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hallabong



Joined: 29 Jun 2011

PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2012 9:49 pm    Post subject: US tourist visa for Koreans Reply with quote

Does anyone know how long it takes for the American embassy in Seoul to process a tourist visa for a Korean? When I called the embassy they said one should allow at least three months for the visa process. I was hoping for something a little more specific. If anyone has any experience with this let me know.

I realize Korea is part of the visa-waiver program, but this trip will be for longer than the 90 day limit allowed under the visa-waiver program.
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ttompatz



Joined: 05 Sep 2005
Location: Kwangju, South Korea

PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2012 10:12 pm    Post subject: Re: US tourist visa for Koreans Reply with quote

hallabong wrote:
Does anyone know how long it takes for the American embassy in Seoul to process a tourist visa for a Korean? When I called the embassy they said one should allow at least three months for the visa process. I was hoping for something a little more specific. If anyone has any experience with this let me know.

I realize Korea is part of the visa-waiver program, but this trip will be for longer than the 90 day limit allowed under the visa-waiver program.


3-5 months.

Easier to fly out to a non-NAFTA country (weekend in the Caribbean or Costa Rica) and return on a new 90-day stamp.

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hallabong



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2012 10:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks ttompatz. That makes much more sense than dealing with the tourist visa. Going to Costa Rica for a week was part of the plan, but I was originally under the impression that the 90 days does not reset unless the person returns to his home country. I guess I was misinformed.
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Lazio



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2012 11:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That might not work.
I know a couple of people were told by the immigration officer at the point of entry that on ESTA one can stay 90 days in the USA out of 180 days.
In other words; if you stay for a month, leave and re-enter again it shouldn’t be a problem. But once you use all 90 days at once and leave than you won’t be able to go back for 3 months.
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valkerie



Joined: 02 Mar 2007
Location: Busan

PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2012 8:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jumping in here to avoid clutter.... anyone know how long the visa will take for a Brit? I usually use the ESTA thing but can't this time as want to enter the country by boat.

It is pretty urgent so months = not worth the effort/cash. Thanks.
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bucheon bum



Joined: 16 Jan 2003
Location: DC area

PostPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2012 9:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lazio wrote:
That might not work.
I know a couple of people were told by the immigration officer at the point of entry that on ESTA one can stay 90 days in the USA out of 180 days.
In other words; if you stay for a month, leave and re-enter again it shouldn’t be a problem. But once you use all 90 days at once and leave than you won’t be able to go back for 3 months.


yeah, us immigration is anal. Tom's idea works in sensible places in the world but not when it comes to US immigration.

Costa Rica might cut it, but a trip to the Caribbean will not.


state dept. website
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