South Korea - USCIS Seoul Field Office

Effective September 1, 2019, the USCIS Seoul Field Office will no longer process Form N-400, Form N-600, or Form N-600K for overseas military personnel and qualified family members. As of the effective date, the Guam Field Office will assume responsibility for these cases. Officers from the Guam Field Office will travel to Asia Pacific locations as necessary.

New Cases Filed After Seoul Field Office Closure:

Please review the USCIS filing instructions on our website located at www.uscis.gov/n-400 and www.uscis.gov/n-600 and www.uscis.gov/n-600k.  You must file these forms with the appropriate USCIS Lockbox facilities.

Cases Currently Pending with the USCIS Seoul Field Office:

The USCIS Seoul Field Office may not be able to complete adjudication of pending Form N-400, Form N-600, and Form N-600K applications for overseas military personnel and qualified family members. Those cases have been transferred to the Guam Field Office to complete processing.  

USCIS will issue a Form I-797C, Notice of Action for cases that have been transferred to the Guam Field Office. Please refer to the Notice of Action for additional information or contact the Guam Field Office by email at guamoverseasmilnatz@uscis.dhs.gov.

USCIS has a toll-free military help line, 877-CIS-4MIL (877-247-4645), TTY (800) 877-8339 and e-mail address at militaryinfo@uscis.dhs.gov exclusively for current members of the military and their families as well as veterans. Our representatives are available to answer calls Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Central), excluding federal holidays.

Members of the U.S. armed forces and their families stationed in the U.S. or overseas may access the help line using the toll-free number through their base telephone operator or using the Defense Switched Network (DSN).

Landmark in South KoreaUSCIS Closes the Seoul Field Office

USCIS permanently closed its field office in Seoul, South Korea, on Sept. 30, 2019.  The office began redirecting Forms I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, to the USCIS Lockbox on Aug. 16, 2019. The U.S. embassy in Seoul will assume responsibility for certain limited services previously provided by USCIS to individuals residing in South Korea (see table below).

Beginning after Aug. 16, 2019, individuals who were previously assisted by the USCIS Seoul Field Office (which includes individuals residing in Korea and Japan) must follow the instructions listed in the table below:

General information about the U.S. Embassy Seoul is available on the embassy website. You may also contact the embassy by calling 82-2-397-4114 or by mailing:

U.S. Embassy Seoul
188 Sejong-daero, Jongno-gu
Seoul, Korea

 

Service/Form Filing Instructions

Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative

File your petition by mail with the USCIS Dallas Lockbox. You can find additional filing information on the Form I-130 web page.

The U.S. Embassy in Seoul may accept Form I-130 filed by a qualified U.S. military service member for any immediate relative case, when the active duty military service member is stationed permanently at a military base in Korea.  This exception does not apply to service members assigned to non-military bases, such as embassies or civilian institutions, or to service members on temporary duty orders.  To make an appointment to file Form I-130 at the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, please visit the embassy’s website.

USCIS may authorize the Department of State to accept a petition filed with a U.S. embassy or consulate in some other limited circumstances (PDF, 61 KB).  To request to file Form I-130 at the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, please visit the embassy’s website.

Form I-360, Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special Immigrant (for Widow(er) petitions only) 

If you are a widow(er) of a U.S. citizen, please see the Form I-360, Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special Immigrant page for the most current filing instructions. 

You may file your Form I-360 at the U.S. embassy or consulate that has jurisdiction over the area where you live.

Form I-131A, Application for Travel Document (Carrier Documentation)

Beginning Nov 1, 2019, if you are a lawful permanent resident (LPR) who has lost your LPR card and/or reentry permit and you need travel documentation to return to the U.S., you can file your Form I-131A with any U.S. embassy consular section.

Form I-407, Record of Abandonment of Lawful Permanent Resident Status

Submit your Form I-407 to the USCIS Eastern Forms Center.  You can find additional filing information on the Form I-407 web page.

In very rare circumstances, a U.S. embassy or U.S. consulate may allow you to submit a Form I-407 in person if you need immediate proof that you have abandoned your lawful permanent resident status.  The most common need for an expedited application is to apply for an A or G visa.

Form I-730, Refugee/Asylee Relative Petition

You must file your petition with the USCIS Nebraska or Texas Service Centers, depending on where the petitioner lives in the United States.

For beneficiary interviews/processing, contact the U.S. embassy consular section in the country where the beneficiary resides.

Form N-400, Application for Naturalization

If you are a member of the U.S. military stationed overseas, please see the Form N-400, Application for Naturalization, page or call (877-247-4645 ), TTY (800) 877-8339 for the most current filing instructions.  For qualified children of active-duty service members stationed abroad, the proper form to file is the N-600K, Application for Citizenship and Issuance of Certificate Under Section 322.

N-600K, Application for Citizenship and Issuance of Certificate Under Section 322.

For qualified children of active-duty service members stationed abroad, the proper form to file is the N-600K, Application for Citizenship and Issuance of Certificate Under Section 322.  

Form I-600A, Application for Advance Processing of an Orphan Petition

You must file your Form I-600A application by mail with USCIS lockbox facility in Dallas. The USCIS National Benefits Center will process the application.  You may find additional information on the Form I-600A webpage.

Form I-600, Petition to Classify Orphan as an Immediate Relative

You may file your Form I-600 petition:

  • By mail with the USCIS lockbox facility in Dallas and the USCIS National Benefits Center will process the petition, or
  • In-person with the appropriate U.S. embassy or consulate in the adoptive child’s country of origin (if certain criteria are met).

You may find updated information on the Republic of Korea Country Information page and the Form I-600 webpage on the USCIS website.

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