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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  1. 241
    Nripesh said (14 February 2013 at 8:06 pm)

    Hello I am working in Japan and I have Permanent resident visa now I want my parents to live in japan with me do they can get dependent Visa.they are now 65 and 72 years old how can they get visa and which visa they can get please somebody help they are old and no one is there watch and help them
    IF You know please email me
    Thank You

  2. 242
    Keep A Taurus Man On His Toes said (20 March 2013 at 11:21 pm)

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  3. 243
    ems said (12 June 2013 at 9:05 pm)


    my husband work in japan for 1 year and 4 mos now. he has a 3year working visa but his contract is renewable every year. can he apply for a dependent visa for me along with his working visa? and how much yen needed in his passbook to show propf that he is able to support my stay there.

    big thanks,

  4. 244
    say said (13 June 2013 at 8:20 pm)

    hi I want to go for job in japan but my problem is I don’t have much qualification. actually my uncle is in japan I and I am trying to get visa fro japan through him. is it possible or not? even I get the visa would I be eligible to work in japan or not?

  5. 245
    Madeline Garcia said (25 June 2013 at 7:20 pm)

    Hi there

    My husband has been posted to Japan and I am on dependent pass now, my company will like to transfer me to the office in Tokyo.
    I went to immigration and see few type of selection and not sure which is most appropriate for me. I need to change my current dependent status to work permit status, how should i do and how long will it takes to process?


  6. 246
    kamal ranabhat said (29 June 2013 at 3:09 am)

    im kamal from nepal wife is in Japan since 2 yrs studying university in fuokoakaa ….im bachelor passed n want to join with her as a dependent …..can i get visa for that to b with her till her visa duration ..plz kindlty recommend me

  7. 247
    Kunj said (3 July 2013 at 9:19 pm)

    Hello Sir, I m kunj from nepal, i am appyling in Saitama university via ADB-JSP scholarship for my master’s degree. I want to go japan with my wife. So could you please recommend me what is the process for going both of us.

  8. 248
    yam said (29 August 2013 at 11:10 pm)

    I am a student visa holder in Japan. I am going to university in Japan as research student. Can I bring my wife to Japan? If yes, what is the procedure? Please explain in details.

    Thank you.

  9. 249
    Rupa Maharjan said (31 August 2013 at 9:34 am)

    Hi , i am rupa i am going to university in japan so i want to take my husband with me please kindly tell me the procedure for it and if he can do job there.

  10. 250
    Rupa Maharjan said (31 August 2013 at 9:38 am)

    Hi , i am rupa i want to take my husband with me as i am going for study please kindly tell me the procedure for it and if he can getjob there.

  11. 251
    zafarahmad said (18 September 2013 at 8:37 pm)

    hi, i want to see diseny land in tokyo japan so what can i do and what is requrment for family visa

  12. 252
    perera said (23 November 2013 at 3:53 am)

    my husband is studying in japan since 4 years.he is going senmon gakko in japan & this is my third time visiting my husband for 90 days.but i have 42 more days left to stay in japan.can i apply for a dependent visa?please tell me what are the necessary documents that i need to prepare? thank u very much.

  13. 253
    abegail nacua said (15 March 2014 at 2:53 pm)

    Hi my name is abegail my sister in law wants to get me in japan she is already a japanese citizen she wants me to become a baby sitter for her children because she has s work is there any possibilities for her to get? Pls answer

    Thank you…

  14. 254
    Surya said (26 March 2014 at 5:58 am)

    Hi i have been studying in japan from 15 months as a japanese language school. Just now i had finished that school and joined senmon gakkau. I have marrid in my country so now can i able to apply for dependent visa for my wife in japan? If not then what time should i wait for apply for that visa?

  15. 255
    shivraj bisht said (7 May 2014 at 5:56 pm)

    pleag help me
    i am electrical engineering student .
    i want to apply for job in japan.
    plg inform me what is the exam. name , for job appling japan .

  16. 256
    Christiane said (13 June 2014 at 8:45 pm)

    Sir/ Maam, I need your help to find a solution about my situation, I have a 5 years old daughter who is a 4th degree in a Japanese.We are leaving now in Mindanao, i dont know what to do cause our visa is already expired 2 years now. Do we have a change to go back in Japan? Please help me. Thank you and I hope to hear your response soon my number is 09192513166.

  17. 257
    Janet said (29 July 2014 at 4:34 pm)

    Hi, i am student in japan i still have 3 years in here, i want to bring my husband from nepal the fast is posible, how can i do it? How muh time is necessary?
    Please i need help

  18. 258
    kunzang said (3 August 2014 at 3:36 pm)

    hi i have been japan to 3 mnths now in a student visa how long i have to wait to call my husband fo dependent visa??what are the process?

  19. 259
    kunzang said (3 August 2014 at 3:45 pm)

    hi i have been japan to 3 mnths now in a student visa how long i have to wait to call my husband for dependent visa??what are the process?

  20. 260
    pragati said (4 September 2014 at 4:07 am)

    I am pragati and i am from nepal
    My husband is in japan and he went japan in student visa
    he lives in haijima
    and he has completed his 1yrs in senmon gakko
    So how long i have to wait for dependent visa?
    And what are the process?

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