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Certificate of Authorized Employment

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Certificate of Authorized Employment

Based on an applicant's description on the application form, Minister of Justice certifies the eligibility of the applicant for activities related to the management of business involving income or activities for which he receives remuneration (hereinafter, referred to as "authorized vocational activities") on Certificate of Authorized Employment.

Whether a foreign national may work legally in Japan can be checked with a seal of verification for landing attached to (or affixed on) a passport, or with a residence card in the case of a mid- to long term resident or a special permanent resident certificate in the case of a special permanent resident. Additionally, it can be judged through checking whether the relevant foreign national has obtained permission to engage in an activity other than that permitted under the status of residence previously granted. Furthermore, for convenience of employers and foreign workers, if a foreign national applicant wishes to work in Japan, Immigration Control Act authorizes the immigration control authority to deliver Certificate of Authorized Employment, which specifically indicates authorized vocational activities for the applicant. Whether a foreign national may work in Japan is determined based on types of the status of residence or whether he/she has obtained permission to engage in an activity other than that permitted under the status of residence previously granted. A work qualification certificate itself is not a permit to allow a foreign national to work in Japan, nor does it mean that a foreign national may not work without a work qualification certificate.

It should be noted that Article 19, Paragraph 2, Item 2 of Immigration Control Act prohibits employers from taking employment discrimination or other disadvantageous treatment against foreign nationals who do not present this Certificate of Authorized Employment.