Announcement of results (successful applicants) of Working holiday visa for Japan -First visa application period for 2014 – (2014/05/20)(NEW)
Press release: Working Holiday Scheme between Japan and Hong Kong Announcement of results for the first 2014 application period (2014/05/19)(NEW)
Press release: Announcement of the Working Holiday Scheme between Japan and Hong Kong for 2014 (Visa application procedure for Japan) (2013/11/29)
Working holiday visa for Japan – application guidelines for 2014 (2013/11/29)
Announcement of results (successful applicants) of Working holiday visa for Japan -Second visa application period for 2013 –(2013/11/19)
Press Release: Working Holiday Scheme between Japan and Hong Kong - Announcement of results for the second 2013 application period(2013/11/18)
Announcement of results (successful applicants) of Working holiday visa for Japan -First visa application period for 2013 –(2013/5/28)
Press Release: Working Holiday Scheme between Japan and Hong Kong - Announcement of results for the first 2013 application period(2013/5/27)
「In relation to Working Holiday Visa applications」(2013/1/21)
Working holiday visa for Japan – application guidelines for 2013 (2012/11/30)
Press release: Announcement of the Working Holiday Scheme between Japan and Hong Kong for 2013 (Visa application procedure for Japan) (2012/11/30)
Announcement of results (successful applicants) of Working holiday visa for Japan -Second visa application period for 2012 - (2012/11/20)
Working Holiday Scheme between Japan and Hong Kong - Announcement of results for the second 2012 application period (2012/11/19)
The 2012 working holiday visa application periods have now closed and we are very grateful for the large number of applications that we received. We will announce the 2013 working holiday visa application guidelines in December this year.
Working Holiday Scheme between Japan and Hong Kong - Announcement of results for the first 2012 application period (2012/05/29)
Announcement of results (successful applicants) of Working holiday visa for Japan - First visa application period for 2012 (2012/05/29)
Press release: Announcement of the Working Holiday Scheme between Japan and Hong Kong for 2012 (Visa application procedure for Japan) (2011/11/30)
Working holiday visa for Japan – application guidelines for 2012 (2011/11/30)
Working Holiday Scheme between Japan and Hong Kong - Announcement of results for the second 2011 application period
Announcement of results (successful applicants) of Working holiday visa for Japan - Second visa application period for 2011 (2011/11/15)
Second 2011 application period for working holiday visa for Japan (October 2011) (2011/09/14)
Announcement of results (successful applicants) of Working holiday visa for Japan - First visa application period for 2011(2011/08/09)
[NOTICE] Clarification about the first 2011 application period for working holiday visa for Japan
First 2011 application period for working holiday visa for Japan (July 2011) (2011/05/13 Updated)
Postponement of the application period of the working holiday visa for Japan in 2011 (2011/03/16 Updated)
Press release: Announcement of the Working Holiday Scheme between Japan and Hong Kong for 2011 (Visa application procedure for Japan) (2010/11/26)
Working holiday visa for Japan – application guidelines for 2011 (2010/11/26)
Announcement of results (successful applicants) of Working holiday visa for Japan - Second visa application period for 2010 (2010/06/15)
Working Holiday Scheme between Japan and Hong Kong Announcement of results for the second application period for 2010 (2010/06/14)
Announcement of results (successful applicants) of Working holiday visa for Japan - First visa application period for 2010 (2010/02/23)
Bilateral Working Holiday Scheme between Japan and Hong Kong (2009/10/28)
Working holiday visa for Japan - Q&A (2010/11/26)
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29 November 2013

Consulate-General of Japan in Hong Kong

   
 

Working holiday visa for Japan – Application Guidelines for 2014

 

  In 2014, working holiday visa applications for Japan will only be accepted during two limited periods, one in April and one in October, and 125 visas will be issued in each period.
 

The visa application procedure is set out below.

1. Working holiday scheme in general
 

With the aim of giving young Hong Kong people the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the culture and general way of life of Japan, the working holiday scheme will allow those who meet the conditions set out in point 2 below to stay on holiday in Japan for up to one year and secondarily to take up employment there in order to supplement their travel funds.

  [NOTE]

Employment is not the primary objective of the working holiday visa. Employment is recognised as an activity that allows applicants to supplement their travel funds while they are on holiday in Japan. Work in the entertainment sector, such as in bars, pubs, cabarets, etc., or in the sex industry is not recognised as valid or permissible employment.

   
2. Conditions for issue of the visa
 

To be eligible to take part in the scheme, applicants:

 

must be ordinarily resident in the HKSAR and also residing in the HKSAR at the time that they apply for a working holiday visa;

 

must intend primarily to holiday in Japan for a period of up to one year from the date of first entry;

 
must be aged between eighteen (18) and thirty (30) years (both inclusive) at the time that they apply for a working holiday visa;
 

may not be accompanied by dependants unless those dependants are in possession of their own working holiday visa or other valid visa;

 

must possess a valid HKSAR or BNO (British National Overseas) passport;

 

must possess a return travel ticket or sufficient funds to purchase such a ticket;

 

must possess reasonable funds to guarantee their upkeep during the initial period of their stay in Japan;

 

must intend to leave Japan at the end of their stay;

 

must not previously have been issued with a working holiday visa for Japan;

 

must be in good health and have a sound background and no criminal record; and

 

must have adequate travel insurance for the length of stay in Japan (proof not required at the application stage, see point 6 below.)

     
3. Application procedure in 2014
  (1)

Eligibility, application period and application dates

    In 2014, visa applications will only be accepted during two limited periods, one for the first half and the other for the second half of the year as shown below.
   

To prevent congestion in the elevator lobby when there are a large number of visa applicants, we may limit the number of people allowed to enter the consulate’s Visa Section. In this instance, please follow the instructions of our security officers.

   

In principle, we will accept all visa applications submitted during the application period. Please note that applications will not be processed on a first-come, first-served basis.

     
   

[First period for visa applications in 2014]

Eligibility:

Applications will be accepted from young people aged between eighteen (18) and thirty (30) years (inclusive)

Application period:

Friday, 4 April 2014 – Thursday, 17 April 2014
(Saturdays and Sundays excluded)

Application time:

Morning: 9:15 a.m. – 12:00 noon

Afternoon: 1:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

   

[Second period for visa applications in 2014]

Eligibility:

Applications will be accepted from young people aged between eighteen (18) and thirty (30) years (inclusive)

Application period:

Monday, 6 October 2014 – Friday, 17 October 2014
(Saturdays and Sundays excluded)

Application time:

Morning: 9:15 a.m. – 12:00 noon

Afternoon: 1:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

   
  (2)

Application procedure

   

Applicants must submit their visa applications with the required documents in person.

    ※ Applications submitted by a proxy or by post will not be accepted.
  (3)

Application location

   

Visa Section, Consulate-General of Japan in Hong Kong

46/F, One Exchange Square, 8 Connaught Place, Central, Hong Kong
  (4)

Required documents

   

To prevent congestion at the visa application counter, please submit all of the following documents in the order set out below. For documents which require a photocopy, please use A4-size paper and photocopy on one side only. Both black-and-white and colour photocopies are acceptable.

 

One completed Visa Application Form to Enter Japan (must be signed by the applicant. Please see format)

※ Please attach one passport-size colour photo to the application form. It must have been taken within the last 6 months (45mm X 45mm, with your face to the front, without any head covering, against a plain background).

 

Photocopy of passport
※ Please photocopy the bio-data page and all pages with Japanese visas, entry permits and departure stamps (if any).

 
Statement
 

※ Please provide a statement detailing the reason why you are applying for a working holiday visa and outline your planned activities in Japan. (This statement must be written in Japanese or English only; statements written in Chinese will not be accepted.)

 

※ Please use A4-size paper. There is no limit on the number of pages you can use for your statement.

 

※ Please state your name and HKID number and sign the statement at the end in ink. The statement can be typed, but you must sign your name.

 
Résumé (in Japanese or English only; please see specific format).
 

Photocopy of Hong Kong permanent identity card (front only)

 

Letter from an educational institution or documents from your last educational institution, e.g. copy of graduation certificate, etc.

 

Documents showing that you have sufficient funds to purchase a return ticket and reasonable funds to guarantee your upkeep during the initial period of your stay in Japan

 

※ Approximately HKD22,000 or more in total (i.e. HKD6,000 for the return ticket, and HKD16,000 for the initial period of your stay in Japan). If you are able to present a return ticket when the visa is issued (an electronic ticket is acceptable, but an itinerary is not), you will only need to submit documents showing that you have reasonable funds to guarantee your upkeep during the initial period of your stay in Japan (i.e. equivalent to approximately HKD16,000).

 

※ Please present an original savings certificate or a photocopy of a bank book/bank statements in your (or your sponsor’s) name. For dependants who wish to present their sponsor’s documents, please also present a photocopy of documents providing proof of your relationship with that person.

 

Other supporting documents

 

※ It is not compulsory to present other supporting documents, but you may present photocopies of other documents that support your application such as Japanese Language Proficiency Test certificates, certificates from Japanese language schools, certificates related to Japanese culture (e.g. tea ceremony, ikebana, judo, kendo) etc.

   
 

[NOTE] About the required documents

   

We will not contact applicants individually in the event that they do not submit all of the required documents mentioned above, nor will we accept additional documents after the visa application has been submitted. Please therefore check carefully that you have included all of the required documents with your visa application.

   

We are not able to return any document once it is submitted to us, even after the completion of the examination procedure.
We will contact applicants individually if the visa officer deems it necessary to request other documents in addition to the required documents mentioned above.

   
4. Examination method
  (1)

All applications will be carefully examined.

  (2)

If necessary, applicants will be interviewed by a competent visa officer. In this event, we will contact the applicant individually to arrange an appointment. If an applicant does not attend an arranged interview appointment, without good reason, their visa application will be considered as withdrawn.

  [NOTE]

The working holiday scheme is intended for young people who are residing in the HKSAR. If you are studying overseas, for example, at the appointed time, this is not considered an acceptable reason for not attending the interview.

  (3)

If the number of visa applications exceeds the quota, we will consider the applications on the basis of the criteria set out above and select those applicants who are regarded as the most suitable candidates taking into account the principles and purpose of the working holiday scheme.

  (4)

With regard to matters related to the visa examination process, e.g. selection criteria, reasons for issuing or not issuing a visa etc., we will not answer any questions or provide more details on the selection process or its results.

  (5)

An applicant may only submit one visa application during a particular application period. If an applicant submits multiple visa applications, they will all be invalidated.

 
5. Announcement of results (successful applicants)
  (1)

Date of announcement

First half:    Tuesday, 20 May 2014 
Second half:   Tuesday, 18 November 2014

  (2)

Announcement

If the result of your visa application examination is successful, the visa issue acceptance number (stamped on your receipt when you submit your visa application) will be posted on our website and also displayed on the notice board of our Visa Section at the same time.

    Please note that we will not answer any enquiries about the result of the visa application examination.
   
6. Visa issue procedure
 

Successful applicants are required to bring along ① their passport (original), ② receipt (original) and ③ proof of purchase of travel insurance (original and one set of photocopies) to our Visa Section in person at the times set out below. A working holiday visa with a validity of 3 months will be issued (pasted inside your passport). The working holiday visa will be issued free of charge.

 

The visa is valid for three months from the date of issue and will expire if the holder does not enter Japan within that period of validity. After receiving permission to enter from an immigration officer, the holder will be allowed to stay in Japan for a period of up to one year from the date of entry.

  [First visa issue period for successful applicants]
 
Dates:

Wednesday, 21 May 2014 – Friday, 22 August 2014

Visa issue time:

9:15 a.m. – 12:00 noon and 1:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
(Saturdays and Sundays excluded)

 

[Second visa issue period for successful applicants]

 
Dates: Wednesday, 19 November 2014 – Friday, 20 February 2015
Visa issue time:

9:15 a.m. – 12:00 noon and 1:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
(Saturdays and Sundays excluded)

  [NOTE] For successful applicants who do not come to collect their visas during the above issue periods, it will be assumed that they have decided not to take up the offer of a visa, and their application will be cancelled.
   
7. Guidelines on staying in Japan after entry
  (1)

Employment

   

Under the working holiday scheme, employment in the entertainment sector, such as in bars, pubs, cabarets, etc., or in the sex industry is not recognised as valid or permissible employment.

    Please also note that involvement in such employment may constitute a breach of the conditions of the working holiday visa and lead to serious consequences, such as the issue of a deportation order, which may restrict your ability to enter Japan in the future.
  (2)

A resident card

   
With effect from 9 July, 2012, the alien registration system was abolished, and a new system of residency management was introduced. Resident cards are now issued to foreigners instead of alien registration cards, and people entering Japan under the working holiday scheme will be given such a card. For those who enter Japan at Narita, Haneda, Chubu or Kansai Airport, resident cards will be issued to them at the port of entry, i.e. at the airport when they arrive. For those who enter Japan at other ports of entry, the resident cards will be delivered to them by post at a later date. For further details, please contact the Japanese Immigration Authorities after entering Japan.
 
     
  (3)

The re-entry permit system

   
With effect from 9 July, 2012, a new “special re-entry permit” system was introduced. Under this new system, in the event that you wish to leave Japan, for example to take a holiday in a third country, you may now re-enter Japan within your period of stay to continue your working holiday without having to obtain a re-entry permit before you exit Japan. This new “special re-entry permission” system has no handling fees. For further details, please contact the Immigration Bureau of Japan closest to your registered place of residence.
 
  (4) Guide to living in Japan
   

A useful “Guide to Living in Japan” is available, in both English and Chinese on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan.  The guide can be downloaded using the URL address below:

URL   http://www.mofa.go.jp/j_info/visit/visa/index.html

   
8. Questionnaire
 

A questionnaire will be given to successful applicants when the visa is issued (it is also available on our website). After completing your working holiday in Japan, please complete the questionnaire when you return to Hong Kong and post it back to our consulate.

   
9 . Other information
 

The information contained in these guidelines is subject to change. Please check the updated information on our official website both at the time you apply for the working holiday visa and at the time the visa is issued. We also recommend that you read the frequently asked questions (FAQs) concerning the working holiday scheme, which are also posted on our website.

   
 

 

30 November 2012

Consulate-General of Japan in Hong Kong

   
 

Working holiday visa for Japan – Application Guidelines for 2013

 

  In 2013, working holiday visa applications for Japan will only be accepted during two limited periods, one in April and one in October, and 125 visas will be issued in each period.
 

The visa application procedure is set out below.

1. Working holiday scheme in general
 

With the aim of giving young Hong Kong people the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the culture and general way of life of Japan, the working holiday scheme will allow those who meet the conditions set out in point 2 below to stay on holiday in Japan for up to one year and secondarily to take up employment there in order to supplement their travel funds.

  [NOTE]

Employment is not the primary objective of the working holiday visa. Employment is recognised as an activity that allows applicants to supplement their travel funds while they are on holiday in Japan. Work in the entertainment sector, such as in bars, pubs, cabarets, etc., or in the sex industry is not recognised as valid or permissible employment.

   
2. Conditions for issue of the visa
 

To be eligible to take part in the scheme, applicants:

 

must be ordinarily resident in the HKSAR and also residing in the HKSAR at the time that they apply for a working holiday visa;

 

must intend primarily to holiday in Japan for a period of up to one year from the date of first entry;

 
must be aged between eighteen (18) and thirty (30) years (both inclusive) at the time that they apply for a working holiday visa;
 

may not be accompanied by dependants unless those dependants are in possession of their own working holiday visa or other valid visa;

 

must possess a valid HKSAR or BNO (British National Overseas) passport;

 

must possess a return travel ticket or sufficient funds to purchase such a ticket;

 

must possess reasonable funds to guarantee their upkeep during the initial period of their stay in Japan;

 

must intend to leave Japan at the end of their stay;

 

must not previously have been issued with a working holiday visa for Japan;

 

must be in good health and have a sound background and no criminal record; and

 

must have adequate travel insurance for the length of stay in Japan (proof not required at the application stage, see point 6 below.)

     
3. Application procedure in 2013
  (1)

Eligibility, application period and application dates

    In 2013, visa applications will only be accepted during two limited periods, one for the first half and the other for the second half of the year as shown below.
   

To prevent congestion in the elevator lobby when there are a large number of visa applicants, we may limit the number of people allowed to enter the consulate’s Visa Section. In this instance, please follow the instructions of our security officers.

   

In principle, we will accept all visa applications submitted during the application period. Please note that applications will not be processed on a first-come, first-served basis.

     
   

[First period for visa applications in 2013]

Eligibility:

Applications will be accepted from young people aged between eighteen (18) and thirty (30) years (inclusive)

Application period:

Monday, 15 April 2013 – Friday, 26 April 2013
(Saturdays and Sundays excluded)

Application time:

Morning: 9:15 a.m. – 12:00 noon

Afternoon: 1:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

   

[Second period for visa applications in 2013]

Eligibility:

Applications will be accepted from young people aged between eighteen (18) and thirty (30) years (inclusive)

Application period:

Friday, 4 October 2013 – Friday, 18 October 2013
(Saturdays and Sundays excluded)

Application time:

Morning: 9:15 a.m. – 12:00 noon

Afternoon: 1:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

   
  (2)

Application procedure

   

Applicants must submit their visa applications with the required documents in person.

    ※ Applications submitted by a proxy or by post will not be accepted.
  (3)

Application location

   

Visa Section, Consulate-General of Japan in Hong Kong

46/F, One Exchange Square, 8 Connaught Place, Central, Hong Kong
  (4)

Required documents

   

To prevent congestion at the visa application counter, please submit all of the following documents in the order set out below. For documents which require a photocopy, please use A4-size paper and photocopy on one side only. Both black-and-white and colour photocopies are acceptable.

 

One completed Visa Application Form to Enter Japan (must be signed by the applicant. Please see format)

※ Please attach one passport-size colour photo to the application form. It must have been taken within the last 6 months (45mm X 45mm, with your face to the front, without any head covering, against a plain background).

 

Photocopy of passport
※ Please photocopy the bio-data page and all pages with Japanese visas, entry permits and departure stamps (if any).

 
Statement
 

※ Please provide a statement detailing the reason why you are applying for a working holiday visa and outline your planned activities in Japan. (This statement must be written in Japanese or English only; statements written in Chinese will not be accepted.)

 

※ Please use A4-size paper. There is no limit on the number of pages you can use for your statement.

 

※ Please state your name and HKID number and sign the statement at the end in ink. The statement can be typed, but you must sign your name.

 
Résumé (in Japanese or English only; please see specific format).
 

Photocopy of Hong Kong permanent identity card (front only)

 

Letter from an educational institution or documents from your last educational institution, e.g. copy of graduation certificate, etc.

 

Documents showing that you have sufficient funds to purchase a return ticket and reasonable funds to guarantee your upkeep during the initial period of your stay in Japan

 

※ Approximately HKD22,000 or more in total (i.e. HKD6,000 for the return ticket, and HKD16,000 for the initial period of your stay in Japan). If you are able to present a return ticket when the visa is issued (an electronic ticket is acceptable, but an itinerary is not), you will only need to submit documents showing that you have reasonable funds to guarantee your upkeep during the initial period of your stay in Japan (i.e. equivalent to approximately HKD16,000).

 

※ Please present an original savings certificate or a photocopy of a bank book/bank statements in your (or your sponsor’s) name. For dependants who wish to present their sponsor’s documents, please also present a photocopy of documents providing proof of your relationship with that person.

 

Other supporting documents

 

※ It is not compulsory to present other supporting documents, but you may present photocopies of other documents that support your application such as Japanese Language Proficiency Test certificates, certificates from Japanese language schools, certificates related to Japanese culture (e.g. tea ceremony, ikebana, judo, kendo) etc.

   
 

[NOTE] About the required documents

   

We will not contact applicants individually in the event that they do not submit all of the required documents mentioned above, nor will we accept additional documents after the visa application has been submitted. Please therefore check carefully that you have included all of the required documents with your visa application.

   

We are not able to return any document once it is submitted to us, even after the completion of the examination procedure.
We will contact applicants individually if the visa officer deems it necessary to request other documents in addition to the required documents mentioned above.

   
4. Examination method
  (1)

All applications will be carefully examined.

  (2)

If necessary, applicants will be interviewed by a competent visa officer. In this event, we will contact the applicant individually to arrange an appointment. If an applicant does not attend an arranged interview appointment, without good reason, their visa application will be considered as withdrawn.

  [NOTE]

The working holiday scheme is intended for young people who are residing in the HKSAR. If you are studying overseas, for example, at the appointed time, this is not considered an acceptable reason for not attending the interview.

  (3)

If the number of visa applications exceeds the quota, we will consider the applications on the basis of the criteria set out above and select those applicants who are regarded as the most suitable candidates taking into account the principles and purpose of the working holiday scheme.

  (4)

With regard to matters related to the visa examination process, e.g. selection criteria, reasons for issuing or not issuing a visa etc., we will not answer any questions or provide more details on the selection process or its results.

  (5)

An applicant may only submit one visa application during a particular application period. If an applicant submits multiple visa applications, they will all be invalidated.

   
5. Announcement of results (successful applicants)
  (1)

Date of announcement

First half:     Tuesday, 28 May 2013
Second half:   Tuesday, 19 November 2013

  (2)

Announcement

If the result of your visa application examination is successful, the visa issue acceptance number (stamped on your receipt when you submit your visa application) will be posted on our website and also displayed on the notice board of our Visa Section at the same time.

    Please note that we will not answer any enquiries about the result of the visa application examination.
   
6. Visa issue procedure
 

Successful applicants are required to bring along ① their passport (original), ② receipt (original) and ③ proof of purchase of travel insurance (original and one set of photocopies) to our Visa Section in person at the times set out below. A working holiday visa with a validity of 3 months will be issued (pasted inside your passport). The working holiday visa will be issued free of charge.

 

The visa is valid for three months from the date of issue and will expire if the holder does not enter Japan within that period of validity. After receiving permission to enter from an immigration officer, the holder will be allowed to stay in Japan for a period of up to one year from the date of entry.

  [First visa issue period for successful applicants]
 
Dates:

Wednesday, 29 May 2013 – Friday, 30 August 2013

Visa issue time:

9:15 a.m. – 12:00 noon and 1:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
(Saturdays and Sundays excluded)

 

[Second visa issue period for successful applicants]

 
Dates: Wednesday, 20 November 2013 – Friday, 21 February 2014
Visa issue time:

9:15 a.m. – 12:00 noon and 1:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
(Saturdays and Sundays excluded)

  [NOTE] For successful applicants who do not come to collect their visas during the above issue periods, it will be assumed that they have decided not to take up the offer of a visa, and their application will be cancelled.
   
7. Guidelines on staying in Japan after entry
  (1)

Employment

   

Under the working holiday scheme, employment in the entertainment sector, such as in bars, pubs, cabarets, etc., or in the sex industry is not recognised as valid or permissible employment.

    Please also note that involvement in such employment may constitute a breach of the conditions of the working holiday visa and lead to serious consequences, such as the issue of a deportation order, which may restrict your ability to enter Japan in the future.
  (2)

A resident card

   
With effect from 9 July, 2012, the alien registration system was abolished, and a new system of residency management was introduced. Resident cards are now issued to foreigners instead of alien registration cards, and people entering Japan under the working holiday scheme will be given such a card. For those who enter Japan at Narita, Haneda, Chubu or Kansai Airport, resident cards will be issued to them at the port of entry, i.e. at the airport when they arrive. For those who enter Japan at other ports of entry, the resident cards will be delivered to them by post at a later date. For further details, please contact the Japanese Immigration Authorities after entering Japan.
 
     
  (3)

The re-entry permit system

   
With effect from 9 July, 2012, a new “special re-entry permit” system was introduced. Under this new system, in the event that you wish to leave Japan, for example to take a holiday in a third country, you may now re-enter Japan within your period of stay to continue your working holiday without having to obtain a re-entry permit before you exit Japan. This new “special re-entry permission” system has no handling fees. For further details, please contact the Immigration Bureau of Japan closest to your registered place of residence.
 
  (4) Guide to living in Japan
   

A useful “Guide to Living in Japan” is available, in both English and Chinese on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan.  The guide can be downloaded using the URL address below:

URL   http://www.mofa.go.jp/j_info/visit/visa/index.html

   
8. Questionnaire
 

A questionnaire will be given to successful applicants when the visa is issued (it is also available on our website). After completing your working holiday in Japan, please complete the questionnaire when you return to Hong Kong and post it back to our consulate.

   
9 . Other information
 

The information contained in these guidelines is subject to change. Please check the updated information on our official website both at the time you apply for the working holiday visa and at the time the visa is issued. We also recommend that you read the frequently asked questions (FAQs) concerning the working holiday scheme, which are also posted on our website.

   
 


30 November 2011

Consulate-General of Japan in Hong Kong

   
 

Working holiday visa for Japan – Application Guidelines for 2012

 

  In 2012, working holiday visa applications for Japan will only be accepted during two limited periods, one in April and one in October, and 125 visas will be issued in each period.
 

The visa application procedure is set out below.

1. Working holiday scheme in general
 

With the aim of giving young Hong Kong people the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the culture and general way of life of Japan, the working holiday scheme will allow those who meet the conditions set out in point 2 below to stay on holiday in Japan for up to one year and secondarily to take up employment there in order to supplement their travel funds.

  [NOTE]

Employment is not the primary objective of the working holiday visa. Employment is recognised as an activity that allows applicants to supplement their travel funds while they are on holiday in Japan. Work in the entertainment sector, such as in bars, pubs, cabarets, etc., or in the sex industry is not recognised as valid or permissible employment.

   
2. Conditions for issue of the visa
 

To be eligible to take part in the scheme, applicants:

 

must be ordinarily resident in the HKSAR and also residing in the HKSAR at the time that they apply for a working holiday visa;

 

must intend primarily to holiday in Japan for a period of up to one year from the date of first entry;

 
must be aged between eighteen (18) and thirty (30) years (both inclusive) at the time that they apply for a working holiday visa;
 

may not be accompanied by dependants unless those dependants are in possession of their own working holiday visa or other valid visa;

 

must possess a valid HKSAR or BNO (British National Overseas) passport;

 

must possess a return travel ticket or sufficient funds to purchase such a ticket;

 

must possess reasonable funds to guarantee their upkeep during the initial period of their stay in Japan;

 

must intend to leave Japan at the end of their stay;

 

must not previously have been issued with a working holiday visa for Japan;

 

must be in good health and have a sound background and no criminal record; and

 

must have adequate travel insurance for the length of stay in Japan (proof not required at the application stage, see point 6 below.)

     
3. Application procedure in 2012
  (1)

Eligibility, application period and application dates

    In 2012, visa applications will only be accepted during two limited periods, one for the first half and the other for the second half of the year as shown below.
   

To prevent congestion in the elevator lobby when there are a large number of visa applicants, we may limit the number of people allowed to enter the consulate’s Visa Section. In this instance, please follow the instructions of our security officers.

   

In principle, we will accept all visa applications submitted during the application period. Please note that applications will not be processed on a first-come, first-served basis.

     
   

[First period for visa applications in 2012]

Eligibility:

Applications will be accepted from young people aged between eighteen (18) and thirty (30) years (inclusive)

Application period:

Monday, 16 April 2012 – Friday, 27 April 2012
(Saturdays and Sundays excluded)

Application time:

Morning: 9:15 a.m. – 12:00 noon

Afternoon: 1:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

   

[Second period for visa applications in 2012]

Eligibility:

Applications will be accepted from young people aged between eighteen (18) and thirty (30) years (inclusive)

Application period:

Monday, 8 October 2012 – Friday, 19 October 2012
(Saturdays and Sundays excluded)

Application time:

Morning: 9:15 a.m. – 12:00 noon

Afternoon: 1:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

   
  (2)

Application procedure

   

Applicants must submit their visa applications with the required documents in person.

    ※ Applications submitted by a proxy or by post will not be accepted.
  (3)

Application location

   

Visa Section, Consulate-General of Japan in Hong Kong

46/F, One Exchange Square, 8 Connaught Place, Central, Hong Kong
  (4)

Required documents

   

To prevent congestion at the visa application counter, please submit all of the following documents in the order set out below. For documents which require a photocopy, please use A4-size paper and photocopy on one side only. Both black-and-white and colour photocopies are acceptable.

 

One completed Visa Application Form to Enter Japan (must be signed by the applicant. Please see format)

※ Please attach one passport-size colour photo to the application form. It must have been taken within the last 6 months (45mm X 45mm, with your face to the front, without any head covering, against a plain background).

 

Photocopy of passport
※ Please photocopy the bio-data page and all pages with Japanese visas, entry permits and departure stamps (if any).

 
Statement
 

※ Please provide a statement detailing the reason why you are applying for a working holiday visa and outline your planned activities in Japan. (This statement must be written in Japanese or English only; statements written in Chinese will not be accepted.)

 

※ Please use A4-size paper. There is no limit on the number of pages you can use for your statement.

 

※ Please state your name and HKID number and sign the statement at the end in ink. The statement can be typed, but you must sign your name.

 
Résumé (in Japanese or English only; please see specific format).
 

Photocopy of Hong Kong permanent identity card (front only)

 

Letter from an educational institution or documents from your last educational institution, e.g. copy of graduation certificate, etc.

 

Documents showing that you have sufficient funds to purchase a return ticket and reasonable funds to guarantee your upkeep during the initial period of your stay in Japan

 

※ Approximately HKD22,000 or more in total (i.e. HKD6,000 for the return ticket, and HKD16,000 for the initial period of your stay in Japan). If you are able to present a return ticket when the visa is issued (an electronic ticket is acceptable, but an itinerary is not), you will only need to submit documents showing that you have reasonable funds to guarantee your upkeep during the initial period of your stay in Japan (i.e. equivalent to approximately HKD16,000).

 

※ Please present an original savings certificate or a photocopy of a bank book/bank statements in your (or your sponsor’s) name. For dependants who wish to present their sponsor’s documents, please also present a photocopy of documents providing proof of your relationship with that person.

 

Other supporting documents

 

※ It is not compulsory to present other supporting documents, but you may present photocopies of other documents that support your application such as Japanese Language Proficiency Test certificates, certificates from Japanese language schools, certificates related to Japanese culture (e.g. tea ceremony, ikebana, judo, kendo) etc.

   
 

[NOTE] About the required documents

   

We will not contact applicants individually in the event that they do not submit all of the required documents mentioned above, nor will we accept additional documents after the visa application has been submitted. Please therefore check carefully that you have included all of the required documents with your visa application.

   

We are not able to return any document once it is submitted to us, even after the completion of the examination procedure.
We will contact applicants individually if the visa officer deems it necessary to request other documents in addition to the required documents mentioned above.

   
4. Examination method
  (1)

All applications will be carefully examined.

  (2)

If necessary, applicants will be interviewed by a competent visa officer. In this event, we will contact the applicant individually to arrange an appointment. If an applicant does not attend an arranged interview appointment, without good reason, their visa application will be considered as withdrawn.

  [NOTE]

The working holiday scheme is intended for young people who are residing in the HKSAR. If you are studying overseas, for example, at the appointed time, this is not considered an acceptable reason for not attending the interview.

  (3)

If the number of visa applications exceeds the quota, we will consider the applications on the basis of the criteria set out above and select those applicants who are regarded as the most suitable candidates taking into account the principles and purpose of the working holiday scheme.

  (4)

With regard to matters related to the visa examination process, e.g. selection criteria, reasons for issuing or not issuing a visa etc., we will not answer any questions or provide more details on the selection process or its results.

  (5)

An applicant may only submit one visa application during a particular application period. If an applicant submits multiple visa applications, they will all be invalidated.

 
5. Announcement of results (successful applicants)
  (1)

Date of announcement

First half:     Tuesday, 29 May 2012
Second half:   Tuesday, 20 November 2012

  (2)

Announcement

If the result of your visa application examination is successful, the visa issue acceptance number (stamped on your receipt when you submit your visa application) will be posted on our website and also displayed on the notice board of our Visa Section at the same time.

    Please note that we will not answer any enquiries about the result of the visa application examination.
   
6. Visa issue procedure
 

Successful applicants are required to bring along ① their passport (original), ② receipt (original) and ③ proof of purchase of travel insurance (original and one set of photocopies) to our Visa Section in person at the times set out below. A working holiday visa with a validity of 3 months will be issued (pasted inside your passport). The working holiday visa will be issued free of charge.

 

The visa is valid for three months from the date of issue and will expire if the holder does not enter Japan within that period of validity. After receiving permission to enter from an immigration officer, the holder will be allowed to stay in Japan for a period of up to one year from the date of entry.

  [First visa issue period for successful applicants]
 
Dates:

Wednesday, 30 May 2012 – Friday, 31 August 2012

Visa issue time:

9:15 a.m. – 12:00 noon and 1:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
(Saturdays and Sundays excluded)

 

[Second visa issue period for successful applicants]

 
Dates: Wednesday, 21 November 2012 – Friday, 22 February 2013
Visa issue time:

9:15 a.m. – 12:00 noon and 1:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
(Saturdays and Sundays excluded)

  [NOTE] For successful applicants who do not come to collect their visas during the above issue periods, it will be assumed that they have decided not to take up the offer of a visa, and their application will be cancelled.
   
7. Guidelines on staying in Japan after entry
  (1)

Employment

   

Under the working holiday scheme, employment in the entertainment sector, such as in bars, pubs, cabarets, etc., or in the sex industry is not recognised as valid or permissible employment.

    Please also note that involvement in such employment may constitute a breach of the conditions of the working holiday visa and lead to serious consequences, such as the issue of a deportation order, which may restrict your ability to enter Japan in the future.
  (2)

A resident card

   
With effect from 9 July, 2012, resident cards will be issued to foreigners instead of alien registration cards, and people entering Japan under the working holiday scheme will be given such a card. For those who enter Japan at Narita, Haneda, Chubu or Kansai Airport, resident cards will be issued to them at the port of entry, i.e. at the airport when they arrive. For those who enter Japan at other ports of entry, the resident cards will be delivered to them by post at a later date.
 
For details, please refer to the website of the Immigration Bureau of Japan.
(Japanese) http://www.immi-moj.go.jp/newimmiact_1/index.html
(English) http://www.immi-moj.go.jp/newimmiact_1/en/index.html
(Chinese) http://www.immi-moj.go.jp/newimmiact_1/zh-TW/index.html
     
  (3)

The re-entry permit system

   
Beginning 9 July, 2012, there is a new residency management system. For those who wish to leave Japan temporarily, and re-enter within the period of stay to continue their working holiday, this new system will apply. In such cases, there will be no handling fees. For details, please refer to the website of the Immigration Bureau of Japan.
 
(Japanese) http://www.immi-moj.go.jp/newimmiact_1/index.html
(English) http://www.immi-moj.go.jp/newimmiact_1/en/index.html
(Chinese) http://www.immi-moj.go.jp/newimmiact_1/zh-TW/index.html
 
  (4) Guide to living in Japan
   

A useful “Guide to Living in Japan” is available, in both English and Chinese on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan.  The guide can be downloaded using the URL address below:

URL   http://www.mofa.go.jp/j_info/visit/visa/index.html

   
8. Questionnaire
 

A questionnaire will be given to successful applicants when the visa is issued (it is also available on our website). After completing your working holiday in Japan, please complete the questionnaire when you return to Hong Kong and post it back to our consulate.

   
9 . Other information
 

The information contained in these guidelines is subject to change. Please check the updated information on our official website both at the time you apply for the working holiday visa and at the time the visa is issued. We also recommend that you read the frequently asked questions (FAQs) concerning the working holiday scheme, which are also posted on our website.

   
 





 

[NOTICE] Clarification about the first 2011 application period for working holiday visa for Japan

   
1 There are no “visa extension” procedures at our consulate resulting from the Great East Japan Earthquake for persons who have entered Japan with a working holiday visa issued last year (i.e. in 2010).
2. However, for foreign nationals, including working holiday makers who were in the areas of Aomori prefecture, Iwate prefecture, Miyagi prefecture, Fukushima prefecture or Ibaraki prefecture at the time of the occurrence of the Great East Japan Earthquake on 11 March this year, special arrangements extending the period of stay will apply, subject to their meeting all the other necessary conditions. For full details, please visit the Ministry of Justice’s website.
3. Those who have been issued with a working holiday visa in the past are not eligible to apply for a working holiday visa again.  However, those who previously succeeded in a working holiday visa application, but did not conclude the process by obtaining a visa, (i.e. their visa was never actually issued), are eligible to apply for a working holiday visa again.
   
   
   

 

  Revised on 13 May 2011
  Following the postponement of the first working holiday visa application period for 2011 due to the Great East Japan Earthquake that occurred in March, the new schedule has now been confirmed. The new schedule for the first 2011 application period for working holiday visas for Japan will be from Monday, 4 July 2011 to Friday, 15 July 2011.
  We have underlined the amended sections below.



26 November 2010
(Revised on 16 March 2011)
(Further revised on 13 May 2011)

Consulate-General of Japan in Hong Kong

 

 

Working holiday visa for Japan – Application Guidelines for 2011

 

  In 2011, working holiday visa applications for Japan will only be accepted during two limited periods, one in July and one in October, and 125 visas will be issued in each period.
 

The visa application procedure is set out below.

   
1. Working holiday scheme in general
 

With the aim of giving young Hong Kong people the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the culture and general way of life of Japan, the working holiday scheme will allow those who meet the conditions set out in point 2 below to stay on holiday in Japan for up to one year and secondarily to take up employment there in order to supplement their travel funds.

 

[NOTE]

Employment is not the primary objective of the working holiday visa. Employment is recognised as an activity that allows applicants to supplement their travel funds while they are on holiday in Japan. Work in the entertainment sector, such as in bars, pubs, cabarets, etc., or in the sex industry is not recognised as valid or permissible employment.

   
2. Conditions for issue of the visa
 

To be eligible to take part in the scheme, applicants:

 

must be ordinarily resident in the HKSAR and also residing in the HKSAR at the time that they apply for a working holiday visa;

 

must intend primarily to holiday in Japan for a period of up to one year from the date of first entry;

 
must be aged between eighteen (18) and thirty (30) years (both inclusive) at the time that they apply for a working holiday visa;
 

may not be accompanied by dependants unless those dependants are in possession of their own working holiday visa or other valid visa;

 

must possess a valid HKSAR or BNO (British National Overseas) passport;

 

must possess a return travel ticket or sufficient funds to purchase such a ticket;

 

must possess reasonable funds to guarantee their upkeep during the initial period of their stay in Japan;

 

must intend to leave Japan at the end of their stay;

 

must not previously have been issued with a working holiday visa for Japan;

 

must be in good health and have a sound background and no criminal record; and

 

must have adequate travel insurance for the length of stay in Japan (proof not required at the application stage, see point 6 below.)

     
3. Application procedure in 2011
  (1)

Eligibility, application period and application dates

    In 2011, visa applications will only be accepted during two limited periods, one for the first half and the other for the second half of the year as shown below.
   

To prevent congestion in the elevator lobby when there are a large number of visa applicants, we may limit the number of people allowed to enter the consulate’s Visa Section. In this instance, please follow the instructions of our security officers.

   

In principle, we will accept all visa applications submitted during the application period. Please note that applications will not be processed on a first-come, first-served basis.

     
   

[First period for visa applications in 2011]

Eligibility:

Applicants must be aged between eighteen (18) and thirty (30) years (inclusive) at the time that they apply for a working holiday visa

  However, as the visa application period originally scheduled for April 2011 was postponed, there will be a special arrangement regarding the application age limit.  Please note that we will accept applications from those applicants born on or after 5 April 1980 who will be 31 years of age at the time of this first application period.
Application period:

Monday, 4 July 2011 – Friday, 15 July 2011
(Saturdays and Sundays excluded)

Application time:

Morning: 9:15 a.m. – 12:00 noon

Afternoon: 1:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

   

[Second period for visa applications in 2011]

Eligibility:

Applications will be accepted from young people aged between eighteen (18) and thirty (30) years (inclusive)

Application period:

Monday, 3 October 2011 – Friday, 14 October 2011
(Saturdays and Sundays excluded)

Application time:

Morning: 9:15 a.m. – 12:00 noon

Afternoon: 1:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

   
  (2)

Application procedure

   

Applicants must submit their visa applications with the required documents in person.

    ※ Applications submitted by a proxy or by post will not be accepted.
  (3)

Application location

   

Visa Section, Consulate-General of Japan in Hong Kong

46/F, One Exchange Square, 8 Connaught Place, Central, Hong Kong
  (4)

Required documents

   

To prevent congestion at the visa application counter, please submit all of the following documents in the order set out below. For documents which require a photocopy, please use A4-size paper and photocopy on one side only. Both black-and-white and colour photocopies are acceptable.

 

One completed Visa Application Form to Enter Japan (must be signed by the applicant. Please see format)

※ Please attach one passport-size colour photo to the application form. It must have been taken within the last 6 months (45mm X 45mm, with your face to the front, without any head covering, against a plain background).

 

Photocopy of passport
※ Please photocopy the bio-data page and all pages with Japanese visas, entry permits and departure stamps (if any).

 
Statement
 

※ Please provide a statement detailing the reason why you are applying for a working holiday visa and outline your planned activities in Japan. (This statement must be written in Japanese or English only; statements written in Chinese will not be accepted.)

 

※ Please use A4-size paper. There is no limit on the number of pages you can use for your statement.

 

※ Please state your name and HKID number and sign the statement at the end in ink. The statement can be typed, but you must sign your name.

 
Résumé (in Japanese or English only; please see specific format).
 

Photocopy of Hong Kong permanent identity card (front only)

 

Letter from an educational institution or documents from your last educational institution, e.g. copy of graduation certificate, etc.

 

Documents showing that you have sufficient funds to purchase a return ticket and reasonable funds to guarantee your upkeep during the initial period of your stay in Japan

 

※ Approximately HKD22,000 or more in total (i.e. HKD6,000 for the return ticket, and HKD16,000 for the initial period of your stay in Japan). If you are able to present a return ticket when the visa is issued (an electronic ticket is acceptable, but an itinerary is not), you will only need to submit documents showing that you have reasonable funds to guarantee your upkeep during the initial period of your stay in Japan (i.e. equivalent to approximately HKD16,000).

 

※ Please present an original savings certificate or a photocopy of a bank book/bank statements in your (or your sponsor’s) name. For dependants who wish to present their sponsor’s documents, please also present a photocopy of documents providing proof of your relationship with that person.

 

Other supporting documents

 

※ It is not compulsory to present other supporting documents, but you may present photocopies of other documents that support your application such as Japanese Language Proficiency Test certificates, certificates from Japanese language schools, certificates related to Japanese culture (e.g. tea ceremony, ikebana, judo, kendo) etc.

   
 

[NOTE] About the required documents

   

We will not contact applicants individually in the event that they do not submit all of the required documents mentioned above, nor will we accept additional documents after the visa application has been submitted. Please therefore check carefully that you have included all of the required documents with your visa application.

   

We are not able to return any document once it is submitted to us, even after the completion of the examination procedure.
We will contact applicants individually if the visa officer deems it necessary to request other documents in addition to the required documents mentioned above.

   
4. Examination method
  (1)

All applications will be carefully examined.

  (2)

If necessary, applicants will be interviewed by a competent visa officer. In this event, we will contact the applicant individually to arrange an appointment. If an applicant does not attend an arranged interview appointment, without good reason, their visa application will be considered as withdrawn.

  [NOTE]

The working holiday scheme is intended for young people who are residing in the HKSAR. If you are studying overseas, for example, at the appointed time, this is not considered an acceptable reason for not attending the interview.

  (3)

If the number of visa applications exceeds the quota, we will consider the applications on the basis of the criteria set out above and select those applicants who are regarded as the most suitable candidates taking into account the principles and purpose of the working holiday scheme.

  (4)

With regard to matters related to the visa examination process, e.g. selection criteria, reasons for issuing or not issuing a visa etc., we will not answer any questions or provide more details on the selection process or its results.

  (5)

An applicant may only submit one visa application during a particular application period. If an applicant submits multiple visa applications, they will all be invalidated.

 
5. Announcement of results (successful applicants)
  (1)

Date of announcement

First half:     Tuesday, 9 August 2011
Second half:   Tuesday, 15 November 2011

  (2)

Announcement

If the result of your visa application examination is successful, the visa issue acceptance number (stamped on your receipt when you submit your visa application) will be posted on our website and also displayed on the notice board of our Visa Section at the same time.

    Please note that we will not answer any enquiries about the result of the visa application examination.
   
6. Visa issue procedure
 

Successful applicants are required to bring along ① their passport (original), ② receipt (original) and ③ proof of purchase of travel insurance (original and one set of photocopies) to our Visa Section in person at the times set out below. A working holiday visa with a validity of 3 months will be issued (pasted inside your passport). The working holiday visa will be issued free of charge.

 

The visa is valid for three months from the date of issue and will expire if the holder does not enter Japan within that period of validity. After receiving permission to enter from an immigration officer, the holder will be allowed to stay in Japan for a period of up to one year from the date of entry.

  [First visa issue period for successful applicants]
 
Dates:

Wednesday, 10 August 2011 – Friday, 4 November 2011

Visa issue time:

9:15 a.m. – 12:00 noon and 1:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
(Saturdays and Sundays excluded)

 

[Second visa issue period for successful applicants]

 
Dates: Wednesday, 16 November 2011 – Friday, 17 February 2012
Visa issue time:

9:15 a.m. – 12:00 noon and 1:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
(Saturdays and Sundays excluded)

  [NOTE] For successful applicants who do not come to collect their visas during the above issue periods, it will be assumed that they have decided not to take up the offer of a visa, and their application will be cancelled.
   
7. Guidelines on staying in Japan after entry
  (1)

Employment

   

Under the working holiday scheme, employment in the entertainment sector, such as in bars, pubs, cabarets, etc., or in the sex industry is not recognised as valid or permissible employment.

    Please also note that involvement in such employment may constitute a breach of the conditions of the working holiday visa and lead to serious consequences, such as the issue of a deportation order, which may restrict your ability to enter Japan in the future.
  (2)

Alien registration system

   

Foreigners who wish to reside in Japan for more than 90 days are required to register at the city office closest to their place of residence after they enter Japan. For further details, please contact the city office closest to your place of residence.

  (3)

The re-entry permit system

   

In the event that you wish to leave Japan, for example to take a holiday in a third country, and to re-enter later under your working holiday status, you will first have to obtain a re-entry permit from the Immigration Bureau of Japan before you exit Japan.
For further details, please contact the Immigration Bureau of Japan closest to your registered place of residence.

  (4) Guide to living in Japan
   

A useful “Guide to Living in Japan” is available, in both English and Chinese on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan.  The guide can be downloaded using the URL address below:

URL   http://www.mofa.go.jp/j_info/visit/visa/index.html

   
8. Questionnaire
 

A questionnaire will be given to successful applicants when the visa is issued (it is also available on our website). After completing your working holiday in Japan, please complete the questionnaire when you return to Hong Kong and post it back to our consulate.

   
9. Other information
 

The information contained in these guidelines is subject to change. Please check the updated information on our official website both at the time you apply for the working holiday visa and at the time the visa is issued. We also recommend that you read the frequently asked questions (FAQs) concerning the working holiday scheme, which are also posted on our website.

 

 

 

26 November 2010 updated

Consulate-General of Japan in Hong Kong

 

Working holiday visa for Japan - Q&A

 

The governments of Japan and Hong Kong recently announced that they had reached an agreement on the implementation of a working holiday scheme. Please find below the answers to some frequently asked questions that the Consulate-General of Japan in Hong Kong receives concerning the working holiday visa for Japan.

       
 

[Q & A Content]

 

(General)

    Q1: What kind of visa will be issued?
   

Q2:

What is the limit on the number of visas that will be issued?
 
 

(Application requirements)

    Q3: Are there any conditions for participating in the working holiday scheme and, if yes, what are they?
    Q4: After I enter Japan under the working holiday scheme, do I have to stay in Japan for the whole one year? Can I come back to Hong Kong for a short time and then return to Japan using the same working holiday visa?
    Q5: Is it possible to extend the period of stay of a working holiday?
    Q6: Does the age requirement refer to my actual age (based on my date of birth) when I apply?
    Q7: If I am 30 years old when I apply for a working holiday visa, can I stay in Japan for one year?
    Q8: I am currently living overseas (outside Hong Kong). Can I still apply for a working holiday visa?
    Q9: I am currently living and studying at a college in Japan, but I have almost completed my studies. Can I apply for a working holiday visa now?
 
  (Application procedures)
    Q10: How do I apply? What documents do I need to submit?
    Q11: How much will the working holiday visa cost?
    Q12: After I submit my visa application, how long will it take before I find out if I have been successful (i.e. before the visa is issued)?
    Q13: Will I be interviewed during the visa application procedure?
    Q14: If the number of visa applications exceeds the quota, what method will be used to select the successful applicants?
    Q15: Is it necessary to possess any official Japanese language qualifications?
    Q16: Do I need to find employment before I apply for a visa?
    Q17: If my application is unsuccessful, can I apply again?
 
  (Living in Japan on the working holiday scheme)
    Q18:

Are there any government agencies that provide contacts or information that can help applicants find accommodation and part-time jobs?

    Q19: I have relatives in Japan. Can I live with them?
    Q20: Are there any restrictions on the type and length of employment that I can take up?
    Q21: Can I attend a language school during my stay under the working holiday scheme?
 

       
 

(General)

 

Q1:

What kind of visa will be issued?
   

A1:

A working holiday visa will be issued, which allows the holder to enter Japan. The visa is valid for three months from the date of issue and will expire if the holder does not enter Japan within that period of validity; the visa cannot be extended. When the holder arrives in Japan, an immigration office will examine whether the holder can be granted permission to land and stay in Japan. After receiving permission to land from the immigration officer, the holder will be allowed to stay in Japan for a period of up to one year from that date.
       
 

Q2:

Is there a limit on the number of visas that will be issued?
   

A2:

Yes. A quota of 250 visas per year has been set for both the Japan and the Hong Kong side. Depending on how the scheme progresses, this quota may be increased or decreased in the future.
       
 
 

(Application requirements)

 
Q3:
Are there any conditions for participating in the working holiday scheme and, if yes, what are they?
   

A3:

Yes. All of the conditions set out below must be fulfilled. To be eligible to take part in the scheme, applicants:

1. must be ordinarily resident in the HKSAR and also residing in the HKSAR at the time that they apply for a working holiday visa;
2. must intend primarily to holiday in Japan for a period of up to one year from the date of first entry;
3. must be aged between eighteen (18) and thirty (30) years (both inclusive) at the time that they apply for a working holiday visa;
4. may not be accompanied by dependants unless those dependants are in possession of their own working holiday visa or other valid visa;
5. must possess a valid HKSAR or BNO (British National Overseas) passport;
6. must possess a return travel ticket or sufficient funds to purchase such a ticket;
7. must possess reasonable funds to guarantee their upkeep during the initial period of their stay in Japan;
8. must intend to leave Japan at the end of their stay;
9. must not previously have been issued with a working holiday visa for Japan;
10. must be in good health and have a sound background and no criminal record; and
11. must have adequate travel insurance for the length of stay in Japan (proof not required at the application stage).
       
 
Q4:

 

After I enter Japan under the working holiday scheme, do I have to stay in Japan for the whole one year? Can I come back to Hong Kong for a short time and then return to Japan using the same working holiday visa?
   

A4:

You do not have to stay in Japan for the whole one year, and you may leave Japan whenever you wish.
For those who wish to leave Japan temporarily, and re-enter within the one-year period of stay to continue their working holiday, a “special re-entry permit” system will apply. In such cases, there will be no handling fees. For details, please refer to the website of the Immigration Bureau of Japan.
 
(Japanese) http://www.immi-moj.go.jp/newimmiact_1/index.html
(English) http://www.immi-moj.go.jp/newimmiact_1/en/index.html
(Chinese) http://www.immi-moj.go.jp/newimmiact_1/zh-TW/index.html
       
 
Q5:
Is it possible to extend the period of stay of a working holiday?
   

A5:

Working holiday status allows you to stay in Japan for up to one year. It is not possible to change your residency status or extend the period of stay. You have to leave Japan on or before the date that your period of stay expires.
       
 
Q6:
Does the age requirement refer to my actual age (based on my date of birth) when I apply?
   

A6:

You have to be between eighteen (18) and thirty (30) years old (both inclusive) at the time that you apply.
       
 
Q7:
If I am 30 years old when I apply for a working holiday visa but will turn 31 within the year that I am allowed to stay in Japan, am I still eligible to participate in the scheme?
   

A7:

The age limit only applies to your age at the time that you apply for a working holiday visa. You are still eligible for the scheme if you turn 31 after you apply for the visa or during your one year’s stay in Japan.
       
 
Q8:
I am currently living overseas (outside Hong Kong). Can I still apply for a working holiday visa?
   

A8:

The requirements state that applicants must be both “ordinarily resident in the HKSAR and residing in the HKSAR at the time that they apply for a working holiday visa”. If you are not living in Hong Kong at the relevant time, please submit your visa application after you return to Hong Kong.
       
 
Q9:
I am currently living and studying at a college in Japan, but I have almost completed my studies. Can I apply for a working holiday visa now?
   

A9:

Please see the answer to question 9 regarding the requirement that applicants must be living in the HKSAR at the time that they apply for a working holiday visa.

 

Furthermore, in general only one type of visa is issued to a person at one time. So people who already have residency status in Japan under one type of visa (e.g. student visa) may not be issued with a new and different type of visa. After you complete your stay in Japan under your current residency status, please first return to Hong Kong and then submit your application for a working holiday visa.

       
 
  (Application procedures)
 
Q10:
How do I apply? What documents do I need to submit?
   

A10:

Please click here for the application procedures.

       
 
Q11:
How much will the working holiday visa cost?
   
A11:

The working holiday visa will be issued free of charge.

       
 
Q12:
After I submit my visa application, how long will it take before I find out if I have been successful (i.e. before the visa is issued)?
   
A12:
It will take up to four weeks to examine the visa application after it has been submitted and before the result is announced (i.e. before the visa can be issued). Please click here for details.
       
 
Q13:
Will I be interviewed during the visa application procedure?
   
A13:
Applicants will be interviewed if necessary by a competent visa officer.
       
 
Q14:
If the number of visa applications exceeds the quota, what method will be used to select the successful applicants?
   

A14:

All applications will be thoroughly examined.

 

When the number of visa applications exceeds the quota, we will consider the applications on the basis of the criteria set out above and select those who are most suitable in accordance with the principle and purpose of the working holiday scheme.

 

With regard to matters related to the visa examination, e.g. selection criteria, we will not answer any questions or provide more details on the selection process or its results.

       
 
Q15:
Is it necessary to possess any official Japanese language qualifications?
   
A15:
Applications for working holiday visas will not be rejected solely because an applicant lacks proficiency in the Japanese language. However, if a large number of applications are submitted, we cannot exclude the possibility that Japanese language proficiency may be taken into consideration.
       
 
Q16:
Do I need to find employment before I apply for a visa?
   
A16:

As the main purpose of the scheme is to encourage youths to extend their holiday in Japan, it is not necessary to find employment before applying for a visa.

 

In fact, it is not compulsory to take up employment during your stay in Japan. If you have the necessary funds, it is possible for you to spend the whole year on holiday.

       
 
Q17:
If my application is unsuccessful, can I apply again?
   
A17:
It is expected that information related to applications will be announced on our homepage in mid-December.
       
 
  (Living in Japan on the working holiday scheme)
 
Q18:
Are there any government agencies that provide contacts or information that can help applicants find accommodation and part-time jobs?
   
A18:

There are no government agencies that provide this kind of service. Please note that it is your own responsibility to find accommodation and work.

       
 
Q19:
I have relatives in Japan. Can I live with them?
   
A19:

As long as the principles and policy of the working holiday scheme are complied with, there are no restrictions on where you may live and how long you may live there.

       
 
Q20:
Are there any restrictions on the type and length of employment that I can take up?
   
A20:

The scheme is based on the principle that any employment that you take up is intended to supplement your travel funds while you are on holiday. However, there is no particular restriction on how long you may work in any employment you find.

 

On the other hand, with regard to the type of jobs you may take up, employment in the entertainment sector, such as in bars, pubs, cabarets, etc., or in the sex industry is not recognised as valid or permissible employment. Please also note that involvement in such employment may constitute a breach of the conditions of the working holiday visa.

       
 
Q21:
Can I attend a language school during my stay under the working holiday scheme?
   
A21:
You may attend short-term language-course activities as part of your holiday. However, if the main purpose of your stay in Japan is to attend an establishment as a college student, the working holiday visa is not the appropriate visa for you.

 

 

 

Related Links

Please also see the press release issued by the Hong Kong SAR government, which is available online:

 

1. Press release issued by the Hong Kong SAR government

http://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/200910/27/P200910270237.htm

 

 

 

28 October 2009

Consulate-General of Japan in Hong Kong


 
Bilateral Working Holiday Scheme between Japan and Hong Kong
 
   
1. Ambassador Shigekazu Sato, Consul-General of Japan in Hong Kong, and Mr Matthew Cheung, Secretary for Labour and Welfare of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, exchanged Notes Verbales on 27 October that mark the establishment, with effect from 1 January 2010, of a new bilateral working holiday scheme between Japan and Hong Kong.
   
2. With 250 places available per year on each side, the scheme will benefit young people aged between 18 and 30 who intend primarily to holiday in Japan or Hong Kong for a specified period of not more than one year. Under the scheme, they will be allowed to take up employment during their holiday in order to supplement their finances.
 

The working holiday visa application procedures will be announced on the homepage of the Consulate-General of Japan in Hong Kong in time for the scheme’s implementation.

   
3.
The scheme is designed to promote exchanges between the young people of Japan and Hong Kong so that they can gain a deeper understanding of each other’s culture and society, which we anticipate will foster closer relations between Japan and Hong Kong.