Extension of Validity of Certificate of Eligibility due to Covid


Generally, the validity of Certificate of Eligibility (COE) is 3 months.

However, due to the impact of the Novel Coronavirus, the Government of Japan has made some exceptions for expired COEs.

Please see below extension of expired COEs and new validity from those that was issued beginning January 31, 2021 for your reference.

1. Validity of COE
(1) For COE issued from October 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019
   Valid until April 30, 2021

(2) For COE issued from January 1, 2020 to January 30, 2021
   Valid until July 31, 2021

(3) For COE issued from January 31, 2021
   Valid for six (6) months
   Ex.) COE issued on January 31, 2021: Valid until July 31, 2021
       COE issued on March 1, 2021: Valid until September 1, 2021

Since travel ban updates change unexpectedly and acceptance of visa applications are limited, this is favorable to those who need longer validity of COE. Specifically, those who are not allowed to enter Japan yet such as student, working, dependent, and short-term business visa.

However, Japan immigration is still accepting applications for certificate of eligibility, so Wakai International Law Firm can still assist you with any type of COE application.

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