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US Immigration Update: On October 2, 2020 the U.S.C.I.S. will implement new increases for many Immigration applications and benefits. All applicants who want to apply for the following application types and benefits will see a dramatic increase in fees.

All applications postmarked on or after October 2, 2020 will cost you hundreds or thousands in extra fees. See the chart below to see the differences in the current vs new fees.

Current vs New Fee Increases

Form #Immigration ApplicationCurrent FeesNew FeesExtra Fees% Increase
N-400U.S. Citizenship$640$1,170$530+83%
I-130/I-485Family Green Cards$1,760$2,860$1,100+62%
I-751Petition to Remove Conditions$595$760$165+28%
I-765Employment Authorization (EAD) - (Non-DACA)$410$550$140+34%

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South Korea - Seoul Field Office

Service Area

The Seoul Field Office has jurisdiction over immigration benefits for Korea and Japan.

Street Address
United States Embassy
Third Floor, Window #3
32 Sejong-no, Jongno-gu
Seoul, 110-710 Korea
Mailing Address from the US
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
U.S. Department of State
2500 Johannesburg Street
Washington, D.C. 20521-2500
CONGEN USDHS/CIS
Mailing Address from Outside the US
Field Office Director
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
c/o American Embassy
Unit 15550
APO-AP 96205-5550
Express Mail Address
Field Office Director
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
c/o American Embassy
32 Sejong-no, Jongno-gu
Seoul, 110-710, South Korea

Office Location

We are located in downtown Seoul, near City Hall, directly across from the Sejong Cultural Center, and adjacent to the Korea Telecom and Kyobo Life Insurance Buildings. Please use the public entrance access.

Hours of Operation

The office is open to the public Monday through Friday from 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM and from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM. The office is closed on Korean and American holidays.

Phone, Fax Numbers and E-mail

Phone

For general inquiries in Korean or English,

(822) 397-4282 or (822) 397-4548
(within Korea)

11-822-397-4282 or 11-822-397-4548
(from the United States)

Fax

For specific case inquiries
(822) 720-7419.

Visiting the office in person

Appointments:

Appointments are necessary and have priority over walk-ins. Walk-ins appointments for I-130 petitions are allowed only for emergency reasons.

Walk-ins:

General Inquiries are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Email inquiries are preferred and USCIS Seoul can be contacted at CIS-Seoul.Inquiries@dhs.gov

Public Transportation

By Bus - Take Numbers 83, 28, 136, 8, 6, 59, 23, 5, 38 that stop near the Embassy. Get off at the Kyobo Building Stop or the Korean Telecom Building Stop. (The bus schedule subject to change.)

By Subway - Take Line #5 and get off at the Kwanghamun Station.

Parking & Handicap Accessibility

  • Parking - Parking is available near the building, but not within the Embassy compound.
  • Handicap Accessibility - Accessibility for individuals with special needs is available.

Paying Fees

Fees for applications and petitions are listed in the Forms section of the USCIS website. Payment may be made with Won or U.S. dollars, and postal money orders. Proper identification, a local address, or a telephone number may be requested for money orders. Certified checks are not accepted. The Embassy cashier will not accept personal checks.

Forms

Immigration forms are available under the Forms section of the USCIS website.

Visas

For in-depth information about visas, please check the Visa Services section of the U.S. Department of State website.

Form I-130

U.S. citizens that reside locally may file an Immediate Relative Immigrant Petition at the USCIS Seoul Field Office. However, they must first schedule an appointment to file the petition at 02-397-4548 or via email at CIS-Seoul.Inquiries@dhs.gov. We do not accept applications by mail.

There are three types of petitions that are commonly filed at this office

  • for spouses and children of U.S. citizens
  • for spouses and children of lawful permanent residents in the U.S. military
  • for parents of U.S. citizens.

Please see the section "Information on Filing I-130 Petitions in Korea" near the bottom of the web page for additional information.

Form N-400

U.S. immigration offices overseas do not accept or adjudicate Naturalization applications. We are unable to receive or process naturalization applications from U.S. Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs) living overseas. See the Citizenship section of the USCIS website for Naturalization eligibility criteria and the proper filing procedures.

EXCEPTION: Certain Active Duty Military members, Spouses of Active Duty Military, and Children of Active Duty Military can be naturalized overseas. However, the applications should be filed with the Nebraska Service Center. Inquiries regarding military naturalization can be made to CIS-Seoul.Natz@dhs.gov.

Form I-131 Parole

The Seoul Field Office does not issue Humanitarian Parole. Individuals must apply for Humanitarian parole by submitting their applications to:

For US Postal Service (USPS) Deliveries

USCIS Dallas Lockbox
USCIS
PO Box 660865
Dallas, TX. 75266

For Express mail and courier deliveries:

USCIS
Attn: HP
2501 S. State Hwy 121,
Business Suite 400
Lewisville, TX 75067

Instructions on how to file an application for Humanitarian Parole are located on Form I-131.

Form I-131 Re-entry

The Seoul Field Office does not issue or extend Re-Entry Permits. Instructions on how to obtain or replace a Re-Entry Permit can be found in the How Do I Get A Travel Document section on the USCIS website.

Re-Entry Permits (Form I-131) must be filed while the applicant is physically present in the United States. Re-Entry Permits may not be filed overseas.

Transportation Boarding Letters

Transportation Letters are issued by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). For transportation letter inquiries, please e-mail CBP at CBP.Seoul.Inquiries@cbp.dhs.gov and phone number (02) 397-4973.

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