Today we are giving a bit more information about the work holiday Visa process.
Vacation Niseko being a reputable company, we don't want to step outside the law and will hire only staff who are legally allowed to work in Japan.
This includes people who are eligible to a spouse Visa, some people who already have a work Visa, Japanese citizens of course, and for most of the seasonal staff, people having already a work holiday Visa.
What is a Work Holiday Visa and how can I get it?
Japan has an agreement with various other countries (see the working holiday official page for more information) and agrees to give Visas to various young people so that they can "experience" Japan, and work in order to cover their travel fees.
So the work Visa is just like any other work Visa?
No - The work Holiday Visa is first and foremost a holiday Visa. It is not intended to be a full blown work Visa. Please remember that you will not be granted the Visa if you intend to come to Niseko for the season, work a handful of months and go back to your country right afterwards. This is why most of the countries participating in this program would ask you for a detailed intended itinerary of your trip in Japan during the application process. We advise you to be as detailed as possible and think veyr hard about your itinerary beforehand. To be honest, we really advise you to visit Japan before or after your season in Niseko, it is an amazing country and really deserves to be seen!
What does your staff do before or after the season?
We had staff in the past working as English teachers in Tokyo (or in another part of Japan), working as diving instructors in Okinawa during summer, helping out farmers in Nagano ... It is really possible to find something to do in Japan after the winter.
Most of our staff (if not all) is travelling around after or before the winter, going to see Tokyo, Kyoto of course, but as well Nagasaki, the castle of Himeji, Osaka...
So how do I apply?
Please look at the website of the closest Japanese embassy and follow the procedure mentioned on the website. The procedure actually varies according to the country
You can search YouTube as some former people who got their Work Holiday Visa made some videos explaining the process.
Should I wait to get a job before applying, or should I apply now?
The Work Holiday Visa is activated when you arrive in Japan. If you get the Visa in July but only arrive in November, your period of stay actually begins from November, so you won't "waste" the time between July and November. This considered, there is no real downside in applying as soon as possible. Moreover, having already a Work Holiday Visa actually helps you for the job search. Every year we agree to hire some candidates but their Visa is rejected afterwards. Having your Visa reduces the uncertainty for the employer and already shows potential employers that: a) you are already motivated and b) that you know how to find information around, get organized and how to make things happen.
This being said, some embassies may advise you to come back later as they don't like applying too much in advance. (3 or 4 months before expected arrival in Japan is sometimes the timeframe advised by the embassy)
Can I apply outside of my country?
No - you need to apply in your home country. So for people intended to travel before arriving in Japan, please make sure that you apply early enough (and please explain to the embassy you want to apply early as you intend to travel around)
Here you go - we hope this is helpful for a first general presentation of this Visa. Good luck in the process, and hopefully see you on the slopes!