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Japan – Domestic Helpers

Hiring a domestic helper might be common in many countries, however it’s rare for Japanese families to hire full-time helpers. Some Japanese families hire helpers from local companies, and many also hire such help on special occasions such as when they move out from the apartment/house or do major cleaning such as before New Year’s which is an old tradition.

It is not easy to sponsor a foreign full-time domestic helper as there are many requirements and limitations, however it is relatively easier and faster to sponsor a helper who is already in Japan as all they need is to change sponsors. However, it is not possible to hire a helper who accompanied an expat under the visa category Highly Skilled Professional, as the helper will be required to leave Japan with her employer.

It takes time to invite a helper to Japan, and if you are inviting a helper from, say, the Philippines, there might be some regulations on the Philippines side that make the process even more complicated.

Requirements when sponsoring a helper who is already in Japan:

Sponsor

  • Visa status -Highly skilled professionals with salary with over 10,000K Japanese yen, OR Business manager/investor or lawyer/accountant, where their position is CEO or Director level or above.
  • Have children younger than 13 years of age OR a spouse who is very sick that she/he is unable to do any household chores.
  • Agreement to pay salary of more than 200,000yen per month

Domestic Helper

  • 18years old and up
  • Ability to speak the same language as the sponsor and communicate with him/her.

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As for highly skilled professionals, it is also possible to continue hiring the same helper that they are currently using overseas and bring her to Japan.

Sponsor

  • Visa status-Highly skilled professionals with salary with over 10,000,000 yen
  • Having a contract with a minimum wage of 200,000yen per month

Domestic Helper

  • 18years old and up
  • Ability to speak the same language as the sponsor and communicate with him/her.
  • Worked at least 1 year for the sponsor and will accompany the sponsor to Japan and leave Japan with the sponsor at the same time. (The helper cannot stay in Japan after the end of the contract.)