If you are planning to bring in workers from other countries to work in Japan, you will need to learn about the rules regarding Japan work visas. Employers play a critical role during this process and need to have a good understanding of the legal requirements for obtaining work visas in Japan. Below, we discuss the process of how to get a working visa in Japan and other important information that you will need to know.
General Information on Japan Work Visa
One major difference in Japan’s immigration system compared to those of other industrialized countries is that there are no legal limits on the number of people for whom permanent residency can be granted or work permits can be issued. This leaves the door open for many people to come to Japan for the promising work opportunities that it represents.
Since Japan is currently experiencing a worker shortage due to a shrinking aging population, many businesses are turning to foreign workers to fulfill their business needs. This process requires the employer to obtain a Japan work visa.
Types of Visas in Japan
Japan’s work permits are generally fit into two main categories.
Japan Working Visa
The Japan working visa is the most basic work permit in the country. It is designed for a variety of professionals, including professors, artists, entertainers, journalists, medical service providers, legal and accounting service providers, researchers and engineers. The basic Japan working visa range from three to sixty months.
Highly Skilled Professional Visa
The second main category of Japan work visas is the highly skilled professional visa. This type of visa is based on a points system.
This visa is limited to a small subset of foreigners who represent the best talent from around the work, based on their advanced academic research, specialized or technical, or business management services. This visa provides greater benefits to the professional who possesses it, including a five-year stay, a work visa for their spouse, children, parents who care for their grandchildren and household workers.
After the professional has resided in Japan for at least three years, he or she may apply for a subsequent tier under this classification, which can allow for an indefinite period of stay for the immigrant.
How to Get a Working Visa in Japan
To obtain a working visa in Japan, a potential employee must secure employment with an in-country sponsor who makes a job offer to him or her. The applicant or sponsor applies to the Regional Immigration Bureau for a certificate of eligibility. The application must be completely filled out.
Additionally, the applicant or sponsor must provide supporting documentation that proves the immigrant is intending to enter the country for approved purposes and a letter of guarantee.
To get a highly skilled professional visa, the applicant must also provide a points calculation form with the application. The worker must have a minimum score of 70 points to be considered a highly skilled worker.
The sponsor will also prepare a number of documents for the visa application, including providing thorough details about the company, an itinerary in Japan and an invitation letter. These documents are submitted to the local embassy or consulate, which determines whether or not to issue a visa.
Entry into Japan
Once an immigrant receives his or her visa, he or she must enter the country within three months. Then, he or she will need to obtain a residence card. There are only certain locations where these are processed, which include airports in or near:
Once you enter Japan, you should carry your residence card with you at all times. If Japanese police stop you and ask for your card, it is a violation of the law not to present it. You also need to update your information if it changes at any time. Go to the local municipal office to update your card within two weeks of any change of address.
Choose New Horizons as Your Global Partner
Many opportunities are currently available to businesses wishing to expand into Japan. New Horizons Global Partners can help you obtain Japan work visas for your foreign employees. We can also provide you with innovative employment solutions if you are not prepared to make a full commitment to Japan.
Through our PEO services in Japan, we can hire staff on your behalf. You control the daily operations of your staff while we handle all the administrative responsibilities. If you determine that the Japanese market meets your business objectives, we can help your business seamlessly transition to a legal entity in Japan (Read: How to setup a company in Japan.) Contact our local experts today to get started.