※What is a Certificate of Eligibility?
A Certificate of Eligibility is issued before a visa application by a regional immigration authority under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Justice as evidence that the foreign national meets the conditions for landing in Japan, including the requirements that the activity in which the foreign national wishes to engage in Japan at the time of the landing examination is not fraudulent and is an activity that comes under a status of residence (excluding Temporary Visitor Status) stipulated in the Immigration Control Act. (Application by a proxy in Japan is allowed. For details go to the Ministry of Justice, Immigration Bureau.
A foreign national in possession of a Certificate of Eligibility can get a visa issued more easily at an embassy or consulate within the standard processing period (four working days). (However, issuance of the visa is not guaranteed.) Furthermore, there is the advantage that if the certificate is shown to the immigration officer at the time of the landing application the foreign national can more easily demonstrate that their status of residence conforms to the conditions for landing in Japan such as control, etc.The Certificate of Eligibility is issued by the Immigration Bureau
in Japan for the person who is going to work study or live in Japan. The Immigration Bureau will not issue the Certificate of Eligibility to person who is going to Japan for temporary visit or transit. Validity of the Certificate of Eligibility is 3 months from date of issue. Therefore, please be aware that you must obtain the Japan visa and enter Japan within 3 month from date of issue of the Certificate of Eligibility. If you have any questions about the requirements, processing time, etc of the Certificate of Eligibility, please inquire to your proxy or Immigration Bureau in Japan.
Visa applications should be made at the Japanese embassy or consulate with jurisdiction over applicant's current address. Consulate General of Japan in Nashville covers Arkansan, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Visa Section at 615-340-4300 or visit Visa Window which opens Monday through Friday except holidays, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. You may also send a request for visa information by email at email@example.com
We can only respond to questions regarding visas at this address. The information that will be needed from you is:
1. Your nationality
2. Your visa status in the United States
3. Detailed purpose of your trip to Japan
4. Your intended length of stay in Japan
5. Your occupation
6. Your current place of residence & telephone number
Due to the large volume of inquires by email, we are not able to respond to all of them. If you do not hear from us, please call us to obtain information. Thank you.
Consulate General of Japan
1801 West End Avenue, Suite 900
Nashville, TN 37203
Office hours for Visas
9:00 AM - 12:30PM and 1:30PM - 5:00PM
Monday - Friday except holidays
Please submit your visa application before we close the window at 4:00pm.
Phone: 615-340-4300 / Fax: 615-340-4312
JAPAN VISA INFORMATION HOTLINE（24 hours/7 days a week. English only）
* If you are calling from the U.S., you will be charged a domestic call fee for your call.
* This Hotline can only answer general questions regarding visas.
* The Hotline will not connect you to the Consulate Visa Office. If you need to contact the Consulate in regards to a pending visa application, please contact the Consulate directly at 615-340-4300 during office hours.