JAPAN: Certificate of Eligibility (COE) Concessions To Be Discontinued

October 28, 2022

In consideration of foreign nationals whose entry to Japan has been delayed due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Immigration Services Agency of Japan has taken special provisions to extend the validity of the Certificate of Eligibility (COE) and special application process of COE. While these special rules have been extended, it was made clear that these may not be further extended:

Termination of Special provisions to extend the validity of the Certificate of Eligibility (COE)

Special provisions in place:

  • COE issued between January 1, 2020, and April 30, 2022 → Until October 31, 2022
  • COE issued between May 1, 2022, and July 31, 2022 → Valid for 6 months from the date of issue

After special provisions are discontinued:

  • COE issued on or after August 1, 2022 → Valid for 3 months from the date of issue.

You can find more details here.

Termination of Special application process of COE on January 31, 2023

The special application process of the COE will be discontinued on January 31, 2023. COVID-impacted foreign nationals will need to re-apply for a new COE in streamlined manner when their current COEs expire. You can find more details here.

Newland Chase will continue to monitor any changes in Japan as they re-open their borders. As always, please do not hesitate to reach out to your Newland Chase dedicated contact or submit an inquiry here should you have any specific questions regarding this announcement.

This immigration update is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for legal or scenario-specific advice. Furthermore, it is important to note that immigration announcements are subject to sudden and unexpected changes. Readers are encouraged to reach out to Newland Chase for any case- or company-specific assessments.