If you already stay in Japan as a status of residence (i.e. visa) “College Student” and will go on to the university, you need to apply for “Extension of Period of Stay” from 3 months prior to the expiration date on your residence card.
Please note that your “permission to engage in activity other than that permitted under the status of residence previously granted” will be cancelled when you apply for extension of period of stay. Therefore, you need to apply it again if necessary.
Furthermore, although the Immigration Services Agency said that a standard procedure duration is “two weeks to a month”, considering a huge congestion at the regional immigration bureaus these days, it is better to expect that it takes much longer.
Application for Extension of Period of Stay
1. Who may submit
(2) The legal representative of the applicant
(3) The following persons may complete the application procedure (submit the passport, residence card and application form, etc.) in lieu of the applicant.
(a) A member of staff of the accepting institution, etc. or of a public interest corporation whom the director of the regional immigration bureau deems to be appropriate (in cases pursuant to a request from the applicant or the legal representative of the applicant).
(b) An attorney or administrative scrivener who has given notification, via the bar association or administrative scriveners’ association to which he or she belongs, to the director of the regional immigration bureau which has jurisdiction over the area where such bar association or administrative scriveners’ association is located (in cases pursuant to a request from the applicant or the legal representative of the applicant).
(c) A relative of the applicant, a person living together with the applicant or an equivalent person, whom the director of the regional bureau deems respectively to be appropriate (in cases where the applicant is under the age of 16 years, suffers from an illness or owing to other grounds).
4,000 yen for extending the period of stay (Payment must be made with revenue stamps)
3. Necessary documents
(1) Application form 1copy
(2) Photo (4cm×3cm) 1copy
The photo must have been taken within three months prior to submission.
(3) Passport and residence card
(4) A copy of certificate of registration and results certificate from the current educational institution.
(5) Documents certifying that the applicant can support financially during his/her stay in Japan by himself/herself or other person.
In case of other person to support, it is essential to submit a statement explaining his/her financial support along with documents showing his/her relationship with an applicant.
4. Where to submit
The regional immigration office in charge of applicant’s intended address. Office hours is 9:00 to 12:00 and 13:00 to 16:00, weekdays.
(Source: the Immigration Services Agency of Japan)