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Aug 7, 2017

Changing from Dependent Visa to Work Visa

Has anyone here experienced applying for a Work Visa while the 3-year Dependent Visa is still valid? Would appreciate any insights. Thank you in advance.

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  • helloalissa

    on Aug 13

    You're allowed to work with the Dependent Visa so there's no reason to change it to a work visa, unless it's about a limitation on hours worked that I'm not aware of. Is your employer asking you to change your status or something? Usually they're more than happy with my spouse status to qualify for work. The work visa would be more limited as it's split into different categories for different types of work. Here's the list of the types of visas for reference: http://www.immi-moj.go.jp/english/tetuduki/kanri/qaq5.html

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  • Tomuu

    on Aug 7

    As I understand it, if it was the case that you were renewing a visa (of any type), you can only do this within a couple of months of it expiring. What you would be doing, I think, is applying for a "change of status of residence" which I think you can do at any time (as long as the current visa is still valid).

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  • Aluma

    on Aug 10

    Tomuu is right. Just apply for a change of status of residence at the immigration office. You will need a company to sponsor you. If you plan on working 28 hours or less a week, you can just apply for permission to work. It can be applied for and received on the same day.

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  • Jackson

    on Aug 12

    Yep, I applied for a "change of status of residence" and it wasn't anything different from applying for a renewal. I just had to bring in all the needed documents. If you don't have a company sponsoring you, but you have enough contract(s) proving that you will have enough work hours and income (they want to see something above 230,000, usually), you can self-sponsor a work visa.

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