To stay for job hunting in Japan after graduation from universities or designated technical colleges, you need to change your visa (status of residence) to “Designated Activities” with a period of stay of six months. You will be allowed to extend your stay for another 6 months, hence you can stay up to one year in principal.

In addition, you can apply “Permission to Engage in an Activity Other Than That Permitted by the Status of Residence Previously Granted”, so you will be allowed to work up to 28 hours a week.

Application procedure

The application for Change of Status of Residence to Designated Activities is made at the local immigration office.

The fee to apply for Change of Status of Residence is 4,000 yen. (A revenue stamp for the fee is necessary at the time of application.)

Necessary documents for the application

1. In the case of graduation from a university

(1) Application form for Application for Change of Status of Residence

Available at the local immigration office. The application form can also be downloaded from the Immigration Bureau of Japan website.

(2) 1 photograph

It must be a clear picture taken from the front within 3 months of the application; the head of the subject must be uncovered; the background must be blank; size: 4 cm high and 3 cm wide.

(3) Document that certifies that the applicant can meet living expenses while residing in Japan

(4) Diploma from a university, etc. or certificate of graduation

(5) Letter of recommendation for continued job search activities from the university of graduation

(6) Materials that show that job search activities are continuing

2. In the case of graduation from a designated technical college

(1) Application form for Application for Change of Status of Residence

Available at the local immigration office. The application form can also be downloaded from the Immigration Bureau of Japan website.

(2) 1 photograph

It must be a clear picture taken from the front within 3 months of the application; the head of the subject must be uncovered; the background must be blank; size: 4 cm high and 3 cm wide.

(3) Document that certifies that the applicant can meet living expenses while residing in Japan

(4) Certificate of acquisition of a specialist degree

(5) Diploma from a vocational college or certificate of graduation and school transcript

(6) Letter of recommendation for continued job search activities from the special training college of graduation

(7) Materials that show that job search activities are continuing

(8) Document that shows details of the content learned at the special training college

What happens if a job offer is received in September to join the company in April?

If a job offer is received during the Designated Activities period of stay but the date of joining the company is ahead in the future beyond the period of stay, one can continue to reside in Japan until that time (granted that the date of joining the company is within 1 year of the job offer and does not exceed 1.5 years after graduation).

In such cases, the application to renew the period of stay under the resident status of Designated Activities will require documents to certify that one can meet living expenses during the period of stay, materials for making an application to change the status to residence to one that conforms to the activity that will be carried out after joining the company from which the job offer is received, the job offer letter and pledge from the company making the job offer (to be in contact with the former foreign student to whom the job offer is made once every certain period of time, to report to the Immigration Bureau without delay if the company withdraws the job offer, etc.)

(Source: Study in JAPAN Comprehensive Guide (The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan))

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Published by Takatsuka Office たかつか事務所

Yuichi is an Administrative Solicitor (“Gyoseishoshi Lawyer”) as well as a Registered Migration Agent. オーストラリアから帰国後、「街の身近な法律家×国際人」として地域の皆様の力になりたいとの思いより、JR南浦和駅近くに行政書士事務所を開いた高塚雄一です。

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