Embassy of Japan in New Zealand

    Visa Application and Collection  Hours: 
    Monday to Friday
    9:00am–12:00 noon
    1:30pm–4:00pm

    Visa Telephone Hours:
    Monday to Friday
    9:00am-12:00 noon only

    Phone:
    (04) 473-1540

    Email:
    consular@wl.mofa.go.jp

    Address:
    Level 18, The Majestic Centre, 100 Willis Street Wellington, PO Box 6340
    New Zealand

Work Visa

August 2017

Applicants intending to apply for a Work Visa should in principle obtain a Certificate of Eligibility before applying for the visa. This COE is issued by the Ministry of Justice in Japan. It can be obtained by the inviting Japanese employer through the local immigration office in Japan on your behalf. This means that in principle all applicants are required to have a Japanese employer to sponsor them.

To apply at the Embassy of Japan in New Zealand, Wellington, you must reside in the following regions:
Wellington, Taranaki, Gisborne, Hawke’s Bay, Manawatu-Wanganui (excluding Ruapehu District) or the South Island (excluding Canterbury).

Residents of other regions must apply at the Consulate General of Japan in Auckland or the Consular Office of Japan in Christchurch.

Please find below a list of the documentation required to support your visa application. For information on how to submit the application, please see our 'How To Apply' section.


Required Documentation

  1. Valid passport with sufficient space for the visa
  2. Visa application form  [sample] form with one recent passport sized photo (43x35mm) affixed with glue
  3. Original COE, plus one photocopy

* Visa fee (if applicable) payable when visa is issued. Payment must be by cash when passport is collected.
* If you wish to nominate another person to collect your passport on your behalf, please complete the official authorisation form with your handwritten signature. Your nominated person must provide this authorisation form, his/her official ID, and pay the visa fee (if applicable) in cash at the time of collection.

NOTE:

  • Additional documentation may be required.
  • No documents other than your passport and COE will be returned.
  • Work visas will take a minimum of five working days to be processed. There is no urgent visa service.
  • Even with possession with a visa, final permission to enter Japan remains at the discretion of the immigration authorities.
  • Visas are only valid from three months from date of issue, so applications open from three months before your intended date of arrival.
  • For further information, please see the FAQ section or contact us.


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