Introduction to Immigrant Visas
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Persons wishing to reside permanently in the United States will need an immigrant visa. The most common categories of Immigrant Visas are:
Family-based Immigrant Visa:
- Immediate Relatives
- Family Preference (certain relatives of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents)
For spouses of US citizens and US lawful permanent residents applying for family-based immigrant visas, please peruse “Information on the Legal Rights Available to Immigrant Victims of Domestic Violence in the United States and Facts about Immigrating on a Marriage-Based Visa”. This information is available in English and 14 other languages including Japanese.
Employment-based Immigrant Visa
Diversity Visas for winners of the DV lottery
Note: After reading all the information available on this website and its links, if you still need addition information, see Contact Us page.
Due to security considerations, there is no longer an information window for walk-in visitors. Only those with appointments or with business, such as reporting a lost greencard, will be admitted to the Visa Section.
Please also see the information for U.S. military members stationed in Japan.
- Please note that the payment by credit cards is temporarily unavailable at the Embassy/Consulate cashiers. Please prepare cash if you need to pay any visa fees (such as blanket L, reciprocity, immigrant visa fees) while at the Embassy/Consulates. We apologize for any inconvenience that this may have caused you, and we appreciate your understanding.
USCIS Immigrant Fee
Effective February 1, 2013, all individuals issued immigrant visas overseas must pay a $165.00 USCIS Immigrant Fee to USCIS after receiving their visas and before traveling to the United States.
The only exemptions to this fee are children adopted under the Orphan (IR-3s/IR-4s) or Hague Processes (IH-3s/IH-4s), Iraqi or Afghan special immigrants who were employed by the U.S. Government, returning residents (SB-1s), and those issued K visas.
For additional information on the fee and how to pay it, please visit the USCIS website: www.USCIS.gov/immigrantfee
- Watch this handy video showing how to get an immigrant visa. [Video]