The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) enables
nationals of certain countries to travel to the United States for tourism
or business for stays of 90 days or less
without obtaining a visa. If you can answer YES to ALL of the
following questions you may travel to the U.S. without a visa:
If you answer NO to ANY of the questions
above, you must apply for a visa.
NIV applicants must bring to the interview
appointment the following documents:
- Pssport: Current and previous
passports issued in the past ten years
- Completed Application Form DS-156.
Please complete the on-line version of this form, print it out, and
bring all three pages to your interview. Please do not staple your forms
- One photograph. A 5cm x 5cm photo with
a white background, taken within the last six months. The head (measured
from the top of the hair to the bottom of the chin) should measure
between 25 to 35mm with the head centered in the frame facing straight
ahead. Glue it to the DS-156. Do not staple the photo to the DS 156.
- Original Receipt of $100 payable in
Japanese Yen. The processing fee is not refundable. Internet banking
payments are not acceptable. Please attach the receipt to the back of
the third page (the page with the barcode) of the DS-156.
- Completed Form DS-157. This form is
required for all applicants 16 and older.
- One Self-addressed "EXPACK 500"
envelope. Since visas are not issued on the same day as your
interview, your passport and documents will be mailed to you. The "ExPack
500" is widely available in convenience stores and post offices
- Court and/or Police Records.
Applicants with an arrest or criminal records must provide a copy of
their court and/or arrest record (including cases that ended with an
acquittal or pardon) and an English translation of those documents. In
the event that there was no trial please bring a letter in English that
explains, in detail, the circumstances surrounding the arrest. NOTE:
Those who do not have arrest or criminal records do not need to provide
any such documents.
- Clear Plastic Folder. Put all of the
documents listed above in a clear plastic folder. If you are submitting
an I-20, DS-2019 or I-797 please also place this in the folder.
Non-Japanese citizens should also include the copy of their Japanese
Alien Registration Card in this folder.
- Non-Japanese applicants must also
include: Valid Japanese Re-entry Permit, Photocopy of Japanese Alien
Registration Card (if applicable), Family member passport, evidence of
marital status (if applicable).
- Depending on your nationality, you
may be subject to additional fees or requirements.
Additional documents required for
specific visa types:
- Proof of employment or enrollment
in school (if applicable)
- Conference Questionnaire. If
you are a non-Japanese citizen and are attending a conference in the
US you must complete the "Conference Questionnaire"
|Student Visa (F, M), Exchange Visitor
- Completed DS-158 application form
- I-20: For F1 and M1 students the
original SEVIS I-20 form must be included. Family members seeking
F2 and M2 status need their own I-20 form.
- DS-2019: For J1 status you must
include the original SEVIS DS-2019 form. Family members seeking
J2 status must submit their own copies of the DS-2019 form.
- I-901 fee confirmation. Students
and Exchange Visitors visa applicants need to pay the SEVIS fee before
applying for visas.
- Proof of funds to cover all expenses.
This could include bank statements or pay receipts. If you are applying
for an F1 visa and planning to study for more than one year, you must
bring proof of funds to cover the first year's expenses.
- School Transcripts. If you have
already studied in the United States you are required to bring
transcripts from the schools you attended for the past five years or
less in the United States. If you have not attended school in the U.S.
yet, you must provide transcripts that cover the most recent three years
of studying here in Japan or abroad.
- Science and technology-related
programs or study. Those applicants who are 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), a completed
conference questionnaire and a letter of acceptance/invitation to the
school or program.
- If you are applying for Optional
Practical Training (OPT) you should to bring the original Employment
Authorization card together with your I-20 form.
Visa (E, H, L), Athletes and
Artists Visas (O, P)
- Original I-797 approval notice:
Applicants for H, L, O or P visas need to submit the Notice of Action.
- Photocopy of I-129 petition (if
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- Proof of employment. Letter of job
offer or contract and most recent pay statement from US Company.
- Form DS-156E: E-visa applicants need
to submit an original DS-156E.
- Dependents of work visa applicants
need to submit a copy of the I-797, together with a copy of the
principal applicant's visa and birth or marriage records showing
relation to principal applicant, if applying separately.
| C1/D Crew
- A detailed travel plan. Route and
- Visa: A valid visa for your
destination country, if required.
- Employment letter. Stating
employment status, whether the position is permanent or temporary,
your 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.
Apply in Tokyo
Osaka/Kobe: Attorneys should communicate with the consulate
via fax or letter. To speak with a consular officer, attorney should send
fax the day prior to speaking with an officer. The following day the
consular officer will be available to take a telephone call form the
attorney between 2:00 and 4:00 pm.
Tokyo: Applicants are not allowed
to bring additional people to visa interview appointments. In
exceptionally complex cases, attorneys are welcome to request an
appointment to discuss issues. Attorneys can inquire into the status of
cases by fax: (+81) (3) 5570-5041. If an attorney wishes to appear at the
interview, the Embassy should be notified in advance by fax to arrange an
U.S. Consulate General Osaka/Kobe
11-5 Nishitenma 2-chome
Kita-ku, Osaka 530-8543 Japan
Direct: (+81) (6) 6315-5909
24-hr Recorded information: (+81) (6) 6315-5900
Fax: (+81) (6) 6315-5914
NIV Fax: (+81) (6) 6315-5930
24-hr Recorded Information/Appointment Line: (+81) (3) 5354-4033
American Embassy Tokyo
1-10-5 Akasaka, 1-chome
Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-8420 Japan
General Switchboard: (+81) (3) 3224-5000
Visa Information (24-hr): (+81) (3) 5354-4033
In Japan: 0990-52-6160
Fax: (+81) (3) 3505-1862