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Cases processed through NVC

After the proper petition has been filed with USCIS, the National Visa Center (NVC) schedules visa interviews for most immigrant visa cases. The NVC also sends immigrant visa case files, containing the petition and all forms and documents submitted by or on behalf of an applicant, to the U.S. Embassy where the applicant will be interviewed. Take the following actions after notification from the NVC that your interview has been scheduled:

  • Step 1: Carefully review the information sent by the NVC noting the date, time, and location of your immigrant visa interview.
  • Step 2: Prepare for the medical examination and vaccination.
  • Step 3: Ensure that all required original documents will be available at the time of the interview. Any documents that you submitted to the NVC will be transferred to the interviewing officer.
  • Step 4: Obtain the required photographs.

For more information on NVC processing, please click here.

Cases not processed through NVC, and K-1

Petitioners defined by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) as residents of Korea may file petitions with USCIS Seoul. USCIS Seoul sends approved CR/IR I-130s to the Immigrant Visa Unit of the U.S. Embassy Seoul, which initiates immigrant visa processing.

All forms I-129F filed with the USCIS in the United States for K-1 visas are forwarded to NVC upon approval. After review, NVC forward the form I-129F to the immigrant visa unit in Seoul.

After receiving an approved 1-130 or I-129F petition from USCIS, the Immigrant Visa Unit will send the applicant a set of IV forms and instructions called Packet 3. Included in Packet 3 is a list of documents which the applicant must prepare and hand carry to the IV interview. Packet 3 also contains instructions on how to obtain the needed documents. Please do not send any of the documents to the Immigrant Visa Unit in advance of your spouse's interview. U.S. law forbids us from advising or assisting IV applicants to qualify for visas or other immigrant benefits. An applicant is personally liable for the accuracy of all statements and documents submitted in connection with his or her visa application. The penalties for false statements include permanent visa ineligibility.

Packet 3 Instructions

Instructions for Immigrant Visa Applicants (IR/CR/F/E/SB/IB/IW Visas)

Instructions for fiancé/e Visa Applicants (K Visa)

Important pamphlet for IR1, CR1, F21, FX1, K1 visa applicants: International Marriage Broker Regulation act (IMBRA)

Forms and Documents