Student Visa for Japan

In order to study in Japan, students must get a Student Visa – unless the students come from specific countries and intend to study less than 3 months.  Visa application is personally submitted by students at the Japanese Embassy or Consulate in their home country. Visa application procedure takes a long time as the application documents will have to be sent back and forth between the student’s home country and Japan.

How to obtain a student visa for Japan?


Conditions to be granted a visa:

Visa application

Prospective students must be 18 years old or more, and have completed high School or above with higher education.

Note: Japan’s educational system consists of 12 years (6-3-3) of studies. Then students advance to higher education like college or university. Educational system of some countries doesn’t fulfill 12 years before higher education. If applicants from these countries graduate from high school as their final educational background, they cannot apply for student visa or higher education in Japan.

For more information on requirements, please click here.

Length of Studies:

2 years maximum.

If you are planning to study more than a year, you are required to apply for the National Health Insurance. With the National Health Insurance you can receive medical treatment at the hospital and pay only 30% of the total cost.

Starting Dates:

The starting date is 4 times per year: January, April, July and October.


Getting a student visa for Japan can be a cumbersome process. This is one of the reasons why Motivist Japan can help you. Thanks to our experience, we can expedite the process and make it as smooth as it can be. We take care of all the paperwork, for free. You save time and energy. And you gain peace of mind.


Procedures for applicants who need Student Visa

Procedure Starting dates & Deadlines
April July October January
Please send necessary documents to our company. Aug. ~ Oct. Jan. ~ Mar. Feb. ~ Apr. July~Sep.
We review the documents. Once cleared, you send us the originals and you send the Application fee to the school. Oct. ~ Nov. Feb. ~ Mar. Apr. ~ May Aug. ~Sep.
Your documents are sent to the Regional Immigration Bureau in Japan. End of Nov. End of Apr. End of May End of Sep.
The Immigration Bureau checks your documents. Dec. ~ Feb. Apr. ~ May May ~ Aug. Sep. ~ Nov.
The Immigration Bureau issues a Certificate of Eligibility (Permission from the Japanese Government to be granted a Student visa). End of Feb. End of May End of Aug. End of Nov.
The school invoices the Tuition fees. End of Feb. End of May End of Aug. End of Nov.
You remit the invoiced fee to the school. Beg.of Mar. Beg.of June Beg.of Sep. Beg.of Dec.
After confirmation of payment, we send you the Admission Certificate and the Certificate of Eligibility. Mid.of Mar. Beg.of June Mid.of Sep. Mid.of Dec.
You submit above documents with all other supporting documents at the Japanese Embassy to apply for your visa. Mid.of Mar. Mid.of June Mid.of Sep. Mid.of Dec.
Departure from home country for Japan. Beg.of Apr. Beg.of July Beg.of Oct. Beg.of Jan.


Student visa for Japan

Motivist Japan helps expedite the process and get your visa application approved