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Key Points

  • On March 17, 2023, Japan declared that Certificates of Eligibility (CoE) could be acquired in a digital format and delivered via email


The government of Japan announced that Certificates of Eligibility (CoE) could be obtained in a digital format via email as of March 17, 2023.

To apply for a digital CoE, applicants must select “Email” as the method of receipt. Once the initial application is completed, applicants will receive a URL via email that must be completed. Applicants then must register the CoE receipt using the URL in the email. According to the government, a registration email should be received within one day of registration.

CoEs are generally required as part of the application process for obtaining a residence permit or entry permissions into Japan.

What are the Changes?

The government of Japan will begin issuing digital CoEs to eligible foreign nationals. According to the government announcement, this process will simplify specific immigration measures for overseas foreign nationals.

Looking Ahead

Continue to check the government of Japan’s website for the latest updates and information.

Written by: Jessie Butchley, Global Immigration Writer, Envoy Global
Source: Immigration Services Agency of Japan

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