What is company registration?
We are required to conduct a detailed review of every company wishing to obtain E visas. This review is carried out through the company registration.
To register your U.S. Company, detailed instructions can be found on our Treaty Traders & Investors Visa Registration webpage.
Processing time for the review of a new treaty trader/investor company takes two to three weeks. Incomplete applications may be subject to processing delays, so please review the listed requirements carefully before submitting your application.
Once the review is completed, applicant will be called in for an interview. Your eligibility to be granted E Visa will be determined at the time of interview. Issuance of E visa to the individual applicant is not guaranteed at this reviewing stage.
You will be contacted by the E Visa Unit for your interview date. Please wait for confirmation of your interview date before coming into the consular section.
After a company is registered, we will add the company’s name to the list of E companies for Japan. Employees of registered companies should apply for E visas following the same procedures as applicants of other visa categories.
Qualified companies will remain on the registry list as long as the companies keep their status as E visa qualified companies, and there is at least one (1) employee holding a current E Visa status.
How long will it take to review a company's registration request?
Processing time for the review of properly filed treaty trader/investor registration applications takes several weeks. Incomplete applications may be subject to processing delays, so please review the listed requirements carefully before submitting your application.
My company is applying for E visa for the first time, and it’s currently under the review. However I have already made an interview appointment. Can I come for an interview on that day?
No. Please wait until you or your company has received confirmation of your interview date from the embassy.
Can I send E visa company registration documents without an individual application?
No. Initial registration applications must be accompanied by an individual application.
Once my company is registered, how long will it take to process my visa?
Please allow at least one (1) week for processing. Visa processing time depends on the case. Some cases may longer to process. In peak summer and winter seasons, processing may take longer, so please plan ahead and apply well in advance of your travel date.
I am in the U.S. Can I send my E visa application to Japan?
We do not accept visa applications from the U.S. If you are in the process of registering your company, the registration documents can be send to us from the U.S. However, you will be required to appear personally for an interview in Japan to apply for your visa.
Currently I am the only E visa holder in the U.S. Office. I intend to revalidate my five year E visa before it expires next month. Am I required to bring an updated Form DS-156E with the most recent tax return to my interview?
We need an updated Form DS-156E that includes the past 3 years of non-consolidated financial statements or tax returns.
For companies that submit applications for multiple employees per year, please only include financial statements or tax returns with one application per year. Ideally, the financial statements would be sent with the first applicant after the financial statements are finalized or the tax returns are filed. Please be advised that we only accept individual financial statements only. Individual financial statements should not include the accounts of other U.S. entities (subsidiaries/ affiliates/ branch offices) in the U.S.
Please also be advised that form DS-156E should be created for each applicant and must be accurate and current. Please see this link for information about how to fill out DS-156E (PDF 225KB) for details.
For supplemental documents, please refer to Visa Application for Registered Company.
Can my family members work in the U.S.?
Family members may work on derivative E visas if permission has been obtained in advance from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Study at academic institutions is possible on a derivative E visa.
My U.S. company (employer) has been changed. Do I have to apply for a new E visa?
If you remain in the U.S., you may change your employer by registering the change with DHS. If you leave the U.S. and intend to re-enter to the U.S. to start working for the new company, you will need a new E visa.
When a company that currently holds an E visa merges with another company in the U.S., can the E visa still be used?
An E visa is not granted to the company automatically, even if the company is merged with a Japanese company. When the Japanese parent company changes, the new company registration is needed in most instances.
Is it necessary for family members to apply for derivative E visas with the principal applicant?
No. Family members can apply for the visas at a later date.