Japan Immigration Services

If your company is sending employees to Japan — Fragomen is here to help. Working closely with our Local Advisors in Japan, we provide the immigration strategies and support you need to get your employees on the ground as quickly as possible.  If you have any questions, please click here to contact us.

​​• Japan's immigration system provides several options for employers of foreign nationals. ​The general purpose of their system is twofold: 1) to permit visitors and immigrants to come to Japan to contribute to Japan's economy and 2) to regulate the stay of foreign nationals and their activities conducted in Japan.
 
• Japan's system provides for business visits that allow foreign nationals temporary entry to conduct business activities. Some nationals are visa exempt for this purpose.
 
• There are several types of work authorization—known as “statuses of residence”— depending on a foreign national's background or intended activities, including for professors, journalists, engineers/specialists in humanitarian or international services, intracompany transferees, and business managers, among others. Sponsoring employers in Japan must first file a Certificate of Eligibility (COE) application to obtain work authorization for its foreign employees. There is also a process for temporary foreign workers to change their status to permanent residents.
 
Detailed Immigration Snapshots, Document Lists and Process Guides are available to clients on request.