Upon graduation, your student visa status will become invalid and you will have to change to another visa in order to remain in Japan. Below is a list of possible cases and visa options for a each.
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You do not need to do anything in regards to your visa.
You can apply for a "Short-Term Stay" visa. (90 Day Extension)
You must change to a working visa. You will need to contact the HR/Hiring department of the company for arrangements. Below are the two most common visas that students receive.
Engage in activities that requires skills and knowledge in the field of natural science, social science and humanities or activity which requires intercultural experience.
Engage in a wide variety of activities that make use of high Japanese proficiency, experience as a foreign student in Japan, and skills and knowledge acquired in a Japanese university. This visa permits general work that is not allowed by the "Engineer/Specialist in Humanities/International Services" visa.
You can change to a "Designated Activities" visa that will allow you to stay in Japan until your date of employment. You will need to contact the HR/Hiring department of the company for arrangements.
Ex: September graduates that received a job offer for the following April intake.
You must change your visa to a "Designated Activities" visa. This visa will allow you to stay in Japan for 6 months and can be extended an additional 6 months.
Regarding the "Letter of Recommendation" mentioned in ［6］ above, please consult your Faculty or Graduate School. The letter may not be issued if it is believed that you will not continue looking for work after graduating / completing your course of studies.