You probably already have your residence card if you’re reading this, but did you know that you may need special permission to work part-time even if you have a working visa? Depending on your type of visa and the type of part-time job you’re looking to do, you may need special permission before you pick up a part-time job.
※Please remember to consult with a legal professional or the immigration authority before making any visa-related decisions※
The basic rule is to consider whether or not your current visa covers the work you’re doing. If you applied for your visa as an English teacher and are looking to pick up some hours at an Eikaiwa on the weekends, you should be totally fine with your current visa (you still need to consider your taxes and employer’s rules, so keep reading!). But what do you need to do if you want to pick up different work? For example, if you’re teaching English but want to pick up some side work as a graphic designer or consultant, you probably need to go and apply for 資格外活動許可. If you’ve held a student visa and applied to work part-time, you’ve already gone through the application process once. In most cases, the application goes quite quickly and often is accepted, and you get the stamp on your residence card the same day.
So you’ve got your stamp, time to hit the side hustle grind, right? Maybe, but you still have to be careful of a few things—the number of hours. If you’re working on a 資格外活動許可, then you can only work your side job for 28 hours a week. If you go over this maximum, it could mean serious trouble, including deportation. Your boss should also know the rules, especially if you’re working at a company that hires many foreigners part-time, but better to be safe than deported.
If you are on a spouse visa, permanent resident, or long-term resident visa, you are free to work as many jobs as you like, but you must remember to follow the rules of your current employer and file your taxes correctly.