Introduction To Non-Immmigrant Visas
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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: http://www.ustraveldocs.com/jp
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.
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.
For more information on visa denials, see If You Were Denied a Visa page.
Visa Processing Time:
Most applicants receive their visas in about seven to fourteen days from their interviews. However, we do not guarantee that every case will be processed in the seven to fourteen days time frame. Do not make final travel plans until you have your passport in your possession. Also, some cases may require further administrative processing, which could result in a delay of up to six weeks or more. For further information on administrative processing, see Administrative Processing Status Check page.
Please note that once an application is submitted processing cannot be expedited.
Video: Having Your Non-Immigrant Visa Interview
Video: How to Fill out the Online Form DS-160
Notice to Mail-in visa applicants
- Due to a system error, there has been a delay in delivering letterpack envelopes to visa applicants who are submitting their applications by mail since May 8. We apologize for the inconvenience. Normally, Japan Post will send you a pre-addressed Letterpack envelope to submit your documentation to the Embassy or Consulates after you have completed the mail-in application procedures on-line within a few days. If you have not received a letterpack envelope a within 3 business days of completing the mail-in application procedures , please contact the call center immediately. We will arrange for a letterpack to be delivered to you as soon as possible.
Starting June 2, 2014, the Embassy will 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.
- Watch this handy video showing how to get a non-immigrant visa. [Video]