Certificate of Authorized Employment (for changing jobs)

When you are not so sure if a new job description is fine with requirements and conditions of your current visa (status of residence) which was granted for previous job or not, it is good idea to apply “Certificate of Authorized Employment”. Based on an applicant’s description on the application form, Minister of Justice certifies …

Authentication (of official seals) and Apostille

An authentication and an apostille are both certifications from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of official documents issued by government / public agencies and local governments. An authentication / apostille will be required when you need to submit Japanese official documents for various procedures (such as marriage, divorce, birth registration, visa application, incorporation or real …

Student visa and freelancing

Is it possible to do a freelance work while staying in Japan on student visa? According to the Immigration Services Agency “If a foreign national (i.e. oversea students) intends to engage in an activity to operate profit-making businesses or an activity for receiving consideration other than the activity permitted under his/her status of residence, he/she must obtain permission …

Requirements for changing the status of residence (visa) from “Student” to “Work”

After successful job hunting, students are required to change their status of residence (visa) from “Student” to relevant working visa. The most common visa is for “Engineer/ Specialist in Humanities/ International Services”. In case of students changing their visa to “Engineer/ Specialist in Humanities/ International Services” visa, it is necessary to meet following requirements. 1. …

Designated Activities visa for oversea students to continue job hunting after graduation

To stay for job hunting in Japan after graduation from universities or designated technical colleges, you need to change your visa (status of residence) to “Designated Activities” with a period of stay of six months. You will be allowed to extend your stay for another 6 months, hence you can stay up to one year …

Notification concerning the spouse (e.g. divorce)

A mid- to long term resident who has the status of residence of “Dependent,” “Designated Activities,” “Spouse or Child of Japanese National,” or “Spouse or Child of Permanent Resident” and who has the status as a spouse must make a notification to the Minister of Justice (the Regional Immigration Office) within 14 days, when he/she …

“Intra-company Transferee” visa (status of residence) for whom from an office abroad

“Intra-company Transferee (企業内転勤 kigyo-nai tenkin)” visa (status of residence) is for those who transfers to a business office in Japan for a limited period of time. He/she must transfer from a business office (public or private) established in a foreign country which has its head office, branch office or other business office in Japan. His/her …

Notification concerning the accepting organization (e.g. changing jobs)

A mid- to long term resident, whose status of residence is based on his/her social relationship, such as employment relationship or marital relationship, must notify the details of any change in such social relationship as explained below to the Minister of Justice. 1 Procedures for notification concerning an organization for the activity A mid- to …

Application for extension of the validation period of the residence card

A permanent resident or a mid- to long term resident for whom the validation period of the residence card is to expire on his/her 16th birthday must file an application for the extension of the validation period of his/her residence card to the Minister of Justice through procedures specified by the Ordinance of the Ministry …

Inviting a foreign national to Japan (for short-term stay)

Countries or Regions that do not require a visa to enter Japan As of September 2019, Japan has taken measures concerning the Visa Exemption Arrangements with 68 countries and regions. Nationals and citizens of those countries and regions are not required to obtain visas to enter Japan when their visits are tourism, commerce, conferences, visiting …

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