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Thread: Processing time for CoE/Work Visa?

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    Jan 2011

    Default Processing time for CoE/Work Visa?

    Hi guys,

    I'm wondering if anyone here can give me an approximate timeframe for the processing of a Certificate of Eligibility and Work Visa (for someone outside of Japan)? The MOFA site says it takes approximately 5 working days to process the Work Visa itself, but I can't find any information about how long it takes to process the CoE. I've found several sites that say 4 - 6 weeks, and I'm wondering if that's correct?

    Specifically, I'd be interested to hear from anyone who has been hired to work for a private English school from outside of Japan (as this is my situation).

    Any information is greatly appreciated.

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    I think it takes two months or more.
    But don't take my word for it, I heard this somewhere and I forgot where exactly.

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    Senior Member Shankerbelle's Avatar
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    Default Re: Processing time for CoE/Work Visa?

    I've heard the same. The majority of the forums and other sites say up to 3 months.

    COE/Visa Issue - forum

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    Default Re: Processing time for CoE/Work Visa?

    Interac says 2 months or more....
    For me, I completed the forms and sent it to them on Dec 22nd and I had my CoE in hand on Feb 21st .....

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