What should be included in a Letter of Guarantee for a Japanese visa?

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A letter of guarantee required by some Japanese visa applications is a relatively simple one page document.  It should contain the relevant information of the foreign national and the guarantor but it should also describe their relationship, whether this be friends, relatives or coworkers.  In the letter, the guarantor should promise to provide logistical support for the foreign national as well as transportation fee for the trip back to his or her home country.  Finally, the guarantor must also swear that the foreign national will abide by Japanese law while staying in Japan.

It is recommended to have an attorney draft the letter of guarantee or at least review it before submission to the immigration office.

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