March 17, 2023
Period of stay 5 years, 3 years, 1 year, 6 months or a term designated by the Minister of Justice (5 years or less)
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 or one copy (If you have an electronic Certificate of Eligibility, please present it at the visa application counter or submit a printed copy)

 Chinese nationals must also submit the following documents:

  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)
  3. Questionnaire (This can be obtained from approved agencies or the website of Japanese embassy and consulates in China)

 Third-generation Japanese-Filipinos or Third-generation Japanese-Brazilians making visa application to the Japanese Embassy in Manila or the Japanese consulate in Sao Paulo are also required to submit documents that clearly show Japanese ancestry, such as a copy of family register, etc., and a criminal record certificate / a certificate showing the applicant has no criminal record, etc.)

 (Note) Depending on the nationality of the applicant, other documents may be necessary in addition to the above. For details please refer to the website of a Japanese embassy or consulate in your area.

 Please look here for information for Filipino parents who wish to enter Japan for the purpose of raising their Japanese biological child.

 (Note) What is a Certificate of Eligibility?

 A Certificate of Eligibility, which is issued by a regional immigration authority under the jurisdiction of the Immigration Services Agency of Japan, 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 Immigration Services Agency of JAPANOpen a New Window. (A proxy in Japan can make an application of COE)

 By presenting COE, the visa application at the Embassy or Consulate-General and the landing examination at the passport control will be processed smoothly. However, please note that a COE does not guarantee the issuance of a visa.

 A visa application for this type of visa could be made without COE. However, the applicant will be required to submit a large amount of verification documents and it could take a long time (several months) to process.

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