Where to apply for a Working Holiday Visa?
That’s it ? You have retrieved all the required documents for your application? As I said at the end of the previous page, the hardest part is already done.
The first thing to know is your application may only be submitted by you. Therefore you should go in person to the embassy or consulate of Japan to which you belong. Indeed, it is impossible to send someone else do your application for you.
The location and conditions of the deposit changes depending on your nationality and your place of residence. Here are some examples. If you country is not listed below please check the website of the Japanese embassy in your country.
Apply in Australia
You’ll find the list of Consulates in Australia below this link.
Apply in Canada
You can make your request to the Embassy or Consulate General of Japan to which you belong.
Apply in New Zealand
Residents of Northland, Auckland, Ruapehu District, Waikato and Bay of Plenty regions should apply to the Consulate-General of Japan in Auckland:
Level 15, AIG Building, 41 Shortland Street (P O Box 3959) Auckland
Residents of Taranaki, Manawatu-Wanganui (excluding Ruapehu District), Hawkes Bay, Gisborne, Wellington, Marlborough, Tasman, West Coast, Otago & Southland regions should apply to the Embassy of Japan in Wellington:
Level 18, The Majestic Centre, 100 Willis Street (P O Box 6340) Wellington
Residents of Canterbury region should apply to the Consular Office of Japan in Christchurch:
12 Peterborough Street (P O Box 13-748) Christchurch
Apply in United Kingdom
You should contact the Embassy of Japan in the UK if you live in the England (except North England), Wales or Northern Ireland:
101-104 Piccadilly London W1J 7JT
But if you live in Scotland or in North England (Northumberland, Durham, Cumbria, Tyne and Wear and Cleveland), you must apply to the Consulate-General of Japan in Edinburgh:
2 Melville Crescent Edinburgh EH3 7HW
What is the validity period of the Working Holiday Visa?
Time to obtain the visa after the application
Times vary hugely from one country to another. But count at least a week to get your visa.
It is still better to make your visa far before your leaving for Japan, if you already have your tickets. Indeed, the Japanese Embassies and Consulates do not guarantee these deadlines, since they can extend to several weeks.
Time between the visa obtaining and the departure for Japan
Once you get your working holiday visa, you have one year to activate it by landing on Japanese soil.
Visa validity once there
You can stay up to one entire year in Japan. From the moment you pass the Japanese customs, you still have 365 days of happiness (or nightmare if you have unprepared your staying) in the Land of the Rising Sun.