# How do I get a passport?

1. Oct 25, 2005

### QuantumTheory

I'm 17 and I want to get a passport to visist japan and then live there.
I live in AZ
What are the requirements to get one?

Thanks

2. Oct 25, 2005

### Staff: Mentor

Go to your local post office and pick up a form. You'll need a birth certificate and two recent photos (which they can take there). I'm not sure if you need any other ID, but you'll probably need parental permission since you are under 18.

Visiting most western nations(probably including Japan) involves a tourist visa, which you get when you enter. No application necessary, they just stamp your pasport. Getting those requirees something like 14 days. Staying longer will require an application for a different kind of visa depending on your circumstances.

3. Oct 25, 2005

### QuantumTheory

My teacher said i need to go to california to get one..is this true?

4. Oct 25, 2005

### Staff: Mentor

It shouldn't be. Call your local post office and ask for the nearest one to you that issues passports (not all post offices issue them). Also, visiting for a short time is easy, extended stays and work visas are a whole different ball game.

5. Oct 25, 2005

### Integral

Staff Emeritus
By the way this process costs about $80 and takes several weeks. 6. Oct 25, 2005 ### Evo ### Staff: Mentor For an additional$60, you can expedite and get it in a couple of days. That's what I had to do for the Evo Child.

7. Oct 25, 2005

### QuantumTheory

Thanks. I have a post office just across from my house..
Guess Ill have to get a job to get the money for it

What about the work visa? Im willing to stay in japan permanantly, even giving up my american citizen for a japanese one..can I do this?

8. Oct 25, 2005

### Staff: Mentor

My guess is that it would be extremely difficult without a sponsor. I would suggest reading about Japan's immigrant worker policies. They should have a website online.

9. Oct 25, 2005

### QuantumTheory

What do you mean by a sponsor?

10. Oct 25, 2005

### Moonbear

Staff Emeritus
A sponsor means you need to find someone within the country willing to vouch for you and guarantee you will have a residence and job while there.

You don't need a visa just to visit Japan (one of my friends is there right now and was sent very last minute, so I think I asked him 6 times if he was sure he didn't need a visa to go to Japan because I didn't think he'd have time to get one...and because I was still hoping he wasn't really going to cancel the plans for me to visit him this week). You probably will need a visa or work permit to work there or stay an extended time though.

11. Oct 25, 2005

### Pengwuino

Why do you want to go to Japan to work? I would think its extraordinarily rare for a minor to go on a work visa to another country of similar wealth for an extended period of time without first really knowing about the place. Go visit first and stay a few weeks or a couple months to see if its a place you'd like to live in. I assume you've never even visited....

12. Oct 25, 2005

### loseyourname

Staff Emeritus
Why not just go to school in Japan? I'm sure you could obtain a student visa easily enough. They might even have English-speaking universities there.