Businenss Manager Visa (Status of Residence) is for operating or managing international trade or other areas of business within a public or private organization in Japan.
According to “Ministerial Order to Provide for Criteria Pursuant to Article 7, paragraph (1), item (ii) of the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act“, the applicant needs to come under all of the following requirements.
(1) A business office for the purpose of engaging in the business pertaining to the application exists in Japan; provided, however, that if the business has not yet commenced, facilities to be used as a business office for the purpose of engaging in the business have been secured in Japan.
In order to obtain the status of residence for “Business manager,” it is required for the Japanese subsidiary, branch, or representative office, etc. that serves as the organization of affiliation to have an exclusive and physical office independent from other companies.
With a non-physical virtual office, a shared office with a related corporation, or an open space such as a co-working space or a shared workspace, which are often used when a foreign company advances into Japan, the possibility of not obtaining the status of residence for “Business manager” becomes higher .
When securing an office by renting, it is, as a general rule, required to clearly state in the lease agreement of such property that it is used for business purposes and that the name of the lessee to be such corporation, etc. When the lease period is short, such as using a short-term rental space on a monthly basis, it is treated as if the office is not secured.
Furthermore, when applying for a status of residence other than “Business manager,” depending on the case, the Immigration Bureau of Japan might require to submit the lease agreement of the office, and photos, etc. of the interior and exterior of the office in cases where there is a suspicion whether the office is substantial or not, such as the cases where there is a rental office at the registered location of the head office or where the location of the head office is the same as the representative’s residential address.
(Source: Japan External Trade Organization(JETRO))
(2) The scale of the business pertaining to the application comes under one of the following requirements.
(a) The business concerned employs at least two full-time employees in Japan (except for foreign nationals residing in Japan with a status of residence listed in the left-hand column of Appended Table I of the Act) other than those who operate or manage the business.
(b) The amount of the stated capital or the total amount of the contribution is least 5 million yen.
(c) The scale of the business is recognized to be equivalent to the scale set forth in (a) or (b).
Regarding above option (c), a combination of “one full-time employee” and “2.5 million yen for capital/contribution/investment” can be considered.
(3) If the applicant intends to manage the business,the applicant has at least 3 years’ experience of operating or managing a business (including any period where the applicant majored in the operation or management of a business at a graduate school), and, receives no less remuneration than would a Japanese national for comparable work.