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Author getting Artist Visa? 2019/12/3 08:50
So, let me give a bit of context.

I am an aspiring author, Ifm working on a book that I would love to get formally published, and will be looking for a literary agent in America and hoping to get one that will try to sell the book to a publishing firm there.

This means I wonft have a sponsor company in Japan but in America, and I would like to know if it is possible to get the Artist Visa with a sponsor company in america or just in a country other than Japan in general?

Of course I donft expect to get it with only a single book if it is possible, Ifd expect they would only really consider it if I can earn enough from the Royalties and the advances as well as having the evidence for them.

This is mostly just for my own curiosity and thank you for any answers in advance.
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Re: Author getting Artist Visa? 2019/12/3 09:06
You need to have a reason for being in Japan - why do you have to work as an author from within Japan?
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Re: Author getting Artist Visa? 2019/12/3 09:08
Nope, not happening.
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Re: Author getting Artist Visa? 2019/12/3 09:13
You can however visit for up to 90 days being a USA citizen. Travel to another country and return to Japan again and begin the 90 days again.
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Re: Author getting Artist Visa? 2019/12/3 12:21
At the risk of assuming too much, it sounds like you might be a little confused as to what a work visa is. Work visas aren't issued just because someone has a source of income, but are issued specifically to allow a person to engage in a specific type of business activity within the country.

In broad terms, there are two criteria the authorities look at when evaluating work visa applications:

1. Can the person do the type of job they're applying for a visa for? Specifically, can they earn enough working in that field so that they can support themselves?

2. Does the person need to be in the country to do that job? Or, at the very least, will being in the country let them do the job better?

Generally, the answers to both of those has to be "yes" for the government to grant a visa. For your case, though, it sounds like right now the answer to Question 1 is "maybe," and the answer to question 2 is "no." As an "aspiring author," right now you're got no demonstrated past income from writing, nor guaranteed future earnings from it, and so, for immigration law purposes, you're not a professional artist, and if it's not your profession, you're unlikely to be granted a visa for it.

Even if you could convince the immigration bureau that you're a professional writer who can support himself through that line of work, you'll still have to answer the question of why you need to be in Japan in order to write. Is the subject of your writing Japan-related, and so living in the country will allow you to better research or understand things that will go into your writing? Are you publishing your book in Japan, and thus need to be in the country to better communicate and coordinate with Japanese publishers, distributors, etc.? If not, a work visa is going to be hard to come by.

uI wonft have a sponsor company in Japan but in America, and I would like to know if it is possible to get the Artist Visa with a sponsor company in america or just in a country other than Japan in general?v

It sounds like what you're asking is if it's possible for an American publisher (i.e. a publisher located in the U.S.) to be your sponsor for a Japanese work visa. That's very unlikely. Again, if the sponsoring company sees no benefit from you working in Japan, they're not going to want to go through the time and expense of the legal process of registering as your visa sponsor if they don't feel like you living in Japan is going to produce a better book/product. And again, even you do find an American publisher willing to register as your sponsor, the Japanese immigration bureau is unlikely to grant you a visa if they don't feel like you need to be in Japan to do your job.

I suppose it could be possible that an American publisher that also has operations in Japan (by which I mean an office and staff in Japan) could sponsor you, but in that case the visa would be sponsored by the publisher's Japanese branch, not its home U.S. division.
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Re: Author getting Artist Visa? 2019/12/3 12:21
When they say visa sponsor, they mean someone in Japan who needs to have you in Japan so that you can work for them (for employer sponsored visa types). They are not talking about just anyone who provides financial means. So a company in Japan who wants to hire you for your skills and experiences so that you can work for them, design for them, perform for pay at shows, etc. For author it sounds unlikely, unless you get hired by someone in Japan to write a book that requires you to be in Japan...
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