Japan student visa- All about the application process
Updated on Apr 29, 2015 - 10:08 a.m. IST by Bedasree Das #Japan
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Japan is known as one of the best study destinations in Asia, especially in areas related to automobiles, electronics, aerospace and green technologies. The country is also very popular for its disaster management courses.


The country has launched a global 30 project, which is an initiative that aims to attract 300,000 foreign students to Japan by 2020.


Here, we have decoded the Japanese student visa application process through a series of questions and steps. Read on to get a comprehensive understanding of the Japan student visa process and how to apply for a student visa:


Q: What do you need?

If you are travelling to Japan as a student, you need to obtain a college student visa also known as Ryugaku. It is a kind of long term visa.

Q: What is a long term visa?

A: A long term visa allows a person to stay in Japan for more than 90 days. This visa is most suitable for students and researchers. Your period of stay may be anywhere between 2 years 3 months, 2 years, 1 year 3 months, 1 year or 6 months.

Q: When do you apply?
It takes a minimum of 5 working days to process the visa including the date of submission. You should also not apply before 90 days from intended date of travel.


Q: Where do you apply?
Since 2012, the visa applications to Japan are processed by VFS global.

Q: How to get started?
The process has been explained in the following steps:

Step1: Download the VISA application form

  • The Japan visa application form is available in the PDF format. You can save the form and complete it. 
  • In the application you will be required to fill your mame, passport number etc. along with your purpose to visit the country.

Step2: Documents checklist:

  • A passport with more than two blank pages. Candidates also have to submit their old passport.
  • A filled and signed Visa Application Form.
  • One photograph taken within the last 6 months. The photograph should be 2 x 2 inches, color with white background.
  • Original Certificate of Eligibility and one photocopy of the same.
  • Experience certificates
  • Curriculum Vita (CV)  which includes the candidate’s educational history along with the name, address and telephone number of institutions / professional record indicating names of companies or departments, address, telephone numbers, duration, position and work details.
  • Educational documents i.e., copy of certificates and mark sheets.


Q: What is a Certificate of Eligibility?
A Certificate of eligibility is issued by the immigration office to the students at the request of the university he/she would be attending. While the university will send the student a letter of acceptance, it is only the certificate of eligibility that is accepted by the visa issuance authority as a valid proof.

Q: What is the visa application fee?
The visa application fee is about 3,000 yen for single entry, and 6,000 yen for a double-entry or multiple-entry. Fee for transit visa is 700 yen. The visa fee is collected in the currency of the country where the Embassy / Consulate General is located.

Students must bear in mind that the visa application fee is not fixed, and depends on the nationality of the student and course being pursued. The best way is to contact the Consular Section of the Embassy or Consulate General of Japan that is closest to you.


Step3: Submission of visa application


The applicant can start the visa application process by making a request at the Japanese Embassy / Consulate General with jurisdiction over the area in which the applicant lives or those with jurisdiction over the country of which the applicant’s passport is issued. In cases where the applicant seeks the assistance of an accredited travel agent, it is prudent to make sure that the agent is approved by the Japanese Embassy / Consulate General.


Step4: Track your application

Applicants can also track their applications after they have applied for the Japanese visa. They can track their applications by entering the VFS reference number and date of birth at the tracking site.


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