The Certificate of Eligibility is a document issued by the Ministry of Justice in Japan. The holder of this certificate has the advantage of reducing the time required to obtain a visa and complete immigration procedures by showing the certificate to the immigration officer, and can obtain landing permission more easily.
Visa categories for which a Certificate of Eligibility can be issued include such activities as being an entertainer, student, professor, researcher, or long-term resident participating in religious activities, or for other specified purposes.
For details go to the Ministry of Justice, Immigration Bureau
Application for Certificate of Eligibility
|1.||Valid Passport (properly signed by bearer, w/ at least 2 blank visa pages)
*If you submit a PERMIT TO RE-ENTER THE UNITED STATES or a REFUGEE TRAVEL DOCUMENT issued by the U.S. government, it must have a validity date at least six months beyond the date of visa application.
|2.||Visa application form, completely filled out and signed by the applicant
*You may download a PDF application form:
QR code / without QR code for handwriting.
|3.||One passport-sized photo (2”×2”, taken within six months)
*Attached to the application form using GLUE ONLY, please do not staple or tape.
|4.||Certificate of Eligibility (original)|
|5.||Registered alien card (Green Card) or US visa with I-20 and I-94 for non-US citizen|
|6.||If Entertainer, Artist, Engineer, Skilled Labor or Trainee,
Copy of Contract which stating length of assignment to include start and end date.
*Name list should be attached for a group of entertainers.
|7.||Visa fee (if applicable)|
|Note: Applicant for "Dependent Status", if the primary person already resides in Japan, please submit two copies of the primary person's Resident Card and two copies of passport; include page with visas and immigration stamps with your Certificate of Eligibility.|
|Please call in advance to verify that you have all of the necessary documents to apply for your visa at (808) 543-3111.|