First of all let me start saying that this forum is great and really helpful for anyone thinking about doing IT in Japan (top posts already answered like 90% of the questions I had )
To give more background I’m 29 yo and had to drop my bachelors degree halfway due to financial reasons.
I’m planning on moving to Tokyo next year on a WHV and look for IT related jobs that could sponsor a working visa but I don’t know what documentation is needed to prove that I have been working as a developer for the past 10 years.
A quick summary of my career starting with the most recent job:
- Senior Software Engineer, 6 years in multinational IT company
- Software Engineer, 2 years of freelance work for local clients
- Junior Software Engineer, 2 years of shadowing two dev friends that were doing freelance work and helping them with minor things(unit testing, documentation, automation scripts, etc…)
I could easily prove #1 since I have all the payslips and could request a recommendation letter.
#2 and #3 I am not sure how to proceed
For #2 I was payed in cash and there wasn’t a contract, I might be able to get in contact with 1 of my clients, the other one sadly passed away a while ago.
For #3 even thou I was shadowing them, the freelance company that they worked with didn’t know that. I was not getting any economic compensation from this job, just experience.
What kind of documentation would I need to prove that #2 or #3 actually happened and count them towards the 10 years needed?