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Applying for a Status of Residence to study in Japan

2020.03.16 | ALL, STUDENT

(1) Information for those who already have a Residence Card (Applies to all international students, regardless of country of origin)

Please pay close attention to the expiration date of your Residence Card. If it expires in less than three months, apply for Extension of Period of Stay. The Immigration Services Agency of Japan has announced a special measure that allows, for the time being, foreign residents to apply for extension until one month after the expiration date. (Link)

If you need to apply for extension, please go to the link(s) below and check the necessary steps. Once you have all the required documents, submit them either in person at the office of the International Affairs Division or via email at intl-tua@ml.geidai.ac.jp. The International Affairs Division will then prepare the paperwork to be issued by the university.

>>Visa Information & Administrative Procedures

If you attended another educational institution (such as a Japanese language school) before coming to Tokyo University of the Arts, you need to notify a regional immigration office of the change. Fill out the form available here (link) and submit the completed form in person at one of the regional immigration offices. If you are instructed to submit additional documents such as a letter of acceptance and study plan, please contact the Educational Affairs Section of the Faculty or Graduate School in which you are enrolled.

 

(2) Information for students from China and Republic of Korea

Suspension of visas

Because the Japanese government has implemented a policy to suspend visa issuance and invalidate visas already issued for Chinese and South Korean nationals, students from these countries are currently unable to enter Japan. However, these restrictions (which took effect as of March 9) do not apply to those who meet all of the following criteria.

①Already have a Residence Card.
②Obtained a re-entry permission at the time of temporary departure from Japan (as indicated on the “Embarkation Card for Reentrant”)
③Able to provide proof of having no history of visiting the regions subject to the entry ban* imposed by the Japanese government within the past 14 days

Even if a landing permit has been granted, all students from these countries are still required to go through a 14-day quarantine at a hotel, etc. and find a way on your own to transport from the airport to the place of stay without using public transportation or taxis. The university’s residence halls are not available for this purpose.

Therefore, the university highly recommends them to stay in a safe place for a while such as home in their countries.

Here are links to the list of regions subject to the entry ban. This policy is subject to change in accordance with the situation, so please check back for any updates.

https://www.narita-airport.jp/ch1/news/20200117 (Simplified Chinese)
https://www.narita-airport.jp/ch2/news/20200117 (Traditional Chinese)
https://www.narita-airport.jp/kr/news/20200117 (Korean)

 

Applying for Visa and Certificate of Eligibility

Students from China and South Korea can still file an application for their visa or certificate of eligibility with the Immigration Services Agency of Japan, so please act early and take the necessary steps.

●For those who already have a Residence Card and are in Japan

Please pay close attention to the expiration date of your Residence Card. If it expires in less than three months, apply for Extension of Period of Stay. The Immigration Services Agency of Japan has announced a special measure that allows, for the time being, foreign residents to apply for extension until one month after the expiration date. (Link)

If you need to apply for extension, please go to the link(s) below and check the necessary steps. Once you have all the required documents, submit them either in person at the office of the International Affairs Division or via email at intl-tua@ml.geidai.ac.jp. The International Affairs Division will then prepare the paperwork to be issued by the university.

>>Visa Information & Administrative Procedures

If you attended another educational institution (such as a Japanese language school) before coming to Tokyo University of the Arts, you need to notify a regional immigration office of the change.

 

●For those who already have a Certificate of Eligibility but are outside of Japan

Visa applications from Chinese and South Korean nationals are still accepted, so please visit the Japanese embassy or consulate-general in your country with your Certificate of Eligibility and apply for a student visa. Be sure to check on the application status with the Japanese embassy or consulate-general after 1 April 2020.

Also, the Immigration Services Agency of Japan has announced a special measure for the time being to make Certificates of Eligibility valid for six months, instead of three months. If your Certificate of Eligibility was issued more than three months prior to the scheduled date of application, please contact the International Affairs Division to request necessary documentation.

http://www.moj.go.jp/content/001316954.pdf (Japanese)

 

●For those who are preparing to apply for their certificate of eligibility or visa

Please find the document explaining immigration procedures for international students from the envelope sent for those admitted to the university. Again, visa applications from Chinese and South Korean nationals are still accepted, so please read through the document and take the necessary steps. Be sure to check on the application status with the Japanese embassy or consulate-general after 1 April 2020.