Japanese visa types - Some you may not even know

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When people talk about visas for Japan, we quickly remember the tourist visa, study, work and spouse. What few know is that there are numerous visa types that are unknown to Brazilians. In this article, we will look at the numerous types of Japanese visa that you probably do not know.

We will not go into details on how to take the tourist visa in this article because we already wrote an article dedicated to it. It is worth remembering that the issuance of the Japanese visa is similar, what can change is the documents requested and the time it takes to approve the visa.

I also find it unnecessary to go into the visa background for spouse, student and work. We will at least try to mention briefly some information about these certain visas. I hope you like the article and look forward to seeing your comments and shares.

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The most popular Japanese visa types

To travel as a tourist to Japan we need to issue a visa that has a maximum duration of 3 months. Every time we travel we must issue a visa that leaves within 2 days. There is also the tourist visa which allows multiple entries and has a longer validity, but also allows you to stay a maximum of 3 months within Japan.

O visa for work it is one of the visas that most descendants are able to find jobs through contractors easily. It makes no difference whether you have descendants or not, it is possible to get an employment visa if you can contact a company that hires you and takes care of the visa.

O student visa it can be issued to those young people who earn scholarships at universities or pay for a course or college in Japan. Depending on the student visa, the person cannot perform certain paid activities in the country as well as on the tourist visa.

Another very popular visa is the visa for spouse or child Japanese or someone with a permanent resident visa in Japan. In the case of a spouse, they can apply for a long-term or permanent residence visa in Japan after three years of marriage. Visas are different for children or spouses of someone with nationality with someone with a permanent visa.


Another popular visa is the long-term or permanent visa that is granted to those who have spent many years in Japan and fulfill certain requirements. It is even possible to achieve Japanese citizenship even without any descendants.

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HSFP - The famous points accumulation visa

There is a visa called Highly Skilled Foreign Professional (HSFP or HSP) for people who have certain skills in certain areas. Unlike the standard work visa that is usually specific, with this special visa you can participate in several different activities lasting up to 5 years.

The advantages of this visa are that you can bring your parents, obtain a permanent visa more quickly and easily, in addition to the possibility of hiring a domestic helper. There are 3 different visa categories within the HSFP according to the applicant's purpose and career.


To get this visa you need to accumulate a specific amount of points to get a total of 70 points. Your education, language proficiency, position, salary and even your age count towards the total accumulation of points.

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The visa for cultural activities in Japan

The cultural activities visa is for applicants who wish to study Japanese culture, art or skills. This is a very broad category that can include the study of things like Taiko (Japanese drums), Ikebana (Japanese flower arrangements), tea ceremony, judo, aikido, etc. Some earn scholarships to carry out these activities.

To obtain this visa, the applicant needs documents that prove his cultural activities, documents that prove his career and profession, and other documents that show that he has the capacity to support himself in Japan. The visa for cultural activities in Japan does not allow him to work .

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The visa for religious activities in Japan

The Religious Activity Visa is for members of foreign religious organizations who wish to do religious work in Japan. This may include monks, bishops and missionaries. It should be emphasized that the Religious Activities Visa is a category of work and not for those whose purpose is merely to study religion.

The applicant needs to confirm his proposed activities in Japan through documents from the religious organization showing the position and remuneration. Normally, opportunities for structuring compensation for a religious activity visa holder will be quite limited.

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The investor and business manager visa

The Investor Visa is for Applicants who will invest or hold a high-level position managing a company in Japan. The advantages of an investor visa are great and even allow you to self-sponsor visas for other people. It is also one of the few visas that allow domestic workers.

To obtain an investor visa, a person must have an office located in Japan and the company must be able to employ at least 2 full-time employees (who live in Japan). The visa is also provided for those who wish to manage companies that already exist in the country.

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Visa Self-Sponsorship Service

There are specialized companies and services that self-sponsor visas for Japan in order to help entrepreneurs and others who want to live and work in Japan independently. They help you to fulfill your work visa requirements in Japan and have your own company.

This can be done in partnership with companies that are already established in the country and also with a registered address. These companies also help with tax and accounting support and can fill the gap for an employer in your company. Perhaps this is one of the opportunities to get support to take your company to Japan.

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Other types of visa for Japan

Researcher visa - The Researcher Visa is for Applicants who have been hired to conduct research at a public or private organization in Japan. The work may include exams and research.

Working Holiday - Since it allows the person to work and vacation in Japan, unfortunately it is only available in some countries. In Brazil it is only available for yonsei. We have no idea why this freshness ...


Dependent Spouse Visa - Not everyone living in Japan has a permanent visa and is a descendant. Even so, these people can live with their family in the country if they obtain a dependent visa. This visa does not allow the dependent person to work, but it can allow part-time work.

There are also several other visas that were not mentioned in this article, as they are very specific, we prefer to list them below:

  • Japanese diplomatic visa;
  • Japanese visa for teachers;
  • Japanese visa for artists in Japan;
  • Japanese visa for journalists in Japan;
  • Japanese visa for instructors in Japan;
  • Japanese visa for interns in Japan;
  • Japanese Entertainment Visa (shows, presentations);
  • Japanese visa for different generations of Japanese;
  • Japanese visa for specific activities;
  • Japanese Legal and Accounting Visa;
  • Japanese visa for engineers;

It seems that there is no shortage of visa opportunities for those who wish to go to Japan. Unfortunately not all are available for residents of Brazil and they are not as easy to obtain as it seems. Did you miss any visa on that list? You may want to leave a comment to complement the article.

It is interesting to mention that 66 countries can make tourist trips to Japan without a visa. The UK itself can stay up to 6 months in the country without a visa. When will Brazil have a privilege like this? Since Brazil has the largest Japanese colony in the world. Credits to the JapanVisa website for providing some information for this article.