Visas for Children and the Elderly

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In general, the following applicants do not require an appointment or personal appearance at the U.S. Embassy or Consulates in Japan.

    • Applicants of any nationality who are 0-13 years of age OR 80 years of age or older. 

Applicants in the following categories cannot apply for a visa by mail and must appear for an interview in person.

    • Applicants not currently in Japan
    • Applicants who have been denied an ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) application for Visa Waiver Program travel.
    • Applicants who have traveled to Iran, Iraq, North Korea, Sudan, Syria, Libya, Somalia or Yemen on or after March 1, 2011
    • Nationals of Iran, Iraq, North Korea, Sudan or Syria.
    • Applicants who have been arrested in Japan, the United States, or any other country.

All immigrant visa applicants and fiancé(e) visa applicants are required to have an interview with a consular official regardless of age or nationality. The U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Japan also reserve the right to call in any applicant for a visa interview based on the individual circumstances of the visa application.

Note for Children’s Applications

Parents may apply on behalf of children who are 13-years old and under by submitting the child’s application at the time of the parent's visa interview. The child  must be physically present in Japan at the time. To do so, add the child’s information as a “Dependent” on the parent’s profile when scheduling an appointment. For visa application procedures, please follow the instruction here.

If one or both of the parents have already obtained their visas, they may send their children’s applications to the Consulate or Embassy by mail. Please follow the steps below.

How to Apply

Step 1
Be sure to read the Guidelines for Completing the DS-160 Form carefully, and complete the Nonimmigrant Visa Electronic Application (DS-160) form. All information must be correct and accurate. Once the form is submitted, you cannot make any changes. The call center cannot help you complete your DS-160. You will need your DS-160 number to book your appointment.

Step 2
Once you have determined the correct visa type and completed the DS-160, you must pay the visa fee. Click for more information about your fee and how to pay it.  Be sure to keep your receipt number. If you already have a profile set up for a previous visa payment, please log in to your profile and click “New Application/Schedule Appointment.”

Note: Student and Exchange Visitor visa (F/M/J) applicants may be required to pay a SEVIS fee. Read here for more Information.

Step 3
Log in to your profile with the same credentials you used to pay your visa fee. From your dashboard, choose “Continue” and  print out the “Mail-in/Renewal Confirmation Letter” after you complete the steps.

Step 4
Please refer to your specific visa category page for additional required documents.

Step 5
Mail the documents shown below and interview waiver confirmation slip in a Letterpack to the Embassy or Consulate.

U.S. Embassy in Tokyo
Attn: Nonimmigrant Visa Service
1-10-5 Akasaka
Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-8420 Japan
U.S. Consulate General Osaka
Attn: Visa Service
2-11-5, Nishitenma,
Kita-ku, Osaka 530-8543

Note: Please put all family members’ visa applications in one Letterpack.

  1. Your DS-160 confirmation page
  2. One color photograph 2"x2" (5cmx5cm) taken against a white background within the last 6 months. Please attach your photo upside down on the upper left corner of DS-160 confirmation page.  More information about the required photo forma here. *Please note: eyeglasses are not allowed in photos.
  3. Your current passports and any passport  that was valid within the past 10 years (You must send the passport  containing your most recent U.S. visa)
  4. Required supporting documents for the type of your visa (See here for visa types) 
  5. Applicants under 14 years old: Birth certificate or family registry (with English translation) and copy of parents' passports and valid visas (if applicable).

Step 6
Your documents and passport will be returned to you at your chosen document delivery address. If the visa is issued, your passport will contain your visa.

Important Note:

    • The use of the mail-in service does not guarantee visa issuance.
    • The U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Japan reserve the right to call in any applicant for a visa interview based on the individual circumstances of the application.
    • When additional documents are necessary or a personal interview is required, you may be contacted by email or phone. Please check your email regularly after you mail the application.
    • Average processing time is 1-3 weeks; however, depending on the case, it may take additional time for processing.

Track Visas for Children and the Elderly Documents

To track documents you mailed to the Embassy or Consulate, please keep the peel-off tracking sticker (Sender to Retain) provided on the LetterPack and use the Track & Travel Service.