[Important] New Duration of Validity for Issued Certificates of Eligibility (COE)


Published: July 21, 2021

TO: International Students Whose Certificate of Eligibility (COE) Has Been Issued

FROM:Students Division, Student Support Division, International Exchange Student Division, and Admissions Division, Student Service Department

The Immigration Services Agency of Japan announced on July 5, 2021 some changes regarding regulations for foreign nationals planning to enter Japan.

・Foreign nationals planning to enter Japan
http://www.moj.go.jp/isa/content/930005850.pdf (in Japanese)

・New duration of validity for certificates of eligibility (COE)
http://www.moj.go.jp/isa/content/930005022.pdf (in Japanese)

The abovementioned changes affect students whose COEs have been issued on January 1, 2020 or later, whose applications were submitted by Tokyo Tech to the Immigration Services Agency of Japan, and who have not yet entered Japan for one or more of the following reasons:

●Visa application not completed
●Currently applying for a visa at a local Japanese embassy or consulate
●Issued visa became invalid

After entry restrictions to Japan are lifted, you will need to (re)apply for a visa and submit a “Statement of Reasons” form issued by Tokyo Tech, along with the COE and other required documents, to your local Japanese embassy or consulate. Please contact one of the following designated offices before you apply.


1. For undergraduate students (including GSEP and other undergraduate programs) prior to enrollment: Undergraduate Admissions Group, Admissions Division (nyu.gak@jim.titech.ac.jp)

2. For graduate students (including International Graduate Program (IGP) students and all master’s and doctoral students) prior to enrollment:
Graduate Admissions Group, Admissions Division (visa.support@jim.titech.ac.jp)

3. For current Tokyo Tech students:
Campus Life Support Group, Student Support Division (gak.sei@jim.titech.ac.jp)

4. For International exchange students (including YSEP, ACAP students and other exchange program students) and visiting students:
International Exchange Student Division (inbound@jim.titech.ac.jp)

5. For privately funded research students: Student Division (research.stu.pf@jim.titech.ac.jp)