Permission to engage in an activity other than those permitted by the status of residence previously granted (Immigration Control Act, Article 19)

  1. Foreign nationals residing in Japan are required to have a status of residence specified in Appendix 1 or 2 of the Immigration Control Act. In accordance with Appendix 1 of the Immigration Control Act, the activities which are permitted in Japan (such as working or studying) are determined by one's status of residence. Those who wish to engage in an activity other than those permitted by the status of residence previously granted - such as operating a business which generates income, or receiving compensation for certain activities - must apply for permission.

    (Note) As of July 2010, foreign nationals with a "Student" status of residence do not need to apply for permission to engage in an activity other than those permitted by the status of residence previously granted in order to receive compensation for assisting with activities related to education or research as contracted by their university or professional training college. (This is limited to 4th and 5th year students, for activities pertaining to their major.)

  2. Permission to engage in an activity other than those permitted by the status of residence previously granted is obtained by receiving a seal of approval (affixed to the person's passport) or getting a permit to engage in an activity other than those permitted by the status of residence previously granted. The seal of approval or permit will state the details of the "newly permitted activities," except in cases where: (1) The employer's name, address, and business activities must be listed individually; (2) The working hours are fewer than 28 hours per week, and the place of employment has no ties to the adult entertainment industry; or (3) The foreign national has either an "Instructor," "Engineer/Specialist in Humanities/International Services," or "Skilled Labor" (restricted to sports instructors) status of residence, is employed by a local government (for duties related to said status of residence), and whose working hours are fewer than 28 hours per week. (Cases (2) and (3) are referred to as "permission for unspecified activities.")

    In the case of permission for unspecified activities, "newly permitted activities" will be listed below.

    In the case of (2)
    Activities stipulated in Article 19, Paragraph 5, Item 1 of the Regulation for Enforcement of the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act

    In the case of (3)
    Activities stipulated in Article 19, Paragraph 5, Item 2 of the Regulation for Enforcement of the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act

    For mid to long-term residents who have been issued a residence card, the permissions will be recorded on the back.

  3. Aside from those with either a "Student" or "Dependent" status of residence, applications for permission to engage in an activity other than those permitted by the status of residence previously granted which fall under case (2) in section 2 above also include those who have graduated from a university or post-secondary course of a specialized training college in Japan and are continuing their job search activities under a "Designated Activities" status of residence.
  4. For those with a "Student," "Instructor," "Engineer/Specialist in Humanities/International Services," or "Skilled Labor" status of residence (excluding those whose period of stay is "three months"), it is possible to apply for permission to engage in an activity other than those permitted by the status of residence previously granted at a port of entry once a landing permit has been issued. (Only applications that fall under case (2) for "Student," or case (3) for "Instructor," "Engineer/Specialist in Humanities/International Services," and "Skilled Labor" are eligible.)

    (References)

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