Japan: Extension of Validity of Certificates of Eligibility

Last Updated on February 23, 2023

Key Points  

  • 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 that were issued between 1 Jan 2020 and 31 Oct. 2021 will remain valid until 30 April 2022. COEs issued between 1 Nov. 2021 and 30 April 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 a period of 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 time 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 and Envoy’s website for additional information and updates.  

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