Work permit in Japan depends on the type of work you would choose to do there. There are over 30 visa types on the basis of the profession the expat chooses. However, before you step into the Land of the Rising Sun, you should have the Certificate of Eligibility (COE), which is the first step in the Japan visa and application process because it states whether or not the applicant is eligible to work and reside in Japan. Having said that, it is a mandate that you start applying for the Japanese residence card or the ‘Green Card’ at the airport when you first arrive here.
Types of work visa for working in Japan
Depending on the type of visa you are applying for, dependent on your profession, your stay would vary. For most of the permits, expats are allowed to stay for a time frame of three months to one or five years. It is noteworthy that no work visa is valid for more than five years. The visa types include:
- Business Manager
- Specialist in humanities
- International services
- Legal/accounting services
- Medical services
- Religious activities
- Skilled labour
- Technical intern training
Apart from this, the Japanese Government has introduced the specified skilled worker visa, which has been split up into two types. This visa has been introduced to encourage workers from foreign countries to come in the country and fill the labour gaps. This is likely to attract 500,000 new foreign workers in Japan. The applicants for this visa must pass a Japanese language test as well as technical exams. Your level of Japanese proficiency will depend on the type of work you choose to do. However, applicants are expected to have N4 level proficiency.
Skilled workers applying for this visa for Jobs in Japan will work in the following areas:
- Material processing
- Nursing Care
- Airport ground handling and aircraft maintenance
- Food and beverage
- Industrial machinery
Cost of Japanese visas
The cost of Japanese visas, irrespective of its type, remains the same. The price may vary only if you choose for a single or a multiple entry visa. The visa requirements largely demand a university degree and COE, apart from a portfolio of work or other supporting materials. For permanent residence, you need to be eligible in the Japanese immigration point system. This system scores applicants based on their academic achievements, work experience and other qualifying factors. The usual time to get permanent residence spans from a year to five years.
Salaries you can expect for Working in Japan
Salaries, for obvious reasons, depends on the profession you choose to work for. However, experts believe that IT jobs in Japan are the highest paid especially for women employees. Salaries here range anywhere between ¥311,000 to ¥517,000, depending on your rank. The second highest paying sector is the manufacturing sector that promises of an average yearly salary of ¥4.56 million. Jobs in medicine promise of financial growth while finance is meant for making money.