We've told you all about the different kinds of visas and we've given you some information on how to get your visa. But, for those of you who are already in Japan, the rules and regulations for your visa are a little bit different. The first step is to figure out what kind of visa you have.
Coming to Japan, Step 3.5: Tourist, Working, or Family Visas.
Tourists, Families, and Job Changes
Maybe you came to Japan on vacation and have enjoyed yourself so much that you've decided to get a job and stay a while longer, or maybe you're married to a Japanese national, or maybe you've already been working here for a while and are looking for a change of pace. We'll discuss all three scenarios and the most likely applicable visas in this post.
(If you're in Japan on a tourist visa keep reading. If you've already got a working visa or family visa skip down to the next section.)
It is not uncommon to change from a tourist visa to a working visa. The most difficult part of the process is realizing that you are not able to work in Japan on a tourist visa! If you want to work in Japan you absolutely must have a working visa.
If this is the case, you should begin looking for work immediately (say by sending us your resume via this page). Once you have found a job, your company will be able to provide you with the necessary documentation to begin the visa change process.
However, you will still need to provide the following documents:
As always with these sorts of matters, there may be other documents needed as well. To be sure you have everything you need, look here (http://www.immi-moj.go.jp/english/tetuduki/kanri/shyorui/02.html) on the Immigration Bureau’s site for more information. Once you have all the necessary documents, take them to the nearest city or prefectural office and begin the submission process. It is possible to begin working once the application has been submitted. Just be warned that you may face severe penalties if your application is denied and you continue to work. Good luck!
Family Visa and Working Visa
Congratulations, you can begin working right away! Make sure that your visa is still within the expiration limits and that it is in good standing and you are free to join any company you choose. We recommend this one right here. Good luck!