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  • Company moving to Japan - No degree

    Hajimema____e.

    Nice to meet you all. I've got a bit of pickle for your collective wisdom to tackle.

    I recently dropped out of college to accept a full-time job offer with a company I interned with over the summer. The company is American, but plans to move to Japan in the near future (the owner worked there for 3/4 years a while back and is married to a Japanese citizen).

    The problem, naturally, is getting a work-visa without a college degree. I've looked through some of the other posts on this, but none of them relate to the particulars of my situation. Specifically, I'm already an employee and will have been so for over a year at the time of the move; the company was founded in the U.S. and is relocating; the owner's spouse is Japanese; etc.

    So, is there any advice/experience dealing with a situation like this? Are there different ways the company could setup in Japan the would make a difference (foreign branch of an American company vs. Japanese start-up; Would it make any difference if the owner led things vs. his wife?)

    Thanks in advance for any insight you can provide, and hopefully I didn't miss relavent discussion on this that already took place (if so, a thread link would be very helpful!).

  • #2
    Welcome to the forum. If the owner really likes you and needs you, he might try for a 'intra-company transferee' :
    http://www.mofa.go.jp/j_info/visit/visa/long/visa2.html

    "Activities on the part of personnel who are transferred to business offices in Japan for a limited period of time from business offices that are established in foreign countries by public or private organizations which have head offices, branch offices or other business offices in Japan and who engage at the business offices in the activities described under "Engineer" or "Specialist in Humanities/International Services."

    Rules seem to be a bit more relaxed :
    "Intra-company transferees can sometimes get the visa issued relatively quickly even without this certificate if they are working for a stock exchange-listed company in Japan or a highly trusted company, for example a company that is well known internationally."
    Last edited by ttokyo; 2013-03-07, 09:05 AM.

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    • #3
      ttokyo,
      It doesn't sound like a transfer to me. The whole company is relocating. If so, and nobody is left behind, then he doesn't qualify for such a visa.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Glenski View Post
        ttokyo,
        It doesn't sound like a transfer to me. The whole company is relocating. If so, and nobody is left behind, then he doesn't qualify for such a visa.
        So better not tell immigration that the US company will be shut...

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        • #5
          I would leave the 'head office' in the US too and only open at most a subsidiary in Japan. Corp tax rates are much better.

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          • #6
            Thanks for the input, guys. I'll pass it on to the boss.

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