Graduating Students

After you graduate from APU, you must promptly return to your home country even if your period of stay has not yet expired.
Once you graduate, you may not engage in part-time work using the work permit under your student visa.

*When anything is unclear, please make sure to check with the Student Office before you leave Japan. Do not jump to conclusions on your own.

■Visa following graduation

→Once you graduate, you may not remain in Japan with your student visa, and must promptly return to your home country.

When you cease to engage in the activities that were permitted under your visa (international studies), your eligibility to reside in Japan will become invalid regardless of whether or not your period of stay has expired.
For that reason, you may not possess a student visa once you graduate, and as such must promptly return to your home country.
If you continue to stay in Japan after one month has passed since you graduated, you will be considered an illegal overstayer (This excludes cases involving unavoidable circumstances, such as childbirth or prolonged hospital stays.).

When leaving Japan, please ensure to cancel your student visa in accordance with the below guidelines.

[ATTENTION!]
Once you graduate, you are prohibited from doing part-time work using the “PERMISSION TO ENGAGE IN ACTIVITY OTHER THAN THAT PERMITTED UNDER THE STATUS OF RESIDENCE PREVIOUSLY GRANTED” under your student visa.

If you engage in part-time work nonetheless, you will be considered an illegal worker and be subject to deportation and other penalties under the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act of Japan.
The introduction of the “My Number” system as of January 2016 has made it especially easy to keep track of income generated by foreigners, which apparently has made checks on illegal labor stricter as a result.
Please absolutely refrain from doing part-time work once you have graduated.

■Continuing to stay in Japan after you graduate from APU
  • ■Applying for a change in your residence status (should you look for a job in Japan)
  • Students are not allowed to deliberately delay earning credits and, in the process, delay their graduate date for the purpose of job-hunting in Japan.
    To search for a job in Japan after you graduate, you need to change your residence status to “Special Activities” by the time you graduate. Please consult with the Career Office at an early date on how to do so.

    Students need to personally submit an application to the Immigration Bureau of Japan in order to change their residence status to “Special Activities.”
    In order to apply, a Letter of Recommendation from APU is required (This Letter is only issued once as a general rule.).
    Please check the Career Office website for details.
    *Having a Letter of Recommendation from the university does not guarantee that you will be granted “Special Activities” residence status.

    *Having a Letter of Recommendation from the university does not guarantee that you will be granted “Special Activities” residence status.

  • ■Applying for a change in your residence status (should you find employment in Japan)
  • Please go here for details.

  • ■Applying for a change in your residence status (should you need to extend your stay in Japan a little in order to prepare for returning to your home country, etc.)
  • Please go here for details.


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