Because “Student” statuses of residence lose their validity upon graduation or completion of studies, in order for international students studying at Ritsumeikan University to continue to stay in Japan, it is necessary to change their status of residence.
For those students who have been searching for a job, but their employer is not yet decided by graduation and wish to continue job hunting after graduation, it is possible to change to a “Designated Activities” status of residence (valid for 6 months) as long as certain requirements are met. In order to apply to change to a “Designated Activities” status of residence at the Immigration Bureau, a letter of recommendation from Ritsumeikan University is required.
Ritsumeikan University holds two application periods per year for the issuance of letters of recommendation. International students from whom the International Center receives an application for a letter of recommendation will undergo a strict evaluation of their studies, lifestyle conditions, job hunting activities up to the time of application, and likelihood of obtaining a job in the future. A letter of recommendation will be issued to those students for whom it is deemed appropriate (Letters of recommendation will not be issued outside of the designated timeline for the semi-yearly application periods or to students who have already graduated).
An information session on acquiring a letter of recommendation was held on Friday, July 30, 2021 for students graduating / completing their studies in AY 2021 Spring Semester. The materials from that information session are found below. Read the materials thoroughly and apply during the designated application period.
*There are multiple items that need to be confirmed before you submit your application. Please read through the materials early, and proceed with preparing your submission. The last material is a questionnaire, so please fill it out. Submission of the questionnaire will serve as proof that you have read through the information session materials, one of the application requirements.
1) Application Guideline, 2) Application Form, 3) Information from Career Center, 4) Points for Application