Visa applications can, and do, take time to process. Choosing the right visa and following all the necessary steps is a detailed and lengthy process. And there is a bit of a catch-22 in that you will (most likely) not be able to complete the application until you have a job lined up, which might require you to have a visa…
In this post, we’ll look at the steps you’ll need to take to get a working visa that will allow you to move to Japan and work with us at Work Tochigi.
Coming to Japan, Step 3: How Do You Get a Visa
1. Check-in with Your Local Consulate
So. We (Work Tochigi) have interviewed you and decided to offer you a position. You have decided to accept. We’re all thrilled and eager to have you move to Japan as soon as possible. What should you do next?
Because the visa application process can differ widely for residents of different countries, your next step is to contact your local Japanese Embassy or Consulate and make an appointment to speak with an official.
They will tell you which documents you will need and what they will need to see from us in order to get your visa.
Official List of Embassies and Consulates
2. Get Your Documents in Order
You will need:
It is also possible that they will ask for a set of documents from us. We will have these prepared and ready for you early in this process.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs Documents List
Yup. Once all the paperwork has been filed, there is not much else you can do. Although the agencies involved do their best to respond to applicants within a month, waits of up to six months are not unheard of. Be patient. Study your Japanese.
Once you have had your visa approved, contact your company representatives in Japan (here!) and get packing! From the date of issue, you’ll have three months to enter Japan and start working. Good luck!
The image attached to this post was created by Joao Silas.