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Nonimmigrant Visas

The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Japan is responsible for providing visa services to those seeking to enter the United States for a temporary period and for those wishing to take up indefinite or permanent residence in the United States.

Please visit our Global Support Services (GSS) website for complete information on applying for a nonimmigrant U.S. visa, including a directory of nonimmigrant visa categories.

Treaty Traders and Treaty Investors Visas

Treaty 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 who work for companies that trade or invest in the United States. Please click here to find information on how to apply.

Diplomatic/Official Visas and Government-Sponsored J Program

Please click here for detailed instructions on how to apply for Diplomats/Government Officials (A Visas), International Organizations (G visas), and J visas in a Government sponsored program (with program number starting with G-1, G-2, G-3, or G-7 on Form DS2019).

Visa Status Check Online (CEAC Status Check)

Applicants for nonimmigrant visas are able to check the status of their visa cases on line. All DS160 forms created within the past year are available in the online CEAC Status Check. Please click here for details.

Non-immigrant Visa Application Procedures

Click here to view a step-by-step guide with screenshots and videos for applying for a non-immigrant visa.

Important Information for All Visa Applicants

Due to a variety of factors, the U.S. Embassy and Consulates are unable to guarantee the issuance of a U.S. visa before a fixed travel date. Do not make final travel plans or buy tickets until you have a visa.