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Working Holiday Visa in Japan Assistance

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To live and work in Japan, you will need to be eligible for a Japan Working Holiday Visa. Please see below for the eligibility and key visa information based on what nationality passport you hold.

Australia
Age / Eligibility
- 18-30
- Must be living in Australia to apply
- Must hold an Australian passport
Visa Duration
- The visa is valid for a total of 12 months
- You will initially be granted with a 6 month visa and you then have to apply for the extension to be 12 months, before your visa expired
- You have to apply for your visa extension while you are in Japan
  • You are only eligible for one Japan Working Holiday in your lifetime
Visa Costs
- Visa: Free of Charge for Australian nationals
- Support funds: AU$2,500 and a return / onward flight OR AU$3,500 if entering Japan on a one way flight
- Please note that support funds are subject to change by the Japanese Government and can vary from State to State. You can check here to see the most up to date information.
The Visa allows you to:
- Work in Japan for up to 12 months, however it is advisable that you move jobs every 3 months
- Please note that you are not allowed to work in nightclubs, dance halls, and Pachinko parlours
Visa Application
- Our Work Japan program includes all the support you need to obtain your Japanese Working Holiday visa
- You have to go in-person to the Embassy of Japan in Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Cairns or Perth to obtain your visa
- You can apply for your visa for up to 1 year prior to departure
Austria
Age / Eligibility
- 18-30
- Must be living in Austria to apply
- Must hold an Austrian passport
Visa Duration
- The visa is valid for a total of 12 months
  • You are only eligible for one Japan Working Holiday in your lifetime
Visa Costs
- Visa: Free of Charge for Austrian nationals
- Support funds: Subject to change by the Japanese Government and vary depending on flight details. You can check here to see the most up to date information.
The Visa allows you to:
- Work in Japan for up to 12 months, however it is advisable that you move jobs every 3 months
- Please note that you are not allowed to work in nightclubs, dance halls, and Pachinko parlours
Visa Application
- You will need to apply for your visa yourself via the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
- You have to go in-person to the Embassy of Japan in Vienna to obtain your visa
- There are only 200 visas available to Austrian nationals each year. We advise you to apply as early as possible to avoid disappointment
Germany
Age / Eligibility
- 18-30
- Must be living in Germany to apply
- Must hold an German passport
Visa Duration
- The visa is valid for a total of 12 months
  • You are only eligible for one Japan Working Holiday in your lifetime
Visa Costs
- Visa: Free of Charge for German nationals
- Support funds: EUR2,000 and a paid return flight OR EUR3,200 and a paid one way flights
- Support funds are subject to change and vary depending on flight details. Please check here for the most up to date information
The Visa allows you to:
- Work in Japan for up to 12 months, however it is advisable that you move jobs every 3 months
- Please note that you are not allowed to work in nightclubs, dance halls, and Pachinko parlours
Visa Application
- BUNAC will help you obtain your Visa
- You have to go in-person to the Embassy of Japan in Berlin, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Munich or Hamburg to obtain your visa
- You must have proof of travel insurance at the time of Visa application
- You must be able to show your travel ticket to Japan when you make your application
Ireland
Age / Eligibility
- 18-30
- Must be living in the Republic of Ireland to apply
- Must hold an Irish passport
Visa Duration
- The visa is valid for a total of 12 months
  • You are only eligible for one Japan Working Holiday Visa in your lifetime
Visa Costs
- Visa: Free of Charge for Irish nationals
- Support funds: EUR 1,600 and a paid return flight OR EUR 3,200 and a paid one way flight
- Support funds are subject to change by the Japanese Government and vary depending on flight details. Please check here for the most up to date information
The Visa allows you to:
- Work in Japan for up to 12 months, however it is advisable that you move jobs every 3 months
- Please note that you are not allowed to work in nightclubs, dance halls, and Pachinko parlours
Visa Application
- BUNAC will help you obtain your Visa
- You have to go in-person to the Embassy of Japan in Dublin to obtain your visa
- You must have proof of travel insurance at the time of Visa application
- Visas are limited for Irish nationals, so we advise you to apply early to avoid disappointment
New Zealand
Age / Eligibility
- 18-30
- Must be living in New Zeland to apply
- Must hold an New Zealand passport
Visa Duration
- The visa is valid for a total of 12 months
  • You are only eligible for one Japan Working Holiday Visa in your lifetime
Visa Costs
- Visa: Free of Charge for New Zealand nationals
- Support funds: NZ$3,000 and a paid return flight OR NZ$4,000 and a paid one way flight
- Support funds are subject to change by the Japanese Government and vary depending on flight details. Please check here for the most up to date information
The Visa allows you to:
- Work in Japan for up to 12 months, however it is advisable that you move jobs every 3 months
- Please note that you are not allowed to work in nightclubs, dance halls, and Pachinko parlours
Visa Application
- BUNAC will help you obtain your Visa
- You have to go in-person to the Embassy of Japan in Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch to obtain your visa
- You must have proof of travel insurance at the time of Visa application
- You can apply for your visa up to 1 year prior to departure
United Kingdom
Age / Eligibility
- 18-30
- Must hold a British passport
- Must be a resident of the UK to apply
- Must have lived in the UK for at least 1 year prior to applying (e.g you can't do an extended stay in another country - such as another working holiday - 12 months prior to being issued your working holiday visa for Japan).
Visa Duration
- The visa is valid for a total of 12 months
  • You are only eligible for one Japan Working Holiday Visa in your lifetime
Visa Costs
- Visa: £20
- Support funds: £1,500 and a paid return flight OR £2,500 with no confirmed onward flight
- Support funds are subject to change by the Japanese Government and vary depending on flight details. Please check here for the most up to date information
The Visa allows you to:
- Work in Japan for up to 12 months, however it is advisable that you move jobs every 3 months
- Please note that you are not allowed to work in nightclubs, dance halls, and Pachinko parlours
Visa Application
- BUNAC will help you obtain your Visa
- You have to go in-person to the Embassy of Japan in London to obtain your visa. Applicants living in Scotland and North of Lancaster / Darlington are able to go to the Embassy of Japan in Edinburgh
- We recommend that you apply within 3 months of your intended flight date to Japan, however you are allocated 12 months to travel and enter Japan after your visa is granted
- Visas are limited so we recommend you apply as early as possible to avoid disappointment

All other eligible passport holders:

For all other passport holders, please click the below links to find out more about your eligibility for the Japan working holiday visa.

If you do not see your nationality listed below, unfortunately you are not eligible for a Japan working holiday visa or our Work Japan program.

Eligible Passport Holders .
Argentina Canada
Chile Czech Republic
Denmark France
Hong Kong Hungary
Iceland Lithuania
Norway Poland
Portugal Republic of Korea
Slovakia Spain