Please be aware that we will decline applications that have incomplete documentation.
Each applicant must submit the following documents:
Note: Applicant for "Dependent Status", if the primary person already resides in Japan, please submit two copies of the primary person's Resident Card and two copies of passport; include page with visas and immigration stamps.
※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 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). (However, issuance of the visa is not guaranteed.) Furthermore, there is the advantage that if the certificate is shown to the immigration officer at the time of the landing application the foreign national can more easily demonstrate that their status of residence conforms to the conditions for landing in Japan such as control, etc.
Visa fees are determined according to reciprocal arrangements between Japan and the country of the applicant's nationality. Please check the page of Visa Fees.
In the case of application with a Certificate of Eligibility, it usually takes four to seven working days to process an application.
Applications by mail
will be accepted from applicants who reside outside of the 5 boroughs of New York City. A USPS self-addressed stamped envelope with completed express mailing label and the postage must be enclosed for returning your visa and passport.
- We ship only to addresses within our jurisdiction. Please refer to this link to verify: http://www.ny.us.emb-japan.go.jp/en/a/02.html
- We do not use Fedex, UPS or any other third party mail services for returning passports. ALL applications by mail should include a Release of Liability Form, which may be found and printed out at this link: http://www.ny.us.emb-japan.go.jp/en/d/release_of_liability.pdf .
The mailing address and the related notes are posted on our instruction page.
Please read the instruction page carefully.