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Status of residence after receiving a preliminary hiring notice
Once your job hunting is complete and you have received a preliminary hiring notice, in some cases there may be a period of several months before your job begins. While for this period of time your status will remain "Designated Activities", you will have to carry out procedures to change the purpose of your activities from "Job-Hunting" to that of "Waiting".
However, when scheduled to enter a company from April, you can apply for a work visa such as "Engineer/Specialist in Humanities/International Services" from December of the previous year. It is recommended you apply for your work visa if you receive your preliminary hiring notice around December. (Normally, the notification of permission is almost always sent within 1 month of applying, but for changing status of residence to a work visa, the Regional Immigration Services Bureau processes the application after you graduate in March.)