To students who have received an offer from a place of employment before or after graduation and wish to stay in Japan until they are hired

"Designated Activities" for prospective employees

Students who have received an employment offer before or after graduation, or those who received an employment offer while continuing their search for a job, and who wish to stay in Japan until their employment begins may change their status of residence to "Designated Activities" for the purpose of residing until employment begins if they meet certain requirements.
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Eligible prospective employees

  1. Eligible individuals
  2. Students residing in Japan with a "Student" status of residence
    Foreign nationals residing in Japan with a "Designated Activities" status of residence for the purpose of continuing to search for a job

  3. Requirements
  4. The applicant must have graduated from an educational institution or completed a course at an educational institution in Japan
    The applicant must begin employment within one year of receiving a job offer and within one year and six months of graduation
    Extension of period of stay due to the influence of the COVID-19 pandemic (in Japanese)PDF
    The applicant must be expected to change their status of residence to "Engineer/Specialist in Humanities/International Services" to fit the tasks performed at the company
    There must be no problems with the residency status of the prospective employee
    The hiring company must vow to regularly contact the prospective employee and promptly inform a Regional Immigration Services Bureau if the job offer is revoked

Permission to engage in an activity other than those permitted by the status of residence previously granted

For those who receive permission for "Designated Activities" as a prospective employee, they are able to receive permission to engage in an activity other than those permitted by the status of residence previously granted to work for up to 28 hours per week (as a temporary part-time worker), provided that certain requirements are met.
In cases such as an internship at the hiring company until the prospective employee is hired, it is possible to receive permission to engage in an activity other than those permitted by the status of residence previously granted that exceeds 28 hours per week.
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