Temporary Visitor Visa for Short-term Language Students in Japan

Last Updated on 21.06.2022 by Coto Japanese Language School

Always dreamed of studying and living in Japan? Study Japanese in Tokyo and Yokohama and explore Japan. Enter the country under a temporary visitor visa.

Coto Academy is excited to announce that we can become the receiving organization in the Entrants, Returnees Follow-up System (ERFS) for foreigners who want to come to Japan for a short-term stay (less than three months).

To be eligible, you will need to sign up and complete registration for any of Coto’s Japanese intensive courses in Tokyo or Yokohama — for at least a month. As a receiving organization located in Japan, we will complete the prescribed application in the ERFS, allowing you to enter Japan under “special exceptional circumstances”. 

Enter the country under a temporary visitor visa and contact us now. See our FAQ about the ERFS and Coto’s terms and conditions. 

If you have any questions about this particular issue, contact us at [email protected]. Our staff will get back to you shortly. You can also fill out the form below. You can choose “Intensive Course” and inquire about the further procedures involved with the visa application, ERFS, terms and conditions.

How Coto Academy Can Help With ERFS Application and Support Your Entry to Japan

ERFS can be issued only for students who are studying with at least 1 month of intensive courses. You must complete payment for this before issuing the certificate.

It takes one working business day to issue the certificate after the completion of payment.

There is no expiration for the ERFS. You can enjoy studying with us for up to three months, but you should apply for a working holiday visa now.

As long as you have completed the registration for our intensive course, Coto Academy will be your guarantor and the organization in charge of your entry to Japan through the ERFS procedure.

About Our Japanese Intensive Course

Our Japanese intensive courses are held five days a week from Monday to Friday (including national holidays). Each lesson lasts around 3 hours. This class is specially designed to help you make faster Japanese language progress, and focus on practical spoken Japanese for daily life that will help you to live comfortably in Japan. 

Course schedules are flexible. You can choose between morning and afternoon classes. We also limit one class to 8 students. This way, our teachers can thoroughly evaluate your skill and properly encourage active learning.

We offer beginner, intermediate and advanced courses. Head here to find out more about our Japanese course prices and packages.

What You Need to Know 

A Temporary Visitor Visa is for those who intend to stay in Japan for 90 days or less for specific purposes.

You will need to complete the visa application by yourself at your Japanese overseas establishment. Application for a visa should be made by the applicants.

There are two documents you need for visa application under the ERFS method:

  1. Certificate for completion of registration to the ERFS that your organization has applied online
  2. Other required documents for visa application.

For more information, kindly visit the official website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Japan. Head to the ERFS entry page for the complete reference.

How long does it take to get an ERFS?

It typically takes 1 working business day for your certificate to be issued.

Does the ERFS have an expiry date?

No, there is no expiration for ERFS.

Do I need to complete payment before Coto will issue the ERFS?

Yes, once payment is completed, Coto will issue your certificate.

Are there refunds?

No, there are no refunds.

How can I get an ERFS?

Coto will provide an ERFS to any student who enrolls and pays for 1 month of intensive courses upfront. Once payment is completed we will issue the ERFS.

What is the difference between Coto's intensive, lite intensive and part-time courses?

You will study five days a week (Monday-Friday) for a month if you enroll in our intensive course. Lite Intensive courses are held twice a week. You can join part-time lessons from any time as long as there is availability.

Is Coto in charge of my visa application too?

Application for a visa should be made by yourself at a Japanese overseas establishment. Coto is not responsible for any visa denial or problems in your visa application.