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I read a few accounts of visa interviews at the Seoul Embassy in preparation for ours, so I thought I'd give back after successfully completing it!

We arrived at 7:30 (which was later than we wanted, but we got hung up a bit in the morning) and there were about 8 people in front of us. Luckily, we came as a couple because the first step is to "check in" on the second floor, then go upstairs and "take a number". My wife waited in line while I snuck upstairs and snagged a number. Due to that little manoeuvre, we got #4 instead of 8 or 9. Based on what happened once we got upstairs, I'd say we saved about 40 minutes by doing that. Not huge, I guess, but worth it. There's Tip #1,

They collected our documents first, then asked us to wait around a while. We sat there for about 30 minutes. They then gave us a payment slip which we had to take to the cashier and settle up. Then we came back up and showed the receipt. We waited again for about 20 minutes.

We were called to the interview window and the guy was actually amazingly friendly and cordial. He was laughing and joking... It was actually about as nice as I imagine such a thing could possible be. He asked how we met. That's it. Nothing else. We prepared a bunch of stuff to show him, but he didn't ask. We said, "we have some photos if you want to see", to which he replied, "I don't need to, but I guess I'll take a look." He just looked at them and smiled like as if we were friends.

Anyway, the whole affair was concluded by 9:00 and we walked out of there smiling.

Best of luck to all!

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