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  • Is it possible to work in Japan without a university degree?

  • Oh, that is a great question

  • With many people wanting to come and live or work in Japan,

  • one of the most common and challenging roadblocks

  • that need s to be addressed is how to get a visa.

  • There is no one-size-fits-all with visas in Japan

  • They are often considered case-by-case with a variety of factors being considered

  • and since information on Japanese visas sometimes changes. I wanted to bring in a professional Visa lawyer

  • to help us with this topic.

  • Today we're going to avoid the obvious visas like the working holiday

  • which doesn't apply to every country or visas that would apply to the spouse or child of a Japanese national

  • and try to focus on some of the main visas that will allow you to live and work in Japan

  • So without further ado,

  • today I am sitting down with Miwa Kanesaki

  • who works as an immigration lawyer here in Japan and has agreed to share

  • Some of her expertise with us.

  • Thank you very much for inviting me to this video session

  • Norm san, arigato gozaimasu

  • Arigato gozaimasu

  • Before I dive into a specifics of work visas in Japan

  • By way of short introduction, I have been a "Gyoseishoshi" for many years

  • Okay

  • That means that I'm a licensed legal professional that handles among other things

  • immigration matters

  • Before starting I would like to make a few general comments on Japan visa system

  • First, there is a high degree of discretion involved

  • This makes it difficult to keep definite answers about things like the length of visa

  • Second, as Norm san mentioned

  • rules and regulations change sometimes

  • This is one of the reasons I recommend having consultation with immigration lawyers

  • to have updated information and advice

  • Thank you very much for your introduction for everybody watching

  • For everybody watching,

  • I just want to state right at the beginning that this video is not sponsored

  • Miwa san has actually been kind enough to volunteer her time to share this with us today

  • And for the most accurate legal answers, she's scripted her responses so she doesn't say anything that's a bit of a no-no

  • that you might peek at her reading every now and then that is totally fine Miwa san

  • Thank you very much for this

  • I'd like to jump right into the visa talk

  • And ask about some of the basic visa types for working in Japan

  • right, first there is a category of employment visas

  • This visa is for a person who will be employed in Japan

  • There are different types of visas

  • with different requirements based on the type of work that the visa holder will do.

  • Okay

  • A common type is called the engineers specialist in the humanities international services visa

  • basically, this type of visa is for someone who has a certain level of educational background

  • or someone with some other kind of professional background or experience

  • okay

  • And for the requirements, in addition to proof of academic and job carrier,

  • Other requirements include an employment contract

  • and financial papers

  • a company information including financial papers and

  • and a statement, why the company needs to hire the applicants?

  • Okay

  • And the second category is the student visas

  • Okay

  • With this visa, a foreign student can work up to 28 hours a week

  • after permission by the immigration bureau

  • Gotcha

  • Okay

  • The basic requirements are proof of acceptance at a school

  • Proof of financial support

  • Mhm

  • Usually at the university or school does the visa application process

  • Okay

  • So, with these student visas and the employment visas that you just talked about

  • Usually, these require some kind of sponsor then right?

  • like the school of the company?

  • Right, yes exactly

  • Okay

  • So a question that I've gotten a few times,

  • Is it possible to self sponsor a visa

  • well, actually

  • no, except for business manager visa

  • Okay, so the business manager visa is the one that we were talking about before

  • It actually sounds pretty interesting.

  • Would you be able to share a bit about what the business manager visa is?

  • Yes, actually

  • business manager visa is fairly common a

  • Business manager visa is for a person who wants to set up a business in Japan

  • Mhm

  • The requirements include the business plan and office lease

  • and a capital investment of five million yen

  • Okay

  • The required supporting documents

  • vary depending on the type of business

  • Okay

  • So I guess another good question would be

  • restrictions on visas

  • Like I know, for example, a lot of most visas

  • don't allow a non-Japanese national to vote

  • What other technical restrictions are on visas?

  • Right, yes

  • I think the most obvious restriction is that

  • people with an employment visa have to notify the Immigration Bureau

  • If they change jobs

  • Okay

  • And the new jobs have to be in the same category

  • Covered by the employment visa

  • In other words, within the scope of the visa

  • Okay

  • Also, you're not allowed to work for any employer or company

  • other than the one that sponsored your visa

  • Or do a part-time job unless it is permitted by the Immigration Bureau

  • Okay

  • And as for the student visa,

  • there is no need to notify the Immigration Bureau, if they change jobs

  • okay

  • However, people with a student visa

  • should not work in places like nightclubs,

  • and pachinko parlours and other places with the legal term

  • known as the amusement business

  • Gotcha

  • Okay

  • Also, I should mention that like Japanese,

  • foreign nationals on any of these visas have to obey the laws

  • Yeah

  • After pay income taxes, resident taxes and they have to enrol in

  • and make payments for national health insurance and

  • the national pension systems.

  • Okay

  • As for voting,

  • except for very limited exceptions,

  • now foreign nationals cannot vote in Japan

  • regardless of their visa status.

  • Okay

  • And for extension of work visas

  • I should say you need to

  • stay more than half a year and

  • You shouldn't leave for more than three months at the time

  • Okay

  • However,

  • This is not a hard and fast rule

  • And the certain reasons for a long leave might be taken into consideration

  • Mm-hmm

  • So, in that case, are some

  • working visas better than others?

  • All right

  • That's an interesting question

  • Whether what visa is better than another

  • really depends on the goal or the purpose of the person applying for the visa

  • Okay

  • For example business manager visa

  • allows the holder to do various type of business

  • On the other hand the person with an employment visa

  • has to work in the same area of the work category

  • of which the visa is based

  • Mhm

  • I should mention that one advantage of business manager visa

  • is that the holder of the visa

  • Only has to stay in Japan for several months each year

  • Okay

  • So a really really common question

  • I think what big questions for anybody watching a video like this is

  • is it possible to work in Japan

  • Without a university degree

  • That is a great question

  • This, it depends on the type of work and type of visa

  • Okay

  • So in general,

  • University degree will help for getting an employment visa called

  • calledengineer/specialist in humanities/international specialistvisa,

  • but sometimes a college degree and

  • and 10 year's working experience

  • Or a 3 years' working experience

  • in international business will help, too.

  • Okay

  • The important point is

  • Whether what you studied and

  • how you worked

  • match the kind of work you will do in Japan

  • Mmm, okay

  • For a business manager visa,

  • Academic carrier will help

  • but degree is not required

  • Gotcha, okay

  • So now since I've brought you in here

  • and you have all of this experience

  • I wanted to ask kind of a question that I think hopefully,

  • Would give you the opportunity to share some of your background and expertise

  • What would you say personally are the big benefits of hiring?

  • Someone like yourself, like an immigration lawyer specialists, etc

  • This is my favourite question

  • Since the immigration bureau has a lot of discretion

  • and since the documentation and language can be difficult,

  • It is a great idea to have an immigration lawyer

  • we make sure your visa application meets all the legal requirements

  • and make the entire process go smoothly

  • For example, I make sure there is no miscommunication

  • Among the various people involved such as guarantors

  • Employers and business partners

  • and have all the people involved understand the process and documents

  • basically, I think using an immigration lawyer

  • Is a kind of investment or a kind of insurance

  • We try hard to maximize the good points

  • To persuade immigration Bureau

  • minimize or explain any unclear points

  • Excellent.

  • Well, thank you so much for your time today.

  • I really appreciate it.

  • Thank you very much for having me

  • We will talk again soon.

  • I have wanted to make a video

  • on Japanese visas for some time

  • But with everything being what it is I wasn't willing to do so

  • without the voice of a proper professional

  • So thank you so much to Miwa san

  • for joining us today

  • Obviously not all of the finer details about the Japanese visa system

  • are gonna be found in a single YouTube video

  • But we've done what we can to give a broad strokes base

  • of information that should hopefully serve as a starting point

  • if you're researching

  • Visas to live and work here in Japan

  • I usually say if you have any questions to feel free to leave them in the comments below

  • But I don't have answers to your visa questions

  • So don't ask me Visa questions,

  • but do leave me something in the comments

  • I'm really glad that we were able to do this today

  • I hope the rest of your day is beautiful.

  • And you know, I will see you again

  • real soon

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