From Pakistan to Japan: Best Visa Options for Professionals


When we talk about brain drain, we often associate it with Pakistanis who migrate to the Middle East or western countries like the UK, USA and Canada. However, there is a change in recent times, and many Pakistanis are now turning their attention to eastern countries such as Korea and Japan. In fact, Japanese authorities have confirmed that more than 5,000 Pakistanis have entered the country in the last 10 months alone. These people are mainly interested in education, work and business opportunities in Japan.

This article will focus on the job opportunities available to Pakistanis in Japan. It will explore the various ways Pakistanis can build their careers in Japan, highlighting the demand for skilled professionals in sectors such as technology, engineering, healthcare and more.

Anyone who wants to immigrate to Japan should know that Japan is looking for quality human resources, not just in traditional industries. Now even Pakistani farmers can migrate to Japan. However, IT professionals are the most sought after professionals not only in Japan.

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Most In-Demand Jobs in Japan for Pakistanis 

Mentioned below is a detailed list of professionals Japan is looking for:

  • IT professionals – Japan is one of the most technologically advanced countries in the world. Currently undergoing digital transformation so IT professionals are in high demand.
  • Engineers – Always striving to improve, Japan continues to invest heavily in infrastructure projects and therefore requires engineers.
  • Teacher – Learning English is a skill that many Japanese people are interested in. If you are an English teacher in Pakistan, you should explore relevant opportunities in Japan.
  • Nurses – It’s no secret that Japan has an aging population that requires nurses to care for them. If you are a nurse and want to move to Japan, you have a good chance to find a job there.

How to Get to Japan: Visa Types

In general, there are three types of visas that Pakistanis can apply to immigrate to Japan:

  • Skilled Worker Visa – This is the type of visa that IT professionals, engineers, teachers and nurses will apply for. To apply for this visa, you must have at least a bachelor’s degree or equivalent and at least two years of work experience in your field.
  • Technical Intern Training Visa – Apply for this visa if you intend to come to Japan for training in a specific field. You must be under 30 and have a high school diploma or equivalent. The Japan METI Internship Program is one of the programs run by the Japanese government.
  • Working Holiday Visa – If you get this visa, you can enter Japan, work and travel in the country for up to 1 year. This visa is for those aged between 18 and 30 years who have a valid passport and a return ticket.

If a Japanese company is interested in hiring you, they will usually apply for a work visa. The company will guide you through the steps and documents required to apply for a visa.

If you have a job offer, the employer will apply for a Certificate of Eligibility (COE) on your behalf from the Japanese immigration authorities. The COE confirms that you meet the requirements for a work visa. After receiving your COE, you can apply for a work visa at the Embassy of Japan in Islamabad.

After receiving your visa, you must obtain a residence permit from the Japanese Embassy. You usually need to have a valid passport, visa and other documents.

Travel to Japan after receiving your work visa. Upon arrival, you will have to register your address and a

fixed term residence card.

How to Maximize Your Chances of Moving to Japan 

While it’s great to have the necessary skills, there’s always more you can do to improve your chances of moving to Japan. Here it is:

  • Learn Japanese – To fully integrate into Japanese society, and appreciate and enjoy all it has to offer, you need to learn Japanese. Although limited, there are institutions and individuals that offer language courses in Pakistan. Fluency in Japanese before moving to Japan can increase your chances of finding a good job.
  • Networking – Connecting with people in Japan can help you better understand the community and the job market. If you know someone in Japan, contact them and ask them. How they moved to Japan, pros and cons of moving to Japan, etc.
  • Research – You can find out more about Japan from websites like the Embassy of Japan in Pakistan, various government websites and other organizations to learn more about Japanese culture, society and your immigration options. It will also be very useful to research the job market in Japan and identify industries or companies that match your skills and career. Websites, job portals, and recruitment agencies can be valuable resources for finding a job in Japan.
  • Obtain the necessary qualifications – depending on your major, you may need to meet certain educational or professional qualifications in addition to studying Japanese. Improving your skills and abilities can improve your chances of finding a suitable job. Consider obtaining appropriate certification or completing a specialized training program.
  • Search for job offers – Apply for jobs directly through company websites, job portals or recruitment agencies specialized in international placements. Create your CV and cover letter to show your skills, experience and how they match the specific requirements of the job.

Please note that job searches and visa applications may vary depending on individual circumstances and changes in immigration policy. Consulting official sources such as the Embassy of Japan in Pakistan as well as recruitment agencies can provide the most accurate and up-to-date information for your specific situation.

We hope you find this guide useful. If you are a Pakistani living in Japan, please share your journey with us so others can benefit from your experience.

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