You are looking for and considering a country to move to and build a better life for yourself or your family. Among all the options, Japan has got your attention. You have every right to become interested in this ancient country. The strong economy, well living conditions, high quality of life and education, and the need for skilled workers make it a perfect option for ex-pats. The point is that they need dentists, and you, as a foreign person, can immigrate and work in Japan as a dentist. This page of the Visa Library will bring you how to immigrate and work in Japan as a dentist. You will find the procedure, requirements, and all the answers to your questions.
How to immigrate and work in Japan as a dentist?
The process of immigrating and working in Japan as a dentist is a bit long and tedious. You have to work hard and pass a few stages. This section brings you the things you have to do. This section brings you the steps you have to follow, but you should know that there isn’t much information about the process in English, and if you need further information, you have to read in Japanese or get help from someone who knows the language.
Get your dental degree and license.
The first step you have to pass to immigrate and work in Japan as a dentist is to get your dental degree and license in your home country. You need to complete your education and get your diploma, then pass the internship or training period. If there is an exam you have to pass, you need to take it to get your license. You have to become a licensed dentist in your home country to immigrate and work in Japan as a dentist.
The university or school you study must be approved and verified by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology in Japan. You’d better visit their website to find more information or know if the school you attended is approved or not.
You might have to get approval from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology in Japan to continue the below steps. As explained, there is not much information about this requirement in English. Reach the Misntiry to find more information.
Work on your Japanese language proficiency.
You need to work on your Japanese language proficiency and become fluent in it to immigrate and work in Japan as a dentist. You need a Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) certificate. It is divided from N1 to N5, and N1 is the hardest level to get.
You will be working with Japanese people, and they speak this language. English is common, but not a lot and most people speak Japanese.
Moreover, the exams you will have to pass are in Japanese. You need a high level of fluency to pass them.
Approval from the Misntiry of Health Labor and Welfare.
You need to gather the supporting documents and send them to the Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare to get their approval to take the exams. They decide whether you can pass the exams or not. This is a list of the documents you have to gather:
- Identity documents.
- Residence permit.
- A copy of a dentist’s license obtained in a foreign country.
- Application forms.
You can find a full list of requirements on the Ministry of Health Labor and Welfare website. Most of the provided information is in Japanese. So you have to realize and figure them out yourself. After they evaluate your case and approve it, you can continue the rest of the procedure.
Pass the preliminary exam.
You need to pass the preliminary exam to immigrate and work in Japan as a dentist. It is held once a year in Japan, and you need Japanese language fluency to pass it.
This exam evaluates your medical knowledge and Japanese language proficiency. You can find more information about it on the Ministry of Health website.
Pass the National Dental Practitioner’s Examination.
The last stage for you to immigrate and work in Japan as a dentist is to pass the National Dental Practitioner’s Examination. This is the exam that evaluates your skills as a dentist and determines whether you are qualified to work in Japan or not.
It is in Japanese and is held once a year in Japan. You can find more information about it on the Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare website. There is not much information about it in English.
Look for a job in Japan.
After you get your license to work as a dentist in Japan, you need to find a job in Japan. Every foreign person who wants to work in Japan needs a work permit. The employer you will work for can only apply for a work permit, so you need to find an employer willing to hire you.
There are various ways to find a job in Japan. The first one is to look for a position through the websites that advertise job positions in Japan. This is a list of them:
- YOLO Japan.
- GaijinPot Jobs.
- WeXpats Jobs
- Career Engine
- Career Cross
- en world
You need to prepare a resume and apply for the available positions. If your CV/resume is good, the employers will reach you to negotiate employment.
The other way to find a job in Japan is to get help from employment agencies. These companies connect employees and employers together and get commissions. In this case, they can connect dentists and clinics. This is a list of these companies that can help you:
- FAIR Inc.
- ROBERT WALTERS.
- Nippon Shigoto.
- Pasona Global
- RGF Professional Recruitment Japan
- Disco International Inc. (DI).
- Recruit Now
- Alberto Recruitment
- Find Chef-Agent
Visit their website to learn more about the available positions, or email them. You might be able to complete a form to get a counseling section as well.
The other way you can use to find a job in Japan as a dentist is to reach the clinics directly. You can find a list of them by googling them in the city you live, or you want to work.
After you find a job, you need to sign an employment contract with a Japanese employer. It’s part of the supporting documents that the employer must submit to the officials. The contract must explain every detail of the terms of employment and must be comprehensive. These are some of the items that must be included:
- Probationary Period.
- Paid Time Off
- Non-Competition and Confidentiality
- Legal Authorization
- Duration of employment
- Job Responsibilities
- Work schedule
- Severance pay,
Read every line of the employment contract, then sign it.
Japan work permit and work visa.
The employer applies to immigration officials and submits the documents. He/she will inform you of the full list of the documents. After the Japanese officials agree, they issue the Certificate of Eligibility. You need it to apply for a Japan work visa. The Certificate of Eligibility is permission to work in Japan, and the work visa is permission to enter Japan, and you need the visa to enter the country.
You need to gather the work visa supporting documents and submit them to your home country’s Japanese embassy/consulate.
- The Eligibility Certificate
- The Japan work visa application form must be completed and signed by the applicant.
- A valid passport with a copy of it
- The photo of the applicant should be 3 * 4 cm in size and should be on a white background. It must have been taken in the last three months. The applicant’s face in the photo must be completely visible.
- Details of the job position, company name, salary, and length of work must be provided.
- Previous academic and work experiences
- Documents related to the company, including company registration, profit, and loss statement
- Artists must show documents that confirm their achievements.
- Religious workers must provide details of their religious organization. Documents related to your religious position must also be provided.
- Researchers must provide academic evidence.
- Researchers, instructors, and teachers must also provide their academic evidence and professional qualifications.
- For intra-company transferees, documents showing the relationship between the two companies should be submitted.
The above list is just a sample of the documents you have to submit to the Japanese embassy. You might have to submit further documents, and they often ask for additional documents. You’d better determine it with the embassy. Then, you will have to schedule a meeting with the Japanese embassy/consulate or a visa center in your home country. Figure out who is responsible for visa processing.
Visit them in person and bring the documents. Submit everything to the officials, and answer their questions regarding the purpose of your visit. There is also a fee for visa processing you should pay. Ask the embassy how much it costs you. Visa processing takes time, but the embassy informs you when it’s ready. You can enter Japan after you get the visa label on your passport.
Immigrant dentists’ salaries in Japan.
Your salary as a dentist in Japan depends on various elements:
- Work experience.
- The place you work with.
- The city.
- Employment terms.
- Tasks and responsibility.
The available sources which estimate the average salary in Japan have mentioned different figures for dentists’ salaries.
According to Salary Explorer, the average salary of a dentist in Japan is about 1,290,000 JPY per month, while the lowest salary is about 671,000 JPY, and the highest figure is about 1,970,000 JPY.
According to the Average Salary Survey, the average salary of a dentist in Japan is about 433,148 JPY ($49,035). This source says that the most typical salary is about 1,574,340 JPY ($12,000). According to Glassdoor, the average salary in Yokohama is about $172,500 per year, while the national average salary is about $150,000 per year.
How to become a dentist in Japan as a foreign person?
Yes, you can immigrate and work in Japan as a dentist as a foreign person. But the process is long and tedious. You need to learn Japanese and get the N1 language proficiency certificate. Then you need to send your documents for recognition and pass the exams. It takes time, and you have to spend a lot of time to pass all of them.
The second way is also available; getting admission to a dental school in Japan and getting a degree from the country. In this way, you need Japanese language proficiency. You need to complete your education and pass the exams, then look for a job and offer and apply for a work permit.
Study a dental degree in Japan.
The other way to immigrate and work in Japan as a dentist is to study a dental course there. This is a safer way to immigrate and work in Japan as a dentist, as you get a degree from Japan and do not have any trouble or problem passing the exams and getting the required license. As you stay and study in Japan from the beginning, your language proficiency will improve, and you will get familiar with Japanese procedures and everything related to them. Follow these steps to immigrate and work in Japan as a dentist.
Find a dental school and get admission.
The first step is to find a dental school in Japan that offers its courses to international students. You can find a list of them in this section. You need to figure out the requirements and fulfill all of them.
|Osaka Dental University|
|Nippon Dental University|
|Kyushu Dental College|
|University of Tokushima|
|Aichi Gakuin University|
|Tokyo Dental College|
|Tokyo Medical and Dental University.|
|University of Tsukuba|
|Yokohama City University|
|Osaka City University|
|Health Science University|
|Nara Medical University|
|Fukuoka Dental College|
|University of Tokyo|
|Iwate Medical University|
|Matsumoto Dental University|
|Health Sciences University of Hokkaido|
|Kanagawa Dental University|
|Sapporo Medical University|
|Hamamatsu University School of Medicine|
|Tokyo Medical University|
|Fujita Health University|
You need to visit the University website and determine the requirements. Then you will have to fulfill them and apply to the university:
- Latest educational degree.
- Recommendations letter from professors.
- Japanese language proficiency certificate.
- Cover letter or SOP.
- English fluency certificate.
Determine the exact list of requirements and fulfill them. Then apply to the university and wait for their decision.
Apply for a Japan student visa.
After the university finalizes your application and decides to grant admission, they will issue the admission letter and Certificate of Eligibility (COE). You need both of them to apply for a Japan student visa. The COE and admission letter are the cornerstone of your student visa application, and you may not apply without them. The university is responsible for applying and receiving the COE and sending it to you as an international student. At this stage, you can apply for a student visa. You have to gather the supporting documents. This is a sample list of the documents you have to gather:
No.1. is a Photo.
You need one or two photos of yourself.
It must be new and taken in the last 3 months at the time of application. It must be 4X3 cm, on a white background, and without shadows. Your face must be perfectly visible, and the image quality must be clear. If the COE was issued in less than 3 months, you could submit the photos you provided to the university to apply for the COE.
No.2. is your Passport.
It can not be older than 10 years ago at the time of application. Also, it must be valid after your course ends in Japan.
No.3.The Certificate of Eligibility
You have to submit the COE to the Japanese embassy. You would better keep a copy for yourself. Ask the embassy whether they want the original version or if a copy is accepted.
No.4. information about Japanese universities or schools.
Prepare a letter containing information about your educational institution in Japan, the duration of the study, and other details. It must be complete and hold all the necessary information about your study.
No.5. Educational certificates.
Submit your previous educational or vocational certificates. They fill the educational gap and prove you are eligible to study in this course.
No.6. Proof of having enough funds.
You have to prove that you hold enough money or funds to cover your expenses in Japan.
The average amount you spend depends on your tuition, the city you live in, and your lifestyle.
The National Average cost of living in Japan for international students is about ¥93,000.
But it’s much up to the city you live in.
For instance, the cost of living in Tokyo is about ¥109,000, but it’s about ¥75,000 in Kyushu.
If you have a sponsor like your parents, they have to undertake to pay your expenses and show to have enough funds to cover you.
These are some of the documents you can submit to prove your financial ability;
- Bank statement
- Scholarship documents
- Financial assistance, but you must provide the relevant documents.
No.7. Cover letter.
Write a letter and explain why you want to continue your education in Japan. This letter is like the SOP that you write to the university, but you write it to the Japanese officials.
You must clear these items to the Japanese authorities;
- – your background,
- – educational goals,
- – the benefits of the course,
- – why did you pick Japan,
- – & your plans after finishing your course.
The cover letter is an essential or important part of your application. Spend enough time writing it. You might have to get help from a professional in preparing it.
You have to complete the form with your personal information and submit it to the Japanese embassy. You can download the form from the Japanese embassy on your home country’s website.
No.9. A clean record certificate.
The above list is just a sample; you might have to submit further supporting documents.
After you gather the requirements, you need to schedule a meeting with the Japanese embassy/consulate in your home country. You can find them at this link. Visit them in person and bring all the documents. You have to pay the fee for visa processing and answer the embassy’s questions regarding the purpose of your visit. This is the interview stage, and you must give true and honest answers.
After the embassy processes your visa, they will inform you to get it and move to Japan to start your studies.
To learn more about Japanese student visa, you can visit the Visa Library article or watch the related video we have prepared on our YouTube channel.
Complete your studies and pass the exams.
You need to complete your dental course and get your degree which takes about 5 years. You will have to obey the national law and work hard to pass your courses. Also, you need to work on your Japanese language proficiency and improve it. There are new things that you have to learn especially dental terms.
After getting your degree, you need to pass the preliminary exam and Pass the National Dental Practitioner’s Examination. You can find more information about these exams in the above section.
Find a job in Japan and get a work permit.
Every foreign national who wants to work in Japan needs a work visa and a work permit. You need the Japanese government’s approval to work in the country. Only the Japanese employer can apply for this permission, and you, as the dentist, can not apply for it. So it is a must to find a job offer with a Japanese employer. There are various ways to find a job in Japan as a dentist. The first one is to look for a position through the websites that advertise job positions in Japan. You can find the list of them in the above section.
You will have to prepare your resume and a cover letter and apply for the available positions as a dentist on these websites.
The other way you can find a job as a dentist in Japan is to get help from employment agencies. You can find the list of them in the above section.
Visit the websites of these companies and determine if they have a position or can help you.
The third way to find a job is to visit the clinics of hospitals directly or their websites to know if they need a dentist or not. You can send them your resume or visit them in person. If you get work experience during your studies or residency, it will have a huge effect on your resume and future employment.
After you find the job, you need to sign an employment contract with the Japanese employer. Here are some of the items that must be included in the letter. It must cover every term and detail of the employment. The more, the merrier.
After signing the contract, the employer applies for an Eligibility Certificate. You will need it to change your status from a study permit in Japan to a work permit. If you are outside of Japan at the time of application, you need a work visa to enter the country again.
You can find more information about Japan’s work visa, its work permit, the entrance requirements, and the process from the Visa Library article or watch the video on our YouTube channel.
How long does it take you to immigrate and work in Japan as a dentist?
There are two ways to immigrate and work in Japan as a dentist. The first one is to study a dental course in Japan, which takes about 5 years. Then you will have to take the exams and find a job, look for a job, and apply for a work permit. It might take up to six months to a year to complete the process after completing your study. So you can expect 6 years to immigrate and work in Japan as a dentist.
The second way is to get your degree in your home country and then apply to pass the exams. It might take one year for you to take the exams as the available seats are limited, and you might miss the deadline. Then you will have to find a job and apply for a work permit and a work visa. This could take from 2-3 years. But this is after you complete your education in your home country and get a dental license.
Can you immigrate and work in Japan as a foreign dentist?
Yes, you can immigrate and work in Japan as a dentist as a foreign person. There are two ways for you to do it; study a dental course and pass the exams or get your degree in your home country and then pass the exams. Either way, you will have to find a job and apply for a work permit. Look at the above section to learn more about each way. It’s up to you to pick the appropriate way by your conditions. Each one has its pros and cons, and you need to figure out which one is appropriate.
Let’s sum up…
This page of the Visa Library brought you how to immigrate and work in Japan as a dentist. You learned that there are two ways to do it; study a course in Japan and pass the exams or get your degree from your home country and then pass the exams. This article brought you the required information for both ways and explained the procedure you have to follow in detail.
In case you have questions, write them down in the comment section. The Visa Library team will answer all of them and provide the necessary information.
Frequently asked for information about immigration and working in Japan as a dentist.
Do I need Japanese language proficiency to immigrate and work in Japan as a dentist?
Yes, you need Japanese language proficiency to immigrate and work in Japan as a dentist. You need it to get admission to a dental school and pass the exams.
How long does it take for me to immigrate and work in Japan as a dentist?
It depends on the way you pick. It could take 5-6 years if you study a course in Japan and 2-3 years if you get your degree in your home country and want to pass the exams in Japan.
Does Japan need dentists?
Yes, the country lacks skilled dentists, and they need them. You can work well and have good living conditions in the country.