Applicants must appear in person to file a DS-117 and pay the application fee. Do not schedule an appointment until you have read the instructions carefully.
DS-117 Checklist of Necessary Supporting Documents
Print out the checklist below and prepare the documents in order. Check the boxes pertaining to your case. On the day of the interview, submit the checked list on top of the gathered documents.
Form I-551 (Original green card) and/or Form I-327 (Original re-entry permit), if available
Passport(s): Current and/or old passport(s) showing your identity, admission into the United States as a legal permanent resident, and the Japanese immigration stamp on your return to Japan from the U.S.
Form DS-117: Completed application to determine Returning Resident Status.
Proof of ties to the U.S. and intent to return: U.S. tax returns and evidence of economic, family, and social ties to the United States.
Evidence of stay abroad for reasons beyond the applicant’s control: Evidence that the protracted stay abroad was beyond your control.
Fee: The Application Fee should be paid at the Embassy/Consulate cashier in yen or U.S. dollars on the day of your interview. You may pay by cash, or credit card (Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express, Diner’s Club, and JCB).
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