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Effective immediately until December 31, 2022, citizens of Japan applying for F, M, or academic J visas, may apply for a visa by mail without an in-person interview. First-time and returning applicants are eligible if they meet the following requirements.

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Visa Waiver ProgramThe Visa Waiver Program (VWP) enables nationals of certain countries to travel to the United States for tourism or business (visitor visa purposes) for stays of 90 days or less without obtaining a visa. Not all countries participate in the VWP, and not all travelers from VWP countries are eligible to use the program. SEE MOREApply for ESTA VWP travelers are required to apply for authorization though the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) prior to their travel to the United States.SEE MOREVWP/ESTA Frequently Asked QuestionsFrequently asked questions about the Visa Waiver Program and ESTA application process. SEE MORE

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Diplomatic/Official/Government-Sponsored J visasDetailed instructions for diplomats and government officials (A visas), employees of international organizations (G visas), and participants in government sponsored exchange programs (with program numbers starting with G-1, G-2, G-3, or G-7 on Form DS-2019). SEE MORETreaty Trader and Treaty Investor VisasTreaty Trader (E-1) and Treaty Investor (E-2) visas are available for citizens of countries with which the United States maintains treaties of commerce and navigation, including Japan, who work for companies that trade or invest in the United States. SEE MOREStudent, Employment-based, and other VisasComplete information on applying for a U.S. nonimmigrant visa, including a directory of nonimmigrant visa categories. SEE MOREVisa Status Check OnlineApplicants for nonimmigrant visas may check the status of their visa cases online. All DS-160 forms created within the past year are available in the online CEAC Status Check.SEE MORENonimmigrant Visa FAQFrequently asked questions on nonimmigrant visas.SEE MORE

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Family-Based ImmigrationU.S. citizens may sponsor their spouses, minor children, adult sons and daughters, parents, and siblings. U.S. lawful permanent residents may sponsor their spouses, minor children, and adult sons and daughters. SEE MOREFiancé(e) VisasThe K-1 visa permits a foreign-citizen fiancé(e) to travel to the United States and marry his or her U.S. citizen sponsor within 90 days of arrival.SEE MORE Employment-Based, Diversity, and Other Immigrant VisasComplete information on applying for an immigrant visa, including employment-based immigration and diversity visasSEE MOREReturning Resident Visas (SB-1)A U.S. lawful permanent resident (LPR) who has remained outside the United States for longer than one year (sometimes shorter for conditional residents) or beyond the validity period of a Re-entry Permit must obtain a new immigrant visa to re-enter the United States and resume permanent residence.SEE MOREVisa Status Check OnlineApplicants for immigrant and K visas may check the status of their visa cases online.SEE MOREImmigrant Visa FAQsFrequently asked questions on immigrant visas.SEE MORE

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Maintaining Permanent Resident StatusU.S. Immigration law presumes that a person admitted to the United States as an immigrant will live in the United States permanently. Remaining outside the United States for more than 12 months may result in a loss of lawful permanent resident status.SEE MOREConditional ResidentsYou are a conditional resident if you immigrated to the United States as the spouse of a U.S. citizen before the second anniversary of your marriage, or as the stepchild of a U.S. citizen before the second anniversary of the marriage between your non-U.S. citizen parent and your U.S. citizen stepparent. Special rules apply to conditional residents. SEE MORE Re-entry Permit Receipt Status CheckLawful permanent residents may request USCIS to send their re-entry permits to the Embassy in Tokyo or the Consulates in Sapporo, Osaka, Fukuoka, or Naha. SEE MORELost or Stolen Green CardsIf your Green Card has been lost, stolen, or destroyed, you may be able to obtain a “Boarding Foil” to facilitate your return to the United States. SEE MOREAbandoning Lawful Permanent Resident Status (I-407)USCIS provides information about how to abandon your lawful permanent resident status by filing Form I-407. SEE MORELawful Permanent Resident Child Born AbroadUnder U.S. immigration regulations, children who meet certain criteria do not need to obtain a visa to immigrate to the United States. SEE MORE

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Contact the Visa UnitEnglish- and Japanese-speaking customer service agents are ready to assist you 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Japan time Monday through Friday. The call center is closed for U.S. and Japanese holidays. SEE MORELost or Stolen Passport or VisaReport a lost or stolen U.S. passports or U.S. visa. SEE MORERequest for Visa CorrectionReport an error or misprint on your U.S. visa. SEE MORECase Status InquirySubmit an inquiry regarding a pending Nonimmigrant or immigrant visa application or a treaty trader/treaty investor E visa company registration request. SEE MORE

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COVID-19 Restrictions on Accessing Consular SectionApplicants entering or returning to Japan from overseas are not eligible to visit the Embassy or Consulates until the quarantine period set by the Japanese government is completed. Additionally, please postpone your appointment if you are sick and/or displaying COVID-like symptoms such as coughing, fever, shortness of breath, etc. or have been exposed to individuals known to have tested positive for COVID-19.Security NoticeThe Embassy/Consulates do NOT store prohibited items for visa applicants. There is no facility at the Embassy/Consulates to store such items, so you must make arrangements to store these items elsewhere before you enter. If you arrive with a prohibited item, you will be turned away and asked to make a new appointment. SEE MOREFace Masks RequiredIndividuals coming to the Embassy/Consulates for consular services are required to wear protective face coverings. Applicants who arrive without their own face covering will not be permitted to enter. Face coverings will not be provided.Office ClosuresThe Embassy/Consulates will close to the public in observance of United States and Japanese holidays. SEE MORE

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Rights and Protections for Temporary WorkersThe pamphlet linked below informs you of your rights as a nonimmigrant visa holder in certain employment- and education-based categories.Select Your PamphletRights and Protections for Immigrant Visa ApplicantsThe pamphlet informs applicants applying for K-1 visas, K-3, IR-1/CR-1 immigrant visas, and F2A immigrant visas of their legal rights relating to domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse.Select Your Pamphlet

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A citizen of a foreign country who seeks to enter the United States generally must first obtain a U.S. visa, which is placed in the traveler’s passport, a travel document issued by the traveler’s country of citizenship or nationality.
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