Japan is consistently counted in the top 10 countries for education. Each year a large number of students migrate to Japan for their further studies with the help of student visas. If you are ready with the admission letter from any of the Japanese universities, Here is the complete information on the Student visa for Japan.
If you are planning to pursue a study program in Japan that has a duration of more than 6 months, you will have to apply for a student visa. You must start the visa application process as soon as you are a confirmed student at the university in Japan. The process is simple if you have all the documents correctly. Here is the step by step process:
You can renew your Japanese Student Visa and extend the duration of your stay depending on your study program duration.
For a visa application, you need to fill the application form with honest and accurate details. You also need to submit some supporting documents along with this application form. Usually, you need the following documents:
The Study Visa for Japan can be obtained for 6 months up to a maximum of 2 years from the date of entry. It completely depends on your studying period.
The study visa for Japan can be acquired in the following two ways:
Generally, your university will help you to obtain a visa. Make sure to check with them for specific requirements and instructions.
You can expect to receive your Certificate of Eligibility(COE) around 3 to 4 weeks before your study program starts. You will be able to apply for your Japanese student visa only after obtaining your CoE. It is suggestable to you to apply for your Japanese visa as soon as you receive your Japanese CoE. The visa application process can take between 5-10 working days.
The Japanese Immigration Bureau requires all visa applicants to prove their funds available to support themselves in Japan during their studies. The documents must present your financial source to pay for your tuition fee and living expenses in Japan. You can submit any of the following documents for proving your sufficient funds to support yourself.
The average amount availability of ¥2,000,000 must be proved for the first few months of your stay. However, the amount varies depending on your school’s tuition fees, a period of stay in Japan and your living circumstances after arriving in Japan.
International students need to pay a fee for the student visa application. Usually, the fee ranges from $8-$55, which should be paid to the Japanese consultant. Students from the USA are exempt from the Japanese student visa fee.
There is no age limit for student visas in Japan. However, more documents will typically be required for students over 30 years of age. Some institutions may also demand extra steps. For example an interview, but usually, applications are processed based on the profile.
Sometimes due to strong reasons, CEOs can be rejected. Japanese Immigration has its reasons for denying applications, and don’t always expose them. Here are some reasons why a COE could be rejected
With a student visa, international students are allowed to work for a maximum of 28 hours per week while studying in Japan. This is only possible when they are successful in gaining permission from the authorities. During semester vacation they can work a maximum of 8 hours per day. However, there are few limitations on the types of work.
The work permit is recognised by a sticker fixed in your passport. To get that sticker on your passport, you should be on a student visa in Japan. When you arrive in Japan, you can obtain the work permit directly at the immigration at the airport.
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