Apply for a Visa

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View the video below for tips on your DS-160.

 

View the video below for tips on your Visa Fee and SEVIS Fee, and Schedule an Interview Appointment.

 

View the video below for tips on your visa interview.

 

Overview

Please confirm whether or not you need to apply for a visa. You may not need to apply for a new U.S. visa if you already hold a valid U.S. visa or are a national of a Visa Waiver Program participating country.

If you do need to apply for a nonimmigrant visa, please follow the steps below.

How to Apply in Tokyo / Osaka / Naha

Step 1

For Nonimmigrant Visa applicants:

Determine your visa type by reading Common Nonimmigrant Visas. Each visa type explains the qualifications and application items. Choose the visa type that applies to your situation.

Be sure to also review the Visa Waiver Program. If your country participates in the Visa Waiver Program, you do not need to apply for a visa if you are traveling for business or pleasure and will only be staying in the United States for 90 days or less.

Determine if you need to apply in person or via mail. Most applicants require in-person interviews with a U.S. consul when applying for a visa. The applicants below, however, do not require in-person interviews. If you fall into one of these groups, do not continue further and click on the link below.

  • Applicants who renew visas - Click Here
  • Applicants seeking non-immigrant (diplomatic and government official) visas in the following classes: A-1, A-2, C-2, C-3, G-1, G-2, G-3, G-4, NATO-1, NATO-2, NATO-3, NATO-4, NATO-5, or NATO-6 - Click Here
  • Applicants 13 years of age or under or 80 years of age or older on the date of the visa interview – Click Here
Step 2

The next step is to complete the DS-160 form. Be sure to read the Guidelines for Completing the DS-160 Form carefully. All information must be correct and accurate. Once the form is submitted, you cannot make any changes. The call center cannot help you complete your DS-160. You will need your DS-160 number to book your appointment.

You must print and bring a copy of the DS-160 confirmation page together with the supporting documents with you when you attend your interview, or if you are eligible for interview waiver, you must also include a printed copy of the DS-160 confirmation page in the package you send to the Embassy or Consulate together with the supporting documents. If you do not have DS-160 confirmation page and the supporting documents with you during your interview, or in your interview waiver package, your visa application process will be delayed.
Please note that after an applicant has submitted the online DS-160, he/she will receive the DS-160 confirmation page.

Step 3

Once you have determined the correct visa type and completed the DS-160, you must pay the visa fee. The visa fee page lists the visa types and correlating visa fee in US dollars and native currency.

To pay your visa fee, read the Bank and Payment Options page. This page explains how to make your visa fee payment. You must keep your receipt number to book your visa appointment.

Note: Student and Exchange Visitor visa (F/M/J) applicants are required to pay a SEVIS fee. Information here: http://japan2.usembassy.gov/pdfs/wwwf-visa-sevis-fee.pdf

If this is your first time applying for a U.S. Visa, you will need to create a New User. If you are an existing user, login here. Follow the steps required whilst logged into your account until you reach the payment page.

This will start the process for scheduling your appointment. You will need:

  • Information from the biographical page of your passport
  • The twelve (12) digit receipt number (Click here if you need help finding this number.)
  • The ten (10) digit barcode number from your DS-160 confirmation

CAUTION:

  • You must only enter the correct DS-160 confirmation number for your specific visa application. Your visa application will be processed based on this DS160 confirmation number.  Failure to provide the correct number may result in rejection of your visa application and/or cancellation of your visa interview appointment.
  • Correction of the DS160 confirmation number after you have scheduled an appointment is available until two business days before your visa interview. To correct the number, please log in to your profile and select “Update profile” or contact the call center for assistance.

As you go through the process you will be able to select your visa type, enter personal data, add dependents, select your document delivery location, confirm visa payment and finally, schedule your appointment.

Note: Please read conditions regarding Travel Coordinator and Group Appointments as this may apply to you.

Step 4

You are almost ready to schedule your visa appointment!

Now you will need to login to your profile with the same credentials you used to pay your visa fee. Once you are in the system, you will see your dashboard.

Click on Continue on the left-hand side menu.

Please click here to confirm that the address is valid. It may cause delay of delivery if the profile details do not match with your passport. Please review the Track and Retrieve My Passport page in order to ensure your passport is delivered in a timely manner. 

Step 5

Visit the U.S. Embassy or Consulates on the date and time of your visa interview. Be sure to check the Schedule My Appointment page for the necessary documentation needed for your appointment.

For Tokyo, Osaka and Naha bring the necessary documentation on the date and time of you visa interview.

  • A printed copy of your appointment letter
  • Your DS-160 confirmation page
  • One color photograph 2"x2" (5cmx5cm) taken within 6 month against white background (Please attach your photo on the upper left corner of DS-160 confirmation page). This web page has information about the required photo format. *Please note applicants are not permitted to wear eyeglasses in photos.
  • A passport valid for travel to the United States with a validity date at least six months beyond your intended period of stay in the United States (unless country specific agreements provide exemptions). If more than one person is included in your passport, each person desiring a visa must submit an application.
  • Your expired passports issued within the past 10 years

NOTE: Once a visa application is approved, the passport will be normally kept at the embassy or consulate for about 10 days in order to issue a visa. If you know you will need your passport for another purpose, such as traveling abroad, please reschedule your U.S. visa appointment to a date after you return to Japan if possible.

  • Required supporting documents for the type of visa you are applying for listed here
  • English translations must be attached to all documents which are in a foreign language.

Non-Japanese applicants should also bring:

  • Photocopy both sides of the Japanese Alien Registration Card or “Zairyu” card
Step 6

If your visa is approved, the visa will be sent to your designated location selected when you scheduled your appointment. Please review the Track and Retrieve My Passport page in order to ensure your passport is delivered in a timely manner. 

How to Apply in Sapporo / Fukuoka

Step 1 to Step 4

Please click How to Apply in Tokyo / Osaka / Naha.

Step 5

Visit the Consulates on the date and time of your visa interview. Be sure to check the Schedule My Appointment  page for a list of documentation you will need for your appointment.

----- Notice for Sapporo -----

COLD/WINTER WEATHER NOTICE REGARDING LIMITED WAITING ROOM SPACE:  Please note that due to social distancing measures, space inside the consulate waiting room is limited.  If you arrive very early for your appointment, or if there is a service backlog for some reason, you may be requested to wait outside until customers ahead of you exit the waiting room.  While we anticipate these instances will be limited, please come prepared with appropriate outdoor clothing just in case you have to wait outside.

For Sapporo and Fukuoka, please mail the following documentation to the Consulate in a Japan Post Letter Pack. You must mail your documents to the Consulate one week before your visa interview date. Please refer to following for the mailing address.

 

  • Photocopy of the biographical page of the passport (photograph and personal information only)
  • A printed copy of your appointment letter
  • Your DS-160 confirmation page
  • One color photograph 2"x2" (5cmx5cm)  taken against a white background within the last 6 months. Please attach your photo on the upper left corner of the DS-160 confirmation page.  Find more information about the required photo format here. *Please note: eyeglasses are not allowed in photos.
  • Supporting documents for your type of visa according to this guidance. Be aware that different types of visas may require different documents. Please note that although the website states you will need to bring these supporting documents to your interview, we request that you first submit them by mail before your interview. Do NOT send your passport, which you must bring with you on the day of your interview.
  • Attach English translations to all documents written in a foreign language.

Please write your appointment date and time on the back of the letterpack envelope. Applications without all of the above items may not be accepted.

If your appointment date is too close to mail your documents, you may bring your documents to the Consulate immediately prior to your interview.

Addresses
U.S. Consulate General Sapporo
Attn: Visa Service
Kita 1-jo Nishi 28-chome
Chuo-ku, Sapporo 064-0821
U.S. Consulate General Fukuoka
Attn: Visa Service
5-26, Ohori 2-chome
Chuo-ku, Fukuoka 810-0052
Track Application Documents

To track your mailing to the Embassy or Consulate, please keep the peel-off tracking sticker (Sender to Retain) provided on the Letter Pack and use the Track & Trace Service to track your package

Please bring the following  documentation to  your visa interview:

  • Your valid and expired passports issued in the past 10 years
  • Photocopy of both sides of your Japanese Alien Registration or “Zairyu” Card (non-Japanese applicants only)

NOTE: Once a visa application is approved, processing time is at least one week. If you know you will need your passport for another purpose, such as traveling abroad, please reschedule your U.S. visa appointment to a date after your return to Japan.

Step 6

If your visa is approved, the visa will be sent to the location you specified when you scheduled your appointment. Please use the Track and Retrieve My Passport page to ensure your passport is delivered in a timely manner. 

Children's Applications

Parents may apply on behalf of their children who are 13-years-old and under, but they must submit their children’s applications at the time of the parent's visa interview. Furthermore, the child visa applicants must be physically present in Japan. Please note that their children’s information should be added as “Dependent” on the parent’s profile when scheduling an appointment.

If one or both of the parents have already obtained their visas, they may send their children’s applications by mail. Please follow the instructions at Visas for Children and the Elderly.