Immigration departments of most companies around the world today require foreign visitors to apply for a visa to enter the country. There are, of course, exceptions: many countries have specific agreements with some other countries that allow their citizens to travel home without a visa. Typically, however, these measures are only valid for short stays: longer visits require visas. Japan is no exception.
If you are looking for a Japanese travel visa, you should learn about 6 types of Japanese visas. Depending on the reason for your trip to Japan, you will need one of these types of visas to enter, stay / stay and perform certain activities legally in the country.
6 types of visas: visas for temporary visitors, work visas, general visas, visas, diplomatic visas and official visas.
The first type of stay is a visa-free stay. This is technically called the temporary visitor as the name implies. However, do not let your name crazy: a visa-free stay has a number of limitations. To qualify for a visa-free stay in Japan, you must be prepared to leave the country within 90 days of entry. You also need a passport that will be valid for the duration of your stay and you must hold the ticket back out of the country. This visa is valid for 90, 30 or 15 days.
If you plan to work in Japan – which means you make money in any way when you are there – you will have to apply for a work visa before entering the country. According to the Immigration Office of Japan, the working visa is good for 1-3 years. You must apply for a Japanese work visa prior to joining Japan. This means that you can not enter Japan for a visa-free stay and then transfer to a work visa without first leaving the country.
The official category of work visas for Japan include: Professor, Artist, Religious Activity, Journalist, Investor / Business Manager, Legal / Accounting Services, Medical Services, Researcher, Engineer, and Qualified Workforce.
Maybe your trip to Japan will stay there for over 90 days, but you do not plan to make money when you're there. Instead, you might plan to study or engage in certain cultural activities in Japan. Or, you may stay with friends, family members, or the housewife for more than 90 days. If this describes your situation, you will need to apply for a general visa for your visit to Japan. This is good either 1 year or 6 months (cultural activities), 2 years or 1 year (undergraduate), 1 year or 6 months (student pre-study), 1 year or 6 months (trainee) or 3/2/1 years; or 6/3 months (dependent).
On the other hand, you may be married to a Japanese citizen, you are a resident or a long-term resident of Japan. In this case, you will have to apply for a visa to be legally resident in Japan. It is valid for 3 years, 1 year or 6 months.
Finally, if you are a diplomat or a diplomatic courier to Japan, you will need a diplomatic visa when entering Japan. According to the Immigration Office of Japan, the diplomatic visa is only valid for the duration of the mission. The visa is valid for the duration of the mission. Similarly, if you work in a way that generally supports diplomatic patches, such as working as a technical or administrative employee who supports diplomats, you will have to ask what is called an official visa. Just like a diplomatic visa, this visa only applies to the duration of the mission.
Warning Note: If your specific plans for your trip to Japan are not yet clear, you may be tempted to enter Japan through visa-free stay to keep your options open. That's fine, assuming you really leave the country within the 90 days you set and that you will not try to make money in Japan. However, if you plan to stay more than 90 days or plan to work, do wise things and ask them now for the appropriate type of visa. It could save you later.
Consider joining one of these six types of Japanese visas as you plan on your upcoming trip or stay in Japan. For more information, visit the Embassy of Japan Web site in Washington.