To those who wish to take part in an internship

When taking part in an internship in Japan, the applicable statuses of residence and required procedures vary depending on the situation of the person who will take part in the internship and the remuneration for the internship.
For an overview of the statuses of residence related to internships, please refer to this page (in Japanese)PDF
For students who will take part in an internship, please check beforehand at the nearest Labor Standards Inspection Office whether or not labor-related laws and regulations (e.g., the Minimum Wage Act, etc.) apply.

Those residing in Japan with a "Student," "Designated Activities (Ongoing Job Search)," or "Designated Activities (Job Offer)" status of residence

1. Those who receive remuneration through an internship

Those residing in Japan with a "Student," "Designated Activities (Ongoing Job Search)," or "Designated Activities (Job Offer)" status of residence who wish to take part in a paid internship must receive permission beforehand from a Regional Immigration Services Bureau to engage in an activity other than those permitted by the status of residence previously granted. The procedures vary depending on the duration of the internship.

(1) Time interning is 28 hours or less per week (8 hours a day during long breaks established by the educational institution the person is enrolled in):

You must go to your nearest Regional Immigration Services Bureau to receive permission to engage in an unspecified activity other than those permitted by the status of residence previously granted.

*Unspecified permission allows for the person to do part-time work up to 28 hours per week. If the person possesses permission to engage in an unspecified activity other than those permitted by the status of residence previously granted at the time of their internship, they do not need to receive the permission from a Regional Immigration Services Bureau a second time.

(2) Time interning exceeds 28 hours per week, excluding long-term holidays:

In addition to the permission to engage in an activity other than those permitted by the status of residence previously granted from (1) above, you must also obtain "permission to engage in an activity other than those permitted by the status of residence previously granted for over 28 hours per week."

In principle, those residing in Japan with a "Student" status of residence may receive permission to engage in a specified activity other than those permitted by the status of residence previously granted for internships in the following situations:

  • Those who are enrolled in a university (excluding junior college), will take part in an internship at the end of the year when classes are finished, and have nearly acquired all of the credits required to graduate
  • Those who are enrolled in a graduate school and will take part in an internship at the end of the year when classes are finished

For those who do not fall under the above criteria, permission to engage in a specified activity other than those permitted by the status of residence previously granted may be granted for internships that are closely related to their major or practical training necessary for earning credits. In addition, those whose status of residence is "Designated Activities (Ongoing Job Search)" or "Designated Activities (Job Offer)” are also eligible for permission to engage in a specified activity other than those permitted by the status of residence previously granted.

Please refer to this page for the documents required for permission to engage in an activity other than those permitted by the status of residence previously granted.

2. Those who do not receive remuneration through an internship

Those residing in Japan with a "Student," "Designated Activities (Ongoing Job Search)," or "Designated Activities (Job Offer)" status of residence who wish to take part in an unpaid internship are not required to receive permission beforehand from a Regional Immigration Services Bureau to engage in an activity other than those permitted by the status of residence previously granted.

Those enrolled at an overseas university who wish to take part in an internship in Japan without being enrolled at a Japanese university

Applicable statuses of residence vary depending on remuneration and internship duration.
These internships are conducted as part of the educational curriculum of the overseas university and must meet the following conditions:

  • The Japanese company conducting the internship must have a suitable system and educational framework to accept the student.
  • The internship must be performed as a part of the student's academic studies, such that credits can be earned, and the content of the internship must be related to the student’s major.

1. Those who receive remuneration through an internship

Those enrolled at an overseas university who will take part in a paid internship with a Japanese company must enter Japan with a "Designated Activities (Notice 9)" status of residence.
The duration of the internship must total less than half of the academic year and must not exceed one year. In addition, the person who will take part in the internship must be enrolled at an educational institution that confers a degree to those who graduate or complete the required coursework.
Please refer to this page for the required documents.
Please refer to the Guidelines for Internships (in Japanese)PDF

2. Those who do not receive remuneration through an internship

For those enrolled at an overseas university who will take part in an unpaid internship at a Japanese company, the applicable statuses of residence vary based on the duration of the activity.

(1) When the period of activity exceeds 90 days:

You are required to enter Japan under a "Cultural Activities" status of residence.
Japanese companies that plan to conduct internships must submit an application to issue a Certificate of Eligibility.
Please refer to this page for the required documents.

(2) When the period of activity is under 90 days

You are required to enter Japan under a "Temporary Visitor" status of residence.
* People coming from countries or regions other than those covered by visa exemptions must apply for a visa before coming to Japan. Please contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the overseas embassy or consulate where you plan to submit the visa application for details about the visa application.

Contact information for consultations regarding applications

Please contact the Regional Immigration Services Bureau where you will submit the application.

  • Sapporo Regional Immigration Services Bureau - Tel: 011-261-7502
  • Sendai Regional Immigration Services Bureau - Tel: 022-256-6076
  • Tokyo Regional Immigration Services Bureau - Tel: 0570-034-259
  • Yokohama District Immigration Services Office - Tel: 0570-045-259
  • Nagoya Regional Immigration Services Bureau - Tel: 052-559-2150
  • Osaka Regional Immigration Services Bureau - Tel: 06-4703-2100
  • Kobe District Immigration Services Office - Tel: 078-391-6377
  • Hiroshima Regional Immigration Services Bureau - Tel: 082-221-4411
  • Takamatsu Regional Immigration Services Bureau - Tel: 087-822-5852
  • Fukuoka Regional Immigration Services Bureau - Tel: 092-717-5420
  • Naha District Immigration Services Office - Tel: 098-832-4185

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