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To foreign nationals with a job offer whose employment start date has been postponed due to the negative economic effects of the corona virus

Have you received a job offer, only to be informed by your employer that the start of your employment has been indefinitely postponed due to the corona pandemic? Here you will find information on how you can change your status of residence in order to support yourself.
If you are a foreign national residing in Japan with the residence status “Engineer/Specialist in Humanities/International services”, and your employment start date has been postponed, the following will apply: 

1. If you are notified by the employer that your job offer is on hold (Japanese: 待機)
(1) You will be able to stay in Japan until the expiration date on your residence status
(2) You will be allowed to take part time work outside the scope of your residence status, for up to 90 days
→ If you present a document explaining the circumstances of your job offer, including a description of your new date of employment and your work tasks upon start of employment, you may be allowed to take part time work outside the scope of your residence status for up to 90 days, starting from the date of application (up to 28 hours per week).
(3) If your job offer is put on hold for a minimum of 90 days and maximum of 180 days, you will be allowed to change your residence status to “Designated Activities”

2. If your residence status expires while your job offer is on hold
(1) If your residence status expires within 1 month, you can apply to renew it.
(2) If your employment has been put on a hold for a total of 180 days, you will be able to change your residence status to “Designated Activities”
→ Family remembers residing in Japan as “Dependents” may also be allowed to change their residence status to “Designated Activities”

*The above provisions require that you have shown good conduct and not violated the provisions of your residence status
*If your job offer has been put on hold and your residence status is “Designated Activities”, you may still be allowed to engage in an activity outside the scope of your residence status.

Our office can provide advice on whether you are eligible and can assist with the necessary procedures. Please feel free to contact us.

(Source of above information: Selection Guidelines by the Ministry of Justice, Chapter 12 – residence status, p. 18-19 (Japanese))

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TakedaKoki

TakedaKoki

After passing the administrative scrivener examination in 2006, Mr. Takeda opened his own administrative scrivener office in 2011. He is now an independent administrative scrivener and the representative of "Hiroki Takeda Gyoseishoshi Lawyer Office", and undertakes about 400 applications for residence status (visa) per year. Currently focusing on leveraging his combination of extensive knowledge and experience in employment of foreign nationals and his expertise on visa procedures into relieving Japan's lack of talent.