Japanese Marriage Certificate and Divorce Decree for US Immigration Purposes

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The US Immigration Agency:

  • USCIS
  • NVC
  • DOS

has specific (Consistent among any US Immigration Agency) document requirements for individuals married or divorced in Japan.

Japanese Marriage Certificate Requirement

The US Government accepts the following documents to prove marriage:

  • Full version of family register (Koseki Tohon/Zenbu jiko shomeisho)
  • Short version of family register (Koseki Shohon/Kojin jiko shomeisho)
  • Certificate of Acceptance of Notification of Marriage (Konin juri shomeisho)

The Municipal (city, ward, town, village and etc.) Office of the applicant’s legal domicile (honseki-chi) can issue the acceptable document. Applicants may learn which municipal offices provide this service by using the search function at the following Government of Japan website: lg-waps.go.jp.

The following documents are not acceptable in lieu of family register or Certificate of Acceptance of Notification of Marriage as they are not recognized as marriage certificates by the Government of Japan:

  • Certificate of residence
  • Certificate issued by a church, mosque or other religious organization

Japanese Divorce Certificate Requirement

The US Government accepts the following documents to prove divorce:

  • Full version of family register (Koseki Tohon/Zenbu jiko shomeisho)
  • Short version of family register (Koseki Shohon/Kojin jiko shomeisho)
  • Certificate of Acceptance of Notification of Divorce (Rikon juri shomeisho)

The Municipal (city, ward, town, village and etc.) Office of the applicant’s legal domicile (honseki-chi) can issue the acceptable document. Applicants may learn which municipal offices provide this service by using the search function at the following Government of Japan website: lg-waps.go.jp.

The following document is not acceptable in lieu of family register or Certificate of Acceptance of Notification of Divorce:

  • Certificate of residence

More Information may be found here:

https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/Visa-Reciprocity-and-Civil-Documents-by-Country/Japan.html

 

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