Taking a temporary leave of absence, returning to study, withdrawing from the university

Taking a leave of absence from the university

If taking a leave of absence from the university, you will not be able to remain in Japan with the Status of Residence of “Student”. In this case you are required to leave Japan or have your Status of Residence changed as appropriate without delay. 

Note:

  1. You are required to return your Residence Card to an immigration officer at the airport of departure when you leave Japan during your leave of absence.
  2. If you continue to stay in Japan during your leave of absence, consult with the Immigration Bureau directly for more details on changing your status if Residence.
  3. Before you reenroll at the university, refer to "Returning to study after temporary leave of absence".

In the case that you do not engage in academic courses at the university despite your Status of Residence of “Student,” or that you continue to stay in Japan after graduation/withdrawal /expulsion/absence from the university, your Status of Residence will be subject to revocation.* Once your Status of Residence is revoked, you will be forcibly deported from Japan in cases of malicious cause and will furthermore be barred from entry to and resuming studies in Japan for a period of 5 years.

*If your reason to remain in Japan is justified, your Status if Residence will not be revoked. Whether that reason is acceptable shall be determined by the Immigration Bureau. The example they give is a case where a foreign student who needs long-term hospitalization for medical treatment and is forced to take a leave of absence from the educational institution, intends to resume his studies at the educational institution after being discharged from the hospital. If you would like to remain Japan during a temporary leave of absence, you must consult with the Immigration Bureau while keeping in mind that your justification may not be deemed satisfactory. Futhermore, activities such as part time work will not be permitted during the leave of absence.

 

Returning to study after temporary leave of absence

You are required to reapply for a Status of Residence appropriate for resuming your studies following a temporary leave of absence overseas. Before entering Japan, you must obtain a Certificate of Eligibility and apply for a “Student” visa at the Japanese Embassy in your current country of residence. Enquire at the International Office at your main affiliated campus on procedures to apply for a Certificate of Eligibility at least 4 months prior to returning to Japan.

<For Current Students> Reapply for Certificate of Eligibility (keio.jp user authentication is needed)

 

Withdrawing from the university

If withdrawing from the university, you will not be able to remain in Japan with the Status of Residence of "Student". Please submit the "Notification if the Accepting Organization (leave)" to the Immigration Bureau within 14 days after leaving Keio University and prompt leave Japan or have your status of residence changed as appropriate.

Note:

  1. Please refer to the Ministry of Justice website in order to submit the "Notification of the Acceptance Organization"
  2. You are required to return your Residence Card to an immigration officer at the airport of departure when you leave Japan after your withdrawal from Keio.
  3. If you decide to continue to stay in Japan after your withdrawal from Keio, consult with the Immigration Bureau for more details about changing your status if Residence.

If you do not engage in academic courses at the university despite your Status of Residence of “Student,” or you continue to stay in Japan after graduation/withdrawal /expulsion/absence from the university, your Status of Residence will be subject to revocation. Once your Status of Residence is revoked, you will be forcibly deported from Japan if done maliciously, and furthermore, you will be barred from entry to Japan for a period of 5 years.