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  • Extension of the validity period for certificates of eligibility


The government of Japan has extended the validity of certificates of eligibility (COE) related to COVID-19. COEs issued between January 1, 2020, and October 31, 2021, will remain valid until April 30, 2022. COEs issued between November 1, 2021, and April 30, 2022, will remain valid until six months from the date of issuance. A COE is an official document issued by the Ministry of Justice granting entry for applicants of long-term visas, work visas, and more.

What are the Changes?

A COE generally remains valid for three months. However, this extension will extend the validity of a COE to six months or more, depending on the date of issuance. This will expand the period for certain visa applicants to file for a visa and legally enter Japan.

Looking Ahead

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

Source: Immigration Services Agency of Japan

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