What happens if my visa expiry day comes while my application for “Extension of Period of Stay” is still in process?

To extend your stay in Japan with your current visa (status of residence), you need to apply for “Extension of Periods of Stay” before your current visa is expired. Mid-long term residents may be submitted from around 3 months before the expiration date of the period of stay. So what happens if my visa expiry …

What is the immigration procedure to be a freelancer?

What should I do if I become a freelancer with few business contracts while I still have a valid working visa which was granted when I was full-time employee? First of all, according to the immigration services agency official, some visas (status of residences) are not exclusive to full-time employees (some people says this is …

When a spouse who married with Japanese National / Permanent Resident applies for Permanent Residency

In principle, it is essential for an applicant for Japanese permanent residency to meet some requirements, such as he/she has stayed in Japan for more than 10 years consecutively, and also has had work permit or the status of residence for more than 5 years consecutively. However, these principle requirements will be relaxed in some …

In case of “Highly-Skilled Foreign Professionals” changed a job

In general, when a mid-long term resident with the status of residence for work ( “Engineer / Specialist in Humanities/ International Services”, “Skilled Labor”, etc) changed a job, he/she needs to make a notification to the Minister of Justice (i.e. the Immigration Services Agency) within 14 days. In case of “Highly-Skilled Foreign Professionals” However, in …

Highly-Skilled Foreign Professionals

In order to promote entry of highly-skilled foreign professionals, a points-based system (preferential immigration treatment) was introduced on May 7, 2012. 1. Who are “Highly-Skilled Foreign Professionals”? According to the Report of the Council for the Promotion of Acceptance of Highly-Skilled Professionals (May 29, 2009), “The quality, unsubstitutable human resources who have a complementary relationship …

Extension of period of stay for students (e.g. language school to university)

If you already stay in Japan as a status of residence (i.e. visa) “College Student” and will go on to the university, you need to apply for “Extension of Period of Stay” from 3 months prior to the expiration date on your residence card. Please note that your “permission to engage in activity other than …

Return of a residence card

When a foreigner national is no longer a medium to long-term resident*, he/she must return the card to the Minister of Justice (regional immigration bureaus) within 14 days of the date on which the card ceases to have effect. In this case, a foreigner can return his/her residence card either by directly bringing it to …

Is it possible to bring my aged parents to Japan?

In general, it is very difficult for foreigners with mid-long term status of residence (i.e. visa) to bring their aged parents to Japan and to take care of them for a year or so. A foreigner wishing to stay in Japan must obtain a suitable status of residence for his/her activity. Yet, there is no …

Departure orders

In order to drastically reduce the number of illegal foreign residents, it is necessary to encourage such foreign residents to appear at the regional immigration bureaus voluntarily. Whereas how to let them depart from Japan promptly and efficiently is the key to control since a limited human resources are available for the regional immigration bureaus. …

Student visa and freelancing

Is it possible to do a freelance work while staying in Japan on student visa? According to the Immigration Services Agency “If a foreign national (i.e. oversea students) intends to engage in an activity to operate profit-making businesses or an activity for receiving consideration other than the activity permitted under his/her status of residence, he/she must obtain permission …

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