How to Apply for the Japan Student Visa in 2024 (Step by Step)

The Japan Student Visa is required by Japanese Educational Institutions such as Schools, colleges, and Universities. Everyone who is not a Japanese National has to get a Japan Student Visa. In this article, we will tell you How to Apply for the Japan Student Visa. A step-by-step process, including the requirements, and from where you can fill out the application for the Japanese Student Visa. The Japan Student Visa comes under the ‘General Visa”. Foreign students can be employed part-time for up to 28 hours per week.

We also wanted to tell you that the Biggest fully funded scholarship in Japan is now open. You can apply for the MEXT Japanese Government Scholarship 2025 (Embassy Track). Japan is a hub for international students as many students go to Japan each year for education. Japan is a very affordable, safe, and stable country. Obtaining a Student Visa in Japan is relatively simple. Getting admission to Japanese Universities is also relatively easier than in other countries such as the UK, Australia, Canada, USA. Follow the rules below.

Requirements of a Japan Student Visa

When you apply for the Japan Student Visa, you will need all of the documents listed below.

  • Passport
  • Visa application form which you can get from here
  • One passport-size picture with dimensions 45mm ×35mm.
  • Certificate of Eligibility (COE).
  • Letter of Admission into the Japanese educational institution, indicating the duration and details of the course.
  • Previous academic transcripts, degrees, certificates/
  • Proof of Scholarship
  • Proof of Financial income if not granted a scholarship.

In addition to the above documents, the Embassy of Japan in your country might ask for additional documents. For details please refer to the website of a Japanese embassy or consulate in your area.

What is Certificate of Eligibility (COE) and How to Get that?

The COE is issued by the Japanese Immigration Services. It is required to obtain a Long-term Visa to stay in Japan. You have to send several documents to the University in Japan. They will apply for the Certificate of Eligibility. With the COE you can apply for the Japan Student Visa.

Duration of the Visa

The Visa is valid for 4 years and 3 months or less.

How to Apply for the Japan Student Visa?

After receiving the Certificate of Eligibility from your university, the next step is to apply for the Visa. The step-by-step application process is given below.

  • First, refer to the Japanese Embassy/Consulate website Links.
  • Select your country and go to the Visa section.
  • Some Japanese embassies don’t accept direct applications. That is why check the Japanese embassy website of your country and follow the process.
  • Collect the documents, print the complete form, and bring it with you to the Japan Visa Application Centre
  • Book an appointment online.
  • Pay the Visa Fee online or on the day of the appointment.
  • Submit your Visa to the Japanese Embassy in your country.
  • Once you receive your passport with a Visa sticker on it. You can now Travel to Japan.
  • Once you arrive, you will receive a Residence Card.

Processing Time

The Processing time for the Japan Student Visa is around 5-6 working Days.

Conclusion: This was all about the Japan Student Visa. Get an admission First, get the COE, and apply for the Visa.

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As Opportunities Corners founder, my name is Muhammad Saim Rasheed. I completed my higher education from University of Engineering and Technology, Peshawar. I have been to Egypt for the AIESEC internship in 2016. In addition, I am an alumnus of the U.S. Department of State's (SUSI 2017) Exchange Program. I participated in the Young Leaders Fellowship in the Maldives in 2021, and I went to the International Youth Leadership Summit in Turkiye in 2022. Since 2017, I have participated in numerous fully funded educational and leadership programs. I therefore created this blog based on my own personal experiences, and I mentor students who are eager and enthusiastic about pursuing fully funded opportunities. You can visit the official sources for additional information by clicking on the links provided at the end of each post. Read more about me and our partners here. I am also Featured by Pakistan-U.S. Alumni Network