US Visa information for Japanese nationals affected by earthquake

- Posted in America by Visa Bureauon 21 March 2011

The US Citizenship and Immigration Service understands that a natural disaster can affect an individual’s ability to establish or maintain lawful immigration status, particularly for visitors travelling under the ESTA program who are currently unable to return home.

Temporary relief measures available to eligible nationals of Japan may include the extension of an ESTA or non-immigrant US Visa for  an individual currently in the United States, even when the request is filed after the authorized period of admission has expired and expedited processing of immigrant petitions for immediate relatives of US citizens and lawful permanent residents.

Japanese nationals may visit a USCIS local office for assistance, and those who are at a US airport may contact the US Customs and Border Protection office there.


The American Visa Bureau is an independent consulting company specialising in helping people with their  ESTA  to the US Embassy.