The Japanese government announced that it will begin issuing Certificates of Eligibility electronically.

Key Points:

  • As of March 17, foreign nationals who applied for a COE online or completed user registration online before visiting a regional Immigration Services Bureau office can receive their COE via email.
  • Foreign nationals living overseas are now able to apply for a visa and a landing application by showing authorities the COE email confirmation.
  • More information regarding the COE application process is available here.

Additional Information: Foreign nationals who have a paper COE can submit a copy of it when applying for a visa. If a representative applies for a visa, they can submit the original COE, a copy of the paper COE or a printed email. Paper copies of the COE should include the front and back.

BAL Analysis: Japanese authorities decided to issue COEs electronically to reduce the mailing and processing times for those living overseas.

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