As you may have heard, the Japanese government this week restarted the process of allowing people with student visas into Japan to study at Japanese language schools. It’s been almost a year since entries were stopped, so this is very welcome news! GenkiJACS has sent details directly to everybody who applied previously, so if you were already approved for a Genki student visa to Japan but haven’t heard from us yet, please get in touch straight away.
If you haven’t yet applied for a student visa, now is your chance! We have only a very few places left for April 2022 start dates at both our Fukuoka and (new!) Nagoya schools, and we expect them both to fill up in the next two weeks (before the application deadline). In addition, it is very likely that we will have to restrict student visa bookings for July and October next year. So, if you’re thinking about studying with Genki’s Japanese schools in Fukuoka or Nagoya for one year or more, this may be your last chance for a while! Visit the long-term study info page on our website for more information and to apply.
The Japanese government is still being very careful about allowing large numbers of foreigners in, and there hasn’t yet been any concrete information about when short-term stays will be allowed. There have been rumors recently about restarting of working holiday visa applications. However, when we contacted Japanese Immigration today (November 10) to confirm, they told us that currently they are not providing the documents required for working holiday visa applications (審査済み証, “shinsazumishou” or certificate of approval), which means working holiday visa applications will not be approved.
We’ll continue to try to collect the latest information and update you when we hear more. We know some of you have been waiting for more than 18 months to enter Japan now. Hopefully it won’t be much longer until things go back to something like normal, and we can’t wait to meet all of you at one of our Japanese schools!
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