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Welcome to the Japan work visa checker!

This is a simple tool that guides people who are interested in working in Japan,with which visa they may be applicable for.

There are many different Visa categories and depending on which one you obtain, certain factors differ such as:
-Type of job you can do
-Period of stay
-Possibility of bringing along spouse/children

Try going through the questions and see what opportunities wait for you!

How would you like to work in Japan?




Previous answer: Part-time

Part-time working in Japan for non-permanant residents is limited to the following.

Do you apply to any of the below?






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Visa Category - Student

About the visa

Activities that can be carried out Activities to receive education at a university, college of technology, senior high school, special training school, vocational school, etc in Japan. In general, working is prohibited. However, students who submit the "Permission to Engage in Activity Other than that Permitted by the Status of Residence Previously Granted" are allowed to work part-time with a maximum of 28 hours per week in mostly any area.
Qualifications (Candidate) Permission to Engage in Activity Other than that Permitted by the Status of Residence Previously Granted.
Period of Stay 4 years and 3 months, 4 years, 3 years and 3 months, 3 years, 2 years and 3 months, 2 years , 1 year, 6 months or 3 months
Relocation of Spouse / Children Depends on financial status
*This tool is to provide possibilities of work visa application and does not take responsibility in application results
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Visa Category - Designated Activities

About the visa

Activities that can be carried out Activities which are specifically designated by the Minister of Justice for foreign individuals such as, internship, working holiday, domestic staff of a diplomat, foreign nurse / care worker candidate under an Economic Partnership Agreement, etc.
Qualifications (Candidate) For Working holiday -One must be from a country that is enlisted in the working holiday countries between Japan. -One must be between the age of 18-30 depending on the country you are from.
For Internship -One must be a college student, and there must be a contract between the Japanese employer and college to agree that the work experience will provide school credits.
Period of Stay For Working holiday -6 months to 1 year depending on country
For Internship -1 year at max
Relocation of Spouse / Children Not Allowed
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Visa Category - Dependent

About the visa

Activities that can be carried out This visa is for a spouse, or child of a person who is staying in Japan with a visa that allows dependents.
In general, working is prohibited. However, dependents who submit the "Permission to Engage in Activity Other than that Permitted by the Status of Residence Previously Granted" are allowed to work part-time with a maximum of 28 hours per week in mostly any area.
Qualifications (Candidate) Permission to Engage in Activity Other than that Permitted by the Status of Residence Previously Granted.
Period of Stay 5 years, 4 years and 3 months, 4 years, 3 years and 3 months, 3 years, 2 years and 3 months, 2 years, 1 year and 3 months, 1 year, 6 months or 3 months
Relocation of Spouse / Children Not Allowed
*This tool is to provide possibilities of work visa application and does not take responsibility in application results

Previous answer: Full-time

What is your current occupation?



Previous answer: Student

Previous answer: : None of the above

What is or is planned to be your final degree of education?





Previous answer: Bachelor

Previous answer: N3 - N5 level

Previous answer: None

What is your major?
Arts, Humanities Culture
History
Language, Literature, Linguistics
Japanese Studies in Arts, Humanities Category
Other Arts, Humanities Studies
Engineering, Technology Engineering, Technology
Chemical Engineering
Civil, Structural Engineering
Computer Science, Information Systems
Electrical, Electronic Engineering
Mechanical, Aeronautical, Manufacturing Engineering
Other Engineering, Technology Studies
Life Sciences, Medicine Agriculture , Forestry
Biological Sciences
Medicine
Medical Studies
Phamacy, Pharmacology
Psychology
Other Life Sciences Studies
Natural Sciences Chemistry
Earth, Marine Sciences
Environmental Sciences
Geography
Materials Sciences
Mathematics, Statistics
Mathematics, Statistics
Other Natural Sciences Studies
Social Sciences Accounting, Finance
Business, Management
Communication, Media Studies
Economics, Econometrics, Commerce
Education
Law
Politics, International Studies
Psychology
Sociology
Statistics, Operational Research
Other Social Sciences Studies
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"Engineer/Specialist in Humanities/International Services"
Visa Category - Specialist in Humanities

About the visa

Activities that can be carried out Activities engaged in business requiring knowledge belonging to the fields of law, economics, sociology and other humanities Activities in the area of "Specialist in Humanities" need to be "activities requiring expert knowledge beyond a certain level on the background of academic sophistication". Work utilizes so-called university-level expertise applies.
Qualifications (Candidate) One must be qualified in one of the below
-University graduation with relevant major
-Completed the special course of vocational school in Japan
-10 years or more of relevant work experience
-Information processing technology qualification
Period of Stay 5 years, 3 years, 1 year or 3 months
Relocation of Spouse / Children Allowed
*This tool is to provide possibilities of work visa application and does not take responsibility in application results
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"Engineer/Specialist in Humanities/International Services"
Visa Category - Engineer

About the visa

Activities that can be carried out Activities engaged in work that requires skills or knowledge belonging to the fields of science, engineering and other natural sciences. Activities in the area of "Engineer" need to be "activities requiring specialized skills or knowledge beyond a certain level on the background of academic sophistication". Work that utilizes so-called university-level expertise applies.
Qualifications (Candidate) One must be qualified in one of the below
-University graduation with relevant major
-Completed the special course of vocational school in Japan
-10 years or more of relevant work experience
-Information processing technology qualification
Period of Stay 5 years, 3 years, 1 year or 3 months
Relocation of Spouse / Children Allowed
*This tool is to provide possibilities of work visa application and does not take responsibility in application results

Previous answer: Masters or Doctors

What is your Japanese level? (in terms of JLPT)


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Visa Category - Highly-Skilled Professional

About the visa

Activities that can be carried out Activities which come under any of the following (a) to (c) to be conducted by foreign nationals who meet the criteria provided for by an ordinance of the Ministry of Justice as human resources who possess advanced and specialized skills, and who are expected to contribute to the academic research and economic development of Japan.
(a) Activities of engaging in research, research guidance or education.
(b) Activities of engaging in work requiring specialized knowledge or skills in the field of natural sciences or humanities.
(c) Activities of operating international trade or some other business.
Qualifications (Candidate) Highly-Skilled human resources in accordance with the points' system, which is calculated by factors such as, educational background, work experience, salary, age, Japanese level, etc.
Period of Stay 5 years initially, and can change to an indefinite visa after a certain period depending on your score points.
Relocation of Spouse / Children Allowed
*This tool is to provide possibilities of work visa application and does not take responsibility in application results

Previous answer: High school / Vocational / Skills

Are you majoring in any of the below fields?













Previous answer: Yes

What is your Japanese level? (in JLPT terms)

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Visa Category - Specified Skilled Worker

About the visa

Activities that can be carried out Fields in which specified skilled foreign workers can be accepted are industrial fields (the specified industrial fields) that need to recruit the foreign nationals to make up for labor shortages despite the efforts made to raise productivity and to recruit domestic human resources. Possible activities will differ depending on the categories shown below that one enroles into.
-Nursing care
-Building cleaning
-Material Processing
-Industrial machinery manufacturing
-Electric and electronic information related
-Construction
-Shipbuilding and ship-related
-Automobile maintenance
-Hotel Operations
-Airport Operations
-Agriculture
-Fisheries
-Food and beverages manufacturing
-Food service
Qualifications (Candidate) Technical skill qualification: confirmation by a category specific exam (Those who have completed technical intern training in the same category are exempt from the exam)
Japanese language qualification: Confirmation by a Japanese language exam.
(JLPT N4 holders, or those who have completed technical intern training are exempt from the exam)
Period of Stay Up to 5 years in total with renewals every 1 year, 6 months, or 4 months
Relocation of Spouse / Children Not Allowed
*This tool is to provide possibilities of work visa application and does not take responsibility in application results
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Visa Category - Technical Intern Trainee Program

About the visa

Activities that can be carried out The objectives and purpose of the Technical Intern Training Program are to transfer skills, technologies, or knowledge, accumulated in Japan to developing and other regions and to promote international cooperation by contributing to the development of human resources who can play roles in the economic development of those developing regions. Applicants will be recieving a normal Japan based salary during this training.
Possible activities will differ depending on the categories shown below that one enroles into.
-Agriculture
-Fisheries
-Construction
-Food and beverages manufacturing
-Apprael/Furniture Manufacturing
-Metal/Machine Processing
-Material Processing
-Automobile Maitanance
-Building Cleaning
-Nursing care
-Hotel Operations
-Airport Operations
Qualifications (Candidate) The country you are from must be enlisted in the list of countries that are participating in the Technical Intern Training Program with Japan.
One must have either work or educational experience in any of the above categories. The duration of experience differs depending on the category.
One must be trained in Japanese language and culture through a registered "Sending Organization" in your contry, prior to starting the program.
Period of Stay Starting off with 1 year, but can extend to 3 to max 5 years depending on
1. The organization one belongs to
2. The mid-term test to pass the extention screening
Relocation of Spouse / Children Not Allowed
*This tool is to provide possibilities of work visa application and does not take responsibility in application results
Unfortunately, there may be no full-time working visa that fits you.
Try looking into the "Technical Intern Training Program" Visa or "Specified Skilled Worker" Visa to see what you can do to become qualified.
*This tool is to provide possibilities of work visa application and does not take responsibility in application results

Previous answer: General Employee

Do you have any of the following work experience?

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"Engineer/Specialist in Humanities/International Services"
Visa Category - International Services

About the visa

Activities that can be carried out Activities engaged in work requiring thought or susceptibility based on foreign culture. The activities in the area of "International Services" need to be "activities that require more than a certain level of professional abilities based on thought or susceptibility based on foreign cultures" acquired in a traditional culture of a foreign country, Interpretation, guidance of language, publicity, advertisement or overseas trading business, design related to clothing or interior decoration, product development and other similar activities are applicable.
Qualifications (Candidate) One must be qualified in one of the below
-University graduation with relevant major
-3 years or more of work experience related to work engaged in engagement
Period of Stay 5 years, 3 years, 1 year or 3 months
Relocation of Spouse / Children Allowed
*This tool is to provide possibilities of work visa application and does not take responsibility in application results

Previous answer: Employee in any of the following areas

Which is your current occupation?











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Visa Category - Diplomat

About the visa

Activities that can be carried out Activities on the part of constituent members of diplomatic missions or consular offices of foreign governments hosted by the Government of Japan, activities on the part of those who are provided with similar privileges and/or immunities as are given to diplomatic missions in accordance with treaties or international customary practices, and the activities on the part of their family members belonging to the same household.
Qualifications (Candidate) Ambassador, minister, consulate general, or delegation member of a foreign government and their families
Period of Stay Foreign nationals who receive the Status of Residence of “Diplomat” are permitted to stay in Japan for the length of their stated mission.
Relocation of Spouse / Children Allowed
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Visa Category - Government official

About the visa

Activities that can be carried out Activities on the part of those who engage in the official business of foreign governments or international organizations recognized by the Japanese Government; and activities on the part of their family members belonging to the same household.
Qualifications (Candidate) Employee of an embassy or consulate of a foreign government, individual assigned by an international institution for an official assignment, and their families
Period of Stay 5 years, 3 years, 1 year, 3 months, 30 days or 15 days
Relocation of Spouse / Children Allowed
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Visa Category - Professor

About the visa

Activities that can be carried out Activities for research, guidance of research or education at a college, an equivalent educational institutions or a college of technology (kotosenmongakko).
Qualifications (Candidate) - A Professor, assistant Professor at a university
- A Researcher at a higher education organization etc.
Period of Stay 5 years, 3 years, 1 year or 3 months
Relocation of Spouse / Children Allowed
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Visa Category - Artist

About the visa

Activities that can be carried out Activities for the arts that provide income, including music, the fine arts, literature, etc.(except for the activities that will be in the "Entertainer" Visa).
Qualifications (Candidate) A Composer, artist, or writer
Period of Stay 5 years, 3 years, 1 year or 3 months
Relocation of Spouse / Children Allowed
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Visa Category - Religious Activities

About the visa

Activities that can be carried out Missionary and other religious activities conducted by foreign religious workers dispatched by foreign religious organizations.
Qualifications (Candidate) Missionary assigned by a foreign religious organization
Period of Stay 5 years, 3 years, 1 year or 3 months
Relocation of Spouse / Children Allowed
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Visa Category - Journalist

About the visa

Activities that can be carried out News coverage and other journalistic activities conducted based on a contract with foreign journalistic organizations.
Qualifications (Candidate) Reporter or photographer of foreign press
Period of Stay 5 years, 3 years, 1 year or 3 months
Relocation of Spouse / Children Allowed
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Visa Category - Business Manager

About the visa

Activities that can be carried out Activities of operating international trade or some other business of a public or private organization in Japan or of managing such business.
Qualifications (Candidate) Manager or administrator of a company, etc.
Must have at least 3 years' experience (including the period of majoring in management or management courses at graduate school) on business management or management of business.
Your business must have a secured office, business scale with two or more full-time employee + capital of 5 million yen or more, and explanation of business continuity.
Period of Stay 5 years, 3 years, 1 year, 4 months or 3 months
Relocation of Spouse / Children Allowed
*This tool is to provide possibilities of work visa application and does not take responsibility in application results
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Visa Category - Medical Services

About the visa

Activities that can be carried out Activities to engage in medical treatment services, which are required to be undertaken by physicians, dentists or those with other legal qualifications.
Qualifications (Candidate) Physician, dentist or registered nurse
Period of Stay 5 years, 3 years, 1 year or 3 months
Relocation of Spouse / Children Allowed
*This tool is to provide possibilities of work visa application and does not take responsibility in application results
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Visa Category - Researcher

About the visa

Activities that can be carried out Activities to engage in research based on a contract with a public or private organization in Japan.
Qualifications (Candidate) Researchers, investigators with one of the below qualifications.
- BS degree and 3-year research experience
- BS and MS degree etc.
This can be substituted by 10-year research experience
Period of Stay 5 years, 3 years, 1 year or 3 months
Relocation of Spouse / Children Allowed
*This tool is to provide possibilities of work visa application and does not take responsibility in application results
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Visa Category - Instructor

About the visa

Activities that can be carried out Activities to engage in language instruction and other education at an elementary school, junior high school, compulsory education school, senior high school, secondary educational school, school for special needs education, vocational school, miscellaneous educational institution, or the other educational institutions equivalent to vocational schools in facilities and curriculum.
Qualifications (Candidate) Language instructor at a senior high school or junior high school, etc.
Period of Stay 5 years, 3 years, 1 year or 3 months
Relocation of Spouse / Children Allowed
*This tool is to provide possibilities of work visa application and does not take responsibility in application results
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Visa Category - Entertainer

About the visa

Activities that can be carried out Activities to engage in theatrical performances, dramatic performances, musical performances, sports or any other performing art activities.
Qualifications (Candidate) Actor, singer, dancer, or professional athlete
Period of Stay 3 years, 1 year, 6 months, 3 months, or 15 days
Relocation of Spouse / Children Allowed
*This tool is to provide possibilities of work visa application and does not take responsibility in application results
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Visa Category - Skilled Labor

About the visa

Activities that can be carried out Activities to engage in services, which require industrial techniques or skills belonging to special fields based on a contract with public or private organizations in Japan.
Qualifications (Candidate) Chef of foreign cuisine, sports instructor, aircraft pilot, or craftsman of precious metals
Period of Stay 5 years, 3 years, 1 year or 3 months
Relocation of Spouse / Children Allowed
*This tool is to provide possibilities of work visa application and does not take responsibility in application results
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