Suspension of Routine Visa Services

On Thursday, March 19, the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, Korea has suspended routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa appointments.
If you have a visa interview appointment scheduled on or after March 19, your visa appointment has been cancelled. Do not come to your previously scheduled appointment. We will resume routine visa services as soon as possible but we are unable to provide a specific date at this time. If you have previously attended a visa interview, but your case was refused for additional information, please submit the requested information so that we can continue to process your application.

Although in-person visa appointments are cancelled, visa application fees are valid for one year from the date of payment and applicants will be able to reschedule once visa services resume.

If you have a uniquely urgent need to travel to the United States immediately, you may apply for an emergency visa interview appointment, please visit our website at https://www.ustraveldocs.com/kr/kr-niv-expeditedappointment.asp. Please note that our ability to process visas requiring an in-person interview will be extremely limited. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your understanding. 


On January 31, 2020, a new Presidential Proclamation (“Presidential Proclamation 9983”) was issued which added to the ongoing travel restrictions of P.P. 9645 by expanding them to the nationals of six additional countries.  The restrictions only apply to immigrant visas and/or diversity visas, not nonimmigrant visas.  More information is available at this link.


Urgent information for visa applicants regarding novel coronavirus:

Entry of foreign nationals who were physically present within the following list of countries within 14 days preceding their entry or attempted entry into

  • The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, excluding overseas territories outside of Europe;
  • The Republic of Ireland;
  • The 26 countries that comprise the Schengen Area (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland)
  • The Islamic Republic of Iran;
  • The People’s Republic of China, not including the Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macau

There are certain exceptions to the suspension of entry, including exceptions for U.S. lawful permanent residents and certain family members of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents, among other exceptions listed in the proclamations. If you reside in, have traveled recently to, or intend to transit or travel through any of the above listed countries prior to your planned trip to the United States, we recommend you postpone your visa interview appointment until 14 days subsequent to your departure from the subject country(ries). Additionally, if you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, or believe you may have been exposed to the novel coronavirus, you are strongly encouraged to postpone your appointment by at least 14 days. There is no fee to change an appointment and visa application fees are valid for one year in the country where the fee was paid. For questions about rescheduling a pending consular appointment, please contact us at https://www.ustraveldocs.com/kr/kr-main-contactus.asp for specific guidance.



Due to the outbreak of COVID-19,  until further notice, all deliveries to Daegu effective March 4, 2020, will be re-routed to the courier vendor, Ilyang’s pickup location at Daegu for pickup by applicants having a document delivery address in Daegu. When you receive an email notification that your passport is ready for collection, please go to the mentioned Ilyang’s pickup location at Daegu to pick up your passport.



Applicants visiting the Embassy will be allowed to check in one cell phone and one set of electronic car keys before entering the building. No other devices will be permitted, and the Embassy has no capacity to store them.  Please leave these items at home or make arrangements for their storage before arriving for your appointment. For more information, please click here.


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Welcome to the U.S. Visa Information Service for South Korea. On this website you can find information about U.S. immigrant and nonimmigrant visas and the requirements to apply for each. You can also learn how to pay the required visa application fee, and book an interview appointment at the U.S. Embassy in Seoul.

This is the official visa information website of the U.S. Mission in South Korea.