You will need a Japan Student Visa, a long-term visa that allows you study in a Japanese educational institution. The visa is accepted by Japanese universities, schools, and vocational institutions. You must apply for this visa if you are studying in Japan for more than three months.
Certificate of Eligibility (COE)
This certificate serves as a pre-requisite for your Japan Student Visa. It shows that you have the approval of the Japanese Immigration Services, and that you have met the entry requirements for international students. Your school in Japan will help you obtain this certificate. Keep in mind that you must still apply for a Japan Student Visa from your home country.
Certain countries are granted with a visa exemption policy for short-term purposes (tourism, business trips, attending a conference). If you intend to enter Japan for longer than 90 days, you still need to apply for a visa. Please contact [email protected] for more information.
You must report your stay at the local municipal office within 14 days of setting up in a Japanese residence. Your address will be printed on the Residence Card.
You will receive a Japanese Residence Card upon entry if you enter through Narita, Haneda, Kansai, or Chubu Airports. You will still receive a Residence Card from the local municipal office if you enter through other ports.
You will receive a Landing Permission at the port of entry by the Immigration Officers.
Working With a Visa
You must request a Work Permit from the local Immigration Office in Japan.
Your Student Visa itself does not authorize you to work. You cannot work more than 28 hours a week.
Working in bars, clubs, adult stores, adult hotels, and massage parlors is strictly prohibited.
You can change to a Work Visa once you graduate as long as you have a work contract in Japan.