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Japan – Work Permits and Working Legally

Working Legally in Japan

Expats who want to work in Japan are required to obtain a work permit.

Who Must Make the Application?

The expat’s employer must apply for the work permit on behalf of the expat

There are some exemptions for certain types of work, such as those engaged in business negotiations or those providing technical support for equipment. However, the vast majority of expats who work in Japan must obtain a work permit.

Types of Work Permits for Expats in Japan

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There are several types of work permits in Japan, including:

  • Highly Skilled Professional visa
  • Skilled Labor visa
  • Business Manager visa
  • Professor visa
  • Artist visa

Inclusion on the Highly Skilled Professional visa category is based on points, which are assigned based on factors such as education, work experience, and salary.

Work Permit Application Process in Japan

The process for obtaining a work permit in Japan can be complex and time-consuming. The expat’s employer is responsible for making the application, which typically includes:

  • Submitting a certificate of eligibility from the immigration bureau
  • Submitting a work visa application form
  • Providing proof of the expat’s qualifications and work experience
  • Providing a certificate of employment from the expat’s previous employer

The entire process can take several months, so it is important for expats to start the process well in advance of their planned start date in Japan.

Work Permit Documents in Japan

The following documents are typically required for a work permit application:

  • Passport
  • Resume or CV
  • Educational certificates
  • Proof of professional qualifications
  • Proof of employment history
  • Bank statements

Work Permit Costs in Japan

The cost of applying for a work permit in Japan can vary depending on the type of visa and the process used. There is a fee for the certificate of eligibility, and the expat’s employer may also incur fees for legal and administrative services.

Reliable Information on Working Legally in Japan

Expats can find reliable information on working legally in Japan by visiting the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan (https://www.mofa.go.jp/), or the website of the Japanese Embassy in their home country. Additionally, the Japan Association for the Promotion of International Trade (http://www.jetro.go.jp/) provides information on working and doing business in Japan.

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