To be employed legally in Japan, you must obtain a working visa. Otherwise, you will end up as one of those undocumented foreign workers in the country. To avoid such circumstances, you should follow the legal procedures of getting a visa. That primarily demands you to understand the requirements, the certain documents you will provide during the application.
A working visa application can be performed in two different ways, hiring foreign workers from overseas and hiring foreign workers who already in Japan. Both have different guidelines and requirements to follow.
Applying for a working visa outside Japan
(when hiring foreign workers from overseas)
As part of the assessment process, the hiring company will check your qualifications and working experiences. Then, you must be prepared for the requirements to apply for an overseas job.
- Updated resume
- Original passport
- Birth Certificate
- Certificate of employment
- School Diploma
- JLPT certificate (if any)
After passing the hiring process, the company will process the application for the Certificate of Eligibility for Residence Status at the Immigration Bureau office. As the host company, they must prepare the supporting documents needed for the application.
Requirements for COE
The form will be provided at the local immigration office. It also downloadable online from the Ministry of Justice website. Take note, COE application form varies depending on the purpose of entry. You can check it here.
Once you received the COE, then you can apply now for a working visa at the Japanese Embassy in your country.
Working Visa Requirements
Applying for a working visa (already in Japan)
Engaging in a job that is within the scope of the status of residence is very important. Why? Let’s take this example if you obtain a residence status classified as Technology Human Knowledge, International Affairs which permitted you to work as an engineer, then working other jobs such as a caregiver is not allowed, clearly because it’s beyond your status. Therefore, if you want to apply for jobs outside the scope of the status of residence, then it requires you to change the status of residence in order to perform it legally. In this case, you and the hiring company will collaborate with the application for a change of residence status to the Immigration Bureau office.
Requirements for Change Status
Change student visa to work visa
Hiring a newly graduate foreign national student, a change of visa from student visa to working visa is a must. This procedure is called an “application for change of status of residence” which falls under the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act Article 20. It is the same procedure from the above-mentioned, but there is a slight difference in the documents to be submitted. The method of change includes having permission from the country of origin of foreign national students to work in Japan. For more details regarding the application particularly the documents to be presented, check the Ministry of Justice on Japan’s official website here.
From passing the job application until obtaining a residence status is a very complicated process. Preparation is the key. It should include the right planning and a lot of understanding to meet all the requirements. And what is more important, is that you should be truthful with all of the information you have provided. Otherwise, you will lose the opportunity to work in Japan.