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US Embassy Japan News

We communicate regularly with the U.S. Embassy in Japan in order to provide our clients with the most up-to-date news and information.

May 2014 Announcements:

  • U.S. Embassy Tokyo - New Procedures for Access to the Visa Section (May 27, 2014)
    Effective June 2, 2014, the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo will no longer store prohibited items for visa applicants.  Individuals arriving with prhobited items will be turned away and asked to make a new appointment.

    Items allowed into the U.S. Embassy ​are as follows:

    -One cellphone (your cellphone will be checked at the gate)
    -One small purse or bag that can be carried by hand (no larger than 10" x 10")
    -One clear plastic folder containing visa application-related papers

    Items not alllowed into the U.S. Embassy include:

    -Large bags including briefcases, backpacks, suitcases, shoulder bags, etc.
    -Battery-operated electronic devices such as laptops, iPads, cameras, MP3 players, etc.
    -For a full list of prohibited items, click here.

    For those of you who may be traveling and need to store your belongings, storage lockers are available at the Tameike Sanno Tokyo Metro Station near the U.S. Embassy (exits 5, 6, and 7).

  • E Visa Notice for the U.S. Consulate in Osaka-Kobe (May 17, 2014)
    Starting June 1, 2014 through August 31, 2014, the Consulate in Osaka-Kobe will temporarily stop processing E-1/E-2 nonimmigrant visa applications.  During this time frame, all E visa applicants, including depnedents, will have to interview at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo.  

November/December 2013 Announcements:

  • Change of Fiance K visa appointment procedures (December 20, 2013)
    Effective January 7, 2014, the interview appointment procedure for K visas will change. Applicants will need to make an appointment through their 
    Dashboard. Appointment letters will no longer be sent to applicants by email. Please read the procedures carefully and make sure you have paid the correct K1 fee and bring your appointment letter to your interview with any other required documents. Please note: If you made an appointment before January 7, 2014, you will not need to change your appointment date. (Please do not double book your appointment online.) You may come on the date you already have.

  • Change on E company annual update procedures (November 14, 2013)
    Effective December 1, regiseted E companies are no longer required to send DS-156E and financial documents annually to the Embassy/Consulate. However, please note each E visa applicant will be required to submit DS-156E Part I and II with non-consolidated financial statements or tax return (Form-1120) at the time of his/her visa application. 

    Qualified E companies will remain on the registry as long as the companies keep their status as E visa qualified companies, and there is at least 1 employee holding a current E visa. New company registration procedures will remain the same.

  • The online entry registration period for DV-2015 is over (Nov. 4, 2013)