If you wish to remain in Japan after graduation, you need to change the status of residence to the one that is appropriate for your purpose of stay/residence.
To change your visa, it can usually take 1 to 3 months, so please make sure to prepare for the application procedure and check what documents are necessary well in advance.
If you have any questions, please see the websites below:
*Immigration Services Agency http://www.immi-moj.go.jp/english/index.html
*List of Statuses of Residence http://www.immi-moj.go.jp/english/tetuduki/kanri/qaq5.html
1) Status of residence to work after graduation
You need to change to an appropriate status of residence, according to the type of job. If you work for a company, in most cases, your status of residence will be “Engineer/Specialist in Humanities/ International Services.” However, if you work at a university/research institute as a researcher, your status will usually be “Professor” or “Researcher”.
For details, see “Changing Your Status of Residence” at https://www.jasso.go.jp/en/study_j/job/guide.html
2) Status of Residence for those who wish to continue job-hunting in Japan after graduation
You need to change your status of residence from “College Student” to “Designated Activities (to continue job-hunting in Japan)”.
3) For those who graduate in September: Status of Residence after graduation until you start work in a Japanese company
For details, see “Designated Activities (for prospective employees who will start working in April)” at
【About Status of Residence (Visa)】