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Checklist of necessary procedures before leaving Japan

Things to do at the University

Verify the necessary procedures you must follow before leaving with the Graduate School/Faculty you belong to and other related offices.

・If necessary,apply for an official transcript, certificate of graduation, etc.
・Return the book(s) you borrowed at a library.
・Return your Univ. Co-op card at Co-op office. (2nd floor of the 2nd Refectory) and receive a refund of your membership fee.
・University Co-op Credit Card holders (Tuo Card): Tuo card will be expired upon your graduation. If you would like to continue a membership, please inform the credit card issuer so that you can renew your student credit card to non-student (regular) card.
 *About Tuo Credit Card http://tuo.univcoop.or.jp/ (Guidelines are available in Japanese, English, Chinese, and Korean. Please find PDF files.)
・If you are in the University dormitory, inform the dormitory office of your moving date.

Other things to do regarding your daily life

■Moving out
・Apartment:Inform the landlord of your moving date.
・If you use a university guarantor system, inform International Support Group of your leaving. Please see "Notice of Lease Termination".
・Contact your utility provider in advance to let them know the date you will be cancelling your service.
・Pay the due utility charges by convenience store payment or automatic bank withdrawal
・Clean your room thoroughly and dispose of any garbage at the specified area
*If you would like to give away your goods for new international students, please contact International Student Support Room and confirm if the goods meet the conditions.
・Be sure of the procedures for disposing large sized waste and specified kinds of home appliances (ex. fridge, TV, etc.)
Disposal of some items is not free and requires completing certain procedures in advance. Procedures differ by area of residence. Please check your area of residence’s official website to confirm the procedures and locations of where large sized waste can be disposed. For details, please see Garbage & Recycling
・Cancel your contract with the Internet service provider.

■At the Ward/City Office
・Submit a ”Resident Change Notification”
When you return to your country permanently, you will need to submit an out-going certificate. If you forget this, you will continue to be billed for National Health Insurance even after you return home. When the day your return has been decided, please bring proof of returning such as proof of an E-ticket or airline tickets to your ward or city office. You will also need to how your Resident Card (or Alien Registration Card) and your National Health Insurance Card.Sample form used in Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo

・Return your "Individual Number Notification Card" (paper) or "Individual Number Card" (Plastic card)
1) Those who return to your home country with no plan to return to Japan: Return your "Individual Number Card" or "Individual Number Notification Card" at your local municipality.
2) Those who have a plan to return to Japan in the future: Your "Individual Number Card" will be returned with a stamp on the front side of your Card. So, please show your Card when you apply for residence registration at your local municipality in the future.
*About "Individual Number" : A 12-digit number called "Individual Number (or My Number)" is an important number which is valid throughout your entire life even after you return to your home country.

・National Health Insurance/Pension
If you registered in National Health Insurance please complete cancellation procedures and return your health insurance card.
If you paid into the National Pension Plan, complete the procedures for withdrawing and for receiving the lump-sum withdrawal payment. Once you receive your payments, however, your coverage periods for the basis of the payments entitlement will no longer be valid to apply for other Japanese benefits. For more details please refer to the Japan Pension Service website. http://www.nenkin.go.jp/service/jukyu/sonota-kyufu/dattai-ichiji/20150406.html


■At the Immigration Services Bureau
You must submit a "Secession of Associated Organization form" (at the application counter, by postal mail, or online).

*Please see Immigration Services Agency's Electronic Notification System https://www.ens-immi.moj.go.jp/NA01/NAA01SAction.do

■At the Airport
・Return your Resident Card to an Immigration Inspector


■Others
・Close your bank/postal savings account if you are no longer using it to make payments or receive income.If you will need to pay the final bills for your utility fees, telephone fees or credit card payment, the month after you plan to leave, do not cancel your account.
• Cancel your mobile phone contract.


■Regarding Application for Change of Status of Residence
Student->Short-term Stay
If you wish to stay in Japan after graduation for short period of time for preparation for leaving Japan, you are supposed to change your status of residence from College Student to Short-term stay. However, please note that student whose period of stay is 1 year and 3 months or 2 year and 3 months, etc. (a certain number of year plus 3 months) cannot change your status to “Temporary Visitor” because his/her period of stay already contains the preparation period for departure (for 3 month).
See details at
http://www.u-tokyo.ac.jp/en/prospective-students/visa_change.html

Student->Designated Activities (to continue job hunting in Japan)
If you wish to continue job hunting after completing your degree, you need to change your status to "Designated Activities."
See details at http://www.ic.u-tokyo.ac.jp/ic/recruit_support/recruit_support01_04_e.html