Permission to engage in an activity other than those permitted by the status of residence previously granted for those with the "Designated Activities" status of residence for the purpose of continued job search or residence in Japan until formally entering a company after receiving a job offer

Please obtain the following permissions according to the activities you intend to engage in as activities outside the scope of your status of residence.
It is possible to receive both unspecified permission and individual permission.
It is possible to apply for the other permission if you already have one of the permissions.
For info about the application form, see here - PDFPDF ExcelExcel (*The application form is the same for both unspecified and individual permission.)

1. Unspecified permission (working under 28 hours per week)

Those who perform activities to operate a business that receives income or paid activities for up to 28 hours a week have to acquire unspecified permission to engage in an activity other than those permitted under their status of residence.
(Note) The "business management activities" referenced in the general license includes agreed upon working hours and management duties (clearly outlined in the contract), as well as taking orders for deliveries as a sole proprietorship, activities which have results-based compensation, and those in which operating hours may be objectively verified.
If this does not apply, the person must acquire individual permission to engage in an activity other than those permitted under their status of residence as in point 2 below.

Required documents

  • Application form

2. Individual permission (for engaging in activities outside the scope of unspecified permission)

If any of the conditions below apply, the person may be granted permission on an individual basis after specifying required information, such as the name of the public or private institution in Japan where they will perform activities, the nature of the work, and other necessary information.
Furthermore, they must fulfill all of the requirements for the permission to engage in an activity other than those permitted by the status of residence previously granted (general principles)

    (1) Performing an internship for work experience as part of their job search activities
  1. Eligible individuals
    1. Those engaged in job search activities who reside in Japan with a "Designated Activities" status of residence (includes graduates of junior colleges and those who completed their coursework at a vocational school)
    2. Those who have received a job offer and reside in Japan with a "Designated Activities" status of residence (includes graduates of junior colleges and those who completed their coursework at a vocational school)
       (Note) Those who have completed their coursework at a vocational school are limited to activities acknowledged as being related to their major area of study.
  2. Required documents
    • Application form
    • Documents including the duration of the activity, hours, location, benefits, remuneration, and details of the activity to be performed as an activity outside the scope of the applicant's status of residence written by the organization where they plan to perform them (not abstract activities, such as activities for the purpose of workplace experience, but rather specific activities to be performed according to the employment contract)
    • For those who have completed the secondary course of a specialized training college, a transcript from the college

    (2) Permission to engage in an activity other than those permitted by the status of residence previously granted has been removed from the recommendation letter of the educational institution
    If the permission to engage in an activity other than those permitted by the status of residence previously granted is removed from the recommendation letter of the educational institution, the foreign national needs individual permission to engage in an activity other than those permitted by the status of residence previously granted.

    Required documents

    • Application form
    • Documents explaining the content, duration, and remuneration of the activity (no specified format)

3. Other

(1) If it is objectively difficult to confirm the working hours of an activity, such as the case of a one-person business owner, the foreign national needs to acquire individual permission to engage in an activity other than those permitted by the status of residence previously granted.
(Note) Additional duties (taking orders for deliveries as a sole proprietorship, activities which have results-based compensation, those in which operating hours may be objectively verified, etc.) are only possible for those with a general license, as listed above in item 1.
(Note) Activities to operate a business as an activity other than those permitted by the foreign national's status of residence is assumed to be the managing of individual and comparably small-scale businesses. If establishing a new corporation, hiring employees, or creating an office, the foreign national needs to change to the "Business Manager" status of residence.

Required documents

  • Application form
  • Documents explaining the business operations plan (no specified format)

(2) Working under subcontract or contract agreement
  If the standard working hours are not clarified in a subcontract or contract agreement, the foreign national needs to acquire individual permission to engage in an activity other than those permitted by the status of residence previously granted.
(Note) If the standard working hours are clarified in these contracts, activities are permitted under the unspecified permission in point 1 above.

Required documents

  • Application form
  • Documents explaining the details of these contracts (no specified format)

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