If a foreigner wishes to enter Japan for work he or she needs a working visa. To be granted a visa you should first obtain a Certificate of Eligibility. The Certificate of Eligibility is issued by the Regional Immigration Bureau in Japan. To obtain a Certificate of Eligibility, the applicant must ask a proxy in Japan (an employer, spouse, school, etc.) to contact the nearest Regional Immigration Bureau and make an application on his or her behalf. With the Certificate of Eligibility the foreigner can obtain a working visa from the local Japanese embassy.
I was a bit worried about obtaining my Certificate of Eligibility because of my Dutch citizenship and my Master’s degree instead of a Bachelor’s degree. My Master actually includes a Bachelor, but I obtained my degree in the old Dutch doctoral system at my university, which doesn’t seperate the two degrees. The Certificate of Eligibility isn’t supposed to be issued until a few weeks before departure, and the uncertainty of being approved (or not) by Japanese Immigration was making me a bit antsy.
But AEON NYC called me with good news this week: my Certificate of Eligibility has been issued and is on its way to me! Awesome! This means that I can go ahead and obtain my working visa soon and start wrapping my head around the fact that I am really going to Japan to teach English at AEON and be with Yasu!
I can now firmly stamp my name before the AEON logo because it is really going to happen!