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August 30, 2021

As of August 30, 2021, the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo has resumed routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa services for all visa categories . 

As of August 30, 2021, the U.S. Consulate General in Osaka and U.S. Consulate General in Fukuoka have resumed routine nonimmigrant visa services for all visa categories.

As of November 24, 2020, the U.S. Consulate General in Sapporo has resumed routine nonimmigrant visa services for all visa categories except B visas. 

As of July 12, 2021, the U.S. Consulate General in Naha has resumed K Fiancé(e) visas , certain immigrant visa services including IR1, IR2, CR1, and CR2. and certain nonimmigrant visas services including Student visas (F/M) and Exchange Visitor visas (J).

While the Embassy and Consulates aim to process cases as soon as practicable, there is likely to be increased wait times for completing such services due to substantial backlogs. If you have an urgent matter and need to travel immediately, please follow the guidance provided online here to request an emergency appointment.

The U.S. Mission to Japan understands that many visa applicants have paid the visa application processing fee and are still waiting to schedule a visa appointment. We are working diligently to restore all routine visa operations as quickly and safely as possible. In the meantime, rest assured that the U.S. Mission will extend the validity of your payment (known as the MRV fee) until September 30, 2022, to allow all applicants who were unable to schedule a visa appointment as a result of the suspension of routine consular operations an opportunity to schedule and/or attend a visa appointment with the already paid fee. Please continue to monitor this site for information on when we will return to routine visa operations.

For more information about visa processing and Presidential Proclamations, please see travel.state.gov.