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Steps for going through to work in Japan

To work in Japan as a professional/skilled worker with a university degree, you need to go through several steps. Please note that specific requirements and processes may change, so it's essential to verify the latest information. Following steps are a sample process.

  1. Job Search: Look for job opportunities through Japanese job portals, company websites, or recruitment agencies. Participating in job fairs or recruitment events held by Japanese companies can also be an option.
  2. Japanese Language Skills: Proficiency in Japanese is required in some cases. Basic-level Japanese language skills are acceptable for “engineer visa” but holding a JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test ) Level 4 or 3 certification can be advantageous.
  3. Proof of Skills and Experience: Prepare CV or resume verifying your education and work experience.
  4. Health Check and Insurance: As part of the visa application process, undergo a health examination.
  5. Obtain a Work Visa: you'll need an appropriate visa to work in Japan. For an engineer, the "Engineer" visa, categorized under "Technical and Humanities Knowledge," may be applicable. Acquiring this visa requires cooperation from your employer or sponsor company in Japan.
  6. Visa Application: Finally, compile the necessary documents for visa application, collaborate with your sponsor company, and submit the application.
These are general steps, and it's crucial to check for any updates or changes in requirements by consulting relevant authorities, such as the embassy or consulate, for the most accurate and current information.

Steps for going through to obtain COE

To obtain a work visa in Japan, you need to go through the process of applying for a Certificate of Eligibility (COE), which serves as the basis for your visa application. Here are the general steps:

  1. Employer Sponsorship: Your prospective employer or sponsor company in Japan plays a crucial role in this process. They need to apply for a COE on your behalf through the regional immigration office.
  2. Document Preparation: Work closely with your sponsor to gather the necessary documents. This typically includes a valid passport, passport-sized photos, a letter of guarantee from the employer, a description of your job duties, and details about your academic and professional background.
  3. Submission to Immigration Office: The sponsor submits the COE application to the regional immigration office in Japan.
  4. Processing Time: The processing time for the COE application varies, but it generally takes several weeks. Once approved, the COE will be sent to your sponsor in Japan.
  5. Visa Application at the Embassy/Consulate: With the COE in hand, you can apply for the work visa at the Japanese embassy in Philippines. Prepare the required documents, including the COE, and submit your visa application.
  6. Visa Issuance: After reviewing your application, the embassy will issue the work visa if everything is in order. You'll receive your passport with the visa stamped inside.
Please note that specific requirements and procedures may vary, so it's essential to check with the Japanese embassy for the most accurate and up-to-date information.

Good luck with your application!

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