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Welcome to the Visa Unit!

We are pleased that you are interested in traveling to the United States.

The U.S. Embassy Tokyo processes applications for both nonimmigrant and immigrant visas, and our staff is dedicated to facilitating the travel of Japanese to the United States. The vast majority of Japanese traveling for business or tourism for less than 90 days do not require a visa, under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) and approximately 3 million Japanese successfully travel to the United States every year visa-free. For more information regarding visa-free travel, please visit our web pages on the Visa Waiver Program.

If you do not qualify for the VWP or are traveling to study, work, or participate in an exchange program, you need to apply for a visa. Please read more about how to obtain a Nonimmigrant Visa.

Immigrant visas (sometimes known as "green cards") are for persons who plan to remain permanently in the United States. Anyone who wishes to enter the United States to reside there permanently must apply for an Immigrant Visa.

Thank you for visiting our website. We hope you will find it informative and helpful.

Visa Unit
U.S. Embassy Tokyo


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  • Please note that the payment by credit cards is temporarily unavailable at the Embassy/Consulate cashiersPlease 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.


  • There will be no visa service at the U.S. Embassy Tokyo on Friday, April 25.

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    All nationals or citizens of VWP countries who plan to travel to the U.S. for temporary business or pleasure will require an approved Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) prior to boarding a carrier to travel by air or sea to the U.S. under the VWP. For more information, please see U.S. Embassy ESTA page.

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