Number of Days Required for Acquiring a Visa

The period required from the visa application to the issuance of the visa is approximately 5 working days as long as there are no particular problems with the content of the application, it takes less time than this depending on the Embassy / Consulate General and the purpose of your travel.

If there is some problem with the content of the application, the Embassy / Consulate General make an inquiry to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Tokyo. In such cases more than a month will be required to issue the visa.

If your purpose is to work or a long-term stay, it is recommended that you submit a Certificate of Eligibility when you make your application. If a Certificate of Eligibility is not submitted, issuance of the visa will take a long time (typically one to three months) regardless of whether or not there is a problem with the content of the application.


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