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              We realize that you may have questions and we hope that the questions outlined below will help address your concerns. We understand that you would have additional inquiries or questions about your own case, and are available to anwser through inquiries: japanhub@cordonbleu.edu or daikanyama@cordonbleu.edu

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              2. FAQ of Cultural Activities Visa for the Japanese Cuisine Diploma

              FAQ

              • What types of courses does Le Cordon Bleu Japan offer?

                Le Cordon Bleu Japan provides Intensive and Non-intensive (1 or 2 days/week) Certificates and Diploma Programmes. The Type of Course varies based on the Institute and the Programme.
                Exact Course Start Dates for Diploma and Certificates Programmes can be found on Le Cordon Bleu Japan Programmes page or by contacting us.

                * Only Applicants of Japanese nationality or residence permit holders in Japan are eligible to the non-intensive courses

              • How long does it take to graduate?

                Please note that only Applicants of Japanese nationality or residence permit holders in Japan are eligible to the non-intensive courses.

              • Do you have Japanese Cuisine / Japanese Pastry Programmes?

                With the ever-increasing international interest in Japanese Cuisine, over the last few years, Le Cordon Bleu Japan has been setting up courses using local Japanese ingredients, worked with Japanese prefectures to promote their agricultural produce and have welcomed many Japanese Chefs. Le Cordon Bleu has also been offering courses showcasing the Japanese Culinary heritage, Washoku, but also Wagashi and Sake appreciation. In 2016, Le Cordon Bleu Japan was selected to deliver the first level of our new Japanese Cuisine Certification to 15 scholars as a part of the Japanese Cuisine Bursary Program which is an official project of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, managed through a dedicated consortium, the Organization for Fostering Human Resources for the Promotion of Japanese Cuisine & Food Culture.
                Le Cordon Bleu Japan is now very proud to launch the Japanese Cuisine Diploma. This comprehensive Japanese cuisine course has been recognised by government and leading Japanese cuisine associations for its intensity in technical content, its unique offering of authentic traditional and regional cuisine and the opening of the door for future evolution and innovation of modern Japanese cuisine. It is ideal for international professionals and enthusiasts wishing to gain a truly authentic and comprehensive insight into the art of Japanese cuisine.

                Courses in Wagashi (Japanese traditional pastry), lectures about Japanese ingredients, study and discovery tours are also regularly planned to those who wish to have a one to several days of experience of the Japanese Gastronomy. Please check Le Codon Bleu Japan Gourmet & Short Courses section for the schedules dates and programmes.

              • Can I apply for a visa?

                Only eligible Applicants who successfully complete the admission process and receive the CertificateCOE will be provided withof visa supporting documents. Lump Sum payment is compulsory.
                We advise that all necessary documentation necessary for the visa application are prepared in advance.
                Sponsorship for a Visa does not guarantee visa issuance. Visa issuance does not guarantee admission into Japan. These are based on the discretion of the Japanese immigration authorities.

                Classic Cycle – Grand Diplôme, Cuisine, Pastryâtisserie and Bakeryoulangerie Programmes

                • Le Cordon Bleu Japan does not sponsor any long-term visas for the Students of any Diploma or Certificate Programme(s) of the Classic Cycle
                • Le Cordon Bleu Japan can sponsor applications to a Temporary Visitor Visa for Students requiring it. Only Applicants who successfully complete the admission process and receive the COE will be provided with visa supporting documents
                  Applicants requiring sponsorship for a Temporary Visitor Visa must apply to the Programme no later than 95 months before the Course Start Date for People’s Republic of China passport holders, and no later than 25 months for Applicants from other countries

                Japanese Cuisine Diploma Programmes

                • Le Cordon Bleu Japan can sponsor a Cultural Activities Visa for Students of the Japanese Cuisine Diploma Programme
                • Only Diploma Programme Applicants are eligible to apply to this visa
                • Japanese Cuisine Diploma Applicants requiring a Cultural Activities Visa must apply to the Programme no later than 5 months prior to the Course Start Date

                Please consult the Application Guidebook or contact us for requirements details.

              • Do you have financing plans?

                Le Cordon Bleu Japan offers the possibility to settle the fees of the Certificates Programmes by lump sum, and the fees of Diploma Programmes or by instalments. Students requiring visa sponsorship will be required to pay by lump sum. You can check the details of payment methods and conditions on our dedicated page or in the Application Guidebook.

              • Do I need to understand Japanese?

                There is no requirements to speak or understand Japanese for the intensive programmes. You can choose to apply to the Grand Diplome, Cuisine, Pastry, Bakery Diploma or Certificate Programme taught in English, Chinese or Japanese. Interpreters are present in all classes.
                For non-native Applicants to a Programme, please refer to the language requirements.

                Language Requirements:

                • English: minimum IELT 5.5 pts, TOEFL ibt. Min 65 pts, TOEIC 605/900 pts, or equivalent.
                  A recent certificate is required
                • Chinese: native speaker
                • Japanese: minimum requirement is JLPT N2 or equivalent
                  A recent certificate is required

                Application and administration documents as well as teaching material are in Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, English or Japanese.
                The language of documents and material given to students correspond to the language of the Programme applied to.

              • How much is the tuition?

                Application to Diploma Programme
                Application at once to two or three diplomas or to consecutively attended will incur a single invoicing of Application Fees.

                Application to Certificate Programme
                Application to Certificates independently incur the invoicing of Administration Fees for each Certificate application.

                Details are available below, in our Application Guidebook and on our How to Apply section.

              • When can I start?

                Exact Course Start Dates for Diploma and Certificates Programmes can be found on Le Cordon Bleu Japan Programmes page or by contacting us.

                * Only Applicants of Japanese nationality or residence permit holders in Japan are eligible to the non-intensive courses

              • What are the requirements to apply?

                Only applications complete with all requested documents and payment(s) will be eligible for admission.
                Please refer to our admission process on the How to Apply page.
                The Orientation Day is mandatory for all Students of a Diploma or Certificate Programme at Le Cordon Bleu Japan for the first time.

                Application Requirements

                • Completed, dated, and signed Application Form, Terms & Conditions, and Pledge. A legal representative must date and sign the application and Terms & Conditions for underage Applicants.
                • Applicants under 18 years of age at the time of application must at least be 18 on the Course Start Date
                • Updated Curriculum Vitae / Resume
                • Motivation Statement, explaining the Applicant’s culinary goals, career aspiration(s) and reasons for choosing Le Cordon Bleu Japan programme(s) (300-500 words)
                • Language Certificate for non-native Applicants to a selected course
                • Copy of the ID page of the Applicant’s passport with sufficient validity for their stay in Japan
                • 2 recent passport-sized photographs
                • Payment of the Administration FeesFees and proof of payment
                • Proof of successful completion of pre-requisite Certificate(s) from other Le Cordon Bleu Institutes, if applicable

                Language Requirements:

                • English: Native or minimum IELT 5.5 pts, TOEFL ibt. Min 65 pts, TOEIC 605/900 pts, or equivalent
                  A recent certificate is required for non-native Applicants
                • Chinese: native speaker
                • Japanese: minimum requirement is JLPT N2 or equivalent
                  A recent certificate is required for non-native Applicants
              • Where are students coming from?

                Le Cordon Bleu Japan welcomes Students of more than 30 different nationalities in its Institutes.
                From Japan, the United States of America, Canada or South Africa, France or the UK, Australia and New Zealand, and from all over South East and North Asia - China, Taiwan, Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, South Korea, Macao, Hong-Kong, students gather together at Le Cordon Bleu Japan around the common passion of the Culinary Arts and Gastronomy.

              • Do you have any support for accommodation?

                Please contact us for receiving a list of referenced agents and accommodation partners and contact them directly for booking a place. Some referenced partners have exclusive offers for Le Cordon Bleu Japan Students.

              • I will visit Japan for tourism / business and would like to try a class?

                Le Cordon Bleu Japan offers a range of Short & Gourmet Courses that last from 2 to 4 hours, in English, Chinese or Japanese languages, to discover or experience Le Cordon Bleu excellence in Cuisine, Pastry, Bakery, and Japanese Cuisine and Pastry (wagashi).
                It is also possible to inquire for group classes, that are possible as per a minimum of 10 people. Please contact us for the courses and fees details of our Group Bookings.

              Cultural Activities Visa for the Japanese Cuisine Diploma

              Le Cordon Bleu Japan sponsors the Cultural Activities Visa for the Japanese Cuisine Diploma Programme Applicants, in collaboration with ESF, a company that provides visa assistance service with the support of an experienced legal consultant.
              * This service is not provided to Japanese Cuisine Certificate Programme Applicants, nor for Applicants to the Classic Cycle Certificates and Diploma Programmes.



              Before Entering Japan

              • Which type of visa should I apply to as a student of the Japanese Cuisine Diploma programme at Le Cordon Bleu Tokyo?

                It is possible to apply for the Cultural Activities Visa.

              • What is the Cultural Activities Visa?

                It is a non-work category visa for those engaged in studies or research of Japanese cultural and artistic activities such as Japanese cuisine, flower arrangement, tea ceremony, karate, judo, and other activities.

              • What documents should I submit to obtain the Cultural Activities Visa?

                Before applying for Cultural Activities Visa, you need a Certificate of Eligibility.
                Please refer to the list of documents in the document entitled in the Application Guidebook, available to download.
                As it can take some time to gather all accurate documents, we recommend that you prepare all documents at the same time than your application to the Japanese Cuisine Diploma.

              • What is the procedure to apply for the Cultural Activities Visa?

                The actual procedure to apply to the Cultural Activities Visa starts once the admission to the Japanese Diploma is complete with the receipt of the Certificate Of Enrolment (COE) from Le Cordon Bleu Tokyo.
                All documents required should be submitted to ESF, within the required due dates. ESF will apply for a Certificate of Eligibility on your behalf.
                The Certificate of Eligibility is a prerequisite document to obtain the Cultural Activities Visa.
                If your Certificate of Eligibility application is approved, ESF will mail you the original certificate.
                Please ensure that the address indicated in all application documents is the one where you can easily receive mail.
                Upon receipt of the Certificate of Eligibility, you should go to the nearby Embassy or Consulate of Japan in your residence country to apply for the Cultural Activities Visa. Fees for application to the Embassy or Consulate may apply and must be paid by cash in the local currency.
                Please take the required documents as stated on the Embassy or Consulate website including the original Certificate of Eligibility we have mailed you.
                The list of Consulates and Embassies can be referred to on the Ministry Of Foreign Affairs website (MOFA)
                http://www.mofa.go.jp/about/emb_cons/mofaserv.html

              • Do I need to translate the documents into Japanese for the Certificate of Eligibility application?

                English or Japanese translation is acceptable. Please state the translator name, date and signature on the translated document and attach the certified copy of the document in the original language.

              • What does “certified copy” mean?

                Certified copy means that it has been signed by the authorized or issuing institution.

              • How much money is required in my savings account?

                There is no minimum requirement; however, 1.5 to 2 million Japanese Yen or equivalent is what we think would be sufficient to cover living expenses in Japan during your stay for the program. Living expenses vary depending on the type of housing, lifestyle and other private activities that you will have in Japan, and the amount suggested is meant to cover basic and simple living in Japan.

              • What if my Certificate of Eligibility application is denied? Can I still enrol in the program?

                You will be informed on the result of granting or denial on the Certificate of Eligibility.
                In the case of a denial, Le Cordon Bleu Tokyo administration team will discuss with you on the possible solutions, such as those mentioned in the Terms & Conditions signed along with the application to the Japanese Cuisine Diploma.

              • How long does it take for the whole Cultural Activities Visa application?

                The application procedure of the Certificate of Eligibility takes about 2-3 months, however, a visa application is a case-by-case matter, and the procedure can take longer than average.
                You must submit all necessary documents for the Certificate of Eligibility application no later than 4 months prior to the Course Start Date. If your Certificate of Eligibility application has been approved, the original will be sent by mail to you. It is your responsibility to submit it along with the other required documents to the closest local Embassy or Consulate of Japan.
                The usual delivery process of the Cultural Activities Visa can vary between 5 days to several weeks.
                The Certificate of Eligibility is valid 3 months from its date of approval, during which you must submit it to the Consulate or Embassy of Japan for receiving your visa. It is crucial that you plan your trip carefully in full awareness of all this information.

              • Can my Cultural Activities Visa application be rejected?

                If you submit all the listed documents and meet the visa requirement, the visa will most likely be granted. There is however a possibility that the Embassy or Consulate rejects your application “due to reasons such as those mentioned below – other reasons may apply; the granting of a visa remains at the discretion of the Japanese

                Authorities:

                • If the applicant does not possess a genuine and valid passport
                • If the application contents are false
                • If the applicant does not meet the visa requirement (insufficient funds, etc.)
                • If the applicant has a criminal record
                • If the application is made within five years of the applicant having been deported from Japan for illegal residence
                • If it is feared that the applicant will engage in activities that harm the interests of and disturb public order in Japan

              • Can I pay visa issuance fees with a credit card or a cheque?

                Although it is possible to pay the Le Cordon Bleu Japanese Cuisine Diploma tuition fees either in bank transfer or credit card methods, only cash payment is possible for the payment of the visa issuance fees at the local Japanese Consulate or Embassy. This fees should be paid using the local currency. You will not be required to pay visa issuance fees if the visa is not issued.

              • If my Cultural Activities Visa is granted, how can I be certain that I will be allowed to enter Japan?

                The Cultural Activities Visa does not guarantee permit of entry into Japan. Immigration officers at your arrival airport or seaport will judge whether you can enter or not.

              • What should I do if I am not permitted to enter Japan by the immigration officers at the port of entry?

                Please contact Le Cordon Bleu Tokyo immediately in giving your full name, student ID number. Phone: +81-3-5489-0141 / 0120-454-840 (domestic free toll)
                Phone lines are available from 8:00 to 19:00 on weekdays and from 9:15~18:15 on Saturday, Sunday and National Holidays.
                Email: japanhub@cordonbleu.edu (available anytime)

              • I have already been to Japan using a Japanese Cultural Activities visa. Am I allowed to apply again to this visa through my Japanese Cuisine Diploma enrolment with Le Cordon Bleu Japan?

                It is permitted to apply again for this visa even if you have used the same type of visa in the past.

              • I am currently a student/researcher in Japan with a visa, and would like to enrol to the Japanese Cuisine Diploma at the end of my studies. Is this possible? Can I get the new visa by staying in Japan or should I go outside Japan and apply to an embassy / consulate of Japan outside Japan? E.g.: with a student visa / e.g.: with a research visa / e.g.: with a trainee visa

                The pre-requisites to apply for the Japanese Cuisine Diploma at Le Cordon Bleu Japan are being at least 18-year-old at the time of the Course Start Date, have a Senior High School certificate or equivalent, provide all certificates, application documents and payments.
                Graduates, Post-Graduates or professionals who wish to change career or further their skills can apply if all pre-requisites are met.
                Once the admission to the Japanese Cuisine Diploma is complete with the delivery of the Certificate of Enrolment by the Tokyo School administration, which means that you are confirmed as a student of the programme, you can apply to change your residence status.
                You do not need to leave Japan to change your status provided that your current visa has at least one month of validity left so as to proceed to the change of status.
                In any case, this application must be done before your current visa has expired. It usually takes about one month to change your residence status.
                The fees for the visa extension are the same as those for the visa administration mentioned in the application Guidebook.

              • I am currently in Japan with another visa (dependent, working type)and it is coming to an end. Can I apply fora Cultural Visa through my enrolment to the Japanese Cuisine Diploma?

                Once the admission to the Japanese Cuisine Diploma is complete with the delivery of the Certificate of Enrolment by the Tokyo School administration, which means that you are confirmed as a student of the programme, you can apply to change your residence status. You do not need to leave Japan to change your status provided that your current visa is having at least one month of validity left so as to proceed to the change of status.
                In any case, this application must be done before your current visa is expired. It usually takes about one month to change your residence status.
                The fees for the visa extension are the same as those for the visa administration mentioned in the application Guidebook.

              After Entering Japan

              • I would like to come with my spouse and children. Is it possible for them to have a visa through my application to the Japanese Cultural Activities Visa?

                It is possible for students holding a Cultural Activities Visa to have their spouse and children come to Japan with a Dependent Visa.
                The application request can only be done after you have arrived in Japan and obtained the Residence Card. It takes about 2-3 month of procedure to the Dependant Visa. Dependents can also apply for a temporary visitor visa for a maximum of a 3 month stay, with an invitation letter from the student and proof of funds to cover living expenses in Japan. *
                Notice:
                Applications to visas other than the Cultural Activities Visa in relation to the Japanese Cuisine Diploma of Le Cordon Bleu Japan cannot be done through Le Cordon Bleu Japan.
                Please inquire directly to a company that supports the visa assistance services such as ESF.

              • How long can I stay in Japan with the Cultural Activities status?

                You can stay in Japan under the Cultural Activities status for maximum six months to complete our Japanese Cuisine Diploma program. Overstaying in Japan is a severe infringement to the Japanese Laws, and may result in deportation so plan your stay accordingly.

              • Am I allowed to work in Japan under Cultural Activities status of residence?

                The Japan Cultural Activities Visa is a non-work visa and does not permit any paid activity.

              • What happens if I violate the Immigration regulations?

                You may be subject to deportation from Japan, for example:

                1. you are found to be working or engaged in paid activities
                2. you have stayed in Japan beyond the period of stay authorized by the Immigration
                3. you have illegally entered Japan using a false passport or smuggling yourself into Japan
                Once your deportation is executed, you will not be allowed to re-enter Japan for at least 5 years.

              • How much is the living cost to stay in Japan for six months?

                The cost is relative to your living standards. However, a minimum of 1.5 ~ 2 million Japanese yen is advised for a six-month stay that would cover basic living expenses such as housing and commodities, transportation/commutation and food.

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