We currently only process Tourist and Business Visas. Kindly contact the Embassy for the
Japan offers many different visas. The best way to avoid spending frustrating hours in
immigration offices is to make sure to apply for the visa that fits your situation best.
1. Temporary visitor´s Visa
Short-term visas allow the holder to spend a maximum of 90 days in Japan for recreational
Any work-related visits require a business visa, regardless of the applicant's country of
2. Japanese work Visas
To live and work in Japan you will need to apply for a work visa. Work visas are issued for
fields. If you work as a journalist, for example, you will be issued a journalist visa. In
there are 14 types of work visas. To apply, you will want a Certificate of Eligibility from
company or organization that is sponsoring your move to Japan. While it is technically
to obtain a work visa with alternative documentation (documents supporting your stated
for living in Japan, proof of financial means of support), for the sake of convenience and
sanity you should make every effort to obtain the Certificate of Eligibility.
Your employer must submit additional forms to the Immigration Bureau, including a
(tokibo tohan), profit-loss report (son-ekai keisansho) and general company information.
will have to provide your CV, degree, and employment contract as part of the application
Work visas may be issued for lengths from two months to several years.
If you wish to stay in Japan longer than your visa permits you must apply for an extension
it expires. If you fail to do so you will have to leave the country and apply for a new
at a foreign embassy.
3. Long-Term Visa
A stay of over 90 days for performing paid work (professor, journalist, researcher,
to study, for training, etc.
4. Working Holiday Visas
The working holiday visa was created to promote cultural exchange among young people. This
visa allows a person between 18 and 30 to spend a year living and working part-time in
Likewise, young Japanese are permitted to apply for working holiday visas abroad. You are
to apply for a working holiday visa if you are from any of the following countries:
To obtain a working holiday visa you will need to prove that you have sufficient funds to
yourself. You will need to submit a CV along with all other required documents. After
in Japan, you must register with the embassy of your home country. The Japanese Association
Working Holiday Makers (JAWHM) has more information on the working holiday programme. Note
the working holiday visa only allows you to enter Japan once. If you travel outside Japan
your stay you risk being refused re-entry.
5. Student visas for Japan
If you are studying in Japan for longer than 90 days, your study abroad program or Japanese
should be able to help you obtain a student visa. However, you must apply for your visa at
Japanese consulate or embassy prior to your departure. Requirements are similar to those of
work visa, with the university taking the place of the employer. Students are not allowed
work in Japan (even part-time) unless they get special permission from local immigration
6. Cultural activities visas
Japan offers cultural activities visas to serve foreigners involved in cultural or academic
not covered by the student visa. Foreigners studying martial arts in Japan, for instance,
eligible for cultural visas. This visa allows you to remain in Japan longer than a tourist
(up to a year). In order to obtain a cultural visa you will need to submit proof of your
activities in addition to the commonly required items.
7. Volunteer visas
Since 2003 and the introduction of the Volunteer Visa Scheme (a bilateral agreement between
Kingdom and Japan) it is possible for British citizens to volunteer in Japan for up to one
Recipients of this visa must work for a registered charitable organization providing public
(The Red Cross, for example) and may not receive any payment for their work. Applications
be submitted at the Japanese consulate in London or Edinburgh. Those travelling on
visas may not bring children or spouses with them.