The information on this site is applicable to visa applications made at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo and U.S. Consulates in Osaka and Naha.
For Sapporo and Fukuoka procedures, see here.
Please prepare for ALL necessary documents listed on the checklist for your visa application. English translations must be attached to all documents in a foreign language.
|□||DS-160 Confirmation Page: Complete the form ONLINE, and PRINT the confirmation page.
|□||A valid passport|
|□||All old passports that were issued within 10 years|
|□||One color photograph 2″x 2″ (5cm x 5cm) taken within 6 months against white background. Note: Applicants are not permitted to wear eyeglasses in photos. Examples of acceptable and unacceptable photos:
|□||Interview appointment confirmation letter|
|□||For residents in Japan, proof of residence status in Japan: Photocopy (both sides) of the Japanese Resident Card (“Zairyu” card) or Special Permanent Resident Certificate (“Tokubetsu Eijusha Shoumeisho”) if applicable.|
|□||Proof of relationship: to the principle visa applicant (family registry, marriage certificate or birth certificate with English translation)|
|□||A copy of principle applicant’s current valid visa if the principal applicant’s visa has been already issued|
If you have been previously arrested:
|□||Official court records with English translation|
Supporting Documents for Each Visa Class:
Business Visa (B1):
|□||Proof of employment or enrollment in school (if applicable)|
|□||Science and technology related programs or study: Non-Japanese applicants going to the U.S. to participate in a science or technology-related conference must bring a complete CV or resume, a complete list of publications (if applicable) and a letter of acceptance/invitation from the conference organizer.|
* Domestic Employee Visa Applicants must submit additional supporting documents. Please see this online site for a complete list.
Transit Visa (C):
|□||Detailed travel plan: Route and approximate dates.|
|□||Visa: Valid visa for destination country, if required.|
Crew Visa for Airline Employee/Seaman (C1/D) or (D):
|□||Letter from Employer confirming employment and requesting a crew visa|
|□||Letter from employer confirming employment and requesting a crew visa or valid contract from the ship owner|
Treaty Traders (E-1) and Treaty Investors Visa (E-2):
|□||A company letter describing the enterprise, the applicant’s qualifications and number of family members intending to travel. This letter must address all requirements for E visa eligibility as defined by the Foreign Affairs Manual 9 FAM 402.9 and U.S. law. Specifically, the letter must address how the applicant will demonstrate that he/she meets all requirements under 9 FAM 402.9.|
|□||Corporate organizational chart of your U.S. Company showing how your position (highlighted) fits into the organization.|
Note: All fields on the DS-156E form must be completed. If the form is incomplete, you will be required to submit a new form which will cause delays in processing.
Please pay particular attention to the following points:
- All companies seeking E visas for their owners or employees must be registered with the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo or the U.S. Consulate in Osaka. Click here for E1 visas, or click here for E2 visas if your company is not registered.
- Please do not submit required documents listed above in a sealed envelope, but in a clear file. All documents including those marked as “Confidential” will be returned to the applicant.
- Please do not staple supporting documents together when you apply for an E visa. Use a paper clip or binder instead.
- 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 submitted with the first applicant after the financial statements are announced or tax returns are filed.
Student Visa (F/M) or Exchange Visitor Visa (J):
|□||Original Form I-20 or DS-2019: Applicants must sign and date the form.|
|□||DS-7002: J1 applicants under “trainee” or “intern” categories will be required to submit a fully completed and signed Form DS-7002 from the program sponsor|
|□||SEVIS fee receipt: Student and Exchange Visitor visa (F/M/J) applicants are also required to pay a SEVIS fee which is a separate fee from the visa application fee. There are exemptions for certain J visa applicants and continuing students who are not required to pay the fee, for detailed information, please see here. To pay a SEVIS fee, please visit https://www.fmjfee.com/.|
|□||Financial documents such as a bank book, a bank statement, a letter from sponsor|
|□||Science and technology related programs or study: Non-Japanese applicants going to the U.S. to follow a science or technology-related course of study must bring a complete CV or resume, a complete list of publications (if applicable) and a letter of acceptance/invitation to the school or program.|
|□||OPT applicants must also include: Original Employment Authorization card together with your endorsed I-20 form.|
Media Visa (I):
|□||Employent letter: Stating employment status, whether the position is permanent or temporary, purpose of travel and length of stay. The applicant must also bring proof of membership in a professional journalistic organization (such as a press card). Freelance media workers must also submit a valid contract of employment.|
Temporary Worker Visa (H/L), Athletes and Artists Visa (O/P), International Cultural Exchange (Q) or Religious Worker Visa (R):
|□||The receipt number printed on either your approved I-129 petition or your I-797 Petition Approval Notice. Paper copies of the I-129 or I-797 are not required for the interview.|
|□||Proof of Employment: Letter of job offer/contract and most recent pay statement from U.S. Company.|
|□||Blanket L-1 applicants must pay an additional $500 fraud prevention and detection fee as well as the $4,500 Consolidated Appropriations Act fee if certain conditions apply. The fee(s) can be paid in cash (either yen or dollars but yen is preferred), with a credit card (in Osaka: a credit card is preferred), or by money order (It should be made payable to American Embassy, Tokyo, Unit 9800, APO AP 96303).
We recommend you bring cash in case the credit card verification system is unavailable.