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on 7 May 2012
I hear that there's a new alien registration card system coming into effect this year, if I wait for it to come into effect before I go over there, does that mean I don't need to get a work permit to teach English in Japan?
GabyS on 8 May 2012
Hi Phil

No, you will definitely still need to apply for a work permit to teach English in Japan. The new resident card system will come into effect from 9 July this year. Instead of having to report at a local municipal office when you arrive in Japan, you will be issued the card at certain airports (Narita, Haneda, Chubu and Kansai). The new card looks a bit like a driver's licence and will have a photo of you, your residential address, date of birth, resident status and period of stay (in other words, how long your working visa is valid for).

Getting a visa is a tricky business, made much quicker and easier if you secure a job offer from a company in Japan before you apply. The company will help you organise a Certificate of Eligibility, which you can submit with whatever other documentation you need for your particular visa. The specifics will depend on what visa you're applying for (i.e. what work you intend to do in Japan). An English teacher will be a "Specialist in Humanities" and to apply you'll need degree certificates, a police clearance certificate, reference letters and a career history, amoung other documentation. Check out our Visas for Japan page for more information.

Good luck!
Anonymous (not verified) on 3 Jun 2012
My Alien Registration Certificate will expire in 2013. I'm visiting my sick mother here in the Philippines. I want to spend more time with my mother and planning to go back to Japan in December. My question is, do I need to go back to Japan before July 9 of 2012 so I can apply for the new Resident Card?
GabyS on 4 Jun 2012
Hi Anonymous

Not at all. You can return to Japan in December - as long as you return to Japan before your Alien Registration Certificate expires, and as long as you already hold a multiple-entry visa.

The new card is now issued at airports, so it's possible that you will be able to organise one on your way back into the country. You could try contacting your local Japanese embassy to ask whether this is the case.
Anonymous (not verified) on 6 Jan 2013
hi gabys . my name tony i have question for my work visa i can apply or get work visa ! first i'm in japan almst 7 months and i have apply to refugee documents because i'm syrian nationality and i/m christian my country also have civil war and second step i apply for ( change status of recidence )and i will get residence card soon , so my question is the residence card can help me to work japanese company's to be sponsor for me or should i apply other documents from immigration ?
tony21 on 6 Jan 2013
hi gabys . my name tony i have question for my work visa i can apply or get work visa ! first i'm in japan almst 7 months and i have apply to refugee documents because i'm syrian nationality and i/m christian my country also have civil war and second step i apply for ( change status of recidence )and i will get residence card soon , so my question is the residence card can help me to work japanese company's to be sponsor for me or should i apply other documents from immigration ?
Anonymous (not verified) on 5 Mar 2013
hi sir, my name is mubarak zeb and i m pakistani.i have apply for work visa or student visa so i will get residence card soon.can help me work to japan companies to be sponsor for me.