How To Apply For The Japan Student VISA

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Japan Student VISA

Before you actualize your dreams of studying in Japan, it is highly recommended that you first get the Japan Student VISA.

Do well to read this article to the end, as we would provide you with detailed information, on how you can apply for this VISA.

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Japan Student VISA

Required Documents for Japan Students VISA

In order to apply for this VISA, you need to submit the following documents:

  1. Japan Student Application form.
  2. Your valid passport along with photocopies.
  3. Passport-size pictures with the following specifications:
    • Dimensions: 4cm x 3cm
    • Taken within the last three months
    • Plain white background, without any patterns and shadows
    • You must be starting straight ahead, with a neutral facial expression
    • Your face has to be fully visible
    • The picture must be good quality (focused, clear, and sharp)
  4. The Certificate of Eligibility
  5. Letter of Admission into the Japanese educational institution, indicating the duration and details of the course
  6. Previous academic and/or professional qualifications, as applicable (diploma, transcripts, etc.)
  7. Proof you can meet the financial requirements for the duration of your stay in Japan. The financial requirements for a Japanese Student VISA are about 2 Million Yen for one year. You can show that you meet the necessary financial requirements through:
    • Bank or income statements
    • Proof of a Scholarship
    • Proof you receive Financial Aid
    • Letter of Sponsorship, if someone is sponsoring you, along with your sponsor’s proof of income and bank statements
  8. If required:
    • Letter of Invitation and Letter of Guarantee issued from your educational institution
    • A Motivational or Cover Letter, written by you stating the reason for your travel
    • You also have to send documents several of these documents to your school so they can apply for the Certificate of Eligibility.

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Note:

  • The documents have to be printed on A4 paper
  • Consult with the Embassy or Consulate whether you should submit copies of the documents or the originals. In some cases, your documents will not be returned to you.
  • This is not an exhaustive list of requirements. The Embassy or Consulate in which you apply can request any additional documents, as per your specific case.

Application Procedures

When you want to apply for the Japan Student VISA, you have to first of all obtain a certificate of eligibility.

The certificate of eligibility is for foreigners that would enter Japan for non-temporary reasons. The certificate is obtained from the Immigration Services in Japan.

However, since you have to get this before you enter Japan, it is your School that’s in charge of handling the COE application on your behalf. You have to send them the required documents.

Note: The Certificate of Eligibility for Japan is not the same as a VISA; it is merely a prerequisite; you still have to apply for a Japan Student VISA from your Home Country.

The application process for a Japanese Certificate of Eligibility takes between one to three months.

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After applying for the COE, you have to;

Japan Student VISA Application

  • Contact a Japanese Embassy or Consulate near you. Embassies/Consulate don’t accept direct VISA applications, in which case you need to apply through an accredited Travel Agency or VISA application Agency.
  • Collect the required documents for the Japan Student VISA.
  • Submit the Japan Student VISA application either directly at the Embassy/Consulate, or at the Travel Agency or VISA Application Agency. If the Consulate or Embassy considers it necessary, you may also have to go back for an interview, or to submit additional documents.
  • Collect the VISA. Once your Japan Student VISA application has been processed, you have to go back to receive your passport. If the application was approved, you may enter Japan.

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Important Things To Note

  1. The fees for Japan VISAs are as follows:
    • Single-entry VISA: 3,000 Yen
    • Double-entry or multiple-entry VISA: 6,000 Yen
    • Transit VISA: 700 Yen
  2. Japan Student VISAs are issued for the following durations:
    • Six months
    • One year
    • One year and three months
    • Two years
    • Two years and three months

The duration that you are allowed to stay in Japan is stated on your Landing Permission, as well as on your Residence Card.

  • You can apply for the Japan Extension of Stay up to 90 days, before your VISA is set to expire at the local Immigration Office. You need the following documents when you apply:

Application Form for the Japan VISA Extension

  • Your passport
  • Passport-size pictures with the following specifications:
  • Dimensions: 4cm x 3cm
  • Taken within the last three months
  • Plain and light-colored background, without any patterns and shadows
  • You must be starting straight ahead, with a neutral facial expression
  • Your face has to be fully visible
  • The picture must be good quality (focused, clear, and sharp)
  • Your Residence Card
  • A copy of your Registration Certificate issued by your educational institution
  • A copy of your Results Certificate issued by your educational institution
  • Proof you can meet the financial requirements related to your stay

The application for VISA Extension is issued within two weeks to a month.

  • A Japanese Student VISA on its own does not authorize you to work. In order to work, you have to get a Work Permit from the local Immigration Office in Japan.

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