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Student Visa: Before you arrive

Before you can study in Japan, you must apply to the Consular Section of the Embassy or Consulate General of Japan for a Student Visa (officially called General visa: Student).

When you are applying for your Student visa:

1. Determine where you will submit your application
Consult the instructions provided by the Consular Section of the Embassy or Consulate General of Japan responsible for the country or region where you live. You may be required to provide additional forms or documents.

2. Collect the necessary Forms and Documents required
Please note that to apply for a study visa, you will typically require the following items:

- Valid passport
- One visa application form
- One photograph (45mm x 45mm)
- Certificate of Eligibility* - the original and one copy
- SGU Letter of Admission*
  *Via mail, SGU sends these documents to you (or your Study Abroad Coordinator if you are an exchange student)

General visa: Student
Embassies or Consulates General of Japan

Residence Card: After you arrive

At your port of entry, landing permission will be stamped in your passport and a residence card* will be issued. You are obliged to carry your residence card wherever you go, as stipulated under Japanese law. When asked by the police, you will have to show your residence card as your ID.
*Residence cards are issued at New Chitose Airport, Narita International Airport, Haneda Airport, Chubu Centrair International Airport, Kansai International Airport, Hiroshima Airport, and Fukuoka Airport.

For other ports/airports, the residence card will be issued after the Notification of Address** has been submitted to your local municipal office.
**All newly arrived international students must submit the Notification of Address at a ward office in your area within 14 days of residency being determined. More information will be provided during the orientation sessions held after your arrival.

Immigration Services Agency of Japan

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