When a foreigner is transferred from an overseas head office or branch to a head office or branch in Japan

In recent years, it has become more and more common for Japanese companies to expand their business overseas.

In some cases, foreigners working in overseas branches are transferred to the head office in Japan.

This section explains the visa requirements for foreign nationals who work at an overseas head office or branch and are transferred to a head office or branch in Japan.

Intra-company Transferee 

If a foreigner is transferred from an overseas head office or branch to a Japanese head office or branch, he or she can apply for an “Intra-company Transferee ” visa.

Intra-company Transferee visa can be used not only for transfers between head office and branch offices, but also for transfers between subsidiaries and sub-subsidiaries.

Requirements for Intra-company Transferee visa

The requirements for Intra-company Transferee visa are as follows

・The applicant must have been working at an overseas head office or branch office for at least one year in the field of Engineer /Specialist of Humanities / International Services visa.

・Work in the field of Engineer /Specialist of Humanities / International Services visa at a head office or branch office in Japan.

・Must be treated at the same or higher level as Japanese.

・There must be a fixed period of time.

*  In Japan, the type of visa is different depending on the type of work. Engineer /Specialist of Humanities / International Services is a type of work visa.

What are the jobs that apply to “Engineer /Specialist of Humanities / International Services”?

Examples include systems engineers, trade operations, interpretation and translation operations, and production management.

Simple labor is not applicable.

To obtain a work visa in Japan, educational background or long-term work experience are required.

However, Intra-company Transferee visa does not require educational background or long-term work experience.

Therefore, it is possible to get foreigners who are talented but do not meet the requirements for a work visa.

The same or more treatment as Japanese

It is necessary to give foreigners the same treatment as Japanese who are doing the same job in terms of salary and other treatment.

Furthermore, labor-related laws and regulations also apply to foreign nationals working in Japan.

There must be a fixed period of time.

Intra-company Transferee visa applies to transfers.

It is assumed that foreigner who transfer to an office in Japan will work in Japan for a certain period of time and then return to your head office or branch overseas.

It is not possible to work in Japan for a long period of time because it is for a certain period of time.

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