I Have My Visa!

Okay. I won’t keep you all in suspense any longer. I haven’t posted since my Notice of Appointment was on the way. I am going to Busan! Once I received my NOA, I waited a while before heading to Atlanta to get my visa. The process went smoothly. Except, I do have some advice for people who are getting their visa for Korea in Atlanta. The office closes for lunch from noon to 1:30 p.m. So, if you get there at noon or 12:01, you will have to return when they re-open. The offices closes for the day at 5 p.m.

How Long Does it Take to Receive Your Visa?

I called my visa office to find out what I needed to bring and how long it will take to get the visa. I was sent a list of documents and the visa office sent me about three forms to complete. I was told that I would have my visa the next day if I turned everything in in-person before noon. If you do not arrive before noon, it may take two days, as it did in my case. I turned in my paperwork on a Monday afternoon, and was told to pick up my visa after 2 p.m. on Wednesday. Parking at the Atlanta office can range from $6 to $10 (or maybe even more). I paid $6 to park one day and $10 to pick up the visa. I could have found another parking garage, I suppose, but I hate driving around Atlanta looking for the spot. Contact the Consulate for directions, if Atlanta is close to you. I was e-mailed directions and even I didn’t get lost.

What am I Doing Now to Prepare?
I had my 20th high school reunion in Miami, and I had the chance to say goodbye to my high school friends in my hometown. How cool is that? I am also in the process of packing and will soon purchase my ticket. I’m extremely excited about the trip. I’m trying to relax, though. What’s going on with you?

5 comments

  • imkaereie

    I am going to Busan too! I just got my Visa yesterday.

    do you have an email or a facebook? I’d love to talk to you about what you are packing, etc. But I guess I will see you at the orientation!

  • I have my visa, I’m heading to Gyeongsangnam-do.

    Now it’s starting to sink in (eek)!

    See you at the orientation on 19/August. 😉

  • This is great information, thank you for sharing! I applied for the EPIK program starting Feb 2010 and will be interviewing after October 1st. I’ll continue to check back as you document your progress in the program!

  • magnolia

    Hi there! I discovered your blog while doing research about teaching EFL in Korea. I’m a second-year M.A. student right now, and I’m hoping to secure a job in Korea and begin teaching next August. I thought I’d say hello as I’m definitely going to become a regular reader of your blog. I also want to go to the Busan area, and if I get accepted, I’ll be going through the process in Atlanta like you 🙂

  • Twinkle

    Hi I have also applied for the EPIK program starting Feb 2010 and I have found this blog to be excellent in informing me of what is to come. I will continue to read you blog hope you enjoy it!

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