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Here is the list of the 28 visas that can be obtained for travel to Japan, when you don’t have a Japanese nationality.
You want to go to Japan but you do not have Japanese nationality? Do not worry, this is possible, for a stay of short, medium or long term. For this you need a visa. There are 28, as the Hiragana Times newspaper and the website of the Embassy of Japan says. Here is the list:
- Visa for Diplomats
This visa concerns, as its name suggests, diplomats visiting Japan as part of their mandate.
- Visa for official
Like the previous visa, it concerns only official persons within their mandate.
- Visa for teachers
The visa for aliens who are professors, assistant professors or lecturer in Japanese universities and other institutions of the sort.
- Visa for Artists
Visa for musical activities, artistic, literary and other. A certain level of skill is required. The applicant must be able to earn enough revenue from this activity.
- Visa for religious activities
For persons belonging to religious groups and sent by them to Japan as part of their activities. People who come to Japan to study Zen get the visa for cultural activities.
- Visa for journalists
This visa is for persons employed by a newspaper, television, radio and others and doing reporting work in Japan. It is intended for journalists, photographers, …
- Visa for investors and business managers
This visa is for people who open a business in Japan. They are obliged to have at least two full-time employees on site.
- Visa for people in the legal and fiscal framework
Visa for lawyers, accountants or licensed notaries public.
- Visa for medical services
Visa reserved for doctors and nurses
- Visa for researchers
Visa for researchers working for a company or organization, private or public, in Japan.
- Visa for instructors
Visa for people teaching languages in schools such as high schools, colleges and primary schools.
- Visa for Engineers
Visa for holders of degrees in science or technology at a university in Japan or abroad.
- Visa for social scientists and international services
Visa for holders of university degrees in the humanities. This applies to translators, interpreters and others. You can obtain a visa without graduation, if you can justify three years of full-time work in this field.
- Visa for intra-company transfers
This visa is for the employee who is transferred to the headquarter or in a branch of a company located in Japan, temporarily.
- Visa for entertainers
Visa reserved for professional athletes.
- Visa for skilled laborer
Visa for chef, technical experts, builders and other activities in this way. To obtain this visa, you need at least 10 years of experience in your field.
- Visa for cultural activities
For people wishing to learn a fact of art or Japanese culture such as tea ceremony, karate, Zen …
- Tourist Visa
Visa for all those wishing to visit Japan or their families on site or as part of a short business trip. The duration varies from 15 to 90 days.
- Visa for university students
Visa for those wishing to study at university or in facilities of similar levels.
- Visa for pre-university students
Visa for all persons conducting studies in upper secondary schools or in the Japanese language.
- Visa for internships
Visa for people working in a company to acquire skills they can use in their future employment. Holders of this visa can not earn money.
- Visa for dependent
For the person who is married to a Japanese or with a child on site. They can work up to 28 hours per week.
- Visa for designated activities
Visa for areas not covered by other visa above. The Ministry of Justice decides on a case by case basis.
- Permanent resident visa
With this visa you do not have to go, regularly, at the immigration office to extend your visa. This visa is obtained after having resided in Japan for a long time. There is no limit to activity with such a visa.
- Visa as the spouse or descendant of a Japanese
Visa for people married to a Japanese and with a duration of visa for one or three years. This is often called “spouse visa” Often, the holders of such a visa, after several years of life in Japan, apply for a visa for permanent residence.
- Visa of spouse or child of a permanent resident
This visa is for those who are married to a holder of a permanent residence visa, or are their child.
- Visa for long-term resident
Approval given by the Ministry of Justice. It is usually issued to Sino-Chinese refugees, grandchildren or stepchildren of Japanese or spouses of Japanese.
- Working Holiday Visa
The Working Holiday Visa is for only a few countries. This is a visa granted to people under 30 years old, allowing them to travel toJapanfor a year and work while travelling. Only nationals of countries which have signed a bilateral agreement are eligible for this visa. To know the conditions of application of this visa and the formalities click here