Due to the recent seismic events in Japan, the Embassy's first priority is assisting U.S. citizens who may be injured or missing. Nonimmigrant visa applicants with appointments this week should reschedule their appointments for a later date. Nonimmigrant visas will be issued for emergency travel in very limited circumstances, including the following:  

  • Urgent medical treatment  
  • Personal or family illness or death  
  • Student/exchange visitor applicants who need to register with schools/organizations by the date listed on their I-20 or DS-2019  
  • or P visa applicants who must arrive in the United States in time for their performance or play

You may find an emergency appointment request form at http://japan2.usembassy.gov/e/visa/tvisa-form-nivemergency. html.

For information on the whereabouts and welfare of family and friends in Japan, please consult the State Department's website (www.state.gov) or call the toll-free number 1.888.407.4747 or 1.202.501.4444. The Embassy has also provided the notice in Japanese:

Click here to view the notice in Japanese