Q: Can I request an emergency notarial service at the Embassy?
A : No, notarial services are provided by appointment only. Notarial needs are not considered to be an emergency. If you arrive at the Embassy for a notarial service without an appointment, you will not be allowed to enter.
Q: Where can I get the notary forms? I would like to fill it out in advance.
Q: What is the processing time for getting my documents notarized?
A: As long as you have the documents in good order, the notary seal will be provided at the end of the interview.
Q: Can I get fingerprints and FBI background check apostille service at the U.S. Embassy?
A: Unfortunately the embassy cannot assist with obtaining criminal background checks. You can get a copy of your FBI record by submitting a written request to the Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) website.
The Korean National Police Agency informed the U.S. Embassy that many larger police stations in Korea should be able to provide fingerprint services without charge. Please call your local police station to verify hours and procedures. You may have to go to another police station if your local police station does not have the necessary equipment or staffing. Alternatively, a good resource for fingerprints is the local immigration office in your city/region or the nearest local government office (“gu” office). Please visit the Korean National Police Agency’s official website to find a local police station closest to your residence.
Please refer to the CJIS website for information on how to obtain an apostille on your FBI background check.
Q: Can the embassy help me to get an apostille or authentication of my academic records?
A: No. Effective January 1, 1983, the U.S. Department of State and our embassies and consulates abroad ceased to authenticate or apostille academic credentials, transcripts or degrees.
You may wish to contact the Korean-American Educational commission (한미교육위원단) to see if they can verify accreditation of a U.S. college or university 미국 대학 (인가대학 조회). Please note that the Korean-American Educational commission will not be able to authenticate your academic records.
Q: I need to get my Korean document apostilled, how do I get an apostille for my Korean document?
A: Korean documents can be apostilled at the Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Korean Apostille Issuing Authority. Please contact the Korean Apostille Issuing Authority directly for guidance.
Q: What do I need to bring in order to get documents notarized?
A: Please bring a valid photo ID along with the documents after you make an appointment with us.
Q: Can I get a certificate or proof of residency at the Embassy?
A: There is no such document to prove one’s residency but there is an affidavit form you can fill out when you visit our office. Please note however, that the U.S. Embassy is not in a position to verify the statement you make or the information in any attached document. Only the identity of the individual making the statement is being confirmed. The cost is $50 per notary service. Please visit our website to make an appointment and for further information.
Q: I changed my name. Can I get a certificate or proof that my two names belong to the same person?
A: There is no such document to prove that one’s name has changed and that they are the same person, but there is an affidavit form you can fill out when you visit our office. Please note however, that the U.S. Embassy is not in a position to verify the statement you make or the information in any attached document. Only the identity of the individual making the statement is being confirmed. The cost is $50 per notary. Please visit our website to make an appointment and for further information.
Q: I am trying to obtain an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) for my foreign-born spouse so we can file our taxes with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The IRS form states that I need a certified copy of my spouse’s foreign passport. Can the U.S. Embassy do this for me?
A: Yes, the U.S. Embassy can certify copies of foreign passports for the purpose of obtaining an ITIN. Please make an appointment for notarial services on our website. You should bring the IRS form, passport and any other supporting documents to the appointment.