Visa Eligibility

Foreigners are not allowed to work in Japan unless they have an appropriate Japanese work visa. There are a few ways to get one. Some of the more common ways to get the work visa are as follows.

Live and Work in Japan

  • Marry a Japanese citizen. If you can find that special someone, then he or she should be able to help you with all the paperwork for your work permit.
  • Get a working holiday visa. Depends on your age and country of citizenship. (E.g. New Zealanders under 30 can get these visas.) Contact your Japanese embassy for details.
  • Get an employer-sponsored visa. This is what I did. There’s more information on this website.

In general, if you have a dependent visa (for example, if you are married to a work visa holder), you are not allowed to work. After all, if you can work then you are not really dependent on the other person. However, it is possible for dependent visa holders to get a part-time work permit — see the Dependent Visa page on this website for more.

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  1. 331
    Marie said (1 June 2014 at 11:23 am)

    Hello, Have a nice day po..may I ask ko lang po sana kung may pag asa po ba yung brother ko na makapunta dito sa japan para mg trbaho,Ang problema po kasi wla po akong alam na pwede nyang mapasukan na trbaho dito s japan.Married po ako s Japanese for almost 9 years n po and permanent n po ako dito.Gustong gusto ko po tulungan ang brother ko na maka pag trabaho dito ano po ba ang dapat kung gawin sana po matulungan nyo po ako..

  2. 332
    Saddam said (11 June 2014 at 7:20 pm)

    hi, I am Bangladeshi, I wish to go Japan
    Japan is my Dream Country, Please anyone
    Help me. +8801722971138 is my mobile number.

  3. 333
    vishnu k das said (20 June 2014 at 2:07 pm)

    i will marride with my japanese girl frend in india , how i can got visa what documents need for me please tell me.

  4. 334
    annchan said (13 February 2015 at 12:02 pm)

    kakakasal ko lang poh sa isang hapon paano po bah mag kuha ng mabilis na visa sa manila ? ano dapat requirements sa manila sa cagayan lang poh kami kinasal

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    maribel guevarra said (13 March 2015 at 11:38 pm) from phils.but now im here in saudi work as domestic 37 yrs old.gusto ko po makapag asawa ng japanese sana po matulungan nyo ako.tnx

  6. 336
    nylenal said (18 June 2015 at 7:31 pm)

    Helo po,nagpapatanong po kc ung kaibigan ko,kasal pa siya sa asawa nyang hapon nang mabuntis sa bago nya pong ka live-in na hapon din.medyo mhaba npong ikuwento kung paano nangyari.umuwi po sya ng pilipinas pra doon ipanganak ung baby nya.ngayon,gusto nya pong malaman kung ano-anong mga papeles ang kakailanganin nya pra mkapunta ung baby nya sa japan pgkatpos nyang mkipag divorce sa asawa nyang hapon.handa nman din po dw na bigyan ng apelyido ng ama ang kanyang anak.

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    ramesh said (15 July 2015 at 9:55 am)

    hi i am from of my friend,residing in japan is offering job .he told me that his company is looking for labor in agricultural sector.i have just passed secondary it possible that if his company sponsors me i can get visa for labor work with low education?if so what will be the criteria?? please reply ASAP.thanks

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    NoRa.. said (5 November 2015 at 4:29 pm)

    hi..magandang araw tanung ko lang po kung pano makakuha ng COE nandito po ako sa pinas 5yrs na po…hnd ako makabalik ng japan nandon po ang mga anak ko sa hapon….pano po ako makakakuha ng COE para po makabalik po ako ng japan…tnx

  11. 341
    saleem khan said (28 December 2015 at 4:48 am)

    hellow i m saleem khan from india my wife is philippino girl she is permanent in japan we get marreid in india she back in japan now how i m get visa plese help me i dont know about that my mail.

  12. 342
    Kamal Kumar said (29 March 2016 at 2:49 am)

    Hello Sir/Madam
    I am textile designer (Woven Labels Designer and Narrow fabrics Designer ) Since 2004
    I want work permit visa for Japan
    Can u help me for work permit visa process

  13. 343
    Kamal Kumar said (29 March 2016 at 3:35 am)

    Kamal Kumar

    Hello Sir/Madam
    I am textile designer (Woven Labels Designer and Narrow fabrics Designer ) Since 2004
    I want work permit visa for Japan
    Can u help me for work permit visa process
    Email :

  14. 344
    mohd shabbir thind said (3 May 2016 at 2:29 am)

    I want to work visa

  15. 345
    Williamlema said (7 May 2016 at 5:04 am)

    Thanks a lot for the article.Much thanks again. Awesome.

  16. 346
    Jayaprakash said (19 June 2016 at 1:12 pm)

    Am a experienced fabricator with pipefitter the oil&gas industry, am looking for a suitable position at japan, who can help me, how can get a work permit, pls help me, thanks

  17. 347
    Raj said (1 September 2016 at 4:29 am)

    Hi sir I want to work in Japan could you plz guide me

  18. 348
    salinka said (31 January 2017 at 6:39 pm)

    i need work visa permit in japan. i have Bachelor of Business Information Technology (BSs) at University of Greenwich i live in tanzania (zanzibar)

  19. 349
    Yuki said (17 February 2017 at 11:15 am)

    I am Half Filipino Half Japanese, my passport is Japanese. I had no problems going here in Japan all i had to do was go to City Hall and register everything, my father who is japanese helped me. it was no problem at all i even have a recognition as a filipino but that is only valid for immigration. i am now Working, paying pention, paying taxes and live in my own apartment.

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    Dong Serasio said (25 March 2017 at 8:10 am)


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