Visa and Entry to Japan
Visa and Entry to Japan
Japanese Immigration procedures can be very confusing. The Center for International Affairs is here to help you with your required paperwork, but since you are ultimately responsible for your own compliance with Japanese law, please make sure to read through the information below!
Who Needs to Read This?
All international students who do not have Japanese nationality must obtain a Student Visa before departure in order to be enrolled in and study at a university for over 90 days.
Students of certain nationalities will need a student visa even if they are staying for less than 90 days. This means that all AIU students must be familiar with the information below!
Residence Status After Leaving AIU
The Date of Expiration on your Residence Card is the date that shows how long you can stay in Japan. However, even if you have time left until the Date of Expiration on your Residence Card, your Student Residence Status is valid for up to 14 days after the official final day of classes.
Do you plan to stay in Japan beyond 14 days for sightseeing?
- You need to change your status to “Temporary Visitor” and receive a seal in your passport.
- If you change your Residence Status to “Temporary Visitor”, your National Health Insurance will become invalid immediately after that change, so you will become responsible for paying 100% of any medical bills after that time. Make sure that the validity dates of your self-purchased traveler’s insurance cover your entire stay, including any tourism periods.
- You can only change your status to “Temporary Visitor” at the Immigration Services Agency Akita Branch Office in Akita city after your last final exam (or last class) ends and it must be completed before you leave Akita. (The date of your last final exam or class will vary depending on the courses you enroll in.)
- Since the Immigration Services Agency’s Akita Branch Office Hours are 9:00-12:00 and 13:00-16:00 on weekdays, please purchase a flight ticket leaving Akita 1-2 full business days after your last final exam. That will give you sufficient time to apply and visit the office to receive a “Temporary Visitor” status seal in your passport.
Do you plan to stay in Japan after your study abroad at AIU to study at another institution, take part in an internship, work at an organization or at a company, etc.?
- If you will be staying in Japan to enroll in another university, start a job or internship, or for any other reason, you must contact your sponsoring organization for instructions as to how to change your Residence Status.
- Even if you will stay in Japan as a student at another school, you must change to a new Student Residence Status sponsored by that university.
Tel. +81-(0)18-886-5927, +81-(0)18-886-5937
Inbound Students：[mail international]
Outbound Students：[mail studyabroad]
Office Hours (Mon – Fri) 9:00 – 12:00 and 13:00 – 17:00