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I want to work in Japan with a working holiday visa! What about Americans?

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  • There are many foreigners who would like to take advantage of the working holiday system and go sightseeing while working in Japan.

    However, please note that only people from countries that have agreements with Japan can work in Japan using a working holiday visa.

    This time, we will introduce how to obtain a working holiday visa and things to keep in mind when working.

    If you are a foreigner who wants to experience Japanese culture while working, please use this as a reference.

    Conditions for working on a working holiday in Japan  

    There are several conditions for working in Japan using the working holiday system.

    First, let's take a look at the countries where you can use the working holiday system and the requirements for obtaining a visa.

    Countries with working holiday agreements

    Citizens of the following 26 countries can work in Japan using the working holiday system.

    <Countries/regions that have introduced a working holiday system with Japan>

    Australia, New Zealand, Canada, South Korea, France, Germany, United Kingdom, Ireland, Denmark, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Norway, Portugal, Poland, Slovakia, Austria, Hungary, Spain, Argentina, Chile, Iceland, Czech Republic, Lithuania, Sweden, Estonia ,Netherlands

    As you can see, the United States is not one of the countries where you can use the working holiday system.

    Please note that if you are an American citizen and wish to work in Japan, you will need to obtain a work visa.

    The working holiday system can only be used once, and the maximum stay period is one year.

    Requirements for obtaining a working holiday visa

    To obtain a working holiday visa, you must meet the following main requirements:

    However, it differs slightly depending on the country, so please check with the Japanese embassy in advance.

    〇A person who is a national or resident of the partner country/region who lives in the partner country/region

    〇 Age at the time of visa application is between 18 and 30 years old

    (18 and over 25 or under 26 depending on the country)

    〇Do not bring children or dependents

    〇You have not been issued a working holiday visa before.

    〇There are living expenses at the beginning of your stay.

    〇Be healthy

    o Have a valid passport and return flight ticket (or purchase cost)

    How to get a working holiday visa  

    Next, I will explain how to obtain a working holiday visa.

    Visa procedures are carried out at Japanese embassies (consulates) overseas.

    Applications for a working holiday visa must be made at a Japanese embassy (consulate) in a country other than Japan.

    Applications cannot be submitted by proxy or online, so please be sure to complete the application procedures in person.

    Application methods and screening methods may differ depending on the country or region, so we recommend checking with each embassy (consulate).

    You may also want to check how long it will take to see results after applying.

    Required documents

    The following documents are mainly required to apply for a working holiday visa:

    However, this may vary depending on the country, so please check with each embassy (consulate).

    〇Visa application form (attach a 4.5 x 4.5 cm photo taken within the past 6 months)

    〇Passport

    〇Resume

    〇Copy of graduation certificate, etc.

    〇Schedule for stay in Japan

    〇A statement stating the reason you want to use the working holiday system and the activities you plan to do after entering Japan.

    〇 Documents proving that you have the air ticket or purchase funds to return from Japan (passbook, etc.)

    〇 Documents proving that you have living expenses at the beginning of your stay in Japan (bankbook, etc.)

    〇 For those who want to appeal, self-appeal materials (Japanese Language Proficiency Test certificate, Japanese language school completion certificate, diploma related to Japanese culture such as tea ceremony, flower arranging, etc.)

    Points to note when working on a working holiday visa

    Foreigners working in Japan on a working holiday visa should be aware of the following points:

    Working conditions

    When working on a working holiday visa, there are no restrictions on working hours as long as it falls within the scope of the Labor Standards Act.

    However, there are restrictions on the nature of their work, and they are prohibited from operating entertainment businesses such as bars, snack bars, and cabarets.

    income tax rate

    Foreigners working on a working holiday visa can stay for a maximum of one year, and are considered non-residents for tax purposes.

    It is good to remember that unlike residents, the income tax rate is fixed at 20.42% regardless of the amount of income (salary amount).

    Can only be used once and cannot be renewed.

    A working holiday visa can only be used once.

    Please note that the maximum period of stay is one year and cannot be renewed.

    Is it possible to continue working in Japan after working holiday?

    If you want to continue working in Japan after your working holiday ends, you will need to switch to a working visa.

    Conditions for switching to a work visa

    In order to switch to a work visa and work, you will need to work in a job that requires specialized knowledge and skills.

    The status of residence that allows you to work in Japan includes medical care, education, technology, humanities, international work, research, and skills.

    For example, ``humanities knowledge'' would include accounting and trade work, while ``international work'' would include translation, interpreting, language teachers, etc.

    Please note that customer service work at convenience stores and restaurants does not apply.

    Temporary return to Japan is required depending on the country of origin

    Foreign nationals of Australia, Canada, South Korea, Germany, and New Zealand can switch to a work visa while staying in Japan.

    Foreign nationals from other countries/regions must leave the country and obtain a work visa at the Japanese embassy (consulate) in their home country.

    For more information, please inquire at the Immigration Bureau.

    summary

    This time, we introduced how to work in Japan with a working holiday visa and things to keep in mind.

    If you are a foreigner who wants to work on a working holiday visa, first check whether there is a working holiday agreement between your home country and Japan.

    Take advantage of the working holiday system and enjoy Japanese culture and life while earning an income.

    Reference: Ministry of Foreign Affairs Working Holiday System https://www.mofa.go.jp/mofaj/toko/visa/working_h.html

    Consulate General of Japan in Hong Kong https://www.hk.emb-japan.go.jp/itpr_ja/working_holiday_Q_A.html#10
      https://www.hk.emb-japan.go.jp/files/000547559.pdf

    Status of residence https://www.moj.go.jp/isa/applications/guide/qaq5.html


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