Japanese MMA Bible
to enter Japan
- Visa status
are 3 relevant visas for UK nationals.
is a working visa obtained with sponsorship from
the company youll be working for. If you find
work outside of Japan this will usually be done for
you by the company and takes between 4 and 6 weeks.
You just have to send them your passport and degree
certificates, and probably a medical certificate. You
can also get a working visa inside Japan (the law recently
changed so you dont need to leave the country
and go back again). To initiate the application process
yourself you need:
Alien registration card (if you have one)
contract, stating duties, rate of pay and period
of employment. The contract must guarantee a minimum
monthly income of Y250,000. Thats why most
jobs offer precisely that much - the companies arent
from your employer saying why youre needed.
your would-be employer wont provide you with c)
to f) then you shouldnt sign with them. After
all, you want an employer who cares about you and ALL
good companies will get you visa sponsorship for FULL
best is a working holiday visa which MUST be
obtained from the Japanese Embassy in the UK before
you leave. It takes about 4 weeks and you dont
need a degree. It is for 12 months only and cant
be renewed. There is also an age restriction, I think
27 years old. I repeat, you CANNOT change your visa
status to this inside Japan.
youre on a working holiday visa you can come to
Japan and look for work then. This allows you to piece
together part time jobs to fit around your training,
or if you couldnt get a job from the UK. Telephone
the Japanese Embassy in Piccadilly, London for more
resort is a tourist visa for a maximum of 90
days. You are not allowed to work while on this visa
and you risk deportation. Most people work anyway, but
you are forced into the lower paid shit work like conversation
salons. Still, if youre too old for a working
holiday visa, or you want all your time for training,
then this is a decent option. I came on a tourist visa
because the working holiday visa is a new rule.
Immigration is 03 3286 5241, and Osaka is 06 6774 3409.
They also have an English language helpline on 03 3213
8523. I found them friendly when I called.
for non-UK nationals: Here's what I found out from my
Canada: working holiday visa is available and can be
extended up to 18 months
USA: no working holiday visa
Australia: working holiday visa is available
Other countries: tough shit, I'm afraid. Its pretty
hard to get sponsorship when English is not officially
your first language.
Changing visa status inside Japan
a tourist visa
you come on a tourist visa you can get an extension
to stay a further 90 days. This is discretionary so
you must actually persuade immigration that you deserve
it. Go to the main immigration office by Otemachi station
(leave by the C-3 exit and immigration is in a big tatty
government building. It says `Tokyo Immigration` in
English on the building). There`s an english language
help-desk on the 1st floor and they`ll guide you through
the process. Go there before you go upstairs to make
the formal application. Then you go to the application
room. Take a ticket and wait for your number to be called
then collect the one-page application form - its in
English. It`ll ask you questions like why you want to
stay in Japan, how much money you have and when your
return flight is.
got mine extended by saying I was continuing to train
martial arts, that I had Y330,000 and that I had an
open return ticket. The guy photocopied my Purebred
membership card, and checked my bank book and flight
ticket. When applying, try to bring supporting documentation,
and obviously your passport too.
all goes well, they`ll send you to another room to by
a Y4,000 ticket. Bring it back and they`ll stamp your
passport with an extension. Then you have to go to your
nearest city hall to get an Alien Registration Card.
known as the `gaijin card`, all foreigners need one
of these if they stay longer than 90 days. Its easy
to apply at your local city hall and the form is in
English. Typically you`ll go with your passport and
two photographs, fill in the form and then they`ll go
off to process it. Then they`ll put something in your
passport, return it to you, and then tell you to come
back in 2 weeks to pick up the card. The application
process takes about an hour and is far less painful
than doing your visa.
from tourist to work visa
off all you need a job and visa sponsorship from the
company, as noted above. While you are waiting for your
work visa to come through you CANNOT overstay your tourist
visa. You must get an extension if you think the tourist
visa will expire while you wait. Once the Certificate
of Eligibility arrives you can go to immigration and
apply for a change of status so you don`t need to actually
leave the country and come back.
route you take, expect ALOT of stress and trouble but
remain as calm as possible.
Chapter : 2.