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Japan rejects student visa applications from 90 Vietnamese brokers for submission of fraudulent documents

  • January 20, 2020
  • , Yomiuri , p. 38
  • JMH Translation

In recent years, there have been more and more cases of people abusing the student visa program to illegally enter Japan. In 2018, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) introduced a regulation to eliminate unscrupulous Vietnamese brokers by refusing to accept their proxy visa applications as many were found to contain fraudulent documents. Yomiuri Shimbun has learned that MOFA has thus far busted a total of 90 such agencies for attempting to send large numbers of people with dubious applications and not even minimal Japanese language skills. The regulation is aimed at preventing the inflow of foreigners pretending to be “students” to illegally stay in the country for employment.


MOFA says that it is unusual for the government to take such an action against study-abroad service providers overseas.


Yomiuri requested MOFA to disclose information on the government’s handling of study-abroad service brokers. According to the documents released by MOFA, the Embassy of Japan in Vietnam saw a rise in questionable student visa applications and directly interviewed applicants to examine their Japanese language skills. As a result, the embassy found many of the language certificates submitted by these applicants to be “not credible.”  


MOFA disqualified these applicants and did not issue visas. In September 2018, it introduced the exemption rule to refuse to accept proxy visa applications from brokers for a period of six months if they submitted dubious visa applications in excess of a certain number. Starting this year, the visa application refusal period has been extended to one year. (Abridged)

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