As of today, October 1, the declaration of a state of emergency in Japan has been lifted for the time being.
If the current situation continues, various restrictions on activities will be lifted in stages, although it will largely depend on the future infection situation.
Unfortunately, the restriction on the entry of new international students, which is our long-cherished wish, will not be lifted today.
On September 28, the Association for the Promotion of Japanese Language Education and other Japanese language school organizations submitted a request to Prime Minister Suga for a cleaner entry for foreign students.
As a result, we were able to elicit a statement that the government aims to resume the entry of foreign students as soon as possible.
In fact, the readiness to accept people from overseas has been re-established in the past few days.
As for the relaxation of the quarantine measures after entry into Japan due to vaccination, the policy seems to have been finalized in a very concrete manner, including the specific types of vaccines and what kind of exemptions are available.
It won’t be long before we will be able to meet all the international students who are waiting to enter Japan.
Now that the application for the January 2022 term is over, the application for the April 2022 term has begun in earnest.
The deadline for applications is scheduled for November 12, but there may be a second round of applications this year as well.
Please contact us first.
The application rate for the October course was higher than usual, and certificates of eligibility were issued to students from various countries.
However, there are still students who have not been issued visas.
Feeling threatened by this situation, we and other foreign agents have come together to call on the government to allow foreign students to enter Japan as soon as possible.
Unfortunately, so far there has been no announcement from the government that we would like to hear.
However, many things are moving quietly and surely.
In this issue, I will focus on some of the relatively positive news.
As of September 2, approximately 73 million people living in Japan had received one dose of the vaccine.
The number of people who have completed two doses is 59.59 million, which is about half of the Japanese population.
There is also an argument to be made that vaccine passports should be used proactively.
2.End of the Olympic and Paralympic Games
When the Olympics are over, there will be no more traffic from the Games officials.
As a result, the capacity of the airport to receive new arrivals doubled soon after the Games closed.
Since the Paralympic Games closed on September 5, I believe we will be ready to accept people as soon as the infection situation settles down.
Although the number of infected people in Tokyo is still high, the number of infected people has been decreasing rapidly during the past week, and I think we are seeing the light of day.
We apologize for the inconvenience to international students who are waiting to enter the country.
However, we believe that this situation will soon be over.
Thank you for your patience.
Currently, Japanese embassies around the world have stopped issuing visas to international students, and all international students are unable to enter the country.
Due to this situation, the Immigration Bureau has taken measures to extend the expiration date of the Certificate of Eligibility, one of the documents required to issue a student visa.
All international students through the July 2021 term will be valid until January 31, 2022, regardless of the expiration date written on the COE already issued now.
For the October 2021 term, the COE is valid for 6 months from issuance.
For more information, please visit the website of the Immigration Bureau, Labor and Welfare.
Regarding the validity period of the Certificate of Eligibility (updated 07/05) (excerpt from the above URL)
Since we cannot enter the country as scheduled, the start of classes will be decided when we are able to enter the country.
However, if you wish to take online classes, please contact us.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause to students who are planning to come to Japan, but we appreciate your cooperation.
Since October 1, 2020, students who have been waiting in their home countries was able to enter the country through the use of the registrar’s track.
We have been working with students and local agents to provide guidance and preparation before and after their arrival in Japan, and have been able to successfully accept new students since January term.
All students wishing to start their studies in January were able to enter the country.
As for students for the fiscal year ending April 2021,
Due to the extension of the state of emergency, the Japanese embassies in various countries have stopped issuing visas.
As a result, students who have been looking forward to studying in April have to wait.
Students will be informed as soon as new information is available.
List of Programs Available to International Students
＜SUPPORT TO CONTINUE STUDYING IN JAPAN＞
Special Cash Payments
For those who are registered with Basic Resident Registration System as of April 27, 2020, special cash payments of 100,000 yen per person will be available.
-Home page of Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications for Special Cash Payments
–Multilingual information（English, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Filipino, Portuguese Spanish, Indonesian Thai, Nepalese ）
-Special Cash Payments Call Center
Emergency Student Support Handout for Continuing Studies
Due to heavy reductions in household income and income from part-time work because of the impact of the novel coronavirus pandemic, the national government is offering support in the form of a cash handout to students who face difficulties continuing their studies abroad at universities (including graduate schools), junior colleges, technical colleges, vocational schools, and Japanese language schools.
Universities will decide who are able to receive a cash handout based on the contents of the application.