Immigration and Work Permits in Japan

Assigning employees to Japan for longer than four months will require compliance with work permits and immigration rules. Every visitor of any type will be given a ‘status of residence’ depending on the purpose and length of their stay, and that includes anyone who will be working in Japan.

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Are you exploring the Japanese market for business opportunities and need to send experienced employees for sales, marketing or project development?  If you are new to Japan, you may need assistance with navigating the work and immigration procedures to avoid any problems with non-compliance.  This guide will give you the basics for longer business assignments that don’t qualify for a simple business visa.

Assigning employees to Japan for longer than four months will require following the work permit and immigration rules for this popular Asian country.  Every visitor of any type will be given a ‘status of residence’ depending on the purpose and length of their stay, and that includes anyone who will be working in Japan.

Immigration and Work Visa Requirements in Japan

Foreign workers must obtain a work visa from an embassy or consulate outside of Japan prior to entry and apply for a status of residence.  There are many different statuses for work depending on profession, and the work permit will need to be sponsored by the employer in Japan.  If you don’t have a corporate entity in Japan, you can use a GEO local employer of record for work permit sponsorship, along with all other employment administration tasks... read more

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Tim Burgess

Director, Shield GEO Services Ltd

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