Hi Paul. this is Eric. I am so happy to finally find a place that I might be able to find answers to my questions.
It’s quite a long story, please don’t mind.
I worked in different Agencies for Five to Six years as a Web Designer (In Hong Kong this means you need to know everything from HTML to Video Editing lol). Three years ago I set up a company with one of my ex-colleagues who is a graphic designer. We took web related projects mostly (mini sites, flash banners, online stores, company portfolio sites etc). As a startup we only got 2 ppl in the beginning so I am responsible for almost Everything (except hardware and hosting solutions), so that’s why I need to learn and master as many of different skills/languages I mentioned above for me to accomplish my jobs.
Now (actually early this month) I decided to part with my partner because of some issues, and I am on my own now. So how is this related to Japan? Well, I always wanted to work and live in Japan. I love Japanese Culture and Other stuffs. I had been studying Japanese by myself for almost 15 years now, I can read and write okay. However lack of chance to speak with natives, my oral and listening are very bad.
The chance finally comes. Now I am on my own, I have to think of my future. Either I fulfil my dream to come to Japan, or I continue my career in Hong Kong. I think if I chose the Japanese way, it would change my life, in a better way. I just don’t know how to start with.
I considered to set up a company in Tokyo, but after some searches on Google I found out that Money is the major concern. I don’t have 5Mil yen (at least) to set up a company in Tokyo yet and apply for the Investor Visa. Also I don’t have any connections there. So the best way may be come to Tokyo and find a job first, and build up everything gradually.
After reading posts on this forum, I saw a ray of light. Here comes my questions:
- Do company hire ppl without a working visa first and bother to help them to apply for it if they decided to hire that person? (I held a British passport)
- I don’t have a degree on Computer Science, I only got an Associated Degree of it. Is it impossible for me to apply for the Engineer Visa?
- Or should I come as a tourist and attend to meetups like Hacker News Tokyo first, to know people first and start as a remote freelancer maybe?
Thanks for reading such a long boring story, and hope you can help me out.