To enter Japan, foreign nationality students whose residence is outside of Japan must apply for a “Certificate of Eligibility” (COE) issued by the Japanese Immigration Bureau.

Visa Application Process

  1. Submit the required documents by the visa application deadline
  2. TUJ submits the visa application on your behalf to the Immigration Bureau
  3. The COE is issued (expect 6-8 weeks)
  4. TUJ receives the COE, and issues you the Advance Payment Invoice
  5. Settle the invoice
  6. TUJ confirms your payment and sends the COE via express mail to you overseas
  7. Go to a Japanese Embassy/Consulate  with your COE, a seal of landing verification will be stamped in your passport
  8. A residence card will be issued on arrival at the airport

Notes :

  • Your visa application will be submitted near the visa application deadline
  • You may enter Japan 14 days before the first day of New Students Welcome Week

Visa application deadline

Semester of Admission Visa Application Open Date Visa Application deadline
Fall February 1 (JST) May 1 (JST)
Spring July 1 (JST) October 1 (JST)
Summer November 15 (JST) February 15 (JST)

*Should the deadline fall on a weekend or Japanese holiday, the deadline will be the next business day
*Dates are subject to change

Required Documents

Prepare the following items and upload them to the visa application portal by the deadline. 

  • All documents must be in either English or Japanese

If you have any questions, contact visa@tuj.temple.edu.