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Visa Required Document Details

Certificate of Eligibility

Most of the applicants who wish to enter Japan under the categories of Employment/Working, General or Specified visas should obtain, in principle, a Certificate of Eligibility.


The Certificate of Eligibility is a document issued by the Ministry of Justice in Japan. In order to obtain a Certificate of Eligibility, you are required to have a sponsor in Japan such as an employer, a school, relative etc. The sponsor in Japan must contact the local Immigration Office in order to apply for your Certificate. Once this has been issued, the certificate will be sent to you and you are then able to apply for a visa with the required documents listed below.

The application for the Certificate of Eligibility is free of charge and generally it takes up to 3 months to process.


Requried documents for applicants holding Certificate of Eligibility

1. A valid passport with at least 2 spread blank visa pages
2. A valid Australian visa as a long-term resident such as a permanent resident, temporary resident for the purpose of business in New South Wales and the Northern Territory (You may call us for more details during the telephone assistance hours.)
*Please access to the VEVO site, check and print out your visa information.
3. One completed visa application form (Sample writing - PDF Version and Slide show version(MS PowerPoint required and please run "slide show")
*Please fill in all the lines without any blank. If it is not applicable, please put “N/A” or “No”.
4. One passport sized photo (4.5cm x 3.5cm (taken within 6 months))
5. The original Certificate of Eligibility


☆ Additional documents may be required if necessary.
☆The minimum assessment time is 5 working days. It generally takes longer if additional documents are required for further assessment.

☆ There is NO priority processing service. Therefore, early preparation for visa applications is highly recommended.
☆As noted on the Certificate of Eligibility, it is valid for 3 months from the date of issue.

The Certificate of Eligibility should be submitted to an Immigration Inspector with a valid visa for landing permission at the port of entry, and shall cease to be valid if the application for landing permission is not filed within three months from the date of issue.

☆The telephone assistance is available if you need further inquiries on 02-9250-1000 Monday-Friday, 10:00am - 12:00pm, 3:00pm-5:00pm.

☆ NO inquiries can be made by Email.