An applicant who wishes to enter Japan under the visa categories of Employment/Working, General or Specified is required to obtain a Certificate of Eligibility (COE).
A COE is a document issued by the Ministry of Justice in Japan. In order to obtain a COE, the applicant must have a sponsor in Japan, such as an employer, a school, or a relative, etc.
The sponsor in Japan must contact the local Immigration Office in order to apply for your Certificate. Please refer to Ministry of Justice, Immigration Bureau: for details on how to obtain a COE. Once the COE is obtained, the sponsor should send it to the applicant, which should then be provided to the Japanese Consulate or Embassy abroad with other visa application documents.
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