JAPAN VISA INFORMATION HOTLINE

For general questions about the visa for Japan (e.g. processing time, price, how to apply etc.) please contact the Japan Visa Information Hotline.

Toll free phone number: 1800 171 443

This 24hr service will commence at 10:00am (AEST) on Monday, 1st of April 2019.

 

Work, Study, Long Term Stay

Certificate of Eligibility

Most of the applicants who wish to enter Japan under the category of Employment/Working, Study or other Long Term Stay visas should obtain, in principle, a Certificate of Eligibility from Japan.

A Certificate of Eligibility is a document that verifies the activity in which the foreigner wishes to engage in Japan. This document has the advantage of reducing the time required to obtain a visa and complete immigration procedures when work or long-term stay is the purposes of the trip, including such activities as; entertainer, professor, researcher, work or employment, religious activities, student, or long-term resident.

In order to obtain a Certificate of Eligibility, you are required to have a sponsor in Japan such as an employer, an agent, a school, relatives, etc. depending on the visa you wish to apply for. The sponsor in Japan needs to contact a regional immigration authority in order to apply for this certificate. Once the certificate has been issued, your sponsor will send you the certificate and you are then able to apply for a visa at this office with the required documents listed below. The application procedure for a Certificate of Eligibility is free of charge and generally takes approximately 2 to 3 months to process.

Required documents for those who have a Certificate of Eligibility:

  1. A valid passport with a valid Australian visa
  2. One completed visa application form
  3. One recent passport size photograph (standard Australian passport photo size, taken within 6 months)
  4. The original Certificate of Eligibility

As noted on the Certificate of Eligibility, the certificate is valid for 3 months from the date of issue. If you fail to enter Japan within these 3 months, you may be refused your entry even with a valid visa.

Further information about categories of visas and visa procedures can be found on the website of Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Spouse or Child of Japanese National

Applications from spouse or child of Japanese national can also be accepted with the following documents instead of Certificate of Eligibility.

Requirements for Spouse of Japanese National Visa

  1. Valid Passport
  2. One completed visa application form
  3. One recent (taken within 6 months) passport size photograph
  4. An official copy of the Japanese spouse’s family register (Koseki Tohon), issued within 3 months of date of application is required and must show the registered marriage
  5. The marriage certificate of the applicant, issued by an organisation in the country where the applicant is a national
  6. A letter of guarantee from the Japanese spouse (if the spouse is currently living in Japan) or spouse’s family in Japan, guaranteeing the applicant’s behavior, expenses, etc. whilst the applicant is in Japan
  7. Documents providing the applicant’s or spouse’s financial capabilities (such as job contract in Japan, current bank statements, income tax return, etc.) In addition to these documents, if the applicant is currently employed in Australia, please submit an official letter from the employer confirming the applicant’s employment and the length of time that the applicant has been with that employer.
  8. A signed statement declaring that you and your spouse will be residing in Japan together as husband and wife. (i.e. one partner cannot reside in Australia whilst the other partner resides in Japan)

No. 4 and 6 must be sent from Japan and they have to be the original documents.

Please note that additional documents may be requested if necessary.

Requirements for Child of Japanese National Visa

  1. Valid Passport
  2. One completed visa application form
  3. One recent passport size photograph
  4. An official copy of the Japanese parent’s family register (Koseki Tohon), issued within 3 months of the date of application
  5. Applicant’s full Birth Certificate
  6. A letter of guarantee from someone in Japan, preferably a Japanese relative, guaranteeing the applicant’s behaviour, expenses, etc. whilst the applicant is in Japan. The Japanese guarantor must be currently working in Japan and the following documents must be submitted with this letter (1) certificate of employment (zaishoku shomeisho) and (2) certificate of tax payment (nozei shomeisho) showing the guarantor’s annual income
  7. Documents providing applicant’s or applicant’s parents’ (if the applicant is a dependant) financial capabilities (such as certificate of employment, income tax payment, bank statement etc.)

No. 4 and 6 must be sent from Japan and they have to be the original documents

Please note that additional documents may be requested if necessary.

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