To work in Japan

Foreign nationals must obtain a relevant visa status to work in Japan.

If you currently obtain family-related visa status or you are a Permanent Resident, you can engage in working any types job without any special permit related to work.
>> Family-related Visa Status

Basically, you must obtain a particular work-related visa if you are not applicable to family-related visa status but wish to work in Japan full-time.
>> Activity Based Visa Status (including the status allowed to work)

To obtain work-related visa, your intended job/mission in Japan must fall under one particular work visa and your background/career and prospective employer (company/organization in Japan) also need to satisfy the criteria and requirements of the visa status.

Also, an employment agreement between you and prospective employer is required in advance of the visa application to certify your employment in Japan (i.e. terms and conditions for your job/mission). In case you are residing outside Japan, the prospective employer will be your proxy or so-called “visa sponsor” for your COE application in Japan. You cannot apply for the COE for any work visa if you don’t have any visa sponsor in Japan.

>> BASIC CRITERIA for Visa Status
>> Certificate of Eligibility (COE) Application

WORKING HOLIDAY PROGRAMMES

Those who are foreign nationals of the country participating Working Holiday Programmes can stay and take a holiday in Japan for maximum of one year under the visa status called “Designated Activities (for Working holidays)”. During staying in japan under the visa status, you can engage in a part time job to make up for living expenses.

To get more information and join in WORKING HOLIDAY PROGRAMMES, you should contact the Japan Embassy or Consulate-General in your country directly. You need to apply for it through the Japan Embassy or Consulate-General outside Japan.

>> WORKING HOLIDAY PROGRAMMES (jump to webpage of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan)

Intending to work full-time at the company in Japan.

In order to work full-time in Japan, you should consider whether your intended job is applicable to a specific visa status first. Next, you need to check the criteria and requirements for the visa status and whether your background/career satisfies the basic requirements. You cannot obtain any work visa for a job not listed in work visa category.
>> Activity Based Visa Status (including the status allowed to work)

After you find out a relevant visa status, you need to look for a company which is willing to hire you in Japan.

[In case you don’t have any Residence Status in Japan yet]
If you find a company which is willing to hire you and to be your visa sponsor for your COE application, you may now process for the application for the COE through the company as your visa sponsor and proxy. You cannot apply for COE before you find a company to be your visa sponsor in Japan.
>> BASIC CRITERIA for Visa Status
>> Certificate of Eligibility (COE) Application

[In case you obtain Residence Status in Japan]
In case you are currently staying in Japan under visa status like Student or Cultural Activities, you will need to apply for Change of Visa Status to obtain relevant work visa after finding the job.
>> Change of Visa Status

In case you obtain Student visa status, and you wish to continue to look for a job since you couldn’t find any job by graduation, you need to apply for Change of Visa Status to look for a job after graduation.
>> Job-hunting/Start Business after graduation in Japan

Wishing to work as a freelance in Japan

Some people might heard of so called “self-sponsored” visa, however, there is no such a visa status in Japan. Most of case, people mention about it when you wish to apply for a visa status as a freelance.

Please remind the principle of visa application in Japan once – your job/mission must be listed in work visa category which allows you work in Japan. In addition, you need to satisfy the requirements for the visa status.

For more details, please jump to our webpage below.
>> Wishing to work as a freelance in Japan

To obtain a permission to engage in other activity allowed under your current visa status

If your current visa status allows to obtain a permission called “Shikakugai-katsudo Kyoka”, you can engage in a part-time job within the limit of the permit.
>> Permission to Engage in Other Activity

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