If you are from Nepal and want to know how to get a job in Japan, we’ve got all the information you need. In this article we’ll talk about:
- Different visa options for Nepalis in Japan
- Where to find a job in Japan from Nepal
- Other tips for Nepalis in Japan
What Kind of Work Are Nepalis Doing in Japan?
Many Nepalis are in Japan on a specified skilled worker visa, which includes industries as diverse as nursing care, construction, agriculture, and food service. A recent agreement between the two countries also aims to simplify the process and make it easier for skilled Nepalis to get work visas in Japan.
1. Different Visa Options for Nepalis in Japan
A variety of industries are open to Nepalis in Japan. In order to get a Japanese work visa, you’ll need a bachelor’s degree in your chosen field. However, there are other options as well.
We’ve briefly mentioned the specified skilled worker visa (tokutei ginou 特定技能), but what is it exactly? It was launched in April 2019 to boost the shrinking workforce with skilled foreign workers, and is also available to Nepalis. Of course, you’d have to have some proof of your skills with qualifications. Although not always necessary, you might be required to have Japanese language ability, depending on your industry. You can stay in the country for a maximum of 5 years, but you can change to another visa category if you want to stay longer.
The Technical Intern Training Program was launched to help citizens of developing countries come to Japan and obtain skills and knowledge. Not only will it benefit their home counties, but it will also strengthen their countries’ ties with Japan.
If you want a TITP visa, you can start by studying Japanese and taking the JLPT, preferably at N4 Level or higher. Then, you will choose one of the participating organizations and have an interview with them. Once accepted, you will complete 160 to 200 hours of training in Nepal before arriving in Japan for orientation and further training. Finally, after 3 years of training in Japan, you can switch to a specified skilled worker visa. If you have passed the JLPT N4 or higher, you may be able to switch sooner.
If you are interested in the tech industry, consider taking the ITPEC exam. Based on the standard Information-Technology Engineers Examination (jōhō shori gijutsusha shiken, 情報処理技術者試験, or ITEE), it will allow you to work in the Japanese tech industry with a TITP visa.
Another option is entering Japan on a student visa. You are allowed to work part-time, and it’s a good opportunity to hone your skills and build the connections you will need for a successful future career in Japan. Nepali students are also eligible for MEXT scholarships.
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2. Where to Find a Job in Japan From Nepal
If you have the right qualifications and experience, you’ll find lots of opportunities as a Nepali in Japan, as around 45% of Japanese companies are looking to hire foreigners. There are a few ways you can go about job hunting.
Websites you can use to connect with potential employees include:
If the SSW or TITP visas are not for you, you could also come to Japan on a designated activities visa, and switch to a work visa once you find full-time employment. You could also job hunt on a tourist visa, but time-wise this isn’t advisable.
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3. Other Tips for Nepalis in Japan
Japan is a popular destination for Nepalese expatriates, who make up the largest South Asian community in the country. This means that a number of organizations support Nepalese citizens in Japan, such as the Nepalese Association in Japan (NAJ), and the Nepalese students’ association in Japan (if you are considering studying before embarking on a career). If you need some advice, they may be able to assist.
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