In this article, I would like to talk about the case where a Certificate of Eligibility (COVID-19) is issued and the expiration date on the CoE has passed.
We have a lot of people who inquire about this type of situation on their own without going through a study abroad agent, so I thought I would write this article to help ease the anxiety of those who are interested in studying in Japan.
The Certificate of Eligibility (CoE), which is a necessary document to obtain a student visa, is usually valid for about three months after it is issued.
As an example, for students who wish to study in October 2021, the CoE application was submitted in early June, and the results were received on August 19.
The results are scheduled to be announced on August 19. Normally, the CoE will expire if the student does not apply for a college student visa at the embassy and have it issued by November 19, which is the three-month deadline after receiving the CoE. However, as of April 20, Japan is restricting entry to newcomers and Japanese embassies around the world have stopped issuing visas, so we are temporarily extending the validity of the CoE to six months. In other words, if you apply in October, you will be able to apply for a student visa with the same CoE until February 19, 2022. Please refer to the Immigration Services Agency of Japan’s website (https://www.isa.go.jp/en/index.html) for more information on this matter, as it is being updated.
In some cases, we are able to flexibly accommodate students whose study plans have changed due to the extension of their CoE.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us and our experienced staff will be happy to help you.
Principal, Yoshida Institute of Japanese Language