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Japan Student Visa from Pakistan:

Japan Student Visa:
The greatest appeal of studying in Japan is its academic environment where one can study state-of-the-art technology and acquire the knowledge that enabled Japan’s phenomenal postwar economic growth. Whether it is electronics, Japanese literature, medicine or international business administration, Japanese universities and other institutes of higher education can offer course studies or research programs of virtually any field. The ratio of students who go on to universities (undergraduate level) and junior colleges (regular courses) is also very high in Japan at 56.2% (Source: Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) “Statistical Abstract 2010 edition”). This figure is indicative of the high standard of education in Japan. Many institutions of higher education, such as universities and junior colleges, are well equipped with fine research, computer, and library facilities and enable students to carry out their research in an excellent environment.

Why Study in Japan?
Active international exchange is now taking place throughout many parts of the world, and there are now said to be more than 1.5 million foreign students studying around the globe. Of them, 138,075 (as of May 1, 2012) are studying in Japan. What is it that attracts these students to Japan?

Education Ratio in Japan:
The ratio of students who go on to universities (undergraduate level) and junior colleges (regular courses) is also very high in Japan at 56.8% (Source: Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). Many institutions of higher education, such as universities and junior colleges, are well equipped with fine research, computer, and library facilities and enable students to carry out their research in an excellent environment.

Admission Procedure:

Qualifications for Admission
The qualifications for admission differ according to the type of higher educational institution you would like to enroll in. The details are as follows.

Universities (undergraduate level) and junior colleges
A student who has completed his or her secondary education (include high school) and school education for 12 years or more outside of Japan will qualify for admission to a Japanese university. A student educated in a country where primary and secondary education (include high school) lasts for less than 12 years will become qualified for admission if he or she completes a college preparatory course designated by the Japanese Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, and if the student is over 18 years old. Those who have qualifications such as an International Baccalaureate or Abitur and are aged at least 18 years are also qualified for admission to a Japanese university.

Graduate schools
A student who has completed prescribed courses at an institute of higher education outside of Japan will qualify for admission to a Japanese graduate school if the student has completed 16 years of school education (18 years for those enrolling in doctor’s programs in medicine, dentistry or veterinary science). Those who are recognized as having academic ability equal to or above that of a college graduate and are at least 22 years in age (24 years in the case of doctor’s programs in medicine, dentistry or veterinary science) also qualify for admission to a graduate school.

Colleges of technology
A student who has completed his or her secondary education outside of Japan can transfer to a Japanese college of technology if the student has reached the appropriate age, and if the student is recognized as having an academic ability equal to or above those in the grade that the student would like to transfer into.

Special training college
With the exception of Japanese-language institutes, a person must fulfill the following two conditions in order to qualify for admission to a special training college:

1) They must have completed 12 years of schooling (inclusive of completion of secondary education) outside of Japan. However, because secondary education may last only 10 or 11 years in some countries, such students will become qualified for admission after completion of a college preparatory course for entrance designated by the Japanese Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, and if they are aged at least 18 years.

2) They must meet one of the following three criteria and have the Japanese-language ability needed to study in the special training college.

Has studied 6 months or more at a Japanese-language institute accredited by the Association for the Promotion of Japanese-language Education and notified by the Minister of Justice.
Is certified at Level 1 or 2 of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test given by the Association of International Education Japan and the Japan Foundation.
Has received at least one year of education at a Japanese elementary, junior or senior high school. || Source ||

Visa Application Procedure:

General Information to the Applicants Applying for Visa to Japan at the Embassy of Japan, Islamabad:
Each Visa applicant is required to come in person and prepare original documents as prescribed below
One application form for each applicant must be filled in properly and signed by the applicant in original. (Visa form is in PDF format and you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader for viewing/printing it.)
Photograph: One recent and latest photograph of applicant with light background preferably white, having size of 45mm x 45mm.

Note:
The time to process an application for any kind of visas depends on the applicant’s circumstances. Minimum processing time, it takes at least five (5) business days to a week, if the documentation is in order. There are some cases, however, in which over a few weeks or more are needed. It should be noted that the embassy does not issue any visas on the same day of application.
Visa application submission timing is 0900-1100 from Monday to Friday except public holidays.
Passports collection timing is 1430-1530 (During Ramazan:1330-1430) from Monday to Friday except public holidays.
Residents of Sindh & Baluchistan have to apply for Japanese visa at the Consulate General of Japan, Karachi.
Should a visa be refused, its reason will never be given. However, a visa application can be submitted again after 6 months after the refusal.

Postal address in Islamabad:
Visa Section
Embassy of Japan
Plot No. 53-70, Ramna 5/4,
Diplomatic Enclave I,
Islamabad 44000 (P.O.Box 1119)
Pakistan
Tel: +92-51-9072-500
Fax: +92-51-9072-354
e-mail: Ryoji@ib.mofa.go.jp

Postal address in Karachi:
Visa Section
Consulate-General of Japan
6/2 Civil Lines,
Abdullah Haroon Road, Karachi
Tel: +92-51-3522-0800
Fax: +92-51-3522-0815 || Source ||

Fees and Other Expenditures:
Embassy Student Visa Fee JPY 6000 / PKR 7100 || Source ||

Other Important Links and Downloads:

Japanese Embassy Official Website
Application Form

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