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CONSULATE-GENERAL OF JAPAN IN CHICAGO VISA INFORMATION
   
Attention to all visa applicants!


Before you make an application, please read this website carefully. Once you have made an application, we will recognize that you fully understood and acknowledged all information on this website.

 
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Acknowledgements

  • The Consulate-General of Japan in Chicago reserves the right to request additional documents, interview if deemed necessary, and verify after you submitted all requirements.
  • All submitted documents shall be authentic, completed and satisfactory.
  • The Consulate-General of Japan in Chicago determines the validity, type and term of the visa.
  • The Consulate-General of Japan in Chicago will not make copies. If you wish to keep original documents, please submit original and copy.
  • The Consulate-General of Japan in Chicago does not accept visa applications from those staying in the U.S. under B1/B2, U.S. visa waiver program or unlawful residents
  • The Consulate-General of Japan in Chicago is not liable for any mailing incident such as loss, damage, delay, missing, etc. If you would like to avoid any mailing incident, please apply and pick up in person. Also, we strongly recommend you to keep tracking numbers for your records.
  • The Consulate-General of Japan in Chicago reserve right to cancel or void your current Japan visa.
  • Regardless, The Consulate-General of Japan in Chicago will not give you the reason why your application has been denied.
  • The Visa information on the website may be subject to change at any time without prior notice.

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Jurisdiction


In order to apply for the visa to the Consulate-General of Japan in Chicago, you must be a resident in the State of Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Missouri, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota or Iowa. If you reside outside of our jurisdiction, you must apply within the appropriate jurisdiction. To check the location of the Embassy/Consulate-General with jurisdiction over your place of residence, please click here.


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Visa Exemption


U.S. passport holders are not required to obtain a visa to enter Japan when the purpose of their visit is tourism, commerce, a conference, meeting, visit to relatives/acquaintances, etc for up to 90 days of stay in Japan. However, when you engage in paid activities in Japan, you need the visa. For non U.S. citizens and detail qualifications for the visa exemption, click here.


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Criteria of the Visa Issuance


In principle, a Japanese visa will be issued to an applicant who meets all of the following requirements and the issuance is regarded as reasonable:


  • The applicant possesses a valid passport (with at least one blank visa page. We cannot issue a visa on a page reserved for amendments or endorsements) and is entitled for the re-entry to a country of which your national or citizen or a country of your residence.
  • All submitted documents shall be authentic, completed and satisfactory.
  • The activities to be engaged in while in Japan, or the civil status, or the position of the applicant, and the period of stay shall meet the requirements for the status of residence and the period of stay stipulated in the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act (Cabinet Order No.319 of 1951 hereinafter referred to as "the Act").
  • The applicant shall not fall under any of the items of Article 5, Paragraph 1 of the Immigration Control Act.

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How to Apply


  • In person: You can apply in person any time during Visa section hours. Appointment is not necessary.
  • By mail: Applicants who reside outside of Cook County, Lake County, McHenry County, Kane County, Du Page County, Will County, Kendall County in Illinois and Lake County in Indiana are eligible to apply by mail. If you send out your visa application from above counties or outside of our jurisdiction, we will return your visa application package. Please note that The Consulate-General of Japan in Chicago is not liable for any mailing incident such as loss, damage, delay, missing, etc. If you would like to avoid any mailing incident, please apply and pick up in person. Also, we strongly recommend you to keep tracking numbers for your records. Please do not contact us for checking the mailing status.
  • Third party: If you ask someone to apply for your visa application on behalf of you, you must submit completed Authorization form. Also, authorized person must bring their Identification. Appointment is not necessary.

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Location Address


737 North Michigan Avenue,
Olympia centre suite 1100 (11th Floor),
Chicago, IL 60611


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Mailing Address


Consulate-General of Japan in Chicago
Attn: Visa section
737 North Michigan Ave, Olympia Centre Suite 1100,
Chicago, IL 60611


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Visa Section Hours (Apply and Pick-up)


Monday – Friday except Consulate closure, 9:30 to 12:15 and 13:15 to 16:00.
(Please arrive at least 10 minutes before closing time to process)


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Processing Time


If all criteria of visa issuance are met, most visas can normally be processed in 3-5 business days. There is no rush/expedite service. Every application takes standard processing time (Not including mailing time). Please note that some visa applications require consultation with our headquarters in Japan and may take up to couple of weeks or months to process.


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Status Check


After we accept your visa application, we will review and examine your application. This process takes 3-5 business days. If there is any error in your application, we will return the entire visa application package back to you or contact you by telephone. Since we can’t identify you by telephone call from you, we will not give you the application status. If you wish to know the status of your visa application, please come in person with your valid Identification card.


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Visa Fee


Visa fee must be paid by EXACT AMOUNT OF CASH or MONEY ORDER ONLY. Paying by Money order, please make payable to the “Consulate General of Japan”. Visa fees are revised on April 1st each year and are waived for certain nationalities. (As April 1, 2015)


  Single entry Multiple entries Transit
(includes double entry visa)
Oridinary
Indian
Iranian
US$27.00
US$8.00
US$45.00
US$55.00
US$8.00
US$91.00
US$6.00
US$1.00
US$45.00


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Visa Fee Exemption


Citizens of the countries below are exempt from visa fees


Region Country
North America U.S.A, Canada

Region Country
Central and South America Bahamas, Barbados, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, Suriname

Region Country
Asia Bangladesh, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, Philippines (only for Temporary Visitors staying in Japan within 90 days or Transit), British Nationals Overseas (Hong Kong), Hong Kong S.A.R., Macao S.A.R.

Region Country
Europe
Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz, Luxembourg, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania (only for Temporary Visitors staying in Japan within 60 days), Russia, San Marino, Slovak, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan

Region Country
Middle East Jordan, Israel

Region Country
Oceania Australia, New Zealand


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Certificate of Eligibility


The Certificate of Eligibility is issued by the Immigration Bureau in Japan for the person who is going to work study or live in Japan. The Immigration bureau will not issue the Certificate of Eligibility to person who is going to Japan for temporary visit or transit. Validity of the Certificate of Eligibility is 3 months from date of issue. Therefore, please beware that you must obtain the Japan visa and enter Japan within 3 month from date of issue of the Certificate of Eligibility. If you have any questions about the requirements, processing time, etc of the Certificate of Eligibility, please inquire to your proxy or Immigration bureau in Japan.


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Requirements for the Visa Application (PDF Format)


*All submitted documents must be in English or Japanese

Receive Your Passport from the Consulate


  • In person: You may pick-up your own passport anytime after the “Pick up date” indicated on the receipt issued to you when you applied in person. In order to pick up your own passport, you must bring the receipt, a photo ID and visa fee (if applicable).

  • By mail: If you wish to receive your own processed passport by mail, you must submit a USPS Pre-paid self-addressed return envelope. (Notice: Recipient’s name and address must be the same as on the Visa application information.) The Consulate-General of Japan in Chicago is not liable for any mailing incident such as loss, damage, delay, missing, etc. If you would like to avoid any mailing incident, please pick up in person. Also, we strongly recommend you to keep tracking numbers for your records. Please do not contact us for checking the mailing status.

  • Third party: If you wish someone to receive your passport, you must submit the completed authorization form at the time you make your visa application. We can release the passport only to the visa applicant or authorized third party.


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Frequently Asked Questions and Answers (PDF Format)

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Receive Your Passport from the Consulate


  • In person: You may pick-up your own passport anytime after the “Pick up date” indicated on the receipt issued to you when you applied in person. In order to pick up your own passport, you must bring the receipt, a photo ID and visa fee (if applicable).

  • By mail: If you wish to receive your own processed passport by mail, you must submit a USPS Pre-paid self-addressed return envelope. (Notice: Recipient’s name and address must be the same as on the Visa application information.) The Consulate-General of Japan in Chicago is not liable for any mailing incident such as loss, damage, delay, missing, etc. If you would like to avoid any mailing incident, please pick up in person. Also, we strongly recommend you to keep tracking numbers for your records. Please do not contact us for checking the mailing status.

  • Third party: If you wish someone to receive your passport, you must submit the completed authorization form at the time you make your visa application. We can release the passport only to the visa applicant or authorized third party.


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Downloadable Forms (PDF Format)



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Links


Ministry of Foreign Affairs Visa Information

Ministry of Justice Immigration Bureau


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Inquiry/Contact


Phone: 1.312.280.0400 (Please ask for the Visa Section)
Monday – Friday except Consulate closure, 9:30 to 12:15 and 13:15 to 16:00.
Email inquiry click here


In order to reply, please give us the following information. Please note that we will not reply for status inquires.
  1. Applicant’s name
  2. Applicant’s current U.S. address
  3. Contact phone number
  4. Nationality
  5. U.S. visa status and expire date of your current U.S. visa (Only for non U.S. citizen)
  6. Detail purpose of visit to Japan
  7. Indented Length of stay in Japan
  8. The name of the country that you intend to enter after Japan


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Other Information


Outline of New Immigration Procedures (August 2007)

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