Last Updated: February 09, 2021

Japan Student Visa

According to a survey conducted by the Global Partnership for Education, Japan’s Education System is ranked among the top 10 countries. With 100% enrollment in primary education and zero illiteracy, Japan’s developed and technology-driven educational infrastructure makes Japan one of the primary destinations for foreign students to pursue their further studies in Japan.
Foreign nationals willing to live and study for long-term (more than 3 months), have to apply for the Japanese Student Visa. To be eligible for the Japan Student Visa, the applicant has to apply for the Certificate of Eligibility (COE), upon receiving the COE, one can proceed with the visa application procedure.

Obtaining the Japanese Certificate of Eligibility (COE)

Foreign nationals willing to live and study in Japan for the long term have to produce the Eligibility Certificate while applying for the Japan Student Visa. One needs to send their documents to the education provider to apply for the Certificate of Eligibility (COE) on their behalf. The COE doesn’t replace the student visa, it is a mere prerequisite to be eligible to apply for the Japan Student Visa. The COE shows that you meet all the requirements set by the Japanese government for foreign students and hence the Japanese Immigration Service has approved your application to study in Japan.

Japan Student Visa Application Procedure

Documents required for Japan Student Visa

What is a Japanese Residence Card?

Japanese Residence Card is issued to those foreign nationals who are legally residing in the Japanese Province and have resident status under the Immigration Control Act of Japan. International students carrying a Residence Card while living and studying in Japan are included in the Basic Resident Register of Japan like the Japanese nationals. With a Japanese Residence Card, a foreign student can change their residence status and can also apply for extending their period of stay. The Japanese Residence Card contains the following information:

Duration of Japan Work Visa

The duration of a Japanese Student Visa depends on study program and also the duration of the course program which may vary from few months to around two years.
However, one can extend their stay in Japan for 90 days, by applying for the Japan Visa Extension (Extension of the Period of Stay) at the Immigration Office.

Applying for Japan Student Visa Extension

Work while Studying in Japan

A foreign national studying and residing in Japan with the Japanese Student Visa has to apply for a work permit from Japan’s Immigration Office. Even with the Japanese work permit, an international student cannot work more than 28 hours a week and is also restricted from working at massage parlors, bars, adult business establishments, clubs, etc. On graduating and completing the study program, one can change their visa status from student to work. To be eligible for a Japanese Work Visa, one has to obtain a work contract.

Changing of Japanese Study Visa to Work Visa

An international student willing to work in Japan after completion of their study program can change the student visa to a work visa by submitting the following documents at the local Immigration Office in Japan.

Types of Japanese Student Visa

Benefits of Japanese Student Visa

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