Visit Relatives/Friends Invited by US Military Personnel (SOFA Status)
VisitRelatives/FriendsInvitedbyUSMilitaryPersonnel(SOFAStatus)
Purpose

Visiting US military personnel or spouse stationed at the US military base in Japan


requirements(All documents must be original unless otherwise stated)
  • Broken passport is not accepted. Passports must be signed and must have at least two (2) blank visa pages.
  • Available at the Embassy website, at the entrance of the Embassy or at any of the accredited travel agencies.
  • Application form should be filled out all items correctly, if item is not applicable, please fill in [N/A].
  • Embassy may not accept application with blank item, no signature or no date in the form, or with erasures, may deny the application that is filled out incorrectly or wrong information.
  • Specs: 4.5cm x 4.5cm, with white background.
  • Photo must be taken within 6 months.
  • Please write applicant's name and birthdate on back side of the photo.
  • Photo must be pasted on the application form.
  • IT must be issued within one year from PSA Main Office/Serbilis Outlet Center (Nationwide).
  • If the birth certificate from the Philippine Statistics Office (PSA) is unreadable, or has incomplete information
    • Please submit the birth certificate issued by PSA together with a birth certificate issued by the Local Civil Registrar.
  • If the birth certificate is "late registration"
    • Please submit in addition, a baptismal certificate and school record (Form 137) from highschool or elementary and School Yearbook (if possible).
  • If there is no record in PSA
    • Please submit a "Certificate of Non-Record" from PSA together with a birth certificate from the Local Civil Registrar.
  • IT must be issued within one year from PSA Main Office/Serbilis Outlet Center (Nationwide).
  • In case there is no record in PSA
    • Please submit a "Certificate of Non-Record" from PSA together with the marriage certificate from the Local Civil Registrar.
  • Pictures, passport copies, etc. for visiting friends/acquaintances
  • Birth Certificates and Marriage Certificates to connect relationship for visiting relatives
  • If possible, please submit Statement of Service with name and email address of attestant
  • Validity of Bank Certificate is three (3) months from the date of issue
Reminders
  1. Size of document for application should be A4 size only. If document is other size, please submit copy that is already adjusted in A4 size from its original and without staples or pasting pages.
  2. It is applicant's responsibility to ensure that he/she meet the requirements for the grant of a visa. Submission of any supporting documents not listed above is encouraged (e.g. applicant's economic or social ties with the Philippines, urgent reasons for visit: medical certificate, wedding invitation).
  3. Submission of requirements does not guarantee issuance of visa.
  4. If document submitted for application is verified by Embassy or Consular Office as fake or tampered, visa is not issued.
  5. Documents submitted for application will not be returned.
  6. Applicants are given three (3) months to submit additional requirements. Otherwise application will be terminated.
  7. Reason for the denial of visa will not be disclosed even if an inquiry is made. At the same time, if a visa application is denied, applicant may only re-apply for the same purpose after (6) months.

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