Dependent Visa

There has been some discussion in the Visa eligibility section about whether you are allowed to work if you have a dependent visa. The answer is that you can, but only if you apply for permission and get a work permit.

Live and Work in Japan

It’s a bit confusing, because the Ministry of Foreign Affaris website (under Types and Categories of Visa) says that you may not work on a dependent visa.

Under the “Statuses of residence for engaging in specified activities in Japan”, there are three categories:
(a) Statuses of residence permitting work
(b) Statuses of residence not permitting work
(c) Whether work is permitted or not depends on the contents of individual permits

Dependent visa is listed in the category of “(b) Statuses of residence not permitting work”. This seems pretty clear-cut — you can’t work if you are a dependent. The activities you may carry out are “Daily living activities on the part of the spouse or unmarried minor child of those who stay in Japan with a status of residence mentioned in Table (a) (excluding Diplomat and Official) or with a Cultural Activities or College Student status of residence.”

However, a few people have commented (special thanks to Bryet and Mark) that it is possible to get a work permit, which allows you to work with restrictions (e.g. the type of job or the hours you can work). You should apply to the immigration department if you need more information on this.

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    prami said (8 November 2014 at 4:15 am)

    Hi, This is pramila. My husband he is in japan in yokohama kanagawa as a student since 11months. And i’m here in israel. He would like me to be there with him . Is it possible? If yes. What will be the process for required for it. So, please kindly inform me. Thank you.

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    Jaganath said (2 December 2014 at 3:53 pm)

    Respected Sir/Madam,
    This is Jaganath from Nepal my wife is in japan in Niighata as a student since 1 year, she would like to me there with her. Is it possible? If yes, what will be the Process be for required it. So please kindly inform me. Thank you.

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    Sanju said (19 December 2014 at 9:33 pm)

    Hi this is Sanju. My husband is an information technology student in Tokyo Japan. He is about to complete his first year in Senmon. Am I eligible to apply for dependent visa. If yes, what would be the process.
    Sincerely yours.

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    karun bhandari said (27 December 2014 at 7:52 pm)

    hi my sister puja studies in japan okinawa from last 3 month and she wants to apply for her dependent visa for her husband . Please provide me essential process required for obtaining dependent visa of student in japan.

  6. 270
    Dinkar said (7 January 2015 at 6:26 pm)

    hi this is dinkar from Nepal.its been 2 yr already my wife been there.she want me as soon as possible.what can be the best way I be with my life

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    Dinkar said (7 January 2015 at 6:27 pm)

    hi this is dinkar from Nepal.its been 2 yr already my wife been there.she want me as soon as possible.what can be the best way I be with my life

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    hira kumar said (9 January 2015 at 12:12 am)

    can i try if my wife apply student visa and i apply dependent visa

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    bisha kumar lama said (17 January 2015 at 12:12 pm)

    hi i am bishal i havebeen working in qatar my wife is in japan for studay she is styaing all most 1 years .she want to be bring me in japan …could u tel me what is prosess? for deependiong

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    anil said (18 February 2015 at 8:01 am)

    my name is anil and i am from nepal my wife is in japan from last 1 year she is in tokyo studying in gakku she want me there with her so how can i apply for dependent visa and what will be tha process required for it i am unknown for it so please kindly inform me… Thank u…

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    K C Uttam said (18 March 2015 at 12:57 pm) brother is in sendai japan and he is there seems 6 months and i want to know that can i apply visa for his dependent or not plz help me..

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    jhamka magar said (10 April 2015 at 1:34 pm)

    Hi sir/maam

    my name is jhamka magar and i’m from nepal my wife said to me i want go to japan for studying.its possible i also can go japan with my wife in dependent visa.i’m unknown about this please kindly inform to me…

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    rajkumair said (16 May 2015 at 2:28 am)

    Dear sir/madam
    i ma rajkiumari .i have been study in japan ,i would like to bring my husband but how could you give subjugation
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    Anil said (23 June 2015 at 5:47 pm)

    Hello , dear sir medam,
    My name is anil.I am from Nepal. .my wife is in Japan from 13 month in ibariaki..studing in gaaku ..she wants .me there with her. But At this moment I am working in United Arab Emirates .can possible if she apply for dipentened visa .may I went direct from dubai.? Or I have to go Nepal? ? And how can apply please inform

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    Parashmani Rai said (28 June 2015 at 12:43 am)

    Dear sir/madam
    It’s me Parashmani Rai.I am from Nepal.My wife is in Japan,Tokyo,Kokubunji from 2 month for studying.She want me there with her in Japan so how can i apply for dependent visa and what will be the process required for it.I am unknown for it so please kindly inform me… Thank u…

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    nitish gaire said (19 September 2015 at 11:12 pm)

    I am from nepal n my parents are currently living on tokyo japan and me too has got dependent visa and wanted to have my further study there at tokyo ……as per my field in english medium.Can i get some ideas about the prcedures that i may follow to get it\

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    Narayan Khadka said (21 September 2015 at 8:09 pm)

    Dear Sir /Madam
    I m in nepal and my wife is in JAPAN with her dependent parents and she is there from 3 years.Is it possible me to get Visa through her visa .

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    janu said (1 October 2015 at 3:39 pm)

    Hi all,
    Actually I was worrying about dependent visa.i am janani from hubby is also a indian who is working as a system engineer (3 year )in japan ibaraki.we got married on June 29 2015. Then he applied for dependent visa on august 14 2015. We nearly reached 45 days but we didnt receive any information from the tokyo immigration office. We both are newly married couple and i missing him a lot…i feel lonely ..plz can any one tell me how long it takes time to get dependent visa…plz reply many forum telling that it takes 2-8 weeks but still no information..plz help us

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