work in japan

Old Feb 18th 2009, 7:56 am
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i am a british citizen living in australia, my current visa is about to expire and my pr wont be granted for some time, myself and my partner (japanese citizen and aussie resident) wish to spend 6 months there working and travelling. she'll be fine but what visa do i need?
please help me cuz im running out of time.
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Old Feb 18th 2009, 10:56 am
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You can probably check the Japanese government website (if they have an English translation) to be sure. This website is helpful:

As a UK visitor, you have the possibility of extending your stay to up to 6 months.

To work, you'll need a work permit.

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Old Feb 20th 2009, 3:56 am
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You'll need a sponsor to get a working visa, and the application process will probably take a few weeks. Many language schools will sponsor you, but will probably not want to offer you a contract for less than a year. To enter Japan with intent to work you'll need to apply to your local Japanese embassy with the right documentation, again that won't happen overnight.

Last time I looked entry to Japan on a tourist visa was 3 months, extendable to 6 months - you can't work legally, but employers are more likely to sponsor you if you are in Japan already and then you can change your visa.
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