General visa: Cultural activities
|Period of stay||3 years, 1 year, 6 months or 3 months|
Chinese nationals must also submit the following documents:
(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.
(Note) What is a Certificate of Eligibility?
A Certificate of Eligibility is issued before a visa application by a regional immigration authority under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Justice as evidence that the foreign national meets the conditions for landing in Japan, including the requirements that the activity in which the foreign national wishes to engage in Japan at the time of the landing examination is not fraudulent and is an activity that comes under a status of residence (excluding Temporary Visitor Status) stipulated in the Immigration Control Act. (Application for the Certificate of Eligibility by a proxy in Japan is allowed. For details go to the Ministry of Justice, Immigration Bureau.)
A foreign national in possession of a Certificate of Eligibility can get a visa issued more easily at an embassy or consulate within the standard processing period (five working days from the day after the date of the acceptance of application). (However, issuance of the visa is not guaranteed.) Furthermore, by presenting the certificated at the time of the examination for landing, the examination procedures will be smoothly carried out.
Even in the case that the purpose of visit is a long-term stay, the visa application can be made to the embassy or consulate without this certificate but please be aware that in this case it will be necessary to submit a large number of verifying documents in addition to those above; and the processing will take a long time (several months) because the visa application documents will have to be sent to the Ministry of Justice via the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Japan for examination.