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Non-Immigrant Visas

Introduction To Non-Immmigrant Visas

September Closures

There will be no visa services at the U.S. Embassy Tokyo on the following days in September:
  • September 5 (Mon) American Holiday
  • September 15 (Thu) No Visa Services
  • September 16 (Fri) No Visa Services
  • September 19 (Mon) Japanese Holiday
  • September 22 (Thu) Japanese Holiday
Important Information for All Visa Applicants

Due to a variety of procedural 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.

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Non-immigrant visas are issued to persons wishing to travel to the United States temporarily who are not eligible for the Visa Waiver Program (VWP).

Who can use the Visa Waiver Program?

Citizens of certain countries, including Japan, who are traveling to the U.S. for 90 days or less for business or tourism may not need a visa. For information on persons eligible to travel visa free to the United States, see Visa Waiver Program page.

Who needs a Visa?

Anyone not eligible to enter the United States on the Visa Waiver Program will be required to get a visa.

Note: Travelers born in the United States and those who hold dual citizenship with the United States must enter and depart the United States on U.S. passports. A national of the United States shall not be issued a visa or other documentation as an alien for entry into the United States (9FAM40.2). For how to apply for a U.S. passport, please see U.S. Citizen Services page.

How to apply for a non-immigrant Visa?

To learn about  visa application process, please visit:

Please click here for the Frequently Asked Questions.

Diplomatic Visas and Government-Sponsored Programs

Applicants for no-fee visas in categories including A, G, C-3, government-sponsored J programs, and diplomatic passport holders, please see this page for details on visa processing.

Visa Issuance:

No assurance regarding the issuance of non-immigrant visas can be given in advance. Final travel plans or the purchase of non-refundable air tickets should not be made until you have been approved and have received your visa.

Visa Denials:

For more information on visa denials, see If You Were Denied a Visa page.

Visa Processing Time:

Provided the visa is approved at the time of the visa interview, most applicants receive their visas in about seven days from their interviews. However, we do not guarantee that every case will be processed in the seven days time frame. Longer processing time may also be required in the following situations: (1) in cases where the applicant has failed to submit all the required elements of an application; (2) in cases where the Consular officer requires additional information from the applicant; and (3) in cases where the case requires additional administrative processing. For further information on administrative processing, see Administrative Processing Status Check page.

We recommend prospective travelers submit their applications well in advance. Applicants should refrain from contacting the Embassy Consular Section merely to inquire about the status of their application until the full processing time has expired. We also strongly recommend that applicants not purchase airplane tickets or make nonrefundable travel arrangements until they have actually received their visa; visa applicants should never assume their application will be automatically approved.

Useful Information:

Video: How to Fill out the Online Form DS-160

Video: How to Pay the Visa Fee and SEVIS Fee, and Schedule an Interview Appointment

Video: Having Your Non-Immigrant Visa Interview

Security Notice

  • The Embassy does NOT store prohibited items for visa applicants. There is no facility at the Embassy to store such items, so you must make arrangements to store these items elsewhere before you enter. If you arrive with a prohibited item, you will be turned away and asked to make a new appointment. For details, please see our Important Notices page.