New Visa Application Information for Spouses and Children of Japanese Citizens and Permanent Residents and other special cases (COVID-19)

2021/12/2
The following information is for new visa applications for Spouses/Children of Japanese Nationals, Permanent Residents, and Long Term Residents. If you hold a valid re-entry permit (or special re-entry permit), please see here.
 
Visa exemption measures for Australian passport holders have been paused
Australian passport holders and travellers from Australia currently need a valid visa to enter Japan.
For details, see here.

 
All visas issued by our office prior to 12/2 which have not yet been used to enter Japan cannot be used to newly enter Japan until at least 31/12/2021.
Except for visas "As Spouse, Child of Japanese", "As Spouse of Permanent Resident" and "As Diplomat" for long-term stays. Short term visas are not included in this exemption.

For more details on the new entry measures please see here (Ministry of Foreign Affairs link).   

For information on current entry procedures for Japan, please see here.

Update: All entrants to Japan from Australia, regardless of nationality or visa status, need to provide a PCR Test Certificate and Individual Written Pledge, and quarantine for 14 days (with six at a designated government quarantine area) without using mass or public transport upon arrival.

Entrants to Japan on a family visa will need to provide proof of their family relation when entering Japan, so please travel with your family register or other supporting documents. 

Please read the entry information carefully.

1. Spouses/Children of Japanese Nationals

1.    You can apply for Japanese Spouse visa if you have a Certificate of Eligibility (CoE) as a Japanese Spouse. 

2.    If you have another category’s CoE, you can apply for the visa appropriate to your CoE. You must also provide a family register proving your status as a spouse or child of a Japanese national (an original or a copy of koseki tohon). (Paused)

You must provide a family register as above (an original or a copy of koseki tohon) and further documents. Please contact your local diplomatic mission for details.

2. Spouses/Children of Permanent Residents

1.    You can apply for a Spouse visa if you obtain a Certificate of Eligibility (CoE) as a Spouse of Permanent Resident.
2.   If you have another category’s CoE, you can apply for the visa appropriate to your CoE. You must provide the Residence card (zairyu card) or Certificate of Residence of your family member in Japan. (Paused)

3. Spouses/Children of Long-Term Resident whose family is staying in Japan and who have been separated from their family

(This measure is currently paused, but please consult with us if you believe you have extentuating circumstances)

1. If you have a Certificate of Eligibility (CoE), you can apply for the visa appropriate to your CoE. 
2. If you don’t have a CoE and you want to stay in Japan for a longer period, please obtain a CoE first. For short term stay (up to 90 days), you can apply for a Temporary Visitor Visa. You must provide the Residence card (zairyu card) or Certificate of Residence of your family member in Japan.

4. Specific Work Categories 

(Paused)
Some applicants with a Certificate of Eligibility (CoE) for certain limited work categories may apply for a visa. Please contact us if you believe this applies to you. 

5. Humanitarian Reasons 

You may be able to apply for a visa under specific humanitarian circumstances, such as a family emergency or medical treatment. Please contact us if you believe this applies to you. 

6. Permanent Residents whose re-entry permit has expired

If you are a permanent resident whose re-entry permit has expired, you may be able to apply for the following measure.
Please contact us for more information. 

For all applications:

Please bring:

1. Your passport and a copy of your passport photo page
2. A completed visa application form with a passport photo attached
3. If you are applying with a Certificate of Eligibility (CoE) , please bring it along with a copy of the CoE.
4. Supporting documents as confirmed with your local diplomatic mission

For further document information, see the category appropriate to you above. We may also request further documents as necessary.

If you are not an Australian passport holder, you may require other documentation, so please call us at (02) 6273 3244 to discuss your application.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Is there any visa category for fiancee or engagement?
A. No. To apply for a spouse visa, you must be legally married.

Q. How can I obtain a Certificate of Eligibility (CoE)?
A. The CoE should be applied for your sponsor (in this case, your spouse or their family) in Japan at their local Regional Immigration Services Bureau. Please see the Immigration Services Agency website for more information.