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Visas which allow paid work generally require a Japanese company, school, university or individual to act as sponsor. Having found work at a school, university or Japanese company, applicants for a working visa will need to fill out an application form from the Japanese embassy or consulate in their own countries.
- The following are the usual requirements for obtaining a working visa for Japan: a valid passport, a recent photograph, a letter from your future employer (or sponsor) stating your position and expected salary, a Certificate of Eligibility (the application for which requires documentation from your prospective employer), a curriculum vitae and copies of any necessary graduation certificates.
- The Certificate of Eligibility is a vital component of your working visa application. It is issued by the Japanese Ministry of Justice. If the candidate is overseas, the application for it will usually be made by the prospective employer through an immigration office in Japan. See Certificate of Eligibility application details.
- Working visas are normally granted for periods of 1 year or 3 years except for entertainers where the periods are 3 months, 6 months and one year and are usually extendable.
- From April 1, 2019 the Japanese government introduced new visas known as Specified Skilled Visas (tokutei ginou, 特定技能) to address labor shortages in various industries.
- Over 345,000 foreign workers will be allowed to enter Japan under the new conditions.
- Two types of visa are available Specified Skills Visa 1- SSV1 and Specified Skills Visa 2- SSV2.
- The SSV1 will be for a period of five years and will allow for limited renewals. Entrants will NOT be allowed to bring family members.
- The SSV2 (beginning in 2021) allows holders of this visa to bring family members and can be renewed indefinitely.
- Holders of the SSV1 can apply to change their visa status to the SSV2.
Japan is an island country located in East Asia. It is bordered by the Sea of Japan to the west and the Pacific Ocean to the east, and spans more than 3,000 kilometers along the coast of the continent from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea and Philippine Sea in the south. It is the largest island country in East Asia and fourth largest island country in the world. It consists of 6,852 islands: the 5 main islands are Hokkaido, Honshu, Kyushu, Shikoku and Okinawa. Due to Japan's many far-flung outlying islands and long coastline, the country has extensive marine life and mineral resources in the ocean.