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derekhhh

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Hey all,

My friend has a video company in Japan and wants to sponsor me to work for her. We need some kind of guide on how to get the Certificate of Eligibility. Does anyone have a website or guide for that? Hopefully a site that gives tips on how to have a better chance of getting it.

Thanks!
 

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Your friend should be able to phone up the immigration office and ask them for any details. Basically, though, the company will have to provide proof that they are a valid company, and that probably means tax records. What sort of work visa would you be hoping to get? That might also make a difference.

Here are some related links to check.
Application for Certificate of Eligibility | Immigration Bureau of Japan Website
List of Necessary Documents | Immigration Bureau of Japan Website
Immigration control policies | Immigration Bureau of Japan Website
Entry Procedures <Visa / Certificate of Eligibility> | Immigration Bureau of Japan Website
 

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Hi there,

I really appreciate the reply! The company is registered recently (about 4 months). And even though I'll be working in video, she will list that I'm a teacher or something (because her lawyer said it would work better that way). She has income already, and can provide a business plan. But I'm not sure about taxes.

I also want to make sure that she would apply for me, rather than me going to the office. It might work better that way s I can continue getting income where I'm at and then come in after she applies. I'm hoping she'll apply for the CoE this week, then I'd come in as a tourist in a few weeks, and then apply for it as a Change of Residence Application.
 

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She has a lawyer who gives her advice on immigration matters (telling her to be fraudulent about the nature of your work, no less....) but you have to go to an online forum to ask about CoE instead of asking the lawyer?

Your friend sounds dodgy as hell.

But since you're this guy:

Short term summer job with no visa | Japan Forum

I doubt that will bother you.
 

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Nope Mike it doesn't. And he will charge if he helps us. Countless people come in on tourist visas and change them later. Seems you're so righteous and your eyes too pure to look on this thread so better go elsewhere eh?
 

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Nope Mike it doesn't. And he will charge if he helps us. Countless people come in on tourist visas and change them later. Seems you're so righteous and your eyes too pure to look on this thread so better go elsewhere eh?
Nice try at a straw man.

Nobody was talking about coming in on a tourist visa and changing. I was referring to lying to Immigration regarding the nature of your employment.
 

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Whatever the case, you're not contributing to my thread.
 

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Whatever the case, you're not contributing to my thread.
Certainly, I'm contributing to your thread. You just don't like what I'm contributing.

I have no interest in helping you and your friend commit Immigration fraud.
 

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You don't know anything about my friend, our situation, etc... In fact to another reason she's hiring me as opposed to a Japanese is because we wish to do business with English-speaking companies and she wants a native English speaker. She just can't hire me officially as a "director". You don't want to help? Don't post anything at all and don't start crap.
 

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It is technically illegal. The question is what the potential punishment is for this, what the likelihood is of being caught, and what the likelihood is of them applying the law on you if they do catch you.

I don't have a link, but I did read something to the effect that the government was going to be harder on people who are even looking for work that is not related to the kinds of work that their visa entitles them to. The implication, as I recall, was that such people could or would be deported. If that's the case, then you're going to get no sympathy off them at all for actually doing work that your visa doesn't authorize (that is, if they do decide to investigate you or your friend's business for some reason).

Having said that, IIRC the majority of work you do must be in what your visa authorizes. So my understanding is that you can do other work as well, as long as it doesn't exceed the amount you do in your authorized field.
 
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I have removed a few posts from this thread and urge the members in question to take their dispute to PC (Private Conversation).
 

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Looks like I've returned after some posts were deleted before I could read them. So it goes.

derekhhh, you wrote:
even though I'll be working in video, she will list that I'm a teacher or something (because her lawyer said it would work better that way).
That right away does not sound good, nor legitimate. Why is it "better"? If you're working in video, you could perhaps be eligible for one of 2 types of work visa: engineer visa, humanities visa. What exactly is it that you would be doing there?

I don't see any reason why a lawyer would lawfully want to lie to immigration, which is what you and your friend are doing.

I also want to make sure that she would apply for me, rather than me going to the office.
Both of you have to supply documentation, but yes, your friend can submit it all if you can't do it for some odd reason. Just curious, though, what is your reason for not wanting to submit?

You don't know anything about my friend, our situation, etc...
That's right. We only know what you tell us. Please understand that and give us all that we ask for, and also understand that we often see people trying to get help so they can dodge rules and regulations. Without knowing a situation from a poster, we sometimes make educated guesses that the poster needs to confirm or deny.
 

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Maybe you can be a teacher of videography.
 

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Ok, this is helpful. My partner has no experience in video but has just graduated from a film school in Japan. I'd be teaching her, technically, and working with her, but the main reason she'd choose me, as opposed to a local, is to have the native English speaker to deal with some foreign companies, and to have the international thinking. So it's a little vague.

And I don't want to apply myself because I'm out of country at a friend's house in China, and it's cheaper to stay here. If I applied myself I'd come in on a tourist visa and apply, but I heard it's not good to apply immediately. If she started the process for me now, I'd plan to wait a few weeks, then come (also for other reasons I wish to come mid August).
 

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Have your friend contact immigration and ask which work visa is more appropriate for you -- the specialist in humanities visa or the engineer visa. I suspect the former is better.

You can apply from wherever you are, you know. Just send the documents. But like I wrote earlier, you can ask your friend to send your docs with hers all as one package. It will take probably 1-2 months to hear back about the COE, which goes to her first, then to you. There is no way to hasten the process or to determine exactly how long it takes because there are too many factors involved. The summer Obon holiday will slow things down, too (mid August).
 
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