Due to strict immigration regulations and complex application process, we would like to redirect you to our school partners. If you meet all their requirements, they will help you with your application. To proceed with getting in touch with our school partners, please use the following link: https://gogonihon.com/en/school-partner-contact-form/
If you have dual citizenship and hold another passport, please try filling in our form again using those passport details. We thank you for your interest and we wish you all the best with finding a way to study in Japan.
Due to the strict immigration regulations and the complexity of the application process, we regret that we cannot assist students of your nationality as we do not have familiarity with the process for people from your country.
If you do have dual citizenship and hold another passport, please enter those details and try again. We thank you for your interest in our business and wish you luck in finding a way to come to Japan.
Updated: September 2023 After a foreign national applies for their Japan visa, they will receive a Certificate of Eligibility for Japan (COE) if their application is approved by the local immigration authority. The COE serves as evidence that the applicant fulfills various conditions of the Immigration Control Act, including those certifying that the activity in which the foreigner wishes to engage in Japan is valid and comes under a status of residence (this excludes Temporary Visitor Status).
Once you have an original or electronic COE, you can then take it to your local Japanese embassy to convert it into a valid visa.
Issuance of the visa is not guaranteed though, under certain circumstances. For example: if there was a change in status since the issuance of the COE or if it becomes evident that the documents submitted to obtain the Certificate of Eligibility were false.
For students, it will basically be the preliminary visa screening process, prior to actually applying for the student visa. The Japanese government will approve the Certificate of Eligibility for Japan, and the local consulate will approve the visa.
How to get the Certificate of Eligibility for Japan as a student
Go! Go! Nihon will send the students’ required documents to their language school. The schools will then submit the visa application to the Immigration Bureau in Japan on your behalf.
As of 2023, students should receive their electronic COE as a PDF document that can be printed out and submitted to their local Japanese embassy. In some cases receive the original Certificate of Eligibility for Japan by mail, once the Immigration Bureau approves the visa application. Make sure to supply all the necessary documents for your application so the process moves forward smoothly.
How to use the Certificate of Eligibility for Japan to obtain a student visa
If the student applies through a Japanese language school using the Certificate of Eligibility, there should not be any issues in converting your visa at the embassy. Usually, the conversion procedure doesn’t take too long, but please confirm with the Japanese embassy or consulate in your city.
Once students receive the Certificate of Eligibility for Japan, they should take it and the visa application form, obtained from the Japanese embassy, photos, and a valid passport to the Japanese embassy or consulate in your city. The embassy will issue the student visa in a couple of days.
Application form for visa (found on embassy’s website)
Photo (4cmx3cm) – a photo that shows the applicant pictured alone, facing squarely to the front without any head coverings. There should be a plain background with no shadows, the photo should be sharp and clear. The photo must have been taken within three months prior to submission.
Certificate of Eligibility (A PDF version will be sent to you)
Passport that is valid for at least 6 months from when you enter Japan
Depending on the nationality of the applicant, other documents may be necessary. This is something that Go! Go! Nihon will be able to help you with as part of the application process, so don’t hesitate to contact us!