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Graduation

1. If you are graduating or withdrawing

After graduating or completing your studies at UTokyo, you will be required to return to your country, even if your visa (status of residence) "College Student" is still valid. If you wish to continue to stay in Japan for a while to prepare for your return, please immediately change your status of residence from "College Student" to "Short-Term Stay" or other appropriate status. You are not allowed to continue to stay in Japan with "College Student" visa status.

Also, please note that if your period of stay already includes a period of stay to prepare for departure from Japan after graduation (e.g., one year and three months, two years and three months, or one to two months after graduation/completion of study), in principle, you will not be able to change your status of residence to "Short-Term Stay" for the purpose of preparing to leave Japan.

Also, the permission to engage in activities other than those permitted under the status of residence previously granted is valid only while you are enrolled in an educational institution, so if you are not enrolled in any school after graduation, you will not be allowed to work part-time.

If you are graduating or withdrawing from your studies and UTokyo is acting as your guarantor, please inform International Support Group, Education and Student Support Department.
(Reference) University Guarantor System https://www.u-tokyo.ac.jp/adm/inbound/en/life-housing-g.html

2. Looking for Work after Graduation

International students who wish to remain in Japan and seek employment after completing their course of studies with a degree, can apply for the change of their status of residence to “Designated activities (to continue seeking employment)”, in case they can obtain a letter of recommendation from their university. If their application is approved, they can stay for six months. The status of residence can be renewed one time for another 6 months (in total, 1 year at maximum). 

※This system is not available to non-degree students. (Research students, Exchange students, etc.)
※”PhD candidates who have withdrawn from the University” can also apply for the change. However, please note that their application may not be approved or accepted.

[Items required for application]

[1] Application for Chang e of Status of Residence(available at Immigration Services Bureaus,and download able from the Immigration Services Agency's website)
Please note that the copy of listed below must be on A4 size paper.

[2] Passport( original and also a copy )
※Identification matters and Landing permission indicia or status of residency matters and period stated pages.
※If there is no stamp of status of residency and have residence card, only Identification matters page copy needed.

[3] Residence Card( original and a copy of front / back )

[4] Document certifying that you can cover all your living expenses during the period of stay or, if your expenses will be supported by someone else, a document certifying the sponsor's ability to support you, and a letter explaining the background behind the sponsor's support of you

[5] Document certifying that you completed a degree program at the university where you were most recently enrolled and a transcript
・ Bachelor degree recipients: Certificate of graduation or Degree certificate
・ Master's degree recipients: Certificate of completion, Master's degree certificate
・ Doctoral degree recipients: Certificate of completion, Doctorate certificate

[6] Letter of recommendation from the university where you were most recently enrolled, indicating your intention to stay in Japan to seek employment(See note below)

[7] Evidence that you are seeking employment

[Note]
Regarding the "Letter of Recommendation" mentioned in [6] above, please consult your Faculty or Graduate School. The letter may not be issued if it is believed that you will not continue looking for work after graduating / completing your course of studies.

You may be able to apply for the change of your resident status to a "Designated Activities (for those who have a gap period before they actually start working)." In case you are granted the status of residence by the Immigration Services Bureau, you may remain in Japan until the day you will start working. To apply for the change, please ask the company (you have been accepted) about the procedure. Official documents from the company, such as an oath (that proves the company periodically communicate with you during the period), the training schedule during the period (if any), etc. For details, check ◆ http://www.moj.go.jp/isa/publications/materials/nyuukokukanri07_00013.html (in Japanese/Immigration Services Agency).

3. Continuing entrepreneurial activities after graduation

Status of Residence for those who wish to continue entrepreneurial activities after graduation International students who have been engaged in entrepreneurial activities while studying at university and wish to continue the activities after graduation may apply for "Designated Activities" to stay in Japan for up to two years. International students who graduated from UTokyo are eligible for this measure (as of December, 2020). Conditions, such as a recommendation and pledge from university, apply. For details, please see ◆ http://www.moj.go.jp/isa/publications/materials/nyuukokukanri07_00001.html in Japanese.
*The maximum period of stay allowed under this status of residence is two years and you must complete your entrepreneurial activities during the period. When you have completed the activities, please apply for change of your status of residence to "Business Manager (経営・管理 Keiei・Kanri)".