Visa Regulations

In 2005, TUJ was granted authority by the Japanese Bureau of Immigration to sponsor student visas. That authority can be revoked and as a result, TUJ takes its obligations with respect to visa sponsorship very seriously. Decisions whether or not to act as a sponsor for a student visa (including whether to continue visa sponsorship) or otherwise assist students with visa-related processes are made by TUJ at its sole discretion. If you apply for or currently hold a TUJ-sponsored visa, you are obligated to know and comply with both (i) Japanese immigration laws and regulations and (ii) the TUJ visa rules and regulations set forth in this section and the related instructions of the staff of the Office of Student Services (OSS).

TUJ is required to regularly submit enrollment reports to the Japanese Immigration Bureau which document any changes in status or sponsorship for any student. Among other requirements, students who apply for or seek to extend a TUJ-sponsored visa must submit all documents on time. You are obligated to know your visa status, to act promptly in advance to maintain that status (by no later than the deadlines set by OSS), and to inform OSS when any changes to that status occur.

The behavior of students under visa sponsorship affects TUJ’s reputation and our ability to continue to sponsor visas for other students. TUJ reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to limit access to TUJ services, restrict enrollment, and/or withhold, decline to extend, or revoke visa sponsorship in various circumstances, including, but not limited to, the following:

  • incorrect or incomplete statements in a student’s visa application (including but not limited to arrest history) or in other communications with OSS; or
  • failure to follow TUJ visa-related policies or instructions, failure to comply with Japanese Immigration laws and regulations, commission of criminal offenses, behavior that may adversely affect TUJ’s standing with any Japanese governmental authority, or behavior that violates TUJ disciplinary policies or otherwise poses a threat to the safety or wellbeing of TUJ students or others; or
  • if a student takes a leave of absence, withdraws from TUJ, fails to make adequate academic progress, is deemed unfit by the university to attend classes due to a health condition or other circumstances, or otherwise fails to or is unable to attend classes.

Students who receive visa support from TUJ agree to promptly surrender their student visa to Japanese authorities and to comply with all laws regarding exiting Japan, in the event that they (1) graduate from or end their studies at TUJ, (2) take a leave of absence, withdraw from TUJ or otherwise fail to or are unable to attend classes, (3) are suspended or expelled from TUJ, or (4) are informed by TUJ of a decision to revoke visa sponsorship or to decline to extend visa sponsorship.

If you are a student seeking a TUJ-sponsored student visa or currently hold a TUJ-sponsored visa, carefully read through the visa information provided here and on related webpages. If you are unsure of anything related to your visa, contact the visa coordinator in OSS at visa@tuj.temple.edu.