Japan Visa Guidelines

The Padnos International Center (PIC) provides the general information below as a service to GVSU students. We strive to maintain accurate information regarding visa procedures, however, changes to policies and procedures may occur frequently without our knowledge. Students are responsible for obtaining the appropriate visa for their program and must consult the consulate for the most up to date information on application procedures.

Please look over the visa information carefully and do not delay, as visa procedures are time sensitive.


Do I need a visa?

All students participating in study abroad programs in Japan longer than 90 days are required to apply for a student visa

Processing Time and Visa Appointment

Approximately 5 business days excluding transit time if submitting by mail

Application Instructions

Japanese Consulate in Detroit General Visa Information http://www.detroit.us.emb-japan.go.jp/itpr_en/generalvisainformation.html

Student Visa Information http://www.detroit.us.emb-japan.go.jp/itpr_en/workandlongtermstay.html  

Estimated Cost

U.S. citizens are exempt from visa fees

Nearest Consulate or Embassy

Consulate General of Japan in Detroit
400 Renaissance Center, Suite 1600
Detroit, MI 48243

Contact Information

Phone: 313-567-0120
Fax: 313-567-0274
E-mail: visa@dt.mofa.go.jp

Additional Information

Residents of Michigan’s Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties must submit visa applications in person at the consulate office and are required to pick up the visa in person.

Residents outside this tri-county area may submit applications by mail, if necessary.