The influence of Covid-19 hits foreign students’ living directly in Japan. The number of part-time jobs, which they are permitted to do with their visa status, tends to be reduced unexpectedly and there seem to be a lot of foreign students who are terminated employment contract and are forced to take unwilling days off because of stores and restaurants closing down due to coronavirus.
In this situation, the number of foreign students who fall behind in payments of rent and school expenses is increasing more and more.
Foreign students tends to fall into information deficiency even though they are really in trouble because of language barrier.
If you were told unexpectedly to take unwilling days off from your job, what should you do?
First thing first, the office in a broad sense, including restaurants and factories, where you work at, has responsibility for compensation for absence from work and you need to claim compensation for your unwilling days off.
Regarding the above, Article 26th of Labor Standards Act says,
In the event of an absence from work for reasons attributable to the employer, the employer shall pay an allowance equal to at least 60 percent of the worker’s average wage to each worker concerned during the period of absence from work.
Reference: Japanese law translation
- 1 The place where you can consult about your distress
- 2 Types of benefits that foreigner can also receive except for special benefit, 100,000
- 2.1 Details of housing benefits (住居確保給付金)
- 2.1.1 If you leave your job or your business closes down
- 2.1.2 If income reduction because of absense from work leads you not really to leave your job and close your business but to be still in extremely distressed situation.
- 2.1.3 You must correspond to all the following conditions
- 2.1.4 How much you receive
- 2.1.5 How long you receive the beneifit
- 2.1.6 How to be paid
- 2.1.7 About job hunting during payment
- 2.2 Emergency small koan (緊急小口資金)
- 2.3 Life consulation counter for foreign student in Japan
- 2.1 Details of housing benefits (住居確保給付金)
The place where you can consult about your distress
which is a NGO supporting foreign workers living in Japan.
Types of benefits that foreigner can also receive except for special benefit, 100,000
And also, you check out two public supports which foreign students can receive.
|Housing benefit (住居確保給付金)||This benefit is subject to people who face diffiluty of living and are in danger of losing the place to live in. The government will pay a benefit to cover the cost of rent. You apply for this benefit at the window of the municipality where you receive the resident certificate|
|Emergency small loan (緊急小口資金)||This small fund system is managed by the council of social welfare of each municipality. If you clear the screening, you can borrow maximam 200,000 yen without interest.|
Details of housing benefits (住居確保給付金)
If you leave your job or your business closes down
If income reduction because of absense from work leads you not really to leave your job and close your business but to be still in extremely distressed situation.
You must correspond to all the following conditions
How much you receive
Mothly rent will be paid on regular basis (The limitation of housing assistance based on the Public Assistance Act is the upper limit of payment). However, if the total income of the household exceeds the reference amount, housing benefits shall be paid pertially.
How long you receive the beneifit
In principle, you can receive it for 3 months. However, if you satisfy a certain requirement like you look for job seriously and earnestly, The payment period can be extendable 2 times up to maximum 3 months from the day you apply for this payment.
How to be paid
The housing benefit will be transferred directly to apartment or house owner’s bank account.
About job hunting during payment
You must do job hunting to get full-time position by taking advantage of the public employment seccurity office and employment spport from an idenpedent consultation support organization.
However, If your income reduction because of absense from work leads you not really to leave your job and close your business but to be still in extremely distressed situation, you are not required to satisfy the second and the third conditions.
Reference: About Housing Benefit (Kanagawa Prefcture)
Emergency small koan (緊急小口資金)
If low income households face the difficulty of living emergently and temporarily with the following reasons, small loan can be lent
Loan value, inerest, pay-back period,
|Loan Value||Necessary amount within 100,000yen|
|Deferment period||within 2 months|
|Pay-back period||within 12 months|
Ncessesary documents and certificates
Things to be noted
Reference: The council of social welfare in Kanagawa
Life consulation counter for foreign student in Japan
Consulation of life in general, including studing environment is taken charge of by international associations installed in each municiaplity.
In the counsultation counter for foreigners installed in Osaka International House Foundation, Staff will support foreigners in 5 different languages by email and phone.