Moving To Japan From Canada: What Should I Know Before I Move?
Japan’s unique culture, location near other East Asian countries, and plentiful job opportunities mean that it’s a popular destination for Canadians who are looking to make a big change in their lives. But what do you need to know before you move to Japan from Canada? Find out now.
How Can I Get A Japanese Residence Visa?
The most common way to get a Japanese visa is through your employer. You will need to be sponsored by an employer in Japan, and usually must have at least a university degree or many years of professional experience in your field to qualify. Working holiday visas are also an option for some Canadians. You can also obtain residence by studying at a Japanese university.
You can also get a residence visa if you are married to a Japanese partner, and there are a few other, less common ways to get residence in Japan. For more information, you can visit this page from The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, or this page from the Government of Canada.
Can I Import My Car To Japan From Canada?
It is possible to import a car to Japan from Canada. Note, however, that in Japan, drivers are on the left side of the road, so a Canadian car will provide poorer visibility while driving. In addition, you will pay a 5% tax on the vehicle, and you must prove that you have a parking spot by applying for a Parking Space Certificate once you arrive in Japan.
You will also have to apply for a lot of paperwork, take your vehicle through an inspection, and correct any issues that do not conform to Japanese standards. Because it can be expensive and difficult to import a car to Japan, many Canadians choose not to do so. Japan also has excellent public transit, so a car is not needed in most cities.
How Should I Ship My Personal Goods To Japan?
You can bring all of your personal goods to Japan tax-free if they have been in your possession for six months, and you do not plan on selling them once you begin living in Japan. The most common way to ship your personal effects to Japan from Canada is by ocean-going freight. Your items will be loaded onto a freighter, and sent to Japan via an ocean shipping route.
You may also need to hire a truck to transport your items to a Canadian port, and to pick them up from your destination port in Japan. Working with an experienced international mover is the best way to make sure your items reach Japan safely from Canada.
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Written By:Joe Webster
Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing.
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