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Updates from Department of State and the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo

L visas may be issued for a maximum period of 60 months; new interview waiver program and new visa processing procedures at the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Japan.

DOS Final Rule to Allow Issuance of L Visas for Full Reciprocity Periods

As we indicated in a previous Immigration Alert on January 31, 2012, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) issued a Final Rule amending its regulations to require that L intracompany transferee visas be issued for the full validity period allowed by the relevant visa reciprocity schedule. On March 13, 2012, we obtained updated information issued by the U.S. Consulate in Toronto, Canada, that, based on an official DOS cable, L visas will be granted through the validity of the reciprocity schedule beginning March 15, 2012, unless the applicant requires a waiver of ineligibility, in which case the visa will be limited to the duration of the approved waiver. The maximum reciprocity period for an L visa for Japanese nationals is 60 months; therefore, individual L-1 and blanket L-1 visa applicants may receive visas valid for 60 months, although their approval notices are valid only for up to 36 months (the maximum time allowed by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services).

Interview Waiver Pilot Program

Qualified Japanese citizens who are repeat visitors to the United States and who have been interviewed and fingerprinted in conjunction with a prior visa application may be eligible to renew their visas without undergoing another interview. Please see the following U.S. Embassy website for details:

Change of Nonimmigrant Visa Application Procedures in Japan

Effective March 23, 2012, the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Japan will implement new visa procedures. Applicants who apply for nonimmigrant visas will be required to pay the application fee before they make interview appointments.

米国国務省の規則変更によるL ビザの有効期間の延長

以前お送りした当社のImmigration Alert にてお伝えしましたが、今年の1月31日 に米国国務省は最終変更 規則を発表し、親子関連企業間での転勤用のLビザは米国との相互協定スケジュールに基づいた期間発行されることになりました。これに関連して、3月13日、当社はカナダのトロントにある米国領事館が発行した次の最新情報を入手いたしました:米国国務省からの正式ケーブルにより、3月15日より、Lビザを相互協定スケジュールに基づいて発行する。ただし、Lビザ不資格者がそれを免除してもらう書類とともに申請する場合は許可された免除書類の期間までとする。

当社では同じ内容のケーブルが東京、大阪を含む全米国領事館へ送られているものと推察いたします。日本と米国間の相互協定に基づくLビザの最長期間は60ヶ月(5年)となっておりますので、普通のLビザおよびブランケットLビザ申請者は、たとえ移民局からの許可が36ヶ月(移民局で認める最長期間)であっても、60ヶ月のビザが発行されると予想されます。 この期限のギャップ(L申請許可証とLビザ最長有効期限) に関して、移民局よりなんらかのメモが発行されるものと予想いたします。


前回のビザ申請時に面接,指紋、及び十分なスクリーニングを受けた、資格のある日本人は再度面接を受けずにビザの更新ができる可能性があります。詳細は次の米国大使館のウエブサイト,  ビザの更新ページをご覧ください。


2012年3月23日より、米国大使館・領事館は、新しい非移民ビザ申請手続きを導入します。ビザ申請者は面接予約の前に申請料金を支払わなければなりません。新しいシステムは3月23日より使用可能です。 詳しい情報は下記の米国大使館のウエブサイトをご覧ください。 

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