Short-Term Visit (90 days or less)
Visitors from many countries do not need to obtain visa to visit Japan if they stay 90 consecutive days or less in Japan and/or if they do not receive rewards or salary (excluding travel expenses) during their stay in Japan. IPMU will help you obtain a short-term visa if you are from a country that requires visa to enter Japan. Please send us a copy of your passport and itinerary at least one month before the day you plan to enter Japan. After we receive them we will send you documents that will help you apply for short-term visa at Japanese Embassy or Consulate, for instance official invitation letter from IPMU. If you are not sure whether or not you need visa to enter Japan, or wish to apply for multiple short term visa for traveling in and out of Japan, please consult IPMU International Relations Section.
Long Term Visit (more than 90 days)
Visitors who stay longer than 90 consecutive days in Japan or receive rewards or salary (excluding travel expenses) must obtain ‘Professor Visa,’ even if they do not possess professorship. IPMU will help you by first submitting a document called Application for Certificate of Eligibility to the Immigration Bureau on behalf you. To do so, we would like to have a copy of your passport, picture of your face using .jpg format and other necessary items from you at least three months before the day you plan to enter Japan. Four to six month after this application, a certificate of eligibility will be issued and sent to IPMU. We will then send it to you using express mail. With the certificate, please apply for professor visa at nearby Japanese Embassy or Consulate General. Please note that certificate of eligibility is valid for three month after its issuance. You must enter Japan while it is valid.
For both short-term and long-term visa applicants, please remember these before you plan travel or renewing passport.
Please note that all foreigners who stay in Japan for more than 90 days, whether they live in temporary address or in hotel, must register at the City Hall of your residence, and obtain Alien Registration Cards.
Visa (The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan)
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