Part-time Work

Based on a survey conducted by JASSO, about 74% of international students having the “College Students” status of residence are working part-time, a large portion works in the food service industry, followed by sales and marketing, teaching / research assistant, hotel receptionist, hall staff at a restaurant and others. The hourly wage varies according to type of work and location but those working in food services are getting about JPY 800 to JPY 1,200 an hour. Assuming that the maximum of 28 hours a week is fully used up to work; their earning will be around JPY 22,400 to JPY 33,600. To work part-time, you must first obtain the permission to engage in activity other than that permitted under the status of residence previously granted from the nearest Regional Immigration Bureau. Upon obtaining this approval you may work part-time under the conditions that

the part-time work does not affect your studies.
the earned income is meant to supplement your academic cost and necessary expenses and not for saving or for remittance overseas.
the part-time work engaged in is not in adult entertainment businesses.
Within 28 hours a week (up to 8 hours a day during long school holidays).
The part-time work is done while you retain student status in an educational institution.

A persons entering Japan for the first time who are granted “College Student” status with the permitted period of more than 3 months may apply for the “Permission to Engage in Activities other than that Permitted under the Status of Residence Previously Granted” at the port of entry during the issuance of permission of landing.
Working part-time without having necessary permission, exceeding the permitted number of hours or working outside of the permissible scope of status of residence will get you penalized and/or deported.


Types of part-time works (multiple answers allowed)
# Category Ratio
1 Food and beverage 48.8%
2 Sales and marketing 25.3%
3 Language instructor 7.5%
4 Hotel receptionist / Service staff 5.7%
5 Teaching / Research assistant 5.5%
6 Cleaning 4.5%
7 Clerical job 4.3%
8 Translation / Interpretation 4.2%
9 Factory / Assembly operator 3.7%
10 Private tutor 3.2%
Source : Lifestyle Survey of Privately Financed International Students 2011 (JASSO)



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