CoE, Check… Now, the Visas…

We received the Certificate of Eligibility this past week, and now we are almost ready to submit our applications for the visas.  This must be done in person to the Japanese Consulate Visa Office. Here in the ATL, that is in Buckhead.  The webpage says 3-5 days to receive the visas, except in some special cases. Hopefully, we will have the visas within the next week.

This is becoming something of a time crunch. My husband’s Japanese company is eager for him to get there and get started, but here in the USA, we are heading into Christmas and New Years. They are willing to wait until after the holidays are over, but not much more. They have already planned his January schedule — including a couple of international business trips. We are trying to get arrangements worked out amid family holiday commitments. Working out packing and storage for our belongings here, and shipment of the belongings we are taking to Japan… where to farm out our pets for two years… signing our home over to a leasing and management company… and,where to store our vehicles for two years.   So many things to work out in such a short time!

I know that we will get all of this figured out, but right now, I am feeling a bit stressed over this. I wake up in the night and my brain just starts churning over and over and over… I am excited about this opportunity to experience a different culture and country. I just wish I could fast forward a month or so through all of these complicated arrangements.

Hang in there…  it will all get done.


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My husband and I were both born and raised in Kansas, but for the past 20+ years we have been living in Atlanta, Georgia. Now, with our children grown and out of the house, we have the opportunity to spend two years living in Tokyo. My husband will be working with the Japanese counterpart to his American company. UPDATE 2023... After 4-1/2 years in Tokyo, we returned to Atlanta. Now we are heading to London for a three year job assignment!

One thought on “CoE, Check… Now, the Visas…”

  1. Oh…now I see the CoE.
    I can’t imagine all the packing and storage arrangements you had to make. Did you follow any plan or read about what to do? Or did you just wing it?


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