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Japan Initiates Simpler Visa Process for Filipino, Indonesian and Vietnamese Nationals

The Japanese Embassy in the Philippines stated that the “substantial relaxation of multiple visas” for the Philippines, Indonesia and Vietnam began on September 30, 2014. The decision is a tactical one designed to enhance Japan’s image as a tourism-oriented country. The Embassy even said that the country has the long-term goal of attracting 20 million foreign visitors.

The new privileges for multiple-entry visas include:

  • Relaxed visa issuance requirements

  • Visa validity extended to “up to five years”

  • For applicants living outside of their countries of origin, an opportunity to apply at the diplomatic mission (i.e., akin to an Embassy/Consulate) which has jurisdiction over their place of residence

Before the move to loosen its visa policy, Japan only issued multiple-entry visas to businessmen, artists, specialists and immediate family members of Japanese residents.

Shaun Staller contributed to this article.

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Ian R. Macdonald, Greenberg Traurig Law Firm, Atlanta, Immigration, Labor and Employment Attorney

Ian R. Macdonald is Co-Chair of the Business Immigration & Compliance Practice and Co-Chairs the firm’s Labor & Employment Practice’s International Employment, Immigration & Workforce Strategies group. He focuses his practice on developing, assessing and managing global mobility programs for multinational companies on a range of challenges affecting the movement of people capital domestically and internationally, including secondment agreements, benefits transferability, local host country employment concerns and immigration.

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