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The following categories are some of the work authorized visa types currently allowed in Japan.
- Diplomatic Visa:
This category of visa applies to individuals who are a part of diplomatic missions or consular offices of foreign government hosted by the Government of Japan.
- Official Visa:
This type of visa applies individuals who engage in business of foreign governments or international organizations which are recognized by the Government of Japan.
- Working Visa:
Qualifying categories: Professors, Artists, Religious activities, Journalist, Investor/Business Manager, Legal/Accounting Services, Medical Services, Researcher, Instructor, Engineer, Specialist in Humanities/International Services, Intra-company transferee, Entertainer, Skilled Labor.
- Specified Visas:
Issued for specific, pre-determined and designated activities that may be authorized for qualifying individuals to engage in.
A Business Visa is granted for the purpose of business in Japan. This includes trips including: attending business meetings, conferences, or business exploration. This does not permit technical activities. A Short-Term Visa may be required for this type of visit, please see “Short-Term Visa” below.
A Student Visa is granted for the purpose of studying graduate or post graduated academic studies in Japan.
Based on the nature of travel, an individual travelling either on short-term/long term stay may require a Short-Term/Temporary visitor’s visa, a Transit Visa, a General Visa, College Student, Precollege Student, Trainee or Dependent.
This type of visa is appropriate for individuals of other nationalities seeking to enter Japan for either business or tourism specific visits for a short-term period, defined as periods up to 15, 30 or 90 days specifically.
As of April 2010, based on waiver of visa requirements, Japan has identified 61 countries and regions, whereby nationals of these countries and regions are not required to obtain a visa to enter Japan when the purpose of their visit is commerce, a conference, tourism, visit to relatives/acquaintances, etc. However, in situations wherein the foreign national engages in paid activities in Japan, and in cases in which the period of stay of the foreign national exceeds the period of stay stipulated in each arrangement, it is necessary to obtain a visa.
You may be eligible to apply for residence status in Japan under the following categories (without restrictions on nature of activities within Japan):
- Permanent Residence
- Spouse/Child of Japanese National
- Long-term Resident.
*Specific to each of type of visa listed above, there are precise landing and departure procedures which each applicant must be aware of prior to his/her travel to Japan.
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