Any foreigner wishing to visit Japan must have a valid passport.And it is effective during the period of the stay.
The following is a list of nations which have “Reciprocal Visa Exemption Arrangements” with Japan.
For a period of 6 months or less
Austria, Germany, Ireland, Liechtenstein, Mexico, Switzerland and the United Kingdom (UK citizens only)
For a period of 3 months or less
Argentina, Bahamas, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Dominican Rep., El Salvador, Finland, France, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Lesotho, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Mauritius, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal (except when the passport was originally issued in present or former Portuguese colonies), San Marino, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Surinam, Sweden, Tunisia, Turkey and Uruguay
For a period of 90 days or less
Andorra, Australia, Barbados, Bulgaria, Czech Rep., Estonia, Hong Kong, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Monaco, New Zealand, Poland, Slovakia and the U.S.A.
For a period of up to 14 days
A visitor visa
Does not allow a temporary visitor to work or participate in any paid activity.
However a short term study at a Japanese language school is permitted.
All foreign tourists visiting Japan must carry their passports at all times.
Working Holiday Visa
The Working Holiday is the visa that 18-25 years old (or, 30 years old) can stay in Japan for longest one year based on a bilateral agreement.
When the working holiday visa holder stays in Japan, it is allowed to work temporarily.
At present (January 2010) a Working Holiday Visa for Japan is ONLY permitted for visitors from the following countries
The citizen of other countries does not have the qualification of the working holiday visa.
How can I apply for a Working Holiday Visa?
You can apply for a Working Holiday Visa at your nearest Japanese embassy or consulate.
You can download an application from the embassy of your own country and print it and submit it with other required documents.
The documents that are required may include:
- Your valid passport
- two passport size photographs
- resume / CV
- a brief description of what you intend to do while in japan
- a letter explaining why you want to participate in working holiday
- Proof you have sufficient funds to be independent while in Japan.
You are usually required to visit the embassy or consulate between application processes on some stages.
The conditions and requirements for working holiday visa applications are different for every country.
It is advised that you confirm the details of your application with your nearest Japanese … (This can be done via telephone).
Who can apply for a Japanese working holiday visa?
As for the citizen of Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Korea, New Zealand, Taiwan and British (during the person, 18 and 30 years old) citizen and Ireland (during the person, 18 and 25 years old), there is a qualification to apply to for working holiday.
The Irish citizen older than 25 years old may propose working holiday Visas especially.
There is the other application situation, too. And they are different each country.
Please confirm the details in your local Japanese Embassy or consulate.
How long can I stay in Japan with a working holiday visa?
Citizens from Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Korea, New Zealand, Taiwan and the British citizen can stay up to 12 months. Citizens from Australia can stay up to 18 months.
Canada and Newe Zealand citizens can extend their visa for an additional 6 months.
Australia citizens can extend their visa’s for an additional six months, or additional 1 yrs.
Extended visa’s can be obtained at a local immigration office. To extend your visa you present your passport and a foreign registration card and pay an extended registration fee of 4,000 yen.
For those wishing to study in Japan, for one year or more, it is necessary to acquire a student Visa from your local Japanese Embassy or Consulate before entering a study program.（For language school studies of less than one year a student visa is not necessary.)
The status of the stay is different on a type of the study (For example, pre-university, a university or cultural activity).
All applicants must provide proof of sufficient funds to cover all expenses including tuition fees required from the Japaese educational institution and the cost of living while studying in Japan.
Student Visa’s are available for six month, 1 year and two year durations and all extend-able.
Student visa’s do not allow for any paid activity unless approved by both the educational institute and the immigration office.
It is necessary for the foreigner who wants to work in Japan to get a work visa from Japanese Embassy or the consulate from outside of Japan.
And each allows for a maintainer to work with authorized specialized Field (For example, journalism, art, study, education, engineering, entertainment, business management, international section, others).
It is necessary for you to change the status of the visa if I turn into the work of the different specialized field while you are in Japan.
It is demanded degree or that the considerable specialized experience of the field which you can apply the qualification of the working visa.
Most working visas demand that there is a future employer as a sponsor to you. Stay permission is usually given for 1 or a period of three years can expand it.
Foreign registration card
It is necessary for all foreigners staying in Japan more than 90 days to acquire an alien registration card.
The application is to be issued in a local office (For example, city hall).
The foreign registration card is the important document which is necessary to open a bank account.
Also You can get a mobile telephone, and similar activity.
It is demanded that the foreign resident has their and their foreign registration card anytime.