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I am a US citizen and I'm going to be studying abroad in Japan in April, 2017. I want to visit Seoul, South Korea for a couple month before then.

Is it possible to apply for the visa for Japan while I'm in South Korea?

Has anyone been in a similar situation? What is the recommended approach to doing this? (I was leaning more towards taking care of everything by mail, but I'm not sure).

  • You should ask the Japanese embassy in Korea whether they will accept your application. – fkraiem Nov 14 '16 at 10:47
  • Why not just do it at the Consulate nearest to you? That might be easier than carrying the documentation required for a student visa. What would you do if there's an issue? – Giorgio Nov 14 '16 at 15:08
  • If all else fails, it's also possible to obtain a residence permit after enteirng Japan – Crazydre Nov 14 '16 at 17:09
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From the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan:

Q5: Can I apply for a visa at the nearest Japanese Embassy / Consulate General while traveling in a foreign country?

A5: You can apply for the visa at the Japanese Embassy / Consulate General in your own country (region) or country (region) of residence (if there is more than one, apply to the Japanese Embassy / Consulate General nearest from where you live). In other words, you cannot apply for a visa at your travel destination; however, if there are unavoidable circumstances, consult with the Japanese Embassy / Consulate General where you would like to apply for the visa before making the application.

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