Study in Japan Portal Site - Immigration Procedures
Immigration Procedures
A person who wishes to enter Japan as an international student must complete the following procedures:
(1) Secure admission to a Japanese educational institution(Japanese-language institute, junior college, university, etc.).
(2) Posess home country’s passport.
(3) Acquire a visa at a Japanese Embassy or Consulate in home country.
There are two methods of applying for a visa:
(1) Applying for a visa without the issuance of a “certificate of eligibility for the status of residence”
(2) Applying for a visa upon the issuance of a “certificate of eligibility for the status of residence”

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