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"Instructor"

"Instructor" or /kyo-i-ku/ in Japanese is one of "Status of Residence" defined by Japanese immigration law.


Activities that can be carried out under the status of residence of "Instructor"

Foreigners staying in Japan with "Instructor" status of residence can conduct activities to educate primary and secondary educational institutions such as elementary school, junior high school, high school, secondary education school.


"Instructor" status of residence is qualification for employment at primary and secondary educational institutions including international schools. On the other hand, when conducting research / educational activities at higher education institutions, "Professor" falls under. The teaching of languages in private companies falls under the category of "Engineer/Specialist in Humanities/International Services".


Persons qualified for "Instructor"
- teachers, etc. at elementary schools, intermediate schools and high schools
etc.


Period of Stay

"Period of Stay" will be determined among one of the followings.
5-year, 3-year, 1-year or 3-month.



Spouse and Children

Spouse and/or Children of a person who is staying in Japan under the status of "Instructor" will be qualified for the status "Dependent".



List of "Status of Residence"
Table I (1)
Diplomat Official Professor Artist Religious Activities Journalist
Table I (2) Business Manager   Legal/Accounting Services   Medical Services   Researcher   Instructor   Engineer/Specialist in Humanities/International Services   Intracompany Transferee   Entertainer   Skilled Labor  
Table I (3) Cultural Activities Temporary Visitor
Table I (4) Student Pre-college Student Trainee Dependent
Table I (5) Designated Activities
Table II Permanent Resident Spouse or Child of Japanese national Spouse or Child of Permanent Resident Long Term Resident
Special Permanent Resident Special Permanent Resident


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Followings are quotations from the immigration law/ordinance of the web site of Japanese government. However some of them were quoted before the revision in 2012. Therefore they might be old and different from the present rule.


Authorized Activities (Appended Table I (2), Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act)
本邦において行うことができる活動(出入国管理及び難民認定法 別表第一 二)

Activities to engage in language instruction and other education at an elementary school, lower secondary school, upper secondary school, secondary educational school (chutokyoikugakko), school for special needs education, advanced vocational school (senshugakko), vocational school (kakushugakko) or other educational institution equivalent to a vocational school in facilities and curriculum.


本邦の小学校、中学校、高等学校、中等教育学校、特別支援学校、専修学校又は各種学校若しくは設備及び編制に関してこれに準ずる教育機関において語学教育その他の教育をする活動



Ministerial Ordinance to Provide for Criteria Pursuant to Article 7, paragraph (1), item (ii) of the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act
基準(出入国管理及び難民認定法第七条第一項第二号の基準を定める省令・省令第十六号)

(i) In cases where the applicant is to engage in instruction at a miscellaneous educational institution (kakushu gakko) or an educational institution equivalent thereto in facilities and curriculum, or in cases where the applicant is to engage in instruction at a school other than these in a capacity other than that of a teacher, the applicant must fulfill all of the following requirements. In cases where the applicant is to engage in instruction at a miscellaneous educational institution or an educational institution equivalent thereto in facilities and curriculum which has been established to provide primary or secondary education in a foreign language to children who attend such schools and who have the status of residence of "Diplomat" or "Official" as listed in Appended Table I (1) of the Immigration Control Act or "Dependent" as listed in Appended Table I (4) of the Immigration Control Act, the applicant need only fulfill requirement (a).
(a) The applicant must have graduated from university or acquired an education equivalent thereto, or must hold a license to teach the subject that he/she intends to teach.
(b) When the applicant intends to teach a foreign language, he/she must have acquired an education in said language for at least 12 years. When the applicant is to teach any other subject, he/she must have at least 5 years' teaching experience in that subject.
(ii) The applicant must receive no less remuneration than would a Japanese national for comparable work.


一 申請人が各種学校若しくは設備及び編制に関してこれに準ずる教育機関において教育をする活動に従事する場合又はこれら以外の教育機関において教員以外の職について教育をする活動に従事する場合は、次のいずれにも該当していること。ただし、申請人が各種学校又は設備及び編制に関してこれに準ずる教育機関であって、法別表第一の一の表の外交若しくは公用の在留資格又は四の表の家族滞在の在留資格をもって在留する子女に対して、初等教育又は中等教育を外国語により施すことを目的として設立された教育機関において教育をする活動に従事する場合は、イに該当すること。
 イ 大学を卒業し若しくはこれと同等以上の教育を受け、又は行おうとする教育に係る免許を有していること。
 ロ 外国語の教育をしようとする場合は当該外国語により十二年以上の教育を受けていること、それ以外の科目の教育をしようとする場合は教育機関において当該科目の教育について五年以上従事した実務経験を有していること。
二 日本人が従事する場合に受ける報酬と同等額以上の報酬を受けること。



Period of Stay (Appended Table II)
在留期間(出入国管理及び難民認定法施行規則 別表第二)

3 or 1 year.


三年又は一年



Materials (Appended Table III)
資料(出入国管理及び難民認定法施行規則 別表第三)

(i) Material certifying the outline of the inviting organization.
(ii) Document certifying the alien's educational background or a copy of a license pertaining to the educational activities.
(iii) Document certifying the alien's career.
(iv) Document certifying the contents and period of the activities and the alien's position and reward.


一 招へい機関の概要を明らかにする資料
二 学歴を証する文書又は教育活動に係る免許の写し
三 職歴を証する文書
四 活動の内容、期間、地位及び報酬を証する文書



Materials (Appended Table III (2))
資料(出入国管理及び難民認定法施行規則 別表第三の二)

(i) Document certifying the contents and period of the activities and the alien's position.
(ii) Certificate of the alien's annual income and amount of tax paid.


一 活動の内容、期間及び地位を証する文書
二 年間の収入及び納税額に関する証明書



Agent (Appended Table IV)
代理人(出入国管理及び難民認定法施行規則 別表第四)

Employee of the institution to which the alien is to belong to engage in education.


本人が所属して教育を行うこととなる本邦の機関の職員


Working visa
Professor 「教授」
Artist 「芸術」
Religious Activities 「宗教」
Journalist 「報道」
Business Manager 「経営・管理」
Legal/Accounting Services 「法律・会計業務」
Medical Services 「医療」
Researcher 「研究」
Instructor 「教育」
Engineer/Specialist in Humanities/International Services 「技術・人文知識・国際業務」
Intracompany Transferee 「企業内転勤」
Entertainer 「興行」
Skilled Labor 「技能」

General visa
Cultural Activities 「文化活動」
Student 「留学」
Pre-College Student 「就学」
Trainee 「研修」
Dependent 「家族滞在」

Specified visa
Spouse or Child of Japanese national 「日本人の配偶者等」
Spouse or Child of Permanent Resident 「永住者の配偶者等」
Long Term Resident 「定住者」
Designated Activities 「特定活動」

Permanent Residency
Permanent Resident 「永住者」
Special Permanent Resident 「特別永住者」

Visiting visa
Temporary Visitor 「短期滞在」

Diplomatic visa
Diplomat 「外交」

Official visa
Official 「公用」

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