For Sapporo and Fukuoka, Japan Post sends you a pre-addressed (To Visa Service) envelope to submit your documentation. You should receive the envelope in a few days and must send your documents one week before your visa interview date. Write your appointment date and time on the back of the envelope.
For Tokyo/Osaka/Naha procedures, see here.
Note: If you make an appointment within one week from your visa interview day, a pre-addressed envelope will not be delivered to you. You will need to mail or hand-deliver your documents to a guard at the Consulate entrance during the Consulate’s normal business hours (Monday through Friday between 8:45 and 17:30, except U.S. and Japanese holidays). The documents must arrive by noon the business day before interview.
English translations must be attached to all documents which are in a foreign language.
U.S. Consulate General Sapporo
Attn: Visa Service
Kita 1-jo Nishi 28-chome
Chuo-ku, Sapporo 064-0821
U.S. Consulate General Fukuoka
Attn: Consular Section
5-26, Ohori 2-chome
Chuo-ku, Fukuoka 810-0052
Checklist (Mail to the Consulate):
|□||DS-160 Confirmation Page: complete the form online, and PRINT the confirmation page.
|□||Copy of passport (Pages of your photo and personal information only)|
|□||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)|
|□||Non-Japanese applicants going to the U.S. to participate in a science or technology-related conference must bring a complete CV or resume (PDF 280KB), a complete list of publications (if applicable) and a letter of acceptance/invitation from the conference organizer.|
* Domestic Employee Visa Applicant must submit additional supporting documents, please see this online page for a complete list.
Tourist Visa (B-2):
|□||Invitation Letter: If you are invited to visit someone in the United States, provide information about who is inviting you, purpose of travel, and planned itinerary or schedule. No invitation letter is needed if you are only sightseeing in the United States.|
|□||Proof of Finances: Proof that you can support yourself during your entire stay in the U.S. without working, e.g. pay statement that shows regular monthly salary & bank books with regular history of deposits and withdrawals, etc.|
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.|
|□||Updated form DS-156E Part I, Part II and Part III with non-consolidated financial statements or tax return (Form 1120) (Type “156” in the Keyword field to search the form DS-156E .)
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:
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.
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.
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: Please note SEVIS fee is a separate fee from the visa application fee. You must pay the SEVIS fee prior to the interview and submit a receipt. For details, please see this online page.|
|□||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):
|□||Employment 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 US 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, Box 114, APO AP 96303-0114).
We recommend you bring cash in case the credit card verification system is unavailable.
Bring to Your Interview:
All applicants are required to bring the following documents to the visa interview at the Consulate-General.
|□||Your valid and expired passports issued in the past 10 years|
|□||Photocopy both sides of your Japanese Alien Registration or “Zairyu” Card|