Work Permits for Employees in Japan

When planning work on a project in Japan, one of your biggest barriers will be complying with all immigration regulations. In short, your employee will need to be sponsored for a Work Permit in Japan. Since you may be facing time restraints or unclear information about the necessary immigration processes, it’s crucial to understand the requirements and processes for securing the proper visa or Work Permit.

Sponsorship for your employees in Japan

A licensed company needs to sponsor your employee for the project’s duration. The sponsoring company will assume legal responsibility for the employee while they are working in Japan.

If your company isn’t already locally incorporated and licensed to sponsor foreign workers, you might be facing a significant waiting period before you can sponsor a Work Permit. Particularly if you are looking at a set time limit for a specific project, you should explore other options.

The end client can sometimes sponsor a temporary worker, but they will often need to provide payroll for the sponsored employee. This means your customer will be bankrolling your employee, potentially creating even more complications.

How to organise a Work Permit for your employees in Japan

If an employee is working on the wrong Business visa or temporary entry visa, your client and assignment can be exposed to a swarm of potential legal and financial liabilities.

The most efficient way to guarantee the right Work Permit for your employees is to use a local management company. Well-versed in Japan’s immigration processes, the management company will take over any responsibilities relating to your employee’s visa. Most importantly, they will sponsor the employee and assume legal responsibility for them during their time in Japan.

If you are under specific timeframe constraints, they can potentially organise a Business Visa for your employee, and then help them transition to a proper Work Permit once they are already on-site.

Timeframe for getting a Work Permit in Japan

You can learn specific timeframes for Work Permits in Japan by reading our FAQ here.

The process for obtaining a Work Permit in Japan

Go here to find out about the specific process of securing a Work Permit for your employees.

Japan Work Permit costs and documentation requirements

Read our FAQ to learn about visa costs and the documentation your employees will need to provide.