Permission to Engage in Other Activity (Shikaku-gai Katsudou Kyoka)

Permission to Engage in Activity Other Than That Permitted Under The Status of Residence Previously Granted

This special permission is required in case you start engaging constantly in other activity which is not allowed under current visa status.

By obtaining this permission, Student visa holders and Dependent visa holders are able to engage in working as a part-time within the range of the permission. In case of those who stay in Japan under working related visa, they are able to engage in other activity with income than that permitted under their current visa. However, you should note that type of activity and period of work under this special permission is limited case by case.

Those who obtain Permanent Residence, Long-term Residence (Teiju-sha), Child or Spouse of Japanese and Child or Spouse of Permanent Residence don’t need this special permission since they are able to engage in working any types of job at any time.

General Principle of the Special Permission

  1. The intended activity must not disturb the activity under current visa.
  2. The applicant must be continuing to engage mainly in the activity based on current visa.
  3. The intended activity is not fall under sex industry or related business such as night club, pub, kyaba-kura, girls-bar, pachinko, game center, cabaret etc.
  4. The intended activity must not violate the law and regulations.
  5. The intended activity must not exceed the range of the limit of permission.

Examples of activity to obtain this permission

  1. In case that Student visa holder (or Dependent visa holder) engages in working as a part-time within 28 hours per week at convenience store, supermarket and restaurant.
  2. In case that Skilled Labor visa holder engages in working as a part-time English teacher on weekends.
  3. In case that Humanities visa holder engages in working as a part-time model on weekends.

Examples the activity not required this permission

  1. The intended activity is allowed under current visa.
    e.g. Humanities visa holder engages in working as an English teacher, a translator/interpreter on weekends.
  2. Volunteer activity and activity without income.
  3. Incidental and temporary (only once or twice) activity with reward.
    e.g. Attending with a friend as his interpreter all day and receive reward from him.
  4. Any activity of those who obtain Permanent Residence, Long-term Residence (Teiju-sha), Child or Spouse of Japanese and Child or Spouse of Permanent Residence.

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Type of the special permission (Inclusive permission and Exclusive permission)

According to the situation, the immigration grants you either Inclusive permission or Exclusive permission. Basically, work related visa holders cannot obtain this permission based on simple labor (e.g. cashier, waiter/waitress and packing etc.).

【Inclusive permission】

For Students, Dependents and Designated activities visa holder seeking job only. This permission allows them to engage in any activity (including simple labor) applicable to General Principle of the special permission, yet the period of work is limited.

  • No need to apply for the permission every time you change the part-time job.
  • Period of work is limited as follows:
    • Students – 28 hours per week (8 hour per day during the long seasonal break)
    • Dependents – 28 hours per week

【Exclusive permission】

This permission allows to engage in activity which job type, period, place, employer of the work is specified. It requires to apply for the permission every time when you change the part-time job. Sometimes it applies to Students and Dependents depending on the case.Top ↑

【1】Documents required

  1. Application form
  2. Documents which specify or clarify the intended activity (not required in case of Students and Dependents)
  3. Passport and Residence Card, original

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【2】When to apply and duration of screening

This application must be obtained before you start engaging the activity.
It will take 2 weeks to 2 months after the application is filed.Top ↑

【3】Cost of the application

No charge of Immigration tax.
Professional fee is required if you ask professional assistance.Top ↑

【4】Duration

This permission expires at the same time of current visa status.
If you need this special permission, you can apply for it at the same time of visa renewal.

(Amended in September, 2017)

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