Work, Study, Long Term Stay, Permanent Residents Whose Re-entry Permit has Expired, Humanitarian Reasons

2022/3/25

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.

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

Visa Application Requirements

    *PLEASE DO NOT STAPLE ANY DOCUMENTS TOGETHER.
    *ALL DOCUMENTS MUST BE PRINTED PRIOR TO VISITING OUR OFFICE.
    We do not accept documents via USB, nor can we print documents for you.


    • (A) Long Term Visa Application with CoE (Certificate of Eligiblity)   
    • 1. Original (no copies) valid passport
    • 2. One completed visa application form
      (All sections must be completed. If a question does not apply to you please write "N/A")
      3. Recent passport sized photograph
      (taken within the last 6 months)
      4. Original Certificate of Eligibility
      5. Entrants, Returnees Follow-up System (ERFS) Registration Certificate
    • (nyukokusha kenkou kakunin sistemu, 入国者健康確認システム ).
    • The sponsor of your visa (i.e. your employer or school in Japan) must be the one to register you.
      https://www.mhlw.go.jp/stf/newpage_24101.html
      6. A valid Australian visa
    • (For those who are not an Australian citizen only)
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    • (B) Spouse or Child of Japanese National Visa Application with CoE
    • 1. Original (no copies) valid passport
      2. One completed visa application form
      (All sections must be completed. If a question does not apply to you please write "N/A")
      3. Recent passport sized photograph
      (taken within the last 6 months)
      4. Original Certificate of Eligibility 
      5. A valid Australian visa
    • (For those who are not an Australian citizen only)
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    If you are a spouse of Japanese national or child of Japanese national and do not have a Certificate of Eligibility, hold a certificate with the status other than “Spouse” or “Child” or intend to stay in Japan for less than 90 days, please kindly contact the visa section.
     
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    • (C) Permanent Residents Whose Re-entry Permit has Expired
    • If you are a permanent resident whose re-entry permit has expired, you may be able to apply for the following measure. Please contact us for more information. 
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    • (D) Humanitarian Reasons
    • You may be able to apply for a visa under specific humanitarian circumstances, such as a family emergency or medical treatment. Please contact us if you believe this applies to you.

Please Note

  • *Additional documents may be required if necessary.
    *Documents submitted with the application will not be returned (except passport and certificate of eligibility)
    *Each applicant (including children) must prepare separate documents. 
    *Visa fees vary. We will advise you at the time of application.
    *If the applicant (including child) is unable to visit our office, please kindly advise us before you come to our office. We will advise you extra documents to submit
    * The result for the visa will take some time to issue and therefore the pick up date is unknown. We will contact you once your visa is ready for collection.
    * A flight is NOT required to be booked to apply for this letter however details such as departure date (of Australia), flight number, (air)port of entry are required for the application form so please look into what is available. Should you not take that flight or the details change, that is fine.
    * Please note that an appointment is not required to submit a visa application however, please double check our office holidays as we are closed for Australian public holidays as well as several Japanese public holidays.
    https://www.brisbane.au.emb-japan.go.jp/itpr_en/about_us.html#section4 
    * For entry (and re-entry) procedures of Japan, please click here.