Work
(Journalist)

 

News coverage and other journalistic activities conducted on the basis of a contract with a FOREIGN BASED media organization, such as a newspaper company, news agency, broadcasting station, documentary movie company, etc. (Specifically, activities carried out by newspaper journalists, magazine journalists, reporters, editorial chiefs, editors, media photographers, television and radio announcers, etc., including freelancers).

 

If you are a spouse/dependent accompanying your sponsor, please click here.

 

APPLICATION FILED WITH CERTIFICATE OF ELIGIBILITY

  1. Applicant's valid passport, properly signed by bearer
  2. VISA APPLICATION FORM TO ENTER JAPAN (available here), completely filled out and signed by the applicant
  3. One photograph (2"x 2") attached to application form
  4. Original "Certificate of Eligibility" from the Ministry of Justice in Japan and one photocopy (For instructions for obtaining the Certificate of Eligibility, have your Sponsor in Japan refer to www.immi-moj.go.jp.)
  5. One clear photocopy of the above item No. 4.

 

APPLICATION FILED WITHOUT CERTIFICATE OF ELIGIBILITY

  1. Applicant's valid passport, properly signed by bearer (Please make sure that there is at least 1 page left in your passport for a visa to be affixed to.)
  2. VISA APPLICATION FORM TO ENTER JAPAN (available here), completely filled out and signed by the applicant
  3. One recent photograph (2" x 2") attached to the visa application form. The photo must be no older than 6 months.
  4. Documents certifying the activity, its duration, the position, and the remuneration of the person concerned, such as letter of dispatch, copy of a contract or employment verification letter.
  5. One clear photocopy of the above item No. 4.

 

The Embassy of Japan reserves the right to request additional documents if deemed necessary.

 

The Embassy of Japan will not make copies, if you need original documents, please bring the original and one copy.

 

(1) Journalists seeking visas to cover the G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit: Please allow around four business days to have your application reviewed.
(2) Other cases (e.g. correspondents to be stationed in Japan): Please allow at least four business days to have your application reviewed. (Cases without the Certificate of Eligibility may take a few months.)