Quickest Way to Change a Tourist Visa to a Working Visa in Japan
You found a job in Japan, congratulations. Now it is time to change your tourist visa to a working visa. When I first arrived at the immigration bureau to change my visa, the staff asked me why I was applying for a working visa. This will always come up as you are not obeying the rules as you are intending to do something else than that is stated on the purpose of your stay. Just tell them that you are responsible for submitting the application and it should be okay.
Certificate of Eligibility
The first thing that you need is a "Certificate of Eligibility", to read more about the "Certificate of Eligibility" or "COE" procedures please click here. Basically, the COE is the application prior to the working visa. The COE is to check if you are allowed to perform the activities in Japan. It takes about two weeks to send the COE to your sponsor's address.
When you have the COE, it is time to go to immigration again to apply for the working visa. To read more details about this procedure click here. For this step, it is best to come very early. If you are not early, you have to wait for a long time.
As I was missing some paperwork, I arrived at the immigration bureau around noon. I think it would have been better to come the next day. In total, I waited for about 5-6 hours before it was finally my turn! When it was my turn I submitted the paperwork and got a stamp in my passport. When you receive this stamp, you don`t have to leave the country anymore. So you don`t have to worry about your tourist visa expires. Two weeks after submitting the application they sent me a letter that my working visa was ready. I paid 4000 yen in stamps and was able to get my residence card on the same day.
The total procedure took about a month. I finished the procedure without re-entering the country. If you have any questions or want to get in contact please send an email or leave a comment.
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