For Technical Intern Trainees Affected By the Coronavirus: You Can Modify Your Visa/Residence Qualification

For all Technical Intern Trainees who are unable to find work or return to their home country due to COVID-19: You can modify your Visa/Residence Qualification. 

As Covid-19 continues to spread, those who have completed their technical intern training, and those who are currently technical intern trainees have been heavily impacted by the virus. If you are one of these people, and you cannot stay in Japan with your current visa/residence qualification, you can modify it. 

This article introduces the various visa/residence qualification modifications available to you under certain conditions.  

If you decide to apply, please note that you will need to contact your supervising/implementing organization and prepare the necessary documents before moving forward with the application. 

From below, pick out which of these conditions applies to you: 

  1. Those having difficulty returning to their home country
  2. Those who are currently technical intern trainees and will continue their training
  3. Those who can no longer continue their technical intern training (due to dismissal, etc.) 

1. Those having difficulty returning to their home country

You can modify your visa/residence qualification to “Designated Activities (6 months, Permitted to work)” and “Designated Activities (6 months, Not permitted to work)”. 

If you are still not able to return home after the 6 month period, you may extend/renew your visa. 

The “Designated Activities (6 months, Permitted to work)” visa is directed towards those who are planning to continue their previously held job or a closely related job. 

Those with a “Designated Activities (6 months, Not permitted to work)” visa may also (if deemed necessary) receive permission to engage in activities other than those permitted under the status of residence previously granted. In that case, you are also permitted to work part-time jobs for a period of 28 weeks or less. 

Additionally, there are other cases (such as those who have a “Temporary Visitor” status) where you may be able to obtain permission. 

For a more detailed explanation of the application process and the necessary conditions to apply, please refer to our article: “For Those Who Cannot Return To Their Country”: https://covid19-tagengo.com/en/2021/04/04/cannot_return_to_country/

2. Those who are currently technical intern trainees and will continue their training 

Based on your current state of training and the type of visa you have, the application process will vary. 

  • Those who are unable to take their Trade Skills Test and cannot move on to the next stage of training 

You will be able to change your residency status/visa to “Designated Activities, Permitted to Work” during the transition period or until you are able to take the Trade Skills Test. 

*This is limited to those who are working under the same implementing/accepting organization and job. 

  • Those who are not prepared to make the transfer to “Specified Skilled Worker (i)” 

While you make the necessary preparations, you can modify your status to “Designated Activities, Permitted to work”. This is directed towards those who will complete “Technical Intern Training (ii)/(iii)” and are in need of extra preparation time before they make their transfer. 

*This is limited to those who are working under the same implementing/accepting organization and job. 

  • Those who wish to transfer to “Technical Intern Training (iii)” 

Under a supervising organization of good-standing, trainees who have completed “Technical Intern Training (ii)” can modify their status to “Technical Intern Training (iii)”. 

  • Those who wish to transfer to “Specified Skilled Worker (i)”

Those who have completed either Technical Intern Training (ii) or (iii) are eligible for visa/residence qualification modifications. 

3. Those who can no longer continue their technical intern training (due to dismissal, etc.) 

If you qualify for a number of conditions*, you can modify your status to “Designated Activities (Maximum stay of one year, Permitted to work)”.

With this visa/residence qualification, you will be able to work in one of 14 Specified Industry Fields. In addition, you can also receive reemployment assistance from immigration. For more details, please refer to the “Technical intern trainees can receive support for reemployment” article: https://covid19-tagengo.com/en/2020/05/09/interns-reemployment/

*These conditions include: a willingness to acquire the skills necessary for working as a foreign Specified Skilled Worker, and more.

*Those who have completed their intended training but are unable to return to their home country are also eligible under this category. 

Contact Information

Organization for Technical Intern Training: Native Language Consultation

  • Consultation by email (available 24/7)

Supported Languages: Vietnamese, Chinese, Indonesian, Tagalog, English, Thai, Cambodian (Khmer),  Burmese.

Responses are issued on the next day or later. Consultations requiring a reply will be handled on the day of the next phone consultation. 

  • Phone Consultation 

Supported Languages

Days Available

Phone number

Service Hours

Vietnamese

Mon~Fri. Sun.

0120-250-168

11 am

7 pm

(Sundays: 9 am ~ 5 pm)

Chinese

Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun.

0120-250-169

Indonesian

Tue, Thu.

0120-250-192

Tagalog

Tue, Sat.

0120-250-197

English

Tue, Sat. 

0120-250-147

Thai

Thu, Sat.

0120-250-198

Cambodian (Khmer)

Thu.

0120-250-366

Burmese

Fri. 

0120-250-302

Phone charge is free. 

If you call outside of service hours, leave a voicemail of your consultation. Consultations requiring a reply will be handled on the day of your next phone consultation. 

Consultations are closed during holidays and New Years celebrations (12/29~1/3).

  • Consultation by letter

Please send a letter to the address below: 

Support Division, Technical Intern Training Department Organization for Technical Intern Training 3F LOOP-X Building 3-9-15, Kaigan, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-0022

In order to protect your privacy, state your contact information and preferred contact method within the main text of your letter. 

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