Saturday, January 24, 2009

New rules aim to simplify immigration for foreign students in Japan from April 2009

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According to the Asahi Shimbun today

"The government plans to simplify immigration screening procedures and extend the duration of stay for foreign students from fiscal 2009, Justice Minister Eisuke Mori said Friday.

The measures are part of the government's plan to increase the number of foreign students here to 300,000 by 2020, compared to 123,800 as of May 2008.

The Justice Ministry will also unify two categories of study status: shugaku for language and high school students; and ryugaku for university students.

This will allow language school students to attend universities without a change in status."

Source: Rules to be eased for foreign students

This is a much welcomed change as students only a few years ago had to leave the country to change their visa status at a Japanese embassy outside Japan and then return to Japan.

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