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How to Apply for a Visa General Information U.S. Citizen Short Term Stay
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Visa applications must be submitted in person.
However, those who reside in a remote area can apply for a visa by mail.
Applications by mail will be accepted only from counties of San Diego, Imperial, Riverside, Santa Barbara, San Louis Obispo and the state of Arizona. In this case, a self-addressed stamped envelope for certified or U.S. Express Mail (FedEx or USPS) must be submitted along with RELEASE OF LIABILITY.
Our office is not responsible for loss or delay of passports in the mail.
In some cases, personal appearance or additional documents may be required.
Normally, a visa can be issued in 3 working days if all the requirements are met.
There are, however, some cases or nationals where referrals to the government office in Japan are necessary. In such cases, it may take around 1-2 months for results. Therefore, early planning for your trip to Japan is recommended.
No fee is required for U.S. citizens. For other nationals, visa fees vary.
We accept cash, money order, or cashier's check. Personal checks and credit cards are not accepted.
You should also note that a visa itself does not guarantee landing permission, although it is one condition that applies for landing at an airport or seaport. You must obtain landing permission during immigration procedures.
Requirements for visa applications vary depending on nationality, U.S. immigration status, purpose of trip, and length of stay. Please call in advance for your requirements.
Tel.(213)617-6700, ask for the visa section.
The Consulate General of Japan will not make copies. If you need original documents, please bring the original and one copy.
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