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Japan Visas: Working holiday visa

A working holiday visa is a special visa for young people among the age of 18 and 25 (30 in some cases), to stay in Japan for up to one year. Working holiday visa holders are allowed to work part time while staying in Japan.

The Working Holiday visa is a special visa planned to facilitate understanding among participant nations by allowing young people travel and work freely in other participant countries. General features of the visa:
  • Once only: A working Holiday visa can be applied once in your life. Nevertheless it appears that under certain circumstances an Embassy or Consulate will estimate applicants for a second visit.

  • Period of Stay: The nation can provide an initial stay of up to six months, although German, British and Korean nationals can be issued a one-year visa that cannot be extended further. Other nationals can extend for another six months at the Immigration Office in Japan in the last month before expiry of the visa. On renewal, you will usually have to answer what you are doing and how you are supporting your stay. Australians can generally receive 2 extensions for an 18-month stay.

  • Re-entry Permits: The Working Holiday visa is a single-entry visa so will be cancelled when you leave the country, unless you apply for a re-entry permit from the immigration office before leaving Japan. This exit and re-entry does not alter the allowed period of stay.

  • Validity: Visa recipients must enter Japan within six months after the date of issue.

  • Visa Fees: There is no charge for a Working Holiday visa.

  • Paid work: Working Holiday visa holders can engage in almost any kind of job, part-time or full-time, excluding entertainment locations (see below). Note: Your stay is intended to be basically a holiday, so if you apply to renew your visa it's a good idea to write down in as much detail as you can your holiday activities/travel etc.
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