SWAP makes it easy to secure a bank account, phone, and provides assistance with accommodation and job searching during your entire stay. Your year-long work permit means you can fund your adventures, nature fun, and cheap travels to just about anywhere in Asia. You'll come home with international work experience, new friends, countless stories from the trip of a lifetime, and if you manage your funds efficiently, some change in your pockets, too.
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You will get a 6-month visa that allows for multiple entries into the country. You can extend it another 6 months once you are in Japan.
Normally, the Embassy of Japan in Canada requires a mandatory in-person interview at one of its Embassies or Consulates. Seeing as there are only 5 locations across Canada (which has over 3,000 cities and towns), SWAP knew we had to make this visa more accessible to Canadians nationwide.
We work directly with the Embassy of Japan to make the application process convenient - no matter where you are in the Great White North, no interview or travel is required. That's right, you can apply for a visa from the comfort of your home with no nerve wracking questions to answer or costly visits to faraway embassies. From coast to coast, it's never been simpler for Canadians to get out there and explore Japan. Just send in your application to SWAP and we'll take care of the rest, just as we have since 1987.
NEW: Get real support from local bilingual staff for your entire working holiday. We have partnered with resource centres in Tokyo and Fukuoka that have bilingual Japanese/English staff, who can help with giving an overview of what you need to know to live in Japan. The friendly staff there can help you translate job ads, menus and more, plus help you navigate and learn Tokyo's massive metro system and get you comfortable with living in Tokyo. The Japanese government now have specialized foreign worker assistance offices (we will provide all the information and contact details), so our resource centres are there as an additional personal source of support and guidance for you. You'll also get:
Upon arrival: Two nights in Tokyo.
We've been helping Canadians live and work in Japan since 1987, so we know what it takes to successfully apply for a Japanese visa. That's part of the reason why thousands of Canadians choose SWAP to help ensure their application's success. Our dedicated visa experts will go over your application in detail and make sure it is perfect. If we notice anything, we'll work with you to make sure it's flawless before your paperwork is submitted to the Japanese government.
Twenty-nine years of Japanese visa expertise isn't the only thing you'll get on the SWAP Japan program.
Working and living in Japan with SWAP is easy. You can register online here, or do it in-person by visiting any of these Merit Travel locations and talking to a friendly travel counsellor. The choice is yours and our staff will be there to help you either way! The program price includes all the support services offered in Japan (listed in the support section), plus all the support services offered in Canada by SWAP to make sure your application goes through without a hitch and your working holiday is a success.
Canadians ages 18-30
Apply for SWAP Japan at least 5 weeks prior to your intended arrival
Any period up to 6 months (once in Japan, you will have the opportunity to extend your visa an additional 6 months)
You must have the amount of $2500 CAD saved in your account as of the day you submit your application. These are called support funds and are a requirement of the Japanese government
SWAP Japan is only $400 CAD! That includes SWAP's full service visa application assistance, ongoing drop-in access to 2 bilingually staffed offices, SWAP's support and resources (listed above), and your first two nights of accommodation in TokyoTake the 1st step ››