In our last article, we said that coming to Japan is an easy but detailed process. Nowhere is this more evident than when it comes to your visa status and it all starts with choosing which visa is right for you.
Coming to Japan, Step 2: What You Need to Do Right Now is Choose the Best Visa for You
As of 2015, there are upwards of two dozen different types of visas provided by the Japanese government, each with its own requirements and application process. In this article, we’ll break down the different types of visas that will allow you to work with us as an Assistant Language Teacher.
Understanding the Different Types of Visas Generally, there are three categories of visa: working, non-working, and family.
Working visas are, generally speaking, the most difficult to get, but also the most suitable for long-term work in Japan. They’re designed for skilled workers like engineers, business managers, and language teachers.
Non-working, unsurprisingly, are designed for tourists, students, and cultural ambassadors like artists and visiting musicians.
Finally, family visas are for, well, family. Many people married to a Japanese national, or who have Japanese ancestry are able to live and work in Japan on a family visa.
Which Kind Do I Need To Work As An ALT? Out of the long list of 27 possible visas, there are only five that will qualify you to work with us:
Engineer / Specialist in Humanities / International Service - Many of the teachers you’ll work with in Japan hold this visa. With it, the holder can work in engineering, the sciences, legal, economics, and language services (like teaching and translating).
The requirements for getting the ESHIS visa differ slightly depending on what job you hope to have, but having a Bachelor’s Degree (or equivalent) is the standard baseline. (It also just so happens to be one of the requirements for working with us!) It is usually awarded for either a one year or three year period and must be kept valid if you wish to remain in Japan.
The other four visas we can accept come from the family section. If you hold a visa identifying you as the spouse or child of a Japanese national or permanent resident, or are a permanent resident in your own right, then you are eligible to work anywhere in Japan, including Work Tochigi. These visas tend to be indefinite but require extensive paperwork to obtain.
Now What? In our next article, we’ll look at how to apply for a visa. See you then!
The image attached to this post was created by George Hodan.