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Suspension of Routine Visa Services
March 18, 2020

In response to significant worldwide challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo and all Consulates in Japan have suspended routine Nonimmigrant visa and Immigrant visa appointments. Diplomatic/official visa applications and other visa applications that do not require an in-person interview are not affected and will continue to be processed at this time.

We will resume routine visa services as soon as possible but we are unable to provide a specific date at this time. If you have previously attended a visa interview, but your case was refused for additional information, please submit the requested information so that we can continue to process your application.

Although in-person visa appointments are cancelled, visa application fees are valid for one year from the date of payment and applicants will be able to reschedule once visa services resume.

Visa applications that do not require an in-person interview will still be processed. Applicants should check if they are eligible to apply for their visas by mail at the following links:

If you have an urgent need to travel to the United States immediately, please see this online page for detailed guidance on circumstances that may qualify for emergency appointment.

We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your understanding. For updated information, please follow @USVisaTokyo on Twitter.

Please see these notices which contain detailed information about the current status of visa services worldwide and visa restrictions related to the COVID-19 global pandemic at U.S. Department of State website.