A lot of foreign students choose to work in Japan on a student visa to pay for their education and living expenses and occasionally it could be difficult to have enough money to pay for all of these costs. Seventy-five percent of overseas students studying in Japan have part-time jobs, according to data from the Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO). Having said that, there are prerequisites in place before you can work and attend school simultaneously.
Furthermore, the amount of hours that overseas students are permitted to work each day and each week is limited. Furthermore, these working hour restrictions change if you work during the summer or throughout the school year.
International students travelling with a “student” visa are generally not allowed to work. However, they are eligible to apply for part-time jobs as long as they don’t conflict with their education.
The kinds of jobs they can perform are limited. Finally, if you work and study in Japan, the money you earn should only go toward paying for your living expenses while you’re there. It is not permitted to use the funds for revenue or remittances abroad.
Students must receive permission from the Japanese Minister of Justice to work and study in Japan and if your prospective company plans to engage foreign workers, they must also notify the Employment Service Center of their intention.
Working with a student visa requires the following steps:
- Visit the immigration website
- Download the request for exemption document, fill it out, and return it to the immigration office.
- Once the document is obtained, you can work up to 28 hours per week.
- It’s best to visit the immigration office early because it’s usually busy. They’ll ask for your passport and your foreign resident card.
Permission to Work for Foreign Students in Japan
To work in Japan while pursuing their studies, international students must abide by the rules listed below:
- Work and study schedules shouldn’t clash.
- official permission to engage in more activities than your visa allows (studying). The nearest regional immigration office for student housing is where you can obtain this authorization and if you are employed by your university as a research or teaching assistant, you will not require this permit.
- When enrolled in university courses, you are limited to 28 hours of employment each week. On the other hand, you are only allowed to work eight hours a day while on a study break. You will need to obtain a second authorization form that permits you to work above 28 hours per week while enrolled in classes if you choose to work longer hours.
Documents Needed to Apply for a Work Permit
- Apply for permission to engage in activities beyond the scope of your student visa. That is available in immigration agencies.
- A document listing the extracurricular activities for students. You may, for instance, present a letter from your employer expressing their wish to hire you.
- A duplicate of your “Zairyu card” or visa. The latter is similar to a student visa and is granted to students of specific nations.
- A duplicate of your passport.
- A duplicate of the aptitude certificate you used while applying for your visa earlier. See our earlier post on the prerequisites for a student visa in Japan for more details.
- A record attesting to your identity as the candidate. If it’s available, you can provide your student ID
- International students are prohibited by rules and laws from working in entertainment industries which could have an impact on public morals. For instance, even if they do not work in customer service, students are not allowed to work in bars.
How Many Hours May a Student Work in Japan?
International students with student visas are permitted to work up to 28 hours per week. They can work up to eight hours a day during extended school breaks, summer vacations, or spring breaks.
It’s important to note that regardless of how many jobs you have, this sum includes all of your hours worked. You are limited to 14 hours per job, for instance, if you work two jobs. Furthermore, if you stop attending classes, your work permit will also expire and you will no longer be considered a student.
Wage for Part-Time Work for Foreign Students in Japan
In Japan, the minimum hourly wage is 1000 yen, though this could vary a little based on the area or city in which you reside. Additionally, bear in mind that the minimal average pay would rise in cities with greater cost of living. For instance, the minimum pay for students in Tokyo is 1,041 yen per hour and, you can be paid more if you can get employment as a teacher.
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