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- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan has prepared a complete Guide to Japanese Visas.
- Find out if you need a visa. You can also check the List of Countries with Visa Exemptions (Temporary Visit).
- Holders of a Canadian passport do not require a visa for temporary visits (less than 90 days within a period of 6 months) as long as they do not receive any form of remuneration (money, lodging, food, other benefits) in exchange for their labour while they are in Japan.
- Only holders of a valid status of residence in Canada (Canadian citizens, permanent residents, holders of a study or a work permit) are eligible to apply for a Japanese visa within Canada. Visitors to Canada have to apply in the country where they usually reside or in their own country.
- As a rule, only individuals living in our region of jurisdiction (Quebec and the Atlantic Provinces) may apply at the Consulate-General of Japan in Montreal. If you live in another province, you must apply through the appropriate office.
- All visa applications must be made in person at the Consular Affairs counter of the Consulate-General of Japan in Montreal. It is not necessary to make an appointment, but applicants must enter the Consulate-General during the Visa section's hours of operation (Monday to Friday, from 9:00 to 11:30; if you cannot come at this time, please contact the Consular Affairs section of the Consulate-General of Japan in Montreal).
- Deadlines for 2018 Year-End Application and Issuance of Passports, Certificates and Visas
- Every applicant must prepare the whole set of required documents; this means that families and couples cannot, for example, submit only one (1) copy of the confirmation of their hotel reservations, even if they will stay in the same room. The Consulate-General of Japan reserves the right to refuse applications with missing or inaccurate information.
- Visa Processing Fees vary, depending on the applicant's nationality and the number of entries allowed by the visa. All visas issued to holders of a Canadian passport are free of charge.
- The majority of Japanese visas take a little over a week to process. We strongly urge applicants to refrain from submitting visa applications at the last minute, as unforeseen delays may force them to reschedule their travel arrangements. Please note, however, that most visas have a period of validity of 3 months, which means that applications cannot be submitted too early either.
- The Consulate-General of Japan in Montreal cannot provide help in finding a job or a school in Japan. Please click here for a list of programs sponsored by the Japanese government.
- Finally, but most importantly, please note that submitting all the required documents does not guarantee that your application will be approved and a visa will be issued. There are situations where visas cannot be granted to the applicants. Here is a basic list of cases where a visa cannot be issued (Please refer to the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act, Chapter II, Section 2, Article 5 – “Denial of Entry”). Please note, however, that the Consulate-General of Japan will not justify the refusal of an application.
- Frequently asked questions
- Temporary Visit – Tourism
- Temporary Visit – Business Affairs
- Participation in meetings (including academic conferences), Business affairs (business liaison/networking, business consultations, contract signing, after-sales service, market research), Cultural exchange, Sports exchange, etc.
- Temporary Visit – Visiting Relatives and Acquaintances
- Visiting spouse, blood relatives/relatives by affinity within the third degree; Visiting acquaintances/friends
- Visa based on a Certificate of Eligibility (COE)
- The COE is a basic requirement for people who wish to work, study or remain for an extended period of time in Japan
- Transit Visa
- Working Holiday
- Specified Visa – Designated Activities
- Long Stay for Sightseeing and Recreation
- Multiple-entry Visa for Nationals of India