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Thomas W

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    Pisgah Forest
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    North Carolina

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    K-1 Visa
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    Texas Service Center
  • Local Office
    Charlotte NC
  • Country
    South Korea

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  1. Alright! This will be my last documentation post for this forum because we finished everything. We got approved after her interview, which was May 9! (We found an earlier option than June 12, luckily). Medical Exam was easy but expensive. You will receive a packet in the mail several days after your exam. This includes a sealed envelope, which you should not open. Bring this to your Visa interview. The Visa interview was difficult. Because the appointment was 7:30AM and my fiance lives far from SH, we got an AirBnB close to the embassy. She came the previous day to Seoul. At the interview, we had some trouble. Because of our unique immigration background, the officer asked many questions. SH (my fiance) accidentally stayed too long in the USA one time. He definitely mentioned this, and she was honest when he asked. Her overstay was less than 3 months, so it didn't prevent our approval. Second, I (we) don't have enough money for sponsorship for now (I just finished grad school last year). My Mom agreed to co-sponsor. The officer didn't care much about my finances, but carefully reviewed my mother's. Also, he didn't care about three years of tax information--just last year. So, most of my documents were useless. His only other questions were about the relationship history, like "how did you meet?" and start dating, etc. Basically, his job to make sure about the relationship, and that there is enough financial support. He will identify any weak area and ask about it. My fiancé and I definitely have a trickier history than many people, and we got approved too. So, good luck, take a deep breath, and the interview will be finished within 10 minutes! I'm happy to answer questions if you have any, but my using this website will start to reduce for now. Good luck everyone!
  2. Last quick post: For my i-134 packet (sponsor), I had to include co-sponsor. I did very safe preparation, so we had: 3 letters (Intention to Marry, Statement of Financial Viability, and a letter from my co-sponsor) 3 years tax returns for sponsor (including tax transcripts) 3 years tax returns for co-sponsor (including tax transcripts) Evidence of on-going relationship: bank statements, photos, flight ticket, AirBnB reservation, emails, texts, phone calls, gifts). I even did a Vimeo videos page. It was over-prepared, but that's my style. I recommend people to use tax transcripts, because it condenses a 20 page tax return into 3 pages. They can be found at: https://www.irs.gov/individuals/get-transcript If the electronic verification works, you can get them instantly. Otherwise, you will have to wait 2 weeks for a letter giving you an access code for the e-transcripts. Or, you can just request a paper copy. Ok I think that's my last post for a while. Good luck all!
  3. Here is a picture of our Police Certificate. Very straightforward actually. Note that the Purpose of Reference says "For permission of foreign country immigration and stay."
  4. Here are the main documents Seunghyean had to collect. The Korean embassy information is very good. https://kr.usembassy.gov/wp-content/uploads/sites/75/K1.pdf I will make some comments on some of the documents. DS-160 Confirmation Page: See my previous posting. Police Certificate: We found that there is a new option for the police certificate that many older websites don't mention. At the national police station, there is a short paper application form. You can request "For permission of foreign country immigration and stay". If you really want to be careful, just make sure that it will include Criminal Records and also 실효된 형 등 포함 which is Lapsed Records. I will post a photo of our results, below. Instructions for police certificate: http://www.ustraveldocs.com/kr/kr-iv-policerecords.asp Basic Birth Certificate (기본증명서) and Family Relation Certificate (가족관계증명서) with English translation: Very simple to get, from the Family Court. 7 new passport-style photos (2"x2" or 50mmx50mm): Don't wear glasses. 5 for medical, 2 for Visa interview. Electronic Payment for Visa Fee: Most people use Citibank in-person. We tried the Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) option, which worked well. This will just be from your bank's website. The confusing part is that the recipient name is very long. (BANA SEL re Stanley US visaCol SFA). It will not all fit in the online EFT form. That's ok, just put as much as you can. We called the embassy to double check this. Our bank had space for 20 characters, but the name is 34 characters. Here is the link for EFT instructions: http://www.ustraveldocs.com/kr/kr-niv-eft240.asp If you prefer Citibank in person, it is here: http://www.ustraveldocs.com/kr_kr/kr-depositslip.html?amount=265&country=korea&visaClass=K Vaccinations: Seunghyean had to get several vaccines. Start EARLY on this (months before your medical appointment) just in case you need vaccines. For example the Varicella vaccine requires two doses, which are 2 months apart. Here is a long list of vaccines. Many of these are given in a combo dose. (e.g. TDap and MMR). Probably you don't need all of these, but we aren't sure yet. https://kr.usembassy.gov/wp-content/uploads/sites/75/2016/08/Vaccination.pdf Medical Exam: We haven't done this yet, but I *think* you have to schedule your Visa interview, then you can get the medical appointment. Visa Interview: We haven't scheduled yet, but here is the website. Be careful because now you have to choose Immigrant Visa for this step if you are K-1. Instructions: http://www.ustraveldocs.com/kr/kr-niv-appointmentschedule.asp Scheduling: https://cgifederal.secure.force.com/?language=English&country=Korea GOOD LUCK!
  5. Another update on the timing of the process: NVC sent our packet to Seoul on Tuesday April 2. There was a mistake and the packet went to Puerto Rico, but it arrived to Seoul on Monday April 8. The embassy sent me (Sponsor) the Packet 3 email on Friday April 12. I had to forward the email to Seunghyean. This email only had links. We got the documents at https://kr.usembassy.gov/visas/immigrant-visas/packet3-k/ This is actual link they sent me. I have seen several people who scheduled the interview before they received Packet 3, but the embassy discourages this and told us "please wait until you receive the email." So we waited. But now, the next interview date is June 12. We will try to find a closer interview. Seunghyean will call tomorrow (Monday). I post a document update, below.
  6. Alright Atya, Seoul finally received our packet! But we haven't been contacted yet. Did you have any luck with Canadian police certificate?
  7. Alright the package from April 2 finally arrived to Seoul (after accidentally getting shipped to San Juan, Puerto Rico.) We're awaiting contact. I wonder how they will reach out...
  8. OMG BRANDON! yes, finally. Did you get the letter, or call? Congrats Marla! Thank God. I'm glad several folks are getting good news today.
  9. Also, I just checked the DHL update. It looks like San Juan, Puerto Rico now has our documents,😟. "Shipment arrived at incorrect facility. Sent to correct destination" *fingers crossed*
  10. Hi Atya, it sounds to me like you will have to get this, but I am not expert. The language from Seoul embassy says "Police certificates from other countries are also required if your stay was for 12 months or more after age 16." (italics and bold are mine). However, you can call the embassy if you want, to double check. Also, I am working through the Seoul embassy for my K1. They should receive my documents from NVC tomorrow. Come over to the Korea sub-forum I started, if you want. Let's at least stay in touch. Good luck! https://www.visajourney.com/forums/topic/702177-s-korea-interview-document-preparation-questions/
  11. http://www.dhl.com/en/express/tracking/shippers_reference.html 1. Shipper's Reference #: EXP 02 APR 2019A 2. The dates should cover April 2 and 3. 3. Leave Account Number blank. 4. Pick your Shipping Destination. 5. Push Track
  12. Hmm mine shows 2 pieces. Interesting. Ann&Mike only showed one.
  13. Yep mine just showed up on DHL a few minutes ago. It says they picked it up 1:47PM local time.
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