Spouse/Child of Japanese National Visa
A Spouse of Japanese National Visa is for the legal spouse of a Japanese national to accompany them to settle long-term in Japan. A Child of Japanese National Visa is for the child of a Japanese national who is not holding Japanese nationality to accompany their parent to settle long-term in Japan.
To apply at the Embassy of Japan in New Zealand, Wellington, you should 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 should 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 'FAQ' section.
- Visa application form [sample] with one recent passport sized photo (45x35mm) affixed by glue
- Certificate of Eligibility (E-mail type or printed type)
- Visa fee (if applicable) – due when the visa has been issued
*The Certificate of Eligibility is issued by the Ministry of Justice in Japan. It can be obtained by your spouse or in-laws through the local immigration office in Japan on your behalf. The embassy is not involved in issuing the Certificate of Eligibility.
*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.
- Additional documentation may be required.
- No documents other than your passport and COE will be returned.
- Visas with a COE will take a minimum of five working days to be processed. There is no urgent visa service. Other visas will take a minimum of five working days.
- 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.