U.S. Embassy Appointments Cancelled for Nonimmigrant Visas

This is Stephanie of IMS.

As of March 19, 2020, the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Japan cancelled all nonimmigrant visa appointments. Nonimmigrant visas include visas for work and travel, like the B-1/B-2 visas, and visas for study, like F, J, and M visas. For more information, please see this announcement. If you have already paid your visa appointment fee, don’t worry: this fee (called the “MRV fee”) is valid for 1 year since date of payment.

Visa services at the Embassy will resume depending on the development of the coronavirus, but at this time, there is no expected date to restart visa appointments.

In addition, the Japanese government is considering banning all travel from U.S. passport carriers, including non-American visitors who have been in the U.S. in the past two weeks. (Source) This means that even if you managed to get a nonimmigrant visa before the appointment cancellations, traveling to the U.S. for short trips might soon become a risky decision.