To International Exchange Students who wants to work part time while in Japan.

While living and studying in Japan there might be times where you want to find a part time job. A part time job not only give you a chance to earn money but also an opportunity to learn more about the Japanese culture. Here are some helpful rules and tips before you start looking for the part time job.

Obtaining permission to engage in activity

International students are basically not allowed to work under the regular exchange student status. However, if you go to the Immigration Bureau and apply for “permission to engage in activity other than that permitted under the status of residence” previously granted then you may be able to work up to 28 hours per week.

According to immigration control act, you are only allowed to work up to 28 hours a week during school weeks. That means if you have more than one part time job then the total hours worked cannot be more than 28 hours combined. If you work over 28 hours, please note there are chances where you can not renew your visa in the future. However, there is an exception, you can work up to 8 hours (total job hours combine) during summer and winter holidays.


Part time Jobs that are not permitted in certain places

Any work related to “Law Regulating Adult Entertainment Businesses Act” including night clubs, bars, and game centers are not permitted.


Special reminder and punishments for failure to follow the rules:

If you fail to comply with the working hour limit, you will be penalized if you overwork or work outside the permitted place of employment. Penalties include denial of student visa renewal, working visas after graduation such as technology, humanities knowledge, international work visas etc. will be less likely be granted.

Many students also feel it is hard for immigration officers to find out if you overworked but they can immediately tell by looking at related documents. Please be remined every decision you make will affect your status.


Being an international exchange student is a very valuable experience please obey all the rules and enjoy your time in Japan. If you have any questions, please give us a call at any time.



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