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Japan Student Visa Guidelines

are you planning to study in Japan?

here is everything you need to know about securing a Japan student visa!


1. Before you apply for a Japan Student Visa, you must first receive a Certificate of Eligibility that is obtained by your school in Japan.

2. The processing time for a Student Visa takes 5 to 10 working days, and up to 3 months for the Certificate of Eligibility.

3. You are advised to apply for your visa 2 months before your travel date.

4. To work as a student, you must obtain a Work Permit from the local Immigration Office in Japan.

Japan Student Visa

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.

What You Need


A completed Student Visa Application Form


A valid passport


Photocopies of your passport


Passport-size pictures (Dimensions: 4cm x 3cm, Plain white background)


Certificate of Eligibility


Letter of admission


Academic transcripts


Financial proof that you are able to cover the costs of your living, accommodation, transport, and course


A motivation letter describing the reason for your travel

Note: You are also required to submit several of these documents to your school for the Certificate of Eligibility. Contact [email protected] for more information.

When To Apply

Visa Application Procedure


Health Insurance

Processing Time

Extended Stay

Duration of Stay

Language Requirements

Residence Card

Your Arrival

Working With a Visa