Procedures for Entering and Residing in Japan
Gateway to Study in Japan - Accommodation
After Arrival and Finding a Domicile—Procedures Related to Basic Resident Registration
When Moving—Notification Procedures Related to Basic Resident Registration
You will need to change your status of residence if you conduct activities falling under a different status of residence. Specifically in the following cases, foreign students need to change their residence status of “College Student” to another type of status. In any such case, the local immigration office will accept your application for Permission for Change of Status of Residence with payment of the required application fee. Check with the website of the Immigration Bureau regarding documents required for the application.
Reference: Change of Status of Residence (Article 20 of Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act), issued by the Immigration Bureau, Ministry of Justice
You must apply for Permission for Change of Status of Residence from “College Student” for Employment Purposes before you start working after you graduate. There are several types of status of residence for work. They include the statuses of residence of “Engineer,” “Specialist in Humanities/International Services,” “Researcher,” “Investor/Business Manager” for those who run their own companies, and “Instructor” for those who teach at Japanese elementary or junior high school.
You will be allowed to stay and continue job hunting in Japan for a maximum of one year after you graduate with a degree.
In such a case, you need to change your status of residence to “Designated Activities” with a period of stay of six months, in principle, and one extension will be permitted.
Furthermore, you need a letter of recommendation from your school in order to continue job hunting after graduation. Consult your school if you wish to continue job hunting in Japan.
Those who wish to conduct activities to start their own companies after they graduate can continue their activities for a maximum of six months. For the procedure in detail, refer to the following website.
Reference: Change in the Status of Residence to “Specific Activities” (for Job Hunting or Start-up of Own Business of College Students after Graduation, etc.), announced by the Ministry of Justice
To Continue Activities to Start-up Own Company after Graduation—Application Procedures for Change of Status of Residence from College Student to Special Activities
Working Part Time—Application Procedures for Certificate to Engage in Activity Other than that Permitted by the Status of Residence Previously Granted
Finding Part-time Work
Gateway to Study in Japan - Part-time Work
Recently, there are an increasing number of international students experiencing internship activities at companies, etc. before they graduate. An internship is an opportunity where students as interns will experience on-the-job training at companies, etc. for a fixed, limited period of time.
Check with your school regarding the availability of an internship system while you are enrolled.
Furthermore, like Japanese students, there are an increasing number of international students going job hunting while they study and finding jobs in Japan.
Study in Japan Comprehensive Guide―Working after Graduation
When Visiting Home and Traveling Outside of Japan—About Special Re-entry Permission
Gateway to Study in Japan - Medical Insurance / Accident and Property Insurance / Guarantor
If you wish to extend your scholarship while you study in Japan, consult with the school or the scholarship organizer.
You can apply for a new scholarship. The application deadline and eligibility period of a scholarship varies with each scholarship organizer. Consult your school as soon as possible.