WORKING VISA: JAPAN

18. July 2019

Would you like to work in Japan as a snow sports instructor? This article will tell you if you are eligible and how to apply for the visa.

 

DIFFERENT TYPES

There are different types of visa that you can apply for. Depending on your professional experiences, your nationality and your intentions with your travel to Japan. We will concentrate on the most common visa for ski instructors: Working holiday visa and Skilled labor – Sports Instructors visa.

TIMING

The whole process can take more than 3 months so you need to apply early! Most Japanese ski schools close their recruiting before August so that there is enough time to sort out the visas before the season.

 

WORKING HOLIDAY VISA

Japan has an agreement with 23 countries for their citizens to be able to travel to Japan and work in different branches of business.
Eligible citizens of countries: Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Republic of Korea, France, Germany, UK, Ireland, Denmark, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Norway, Portugal, Poland, Slovakia, Austria, Hungary, Spain, Argentina, Chile, Iceland, Czech Republic, Lithuania.

The following requirements and application procedures may differ from country to country, so make sure to check the link below and explore your situation further!

- You have to be between 18 and 30 years of age.
- You can get this visa before you sign a contract.
- You need to be a citizen of one of the above-specified countries.
- Your spouse and children are not included in this visa.
- You must have a valid passport, return travel ticket or enough funds on your bank account to purchase a return ticket.
- You need enough funds on your bank account to be able to survive your initial period of stay in Japan.
- You need a medical certificate.
- You can only get a working holiday visa for Japan ONCE in your lifetime.

 

HOW TO APPLY?

You will have to apply through your countries Embassy or Consulate. You will find the links to the .pdf application forms and detailed information for your country on the official Japanese government web page, section 3.
Application forms to download:
https://www.uk.emb-japan.go.jp/itpr_en/index_000069.html

 

SKILLED LABOR – SPORTS INSTRUCTORS VISA

This visa is known as the »36 months of working experience« visa. It is only for those who have a lot of seasons under their belt and are »professionals«. It is more paperwork, but it gives you a lot more capabilities, especially if you have long term intentions in Japan or family members who would like to join you.

HOW TO APPLY?

You first need to find a job and then the company you will work for will apply with you at the immigration of Japan.
You need to provide the school with letters of recommendation and prove of precise dates of experience, CV, passport copy, copy of your certification, documentation about your education. The requirements can vary between companies and seasons, but we have stated the main ones.

The company will apply with the candidate to the Immigration office, wait for approval (it can take more than three months, but usually less). When you get the letter of approval, you need to take it personally to your closest Japanese embassy together with your passport (that needs to be valid for the whole time spent in Japan) and they stick the visa into it.

Most visas are valid for 1 year, so you will need to go through the same process if you will want to go back next year.

If you have a family or a spouse that you would like to bring along, you need to tell the company and they can apply for a sponsored visa. Talk to the employer about it.

 

For more information about Japan's health care, employment security, and other regulations you can visit https://www.mhlw.go.jp/english/


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