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Employment and status of residence

The range of activities in which foreign residents may be engaged while in Japan is determined by their given status of residence. To be employed and paid in Japan, the types of jobs you are allowed is limited according to your status of residence. If you wish to take a job that is not allowed within your residential status, you are required to obtain permission to engage in activity other than that permitted (shikakugai katsudo kyoka) from the immigration office.

If you wish to prove to your prospective employer your eligibility for a certain job under your states of residence, you may apply for a certificate of authorized employment (shuro shikaku shomeisho) at the immigration office.

Inquiries regarding the immigration procedures for foreign nationals including the entry and stay in Japan are accepted at the regional information centers of the Immigration Bureau.

General questions that may arise during your residence in Japan, including inquiries on your residential status, are also accepted at the Consultation Support Center for Foreign Residents, a "one-stop" information center where the advice is given to foreign nationals living in Japan free of charge in the collaboration of the Immigration Bureau and a local city government.

Additionally, the Tokyo Employment Service Center for Foreigners offers consultation services and assistance for foreign residents who are searching for employment.

Name of the Center/Available Services Tel Day & Time
Tokyo Employment Service Center for Foreigners
*Provides consultation and assistance regarding employment for foreign exchange students who aim to find employment and current foreign residents with qualified status of residence under specialist category. Consultation service for residential status
03-5339-8625 Mon. - Fri. 10:00 - 18:00
*English and Chinese interpreters available
Appointed date (call in advance)
Shinjuku Employment Support and Guidance Center for Foreigners
*Provides consultation and assistance regarding employment for foreign residents with qualified status of residence that allows unlimited employment (such as spouses of Japanese citizens, permanent residents, etc.) and current foreign exchange students and pre-college students who aim to find part-time employment. Consultation service for residential status
03-3204-8609 Mon. - Fri. 8:30 - 17:15
*English and Chinese interpreters available
By advance reservation only
(call in advance)
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