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                   Visa Process Document for Japan




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About the Country .......................................................................................................................... 3
Culture ............................................................................................................................................ 3
Languages ...................................................................................................................................... 4
Types of visas for travel ................................................................................................................ 4
Required application formats........................................................................................................ 4
Documents Required ..................................................................................................................... 5
           Business Visa ................................................................................................................................. 5
           Work Visa ........................................................................................................................................ 5
SLAs ................................................................................................................................................ 6
FAQs ............................................................................................................................................... 6




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About the Country

Japan is an island country located in the Pacific Ocean, east of China and Korea, stretching from the Sea
of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea in the south. It is composed of over 3,000 islands, the largest
of which are Hokkaidō, Honshū, Shikoku, and Kyūshū. Most of Japan's islands are mountainous, and many
are volcanic; the highest peak is Mount Fuji.

Japan is the world's second-largest economy and one of the world's leading industrialized countries. It is a
unitary constitutional monarchy with an emperor and an elected parliament, called the Diet, which is one of
the oldest legislatures in Asia. Despite its rugged terrain, Japan is one of the most populous—and one of the
most densely populated—countries in the world.

The climate of Japan is predominantly temperate but varies greatly from north to south. Japan's
geographical features divide it into six principal climatic zones:

         Hokkaido: The northernmost zone has a temperate climate with long, cold winters and cool
          summers. Precipitation is not heavy, but the islands usually develop deep snow banks in the
          winter.
         Sea of Japan: On Honshu's west coast, the northwest wind in the wintertime brings heavy snowfall.
          In the summer, the region is cooler than the Pacific area, though it sometimes experiences
          extremely hot temperatures.
         Central Highlands: A typical inland climate, with large temperature differences between summer
          and winter, and between day and night. Precipitation is light.
         Seto Inland Sea: The mountains of the Chugoku and Shikoku regions shelter the region from the
          seasonal winds, bringing mild weather throughout the year.
         Pacific Ocean: The east coast experiences cold winters with little snowfall and hot, humid summers
          due to the southeast seasonal wind.
         Southwest Islands: The Ryukyu Islands have a subtropical climate, with warm winters and hot
          summers. Precipitation is very heavy, especially during the rainy season. Typhoons are common.


Culture

Japanese culture has evolved greatly over the years, from the country's original Jomon culture to its
contemporary hybrid culture, which combines influences from Asia, Europe, and North America. Today,
Japan is a major exporter of its own popular culture, which has gained popularity around the world,




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particularly in other East Asian countries and some areas of the United States. Many Japanese have also
achieved international acclaim in fashion, film, literature, television, and music.

Sumo is considered Japan's national sport and is one of its most popular. Professional sumo can trace its
roots back to the Edo period as a form of sporting entertainment. Today, six major tournaments are held
every year in Japan, each one lasting 15 days.

Through a long culinary past, the Japanese have developed a sophisticated and refined cuisine highly
sensitive to the change of seasons. Modern Japanese enjoy a variety of traditional Japanese food, including
many seafood dishes (sushi and sashimi for instance), as well as a multitude of foreign dishes. One can
easily find Chinese, Korean, and Thai dishes as well as non-regional American, French, and Italian foods.
Japanese cuisine is a product of its environment and people. The ease of acquiring fresh ingredients led to
sushi, high temperature and humidity led to varieties of pickled and fermented food like natto and soy sauce,
and an adaptation of foreign cuisines led to ramen.


Languages

Japanese is known to be related to the nearby Ryukyuan languages, forming the Japonic language family.
The most widespread theory is that the Japonic languages are not related to any other language family;
however, other theories have tied it to extinct languages from Manchuria and the Korean peninsula, to a
Ural-Altaic super family (along with Korean and the Uralic languages such as Finnish, Hungarian, and
Samoyedic), or to the Austronesian languages of the South Pacific.

Although it is not thought to share a common linguistic ancestor in Chinese, it has borrowed a great deal of
vocabulary from that language. The Japanese writing system itself was developed from transmittance of
Chinese classical writing from Korea in 400 CE.


Types of visas for travel
        Business Visa
        Work Visa



Required application formats




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Documents Required

Business Visa
     Visa Application form – to be filled in CAPITAL LETTERS ONLY.
        Appointment letter of First Entry into Company.
        Original Passport. Valid for more than 6 months + all old passports.
        Pay slips for the last 3 months.
        Personal Particulars Form
        4 Passport Size Photographs (Color) – White Background Only & Contrast clothes (Gloss finish
         only) – No Polaroid & Digital Photos. Name to be written on the back of the photographs (taken in
         the last 6 months). Size 45 mm x 45 mm.
        Bank Statement of Company latest for last 1 week’s transaction to be arranged from finance and to
         be submitted at the consulate for visa processing. (For First Time traveler)-For Company not
         mandatory in Chennai
        Air Ticket - Return Confirmed. Or Travel certificate
        Covering Letter from Company for Business Visa. Should be signed by HR-Manager or above, SC
         or above. For a Fresher, need a detailed explanation, stating why he/she has been chosen for the
         project.
        Foreign Exchange - Local currency of foreign assignment country (If possible) OR Copy of the
         International Credit Card.
        Invite Letter from the client on their letterhead, giving following details: explaining the relation
         between Company & Client; Purpose of visit; Duration – Above 4 weeks - Detailed schedule.
        Letter of Guarantee from Company Japan.
        Letter of Repatriation – from Company Japan.
        Medical Insurance for the entire period of business stay.
        This invite should be either original (or) clear fax copy with Fax transmission number from Japan
         running on top; Scan copy not accepted by consulate.

Work Visa
    Original Passport valid for more than 6 Months + All old passports.
        Pay slip of previous month.
        Passport size photographs - White background with dark clothes. No digital or Polaroid. Should
         have been taken within the last 6 months. No profiles, both ears should be visible. Do not use old
         negative. Size – 45 mm X 45 mm.




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        Bank Statement of Company, latest for last 1 week’s transaction to be arranged from finance and
         to be submitted at the consulate for visa processing. Not mandatory
        Covering Letter from Company signed by authorized signatories.
        Work Permit Approval Original. Certificate of Eligibility -Original COE.
        Visa forms - The form should be filled in CAPITAL LETTERS ONLY.

SLAs
Business Visa – 12 working days
Work Visa – 7 working days
Work Permit + Work Visa – 78 working days

FAQs

        Can a Business visa be converted in to work visa?
    Yes possible. But if the approval doesn’t come before Business visa validity, Passenger has to move
    out of Japan.

        Is an Original certificate required to process Japan Work permit?
    Yes, it is required.

        Can dependents travel on visitor visa and convert it into dependent permit?
    Not possible. They have to return back to India and file separate permit after the Passenger work permit
    is through.

        Is it mandatory to surrender Alien card in Japan before leaving once for all Japan?
     Yes. Other wise if Pension scheme for super- annuation available, it will not be considered by Japan
    government.




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