I’m having a heck of a time getting an overseas visa for the move to Japan. Luckily there is only a 4 week turn around time once I get all my documents turned in, which is a good thing because I’m about to make my 3rd or 4th trip.
So, to get an overseas visa as a spouse, you will need:
1. Your military dependent ID card
2. Your marriage license (the official copy with the raised seal or stamp)
3. Your current passport, if you have one
4. A form from your spouse’s command (the legal officer will know what to do)
5. A print-out of a new passport application (don’t pay for it online! Opt to pay in person – the Navy doesn’t make you pay for it)
6. Your birth certificate
7. Your social security card
8. A new passport photo
You must hand-in the form from the command within 30 days of it being created, and it’s good to basically go immediately to the visa office, just in case anything is incorrect on the form. The first time or two that I went, my form was filled-out incorrectly. Today, when I finally had the form filled-out correctly, they turned me away because it was, literally, 31 days since the form had been created. I didn’t know about the 30 day rule, so I was super frustrated when I left.
Also keep in mind that there is not a visa office on every base. I have to drive 45min away to go to the visa office, so I’ve basically spent about 4.5hrs so far just driving to and from the visa office. Once again, I don’t know how spouses who are married take care of all this stuff. Our visa office is only open from 8:30am to 4pm 4 days of the week. It’s absurd.
You will have to leave either your current passport or your birth certificate with the office people for the 4 weeks of processing, which makes me very nervous!
So, good luck if you’re trying to get an overseas visa to move with your spouse overseas! I think that it’s totally possible to get one the first time you go, but make sure that you have ALL the correct documents.