only. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate tours for individuals nor have we planned public events that we could share with U.S. citizens at the U.S. Embassy. For more information on the ACS section, please visit our website at http://seoul.usembassy.gov.
      Thank you.

  49. Hello. I’m an American citizen and my Korean wife and I are planning on heading back to the US next spring. Our i-130 petition has already been accepted and now were starting the next round of paperwork beginning with the i-864. I’ve been living in Korea for about 6 years, have been making about 30,000 US Dollars a year, haven’t filed taxes in the US or here in Korea, and don’t have an employer lined up to start with upon my return. I was hoping you could tell me whether documents I need. Do I need to get my last W-2’s along with the i-864, or would I need my parents to fill out an affidavit of support along with copies of their W-2’s? Thank you very much for your help. Jon

  50. Hello, I am an American citizen living in Korea. I plan to have a legal marriage to my Korean fiancee while on vacation in the US during the holidays. We will not go to the US to live, simply to visit. Once we are married in Virginia, do you know what must be done to have that marriage recognized in Korea?

  51. My wife and I are US citizens. We adopted our Korean born son from a Korean orphanage early in 1995 when he was 4 months old. His biological parents are both Korean. We assume that he is a Korean citizen due to his birth in Korea of Korean parents. He is now 19 yrs old. Our questions are this –
    1 – is he a Korean citizen?
    2 – if so, when he visits Korea this year [or next year…] , does he risk getting conscripted into the Korean military to satisfy his 2 years of military service?
    Thanks,
    Steve B.

    • Thank you for your inquiry. Please be aware that the U.S. embassy has no authority over matters related to your son’s Korean citizenship. You should contact the nearest Korean consulate or embassy directly for the information you require. We also advise you to contact the Korean Immigration Office.

  52. hello my name is Lawrence i married to America, my question go this way can i got a visa here in south Korea to live USA even when i’m illegal in south Korea????

  53. My children and I are US citizens and my husband (the father of my children) is a Korean national. Our family have been living in Korea for over 10 years. But now we’ve decided to move to the US so my children can continue their education in the US schools. I could have applied a greencard for my husband as I had done for my children but he has to stay in korea to oversee and run his business. And he doesnt wish to give up his korean citizen. I would like to know that in his case what kind of visa he should apply for so that he will be able to visit his family in the US at anytime he can without having to apply for visa evrytime he want to visit us.
    I’ve heard of a 10 years multiple entry visa, is it what he should apply for?
    Please advise

    Thank you
    Olivia M

  54. Natalie Rodriguez

    Hi, my name is Natalie Rodriguez and Im engaged to a Korean citizen, sadly he recently had to move back to Korea due to the expiration of his visa and the military. I would like to know if we get married is there a required time I have to wait to be able to move to Korea with him or do i have to get a visa?

    • The U.S. Embassy has no authority over matters related to your admission into or stay in Korea. Korean visas for U.S. citizens fall under the jurisdiction of the Korean government. For questions or concerns, please contact the Korean Immigration Service online at http://www.immigration.go.kr. If you are in the U.S., you may wish to consult with the Korean Embassy in the U.S.

  55. Hello
    I am trying to send supporting documents for a visa application to the US Embassy. Can I send it by Federal Express or do I have to send it to one of your couriers?
    Your assistance would be greatly appreciated.
    Thank you.

  56. Hello US Embassy Seoul,

    I have dual citizenship for my son (American and Korean) and would like to maintain both citizenships past the age of 18. It says
    “The Supreme Court of the United States has stated that dual nationality is “a status long recognized in the law” and that “a person may have and exercise rights of nationality in two countries and be subject to the responsibilities of both. The mere fact that he [sic] asserts the rights of one citizenship does not without more mean that he renounces the other” (see Kawakita v. U.S., 343 U.S. 717 [1952] ).” -From http://seoul.usembassy.gov/acs_dual.html

    and

    “entering or serving in the armed forces of a foreign state engaged in hostilities against the United States or serving as a commissioned or non-commissioned officer in the armed forces of a foreign state (Sec. 349 (a) (3) INA);” -from http://travel.state.gov/content/travel/english/legal-considerations/us-citizenship-laws-policies/citizenship-and-dual-nationality.html”

    I assume that if my child serves in the Korean army, he can keep both citizenships. Am I correct to assume that the Korean army is not hostile against the United States? And could you clarify what “hostilities against the United States” means since there is speculation that hostility can interpret as in war times (South Korea is still in hostile conditions against North Korea but peaceful with the United States)?

    • Thank you for your inquiry. If your son is a U.S. citizen and does not voluntarily renounce his U.S. citizenship in person at the Embassy, he cannot lose his U.S. citizenship. There is no need to take any action to maintain his U.S. citizenship.

      We advise you to contact the Korean Immigration Office for how to maintain his Korean citizenship.
      Thank you.

  57. Hello..My name is Shalom, I am in korea right now doing the korean language course but i am writing the SAT and TOEFL examinations because i want to school in the US..I did like to know if it is possible to get a Visa from Korea to the US because I am a Nigerian, without going to my country to do that.Thank you very much

  58. Hello my name is maria I have a quick question, I wanted to know if we are traveling to Okinawa and have to transfer in Seoul Korea do we need a visa if we are not leaving airport

    • Thank you for your inquiry. Please be aware that the U.S. Embassy has no authority over matters related to one’s admission into, out of, transfer or stay in Korea (Korean visas). You should contact the Korean Immigration Office directly for the information you require. http://www.immigration.go.kr or if in Korea, call (02) 1345.

      If you are not in Korea, you should contact the nearest Korean Consulate or Embassy directly for the information you require.

      Thank you.

  59. Hello, I am an ordinarily resident (f4 visa) with US citizenship, married to a Korean national. I am interested in working for a position opened to public which requires a “citizenship eligible under country SOFA agreement”. Could you advise on what I need to do in order to fulfill this requirement? Thank you!

    • Thank you for your inquiry. Please note that a Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) is an agreement between the United States and a foreign nation about the stationing of U.S. military forces in that foreign country and only the U.S. military can grant you SOFA status by being active duty military. Unfortunately, the U.S. Embassy has no authority regarding matters related to individuals under the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA). You may want to refer to the U.S. military website at http://www.usfk.mil/usfk/sofa.the.sofa.and.you.360 for detailed information on SOFA.

      Please note inquiries related to employment with the U.S. military in Korea, you should contact the Military Human Resources Office directly.
      Thank you.

  60. hello my name is Soufiane I am from Morocco living in Korea , I have a quick question, I wanted to know how can i apply for USA tourist Visa for me and my wife and what the documents that we need .
    thanks & best regards

  61. I’m part of the United States Army. Can I start the process of getting my U.S. passport during my time in South Korea and have it sent to my home address in the United States?

    • Thank you for your inquiry. You can apply for the passport at the U.S. Embassy in Seoul while you are in Korea. Please note that overseas tourist passport processing time takes up to 2-3 weeks once we have received a passport application in good order. For applications submitted to the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, the new passport can only be delivered to the local Korean address provided by the applicant. If you only will be here for a temporary period of time (less than 2-3 weeks), we suggest you submit your application once you are somewhere where you can have enough time for the application to be processed. Please refer to our website http://seoul.usembassy.gov/acs_us_passports.html for more information on passport application procedures.
      Thank you.

  62. I have a question my daughter was born in Pusan Korea in 1997 My husband is a US citizen so my daughter received a Consular Report of Birth Abroad and us passport. i am Italian and would like my daughter to acquire a italian passport but the italian authority wants a Korean birth certificate but i don’t have one where can i get one?

    • Thank you for your inquiry.
      Unless you or your husband were a Korean citizen at the time of your daughter’s birth, your daughter is not registered under a Korean family census. Therefore, she will not be eligible to obtain a birth certificate from the Korean government.
      Please contact the hospital where your daughter was born to acquire her Korean hospital birth certificate.

  63. dolores fernandez

    Hi my Name Is dolores I am try to get information on how to locate someone in korea. I have not seen my mom since I was 3 years old I am 25 now I have her birthdate name and where she was born the last I heard is that she is living in korea …can the embassy help me locate a address I can write to her or pass her my information

    • A) Thank you for your inquiry. Unfortunately, we do not have information on nor do we have access to address, relay a message or whereabouts of people who are believed to live in Korea. We can instead provide you with organizations where you might seek help with locating a person.

      You might want to reach out to Korea National Police Agency by dialing +82-182 or by visiting their website at http://www.police.go.kr/eng/index.jsp. They offer a wide range of services to Overseas Koreans and may be able to assist you: http://usa.mofa.go.kr/english/am/usa/visa/office/index.jsp
      Another good place to contact maybe the Seoul Global Center for Foreigners which is operated by the City of Seoul. For more information, please go to http://global.seoul.go.kr/ or http://www.hikorea.go.kr or call tel. 02-2075-4180.

      We hope that you will find this information useful and we wish you the best of luck in your search. Thank you.

  64. Rowena Nickols

    Hi!I am married with an american soldier,he is leaving Korea this coming July,I just gave birth to our baby and I just wanna know how long will it takes for me to process spouse visa?We are worried because of our limited time because their company is closing down.Please give me an advice…is there any way we can make it in 2 months?thank you

  65. I have to filed I-751 I am military spouse so I have to send package with complete finger print card
    Questions is how and where can I get complete form fd-258

  66. I would like to ask a question. There was an incident on Yongsan based that involved minor child under 15. I was told since the incident happened on base, the military police had no jurisdiction. But the parents of the children involved has dual citizenship, Since the parents have dual citizenship the Korean National Police (off post) can take over the case and prosecute the individuals involved, is this statement true?

  67. I have a question about Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA). I am a US citizen but my wife is not. This means I have to prove that I lived in the US for two years before the age of fourteen. As my very first passport was not issued until I was in my twenties and it lists my birthplace as the US, would this be sufficient evidence that I was in the US for all the years before I turned fourteen?

  68. Hello, I have a cousin in Korea who wants to visit America before his mandatory 2 year army service begins. He has heard that it is impossible to obtain a vacation visa so close to the first day of your army service, and I was wondering if it was true. He plans to come some time in August and he goes off to the army in Septemeber.

    Thank you!

  69. I am a-3 sofas statue holder in Seoul South Korea, now I want to know the type job I can apply or work with my statue. Thanks

  70. Rowena Nickols

    I am an A-3 visa too..as far as I know we are only allowed to work on post.If you are a military spouse,you are not allowed to get a job from off post.

  71. Wayne L. Flock

    I am US citizen working in Korea and married to filipina (not US Citizen). I need to get an ITIN for my wife so I can file my taxes as married and need to find out if US Embassy in Soul South Korea can perform Seen and Confirm as the US Embassy does in Philippines. Once I get the Seen and Confirm for US Embassy for copy of her passport, I can send to IRS with W-7 to obtain ITIN.

  72. Gale Pauline Christy

    I’m here at Camp Humphreys with my husband and two children. I applied and received my SOFA stamp just to find out that I am eligible for an F-4 visa, so I can teach English at my daughters kindergarden. I called the immigration center to confirm and I was indeed eligible and the f-4 which is what I have to have in order to teach in a Kindergarten. The counselor then told me that there was no way possible to change/ add an f-4 since I already have a sofa stamp. She said that I must wait for it to expire( 2 years from now) before I can get my f-4 visa. I really want this opportunity and enjoy the staff at the kindergarden. Is there anything that I can do at this point besides wait for my sofa to expire? Please help.~ Gale
    Thank you

    • Thank you for your inquiry.
      The U.S. Embassy is not qualified or authorized to assist you with your Korean visa. Questions about Korean visa should be directed to the Korean Immigration Service.

  73. Hello everyone. I have read everything you do here, this is amazing!!! And I decided to write you guys as well with my problem. I am an American citizen as well, who got married at Chongro Ward Office,and as far as I know it wouldn’t be a problem for my husband to have an American visa. My husband is a citizen of another country, not Korea. He has an H-2 visa. However, I am a visitor in Korea as well, I don’t live here. I’m kind of confused right now what to do. what could be a next step? Can we just apply for a tourist visa? What shoud we do?

    Thank you, so much for your help.

  74. Hello!
    I am a U.S. citizen by birth, I was born in New York but we left the U.S. when I was 2 years old, and have been staying here in Korea since then. Now, I am 17 years old and I am planning to go back to the U.S. to prepare myself for university.

    What visa do I need to have? Can you explain some procedures I should take so that i can go back to the U.S.?

    • Thank you for your inquiry. If you are a U.S. citizen and have a U.S. passport, you may freely enter and exit the U.S. If you do not hold a valid U.S. passport, please make an appointment and bring all the required documents listed on our website. http://seoul.usembassy.gov/acs_us_passports.html Please keep in mind that for dual citizens, one must use their Korean passport to enter/exit Korea and use their U.S. passports to enter/exit the U.S.
      Thank you.

  75. Abigail Cuacuamoscla

    Hello, my husband and I are currently living in Seoul but we are planning to move back to the U.S. next year. My husband is Korean and I’m a U.S Citizen. Is there any specific process we must do in order to my husband to enter the U.S.?
    Thank you

  76. Hello!
    I’m a U.S. citizen and I married a Korean citizen in the United States. Currently we are living in Korea but we are planning to move back to the U.S. soon so we are wondering which procedure we should follow in order to my husband to enter the United States legally.
    Thank you

  77. If I’m a US citizen and my wife is Korean and she gives birth in Korea I don’t have to report the birth or anything like that to the Embassy do I? She nor I are seeking US Citizenship for them. But I heard I might have to report the birth because I’m a US Citizen. Thanks.

  78. good day, I had a friend and currently working in south korea, he plans to visit his relatives in US .he is not a korean national. may i know the details or birds eye view in applying for a tourist visa? where can he enquire when he got to the US embassy in Seoul. and what are the original documents needed? and also does he need to have already the plane ticket for applying in a tourist visa? he plans to visit next year. Thank you in advance for your information and guidance.

  79. Hello, I have F4 visa in Korea and need to apply for president card. I live in Yeoju-si Gyeongido. Would you please let me the office address where I can register for resident card? Thank you.

  80. Hello,
    I am a US Citizen working in South Korea and have an Alien Registration Card. (I Will be working here for 2 years until June 2017).
    My current passport expires in 02/2016 and I am planning on traveling back to the USA around December 21, 2015.
    I see that there are delays in processing overseas passports and I am worried that I will not be able to get my new passport in time for my travel back to the United States.

    I understand that I have to mail my Renewal Application and International Money order to the United States in order to get my new passport.
    1) If I mail out my application this week (November 4, 2015), is it likely to be returned to me in time for my travel on December 21, 2015?
    2) Do I need to do anything special to ensure that it will be returned to me in time?
    3) Would it be better to wait until I return to Korea in Jan 10, 2016, to send in my Renewal application (I do not plan to travel again until march 20, 2016)?
    4) Would it be best for me to go directly to the US Embassy in Seoul (I am not sure if my situation qualifies me to do this)

    Any help you can offer would be greatly appreciated.
    Thank you in advance,

    • Thank you for your inquiry. The technical delays in the processing system for U.S. passports has been largely resolved. Average passport processing time is now 2-3 weeks.

      Because you live in South Korea, you should apply by making an appointment at the U.S. Embassy in Seoul. To renew your passport, please refer to our website at http://seoul.usembassy.gov/acs_adult_first_passport.html#renewal. Our website provides information on what documents are required, passport photos, and fees. The website also explains how renewals by mail are also permitted under certain conditions. If you live outside of Seoul, we periodically accept passport applications in other cities at certain dates, which are listed here: http://seoul.usembassy.gov/acs_off-site.html

  81. Hello I am currently in Korea where I lost my passport and need to get a new one soon. However, I cannot provide a secondary proof of identification except for photocopies. What do you do in this situation?

  82. Hello:

    I am a lawful permanent resident of the USA. I am trying to sign a U.S. document that must be notarized with a notary’s acknowledgment. However, I read on the U.S. Embassy website that this service is available specifically to “U.S. citizens.” I see no mention of “only” or an exclusion of registered aliens in the U.S. But does this mean the U.S. Embassy will not provide the notarial services to me as a lawful permanent resident? (The document to be used for my identification would be my passport.)

    Thank you so much.

  83. Hello:

    I am a lawful permanent resident of the U.S. I am living in Korea at this time, but I am in need of a notary acknowledgment on my U.S. document, which I need to send back over there. However, does the U.S. Embassy only provide notarial services to only U.S. citizens? Would they notarize me as a lawful permanent resident of the U.S.?

  84. Hello
    I am going to reissue my son’s passport who is under 15yr. I have his US birth certificate which issued by hospital. I would like to know it is OK for required document. If not, how can I get his birth certificate from Korea?

    • Thank you for your inquiry. Please note that each state’s Office of Vital Statistics maintains information regarding birth, marriage and death in the U.S. If you wish to request a copy of a vital record from the State Vital Records Office, you need to contact the vital statistics office in the state where the child was born. Please refer to our website at http://seoul.usembassy.gov/acs_obtain.html for more information.
      Thank you.

  85. Hi my name is Lydia, im an Indonesian citizen.. And im going to LA on the 27th for holiday with my family.. but the thing is i have a 6 month old baby and he didnt have his visa yet because he was born in here.. and i already have my tourist visa.. is it possible if my baby can get a US visa in Seoul? so we dont need to go back to our country to make his visa..? Thank you in advance!

  86. My name is Lee. I am an american stationed at yongsan. I have a friend that is from uzbekistan. I recently attempted to bring them on post to show them the christmas lights, but they were denied access because of there citizenship from uzbekistan. Is there a different process or paperwork that needs to he filled out for them to gain access with me as their sponsor?

  87. Zachary Wilkinson

    Hello my name is Zachary Wilkinson. Me and my fiancé are wanting to get married. I have the usfk form 165 notarized. But now do I need an appointment? When I come do I need to bring all my documents that day? Will I need to bring witnesses? How will the process work? Thank you.

    • Thank you for your inquiry. Since you are an active duty military, you need to consult with your legal office regarding your marriage in Korea. We, U.S. Embassy, can’t notarize any marriage related documents such as an affidavit of eligibility for marriage for military personnel. Please note that all civil marriages are handled and registered at local government office in Korea (called “local ward office” or “gu-cheong” in Korean). We suggest you contact the Korean embassy/consulate nearest you to request information for marriage registration procedures in Korea.
      Thank you.

  88. Hello my name is Kristy. I am a a US citizen and my husband is a Korean citizen. If our child is born in Korea, will he/she have dual citizenship? Or how will all this work? Thank you

  89. Hello my name is Abigail. My husband is Korean and I’m a US citizen. We are currently living in Korea but we are planning to move back to the US by the beginning of May this year because I decided I want to give birth back home. My question is, can I start my husband’s green card process in Korea and then finish it back in the US?

  90. Hello my name is Abigail and I’m currently living in Korea with my husbad. However we are planning to move back to the US because I’m pregnant and because I only have a certain time to travel we want to go back ASAP. I have a question regarding the green card process, if I start the process for my husband here in Korea and if it takes too long can we finish it in the US? Or approximately how long does it take to get my husband’s documents ready if we do everything through the Embassy in Seoul? Thank you

  91. Sir i am sri lanka people now i am work in south korea now i have job letter in America. can i apply my visa in south korea u.s embassy? I wont to know can i apply my visa in south korea u.s embassy.? Please say it sir.

  92. Hello .

    Im a korean passport can i know its possible to visit my relatives in america that i plan to stay there just 2 weeks …what can i need to do mean i need to get visa for tour there or what .?

    Thanks for the answering

  93. Hi. I am a Filipino Citizenship and we are currently residing in South Korea right now under my husband (US Citizenship) command sponsorship, I am under sofa status and have a sofa stamp. Before leaving Japan(which we reside and got married) we applied for my immigrant visa. I got approved for the first step which is applying for I-130. Now I am in a second step but we couldn’t continue doing it because we had to move here in Korea. Can I continue processing my second step here in Korea? What steps should I take first?
    And another question, we would like to go to Guam, what is the requirements for me to be able to enter Guam? Thank you for your time.

  94. Hi! I’m an American Citizen, currently residing in Seoul for school. I am considering of traveling to China or Japan for a few days soon and was wondering if i would have to apply for a visa? I know the U.S has a visa waiver program for these two countries, but the website doesn’t have a portion on my predicament.
    Thanks for helping 🙂

    • Thank you for your inquiry. Please be aware that the U.S. Embassy has no authority over matters related to your admission into / out of / stay in China or Japan. You should contact the Chinese or Japanese Embassy directly for the information you require.

  95. Hi, I am a 38 year old Korean-American married to a Korean lady as we plan on heading out to the states next year. She plans on getting a green card. What are the steps of obtaining a green card? Where would I have to make an appointment to submit the documents and go in for the interview? Is there a phone number or site to do all of this in an orderly fashion? Thanks for your time and concern.

  96. Baron sunuwar

    My name is Baron sunuwar I am nepali citizen and I have been married with American citizen sence 2 years . Now we got some problem with each other and my husband is applying for divorce without my permission .what can I don ? I am fully crazy about it . Is there possible to apply for us visa myself please suggest me help me Thank you ……

  97. Lea Ottenheimer

    I married a Korean citizen 7 months ago. My husband & I are thinking about moving to the US to live next year.
    How do we begin the process of applying for my husband’s green card?
    Is there a specific office at the US Embassy in Seoul that I can contact to get information and forms to begin the process?
    Is there a number I can call to make an appointment for help & advice with this process?

  98. I am a South African citizen with a valid tourist visa to the USA. However, the passport in which the visa was issued has expired and I have since been travelling on a new passport. If I present both my current passport in addition to the expired one which contains the visa, should I expect any problems at immigration?
    Thank you.

  99. Hello my name is Delgermaa and my husband is a dv winner. Our interview has been scheduled in July at US embassy of Seoul. So my question is if we have to contact the embassy to confirm our interview attendance, fiil in any forms or just go to the interview on a scheduled day?

  100. Hello my names is Katt
    I am a US Citizen , My husband is a Korean citizen, we were married over a year ago in the US, but now living in korea. how do we register our marriage in Korea

    • Thank you for your inquiry. Generally, one can only be married to one other person at a time, but once you are married in any country, you are married in all countries. However, you may wish to contact the Korean authority directly for the information you require. Please also refer to the Department of State’s website for more information on marriage abroad.
      Thank you.

  101. Hi I am US citizen married to a Korean Citizen and would like to change my last name. Is there a way of doing that at the embassy? If so, what do I need and how do I make an appointment for such a thing? I have an appointment coming up to report my sons birth but I don’t see anything for name changes. Any information would be great. Thank you in advance.

  102. Hi my name is Gary, my wife is in korea now but her international driving permit will expire this month. Can she get an permit in Korea ?

  103. Hello, I’m a U.S. citizen and I live in kimhae. Two weeks ago, my korean wife gave birth to our son. I am trying to apply for my son’s American citizenship and some of the required documents I need for the application has me stumped. I have been living in korea for the past 12 years and so I don’t have most of those documents, such as rental receipts or tax returns. I do have some elementary school report cards and my passport that was issued to me in 1981. It was issued by the korean government because I was being adopted so the passport was needed for my journey to the usa . Would that original passport be enough for the application process? Thank you , Shaun

    • Thank you for your email. Please refer to our website https://kr.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/birth/ for detailed information on reporting a child’s birth abroad. As for evidence of the American parent’s physical presence in the U.S., the most people bring their high school/college/university transcripts. Please note that it is up to the adjudicating officer to determine if the provided forms of evidence are acceptable or if more evidence will be needed.
      Thank you.

  104. Hello, I am currently backpacking in Asia for an indefinate period, and will be in Korea for the next couple of months. A family member who is receiving my mail while I am away has informed me that I been summoned for jury duty. I have not been in the US for a year and a half, and I do not have any plans for return as of yet. My question is what does the embassy recommend US citizens do who are summoned for jury duty while abroad? Thank you for your time.

    • Thank you for your inquiry. Please contact the court that is requesting your presence for jury duty directly for the information you require. If you are in Korea, you may provide evidence of your presence abroad such as a copy of the Korean visa and entry stamp in your passport to support your case when contacting the court in the United States. Thank you.

  105. Migdelys castro

    I am a 31 year old USA permanent resident , i would like to go to korea to learn korean lenguage but not sure of how that works and how to get a visa as a student , is there a way for me to fulfill that goal?

    • Thank you for your inquiry. Please be aware that the U.S. Embassy has no authority or information over matters related to Korea’s entry/exit policies or stay in Korea. You should contact the nearest Korean Consulate or Embassy directly for the information you require.

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