VISA / Residing in Japan

Start-up Visa: Start-up

January 18, 2019
Japanese

Period of stay

6 months

Necessary documents
  1. Passport
  2. One visa application form (nationals of Russia, CIS countries or Georgia need to submit two visa application forms)
  3. One photograph (nationals of Russia, CIS countries or Georgia need to submit two photographs)
  4. Certificate of Eligibility (Note) - the original and one copy

Chinese nationals must submit the following documents as well:

  1. Copy of the Chinese Family Register
  2. Temporary Residence Permit or Residence Certificate (If the applicant does not have a family register within the region under the jurisdiction of the embassy or consulate where the application will be made)

(Note) Depending on the nationality of the applicant, additional documents may be required. For details, please check the website of a Japanese embassy or consulate-general in your area.

(Note) What is a Certificate of Eligibility?

A Certificate of Eligibility, which is issued by a regional immigration authority under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Justice, certifies that the foreign national conforms to the conditions for landing in Japan (which means the activity stated in the application is not false and it is one of the activities (except Temporary Visitor) stipulated in the Immigration Control Act). For details, check the website of the Ministry of Justice, Immigration Bureau.別ウィンドウで開く (A proxy in Japan can make the application of COE)
The application for Start-Up Visa must be with COE (the spouse or child of the entrepreneur can apply without COE, but it is recommended to have it). The entrepreneur who wishes to apply for this visa must conform to the conditions provided for by Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry Order and must supported by a municipality in Japan. For details, check the website of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.別ウィンドウで開く