Visas for professional athletes is “Entertainer”
Our office has a track record of handling procedures for inviting overseas racing drivers.
Since the “entertainer” visa is a status of residence for professional athletes, and amateur athletes do not fall under this category.
When inviting athletes from overseas, foreign athletes will apply for a visa to the Japanese embassy abroad.
At this time, you will be required to submit a document called “Certificate of Eligibility”, which must be obtained prior to applying for the visa.
You need to apply for a Certificate of Eligibility to the Regional Immigration Bureau, which has jurisdiction over the location of the head office of the corporation that operates the team to which the foreign player belongs.
In this case, the person in charge of the company that runs the team usually be the representative of COE application on behalf of the foreign athlete.
We have a track record of applying support for a COE at Immigration Bureau in Tokyo, Nagoya, and Osaka.
1: Super Formula
It is a four-wheel race using a formula car (open wheel), and started in 2013 with the Japan Race Promotion (JRP) as the operating body and taking over Formula Nippon under the official approval of the Japan Automobile Federation (JAF).
In the era of Formula Japan from the All Japan F3000, it was also called “Japan’s fastest man deciding match” and was treated as the highest category in Japan.
In the past, a driver could get a super license if he was ranked 3rd or higher in this race. For this reason, this category produced F1 drivers as a step-up category.
From 2020, the “All Japan Super Formula Lights Championship”, which is a reorganization of the conventional All Japan F3 Championship, has been held as a de facto subcategory.
This is a championship series that has been held since 2005 with the successor of the All Japan GT Championship.
As a series of car races held in Japan, the number of spectators per race is the largest at 30,000 to 60,000, and along with Super Formula, it is the highest level car racing in Japan. Due to its attention, various domestic and foreign automobile manufacturers are participating.
Vehicles of two different classes, GT500 class and GT300 class, run on the same course in a mixed manner, and the speed difference between the two classes gradually leads to a mixed running state, and there is a battle to be overtaken in some parts of the course.
As a result, the number of exciting scenes that the spectators can enjoy will increase, and the race will require the driver to have a high level of skill in driving to the top while paying attention to both classes and checking the points while suppressing time loss.
3: Super Taikyu
Super Taikyu is a touring car race held by a modified commercial vehicle.
There is SUPER GT in a similar category, but while SUPER GT allows considerable major modifications to the engine, body, etc., many of the Super Taikyu classes have undergone minor modifications to commercial mass-produced vehicles.
However, in recent years, even with Super Taikyu, racing cars such as GT3 and TCR, which have been remodeled on a large scale by manufacturers from commercial cars, can also participate in the race.
Compared to SUPER GT, the feature is that many individual-scale privateer teams are participating.
Automaker-affiliated works teams may participate in the race, but in that case, the purpose is often to training young racers.
This category is also known as a gateway for young racers to become professional racers, and if they perform well here, they can be promoted to higher categories such as SUPER GT300 class.
Certificate of Eligibility <Entertainer>