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Rules of Your JCMU Visa

As JCMU acts as the guarantor for all of our students’ visas, you are required to adhere to the following rules:


(NOTE: Due to COVID-19-related modifications to normal visa and immigration procedures, it is possible these rules may be more restrictive, especially those related to pre- and post-program personal travel. Until informed otherwise, students should assume that they will be unable to enter Japan until the program arrival/move-in date and that they will need to depart no later than the program/term's departure date.)


1. Visa Exclusivity

JCMU only sponsors visas for students participating in JCMU programs. Your visa from JCMU may not be used for personal travel (such as a family vacation), for job interviews overseas, or for programs hosted by other organizations. If you are planning to participate in a different study abroad program in Japan either before or after your JCMU program, the organization hosting that program will need to sponsor a separate visa for you, or take over as guarantor on an extended visa after your JCMU experience has concluded. 

2. Entrance Date

NOTE: COVID-19 modifications may apply. Unless informed otherwise, students should not plan to arrive earlier than the program arrival/move-in date.

JCMU students on a Cultural Activities visa may schedule their arrival for up to 5 days prior to the start date of the program. Students traveling on a Temporary Visitor Visa MUST arrive on the scheduled arrival date for their program, and may not enter the country early due to restrictions in place from the Japanese immigrations authority.

After your entrance date has been provided to the Japanese consulate for the final visa processing, that date may NOT be changed, as it will be embedded in your visa information. The only exception to this rule is flights that are delayed or canceled, causing a change in entry date.  

3. Forbidden to Work

No JCMU students are allowed to be employed or work for pay or gifts while in-country on a JCMU visa. However, you are allowed to serve as a volunteer or participate in an unpaid internship. 

4. Legal Compliance

JCMU requires that all visa holders maintain compliance with Japanese law, which includes following the rules regarding conduct, item importation (such as medicines or personal items), and alcohol and drugs. The Japanese government also reserves the legal right to challenge or decline visa applications, and to withdraw or cancel visas if and when they deem necessary. 

5. Post-Program Travel

NOTE: COVID-19 modifications may apply. Unless informed otherwise, students should not plan to remain in Japan beyond the move-out/departure date of their JCMU program/term.

JCMU does typically allow students on a Cultural Activities Visas to remain in Japan up to two weeks after the conclusion of a program, so long as you have been granted permission by the Resident Director in advance. In your request, you must provide information about your travel plans and the best method for contacting you, should we need to get in touch.

Students receiving a JCMU-sponsored Temporary Visitor Visa are not allowed to remain in-country post-program, and must depart Japan on their program’s move-out date. 

6. Visa End-Date

NOTE: COVID-19 modifications may apply. Unless informed otherwise, students should not plan to remain in Japan beyond the move-out/departure date of their JCMU program/term.

You must depart Japan by the end date of your visa. Students who overstay their visas risk deportation and potential legal action by the Japanese government. 

7. Visa Cancelation by the Student

If you are unable to attend your planned JCMU program and have already been issued a visa, you will need have that visa canceled by the Japanese consulate as soon as possible. Please contact the JCMU office in East Lansing for instructions on visa cancellation.