Documents required for Filipino parents of Japanese-Filipino Children (JFC) who are traveling to Japan with the children
If your purpose of visit falls in one of the following categories, the documents listed bellow are required when applying for visa to Japan (except in case you are a holder of 'Certificate of Eligibility').
- For living in Japan as a long-term resident in order to raise your child in Japan
- For a short stay (within 90 days) in Japan to make a preparation or preliminary inspection for the possible long-term stay in Japan with your child in future
- For conducting necessary procedures for your child such as finding Japanese father's whereabouts, being acknowledged by Japanese father, etc. on the temporary visit to Japan (within 90 days)
1. Documents of visa applicant(s) (yourself)
- (1) Philippine passport
- (2) Visa application form
- (3) One Photograph (2x2 inches)
- (4) Birth certificate
Please submit a copy of a birth certificate that was issued by the National Statistics Office (NSO) on security paper. If the certificate is illegible because it is crumpled or some of the content cannot be confirmed because an edge of the copy is missing, etc., please submit a birth certificate issued by the local government office in addition. Also, those whose birth certificate registration was delayed should submit certificate of baptism, school report cards (primary and secondary schools) and graduation albums in addition along with it.
- (5) Marriage Certificate (if applicable)
Please submit a copy of a marriage certificate that was issued by the National Statistics Office (NSO) on security paper.
- (6) Certificate of employment/letter from the employer (if employed in the Philippines)
- (7) A photocopy of your old passport(s) which indicates record of your previous travel(s) to Japan (if applicable)
2. Documents of your child (JFC)
- (1) Birth certificate
For Philippine births, please submit a copy of a birth certificate that was issued by the National Statistics Office (NSO) on security paper. If the certificate is illegible because it is crumpled or some of the content cannot be confirmed because an edge of the copy is missing, etc., please submit a birth certificate issued by the local government office in addition.
- (2) One copy of family register (Koseki-Tohon) of the Japanese parent of your child (if the name of the child or/and yourself is written on it)
- (3) Japanese passport (if applicable)
- (4) Certificate of enrolment/graduation (if your child goes to/has finished school in the Philippines)
3. Supporting document(s) to prove financial ability for the payment of travel expenses (if unable to submit any of the following documents, please submit the explanation in writing)
- (1) In case yourself or your supporter in the Philippines bears all expenses;
- Official certificate of annual income of yourself or the supporter, or
- Bank book and certificate of tax payment of yourself or the supporter
- (2) In case a guarantor in Japan bears all or partial expenses, one of the followings;
- (a) Certificate of annual income or certificate of taxable income of the guarantor (issued by municipal office)
- (b) Bank statement of the guarantor's account balance
- (c) A copy of final income tax return file of the guarantor
- (d) Certificate of tax payment of the guarantor (form2, issued by a taxation office)
- (3) In case a supporting organization such as Philippine-based NGO bears all or partial expenses;
Documents which prove the substantiality of the organization, such as
- (a) SEC Certificate of incorporation
- (b) DSWD Certificate of registration
4. Documents related to guarantor, inviting person, or supporting organization, if any
- (1) Letter of guarantee and/or Letter of reason for invitation
- (2) -Certificate of employment/letter from employer (if guarantor/inviting person is employed
-A Certified copy of the incorporation register (if guarantor/inviting person is self-employed)
- (3) In case the guarantor/inviting person is a relative of the JFC, documents clarifying the relationship
- (4) Documents related to the supporting/inviting organization, if there is any NGO or a company supporting your travel to Japan.
(i.e. certified copy of register of the organization, an overview of the organization, an outline of activities and achievements of the organization, counterpart(s) in the Philippines if any and detail of the nature of their cooperation, etc.)
- (5) A photocopy of guarantor's/inviting person's old passport(s) which indicate record of his/her previous travel(s) to the Philippines (if applicable)
- (6) If there is an intermediary who introduced you to guarantor/inviting person/supporting organization, documents related to the intermediary, such as a photocopy of his/her passport, photocopy of his/her alien registration card, etc.
(Note) There are some malicious brokers and criminal organizations such as human trafficking syndicates trying to exploit you by sending you to Japan. Those people might approach you pretending to help you by becoming your guarantor for your visa application. You have to be careful.
5. In case you wish to live in Japan as a long-term resident with your child;
- (1) Letter from the prospective employer, overview of the company, etc. (if you have a prospective employer in Japan) The document should include address, phone number, and name of a contact person of the company.
[NOTE] If your prospective employer offered you a job at an amusement/sex-related businesses such as nightclubs, pubs, etc., there is high risk for you to be a victim of human trafficking. Thus, visa may not be issued in such cases.
'Japan's Visa Policy in Accordance with Measures to Combat Trafficking in Persons'
- (2) Documents related to the school of your child, such as a copy of admission letter, etc. (if your child has a schooling plan in Japan) The document should include address, phone number, and name of a contact person of the school.
- (3) Documents related to your prospective residence in Japan. The document should include the information of the address and name of the leaseholder of the premises, names of prospective house mates if any, etc.
(Note) If you cannot prepare the aforementioned document(s) which is/are applicable to you, please submit a written explanation instead. The personal data provided will be used only for visa examination, and handled appropriately in accordance with the Japanese law of 'Act on the Protection of Personal Data Held by Administrative Organs'.