Working in Japan
The type of visa needed is determined by the business-related activities the foreign national will partake in while working in Japan.
Japan allows for business visitors to enter the country and stay for up to 90 days, and some countries don’t require a visa for this type of entry. Foreign nationals from China, Russia, the Philippines, and some other countries require visas, even for a short-term stay.
For business-related visits longer than 90 days, foreign nationals are required to apply for and obtain a visa that allows them to work in Japan. Intra-company transfers, business managers, skilled laborers, professors, and many other professions require company sponsorship, and a work visa to enter the country. Upon entry, your employees will be required to register their residence address with the local ward office in Japan.
Employers and employees need to make sure they apply for the correct visa or work permit and provide the necessary documentation in their application and when entering Japan on a valid work visa. There are a variety of different types of work visas in Japan, but we’ve listed the most common ones below.
Types of Visas
- Highly Skilled Professional Visas
- Intra-Company Transfer
Processes and requirements vary by the type of visa. To figure out which visa your business requires, click below to download our Japan Information Sheet or click here to set up a consultation.