As a Filipino traveling to Japan for more than 90 days as a visiting family member of a Japanese or a Permanent/Long-term resident, you will need to get a Specified Visa.
Requirements for a Specified Visa (Spouse Visa)
- CERTIFICATE OF ELIGIBILITY – Your spouse (husband or wife) in Japan hosting the trip should apply for this certificate before you start applying for your own visa. Without this document, the application may be rejected outright or take many months to process. It’s an important document because it proves that the host can take care of your stay and vouches that you are there only for the purpose stated in the visa application. Your spouse may only apply for this in Japan and it is an absolute requirement for spouses who want to live in Japan.
- PASSPORT and VISA APPLICATION FORM – This includes your passport, photos and an accomplished Visa Application Form that you can download and print from the Japanese Embassy website.
- OFFICIAL DOCUMENTS FROM YOU – You should include your authenticated Birth Certificate and Marriage Contract. It is best to have them authenticated by the Department of Foreign Affairs with a red ribbon.
- OFFICIAL DOCUMENTS FROM JAPAN – Your spouse should send you an Invitation Letter written within the last 3 months before application. Their Residence Certificate (Juminhyo), Family Certificate (Koseki Tohon), and a copy of their Residence Card from Immigration (Zairyu Card). If the host doesn’t have a Zairyu Card yet, copies of their passport would suffice. If your spouse in Japan is sponsoring you, you’d also need to submit a Guarantee Letter and Income Certificate.
More information can be found on: Japanese Embassy – click here
How Will I know if there are Extra Requirements?
It’s not uncommon for the Japanese Embassy to ask you for additional documents. You are given 3 months to come up with additional requirements. Otherwise, your application will be terminated and you’d need to wait 6 more months to apply again.
TIPS FOR A SUCCESSFUL JAPANESE VISA APPLICATION
- Be Prepared. Even if an agency is helping you, it’s important to pay attention to the documents you have. You should have multiple copies of everything just in case.
- Submit only Recent Documents. All your documents need to be up to date. For example, your Filipino passport shouldn’t expire in at least 6 months to one year from the date of application.
- Documents should be in Japanese. You may need to have all your documents translated to
Japanese. These can be requested as extra requirements. Instead of waiting to see if a Japanese translation is needed, it’s best to already have your official documents (Birth Certificates, Marriage Contracts, etc.) translated to Japanese before application. This is actually easy. You can contact your preferred language translation company in the Philippines who specializes in Japanese translation. You can also have your translated documents authenticated.
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