Permission for Permanent Residence

The status of permanent residence is granted when certain conditions have been satisfied by foreign nationals who reside in Japan under another status of residence and who have applied for change of status of residence to permanent residence or by those who have applied to acquire status of residence due to birth or renouncement of …

Businenss Manager Visa (Status of Residence)

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 …

Working Visa (Status of Residence) “Engineer/ Specialist in Humanities/ International Services”

This working visa (Status of Residence) is for foreign nationals who intend to engage a following activitiy, based on a contract with a public or private organization in Japan. Engineer In services which require skills or knowledge pertinent to physical science, engineering or other natural science fields Specialist in Humanities In services which require knowledge …

Part-time/side jobs: you need to obtain “Permission to Engage in an Activity Other Than That Permitted by the Status of Residence Previously Granted”

According to the Immigration Services Agency "If a foreign national 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 to engage in an activity other than that permitted under the status of residence previously …

Bringing a partner/family to Japan

​You might want to bring your partner or family over to join you in Japan. How you do this will depend on which visa (Status of Residence) you have. If you are following visa holder, you can apply "Certificate of Eligibility (Dependent)" for your partner or family. Professor, Artist, Religious Activities, Journalist, Highly Skilled Professional, …

Study Japanese at the Japanese Language Institution in Japan

In many cases, a prospective student first enrolls in a Japanese language institution for 1-2 years, and then takes the university's entrance exam. Therefore, the choice of the Japanese language institution is very important. There are two types of Japanese language institutions for oversea students wish to go on to a Japanese university; 1) The …

How to renew my status of residence (i.e. visa)?

If a foreign national intends to extend his/her period of stay in Japan, he/she needs to submit "The Application for Extension of Period of Stay" at the nearest Immigration Office. Application for Extension of Period of Stay Procedure NameApplication for Extension of Period of StayGoverning LawArticle 21, Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition ActApplicantForeign national wishing …

How can I obtain the re-entry permit?

Applicant must fill in necessary application forms, make ready attached documents and submit a service counter at regional immigration office. In addition, it is necessary to give the notification of moving out under the Act of the Basic Resident Registers at the municipal office. Please also see "How long is the re-entry permit effective?" and "Application …

“Certificate of fidelity guarantee” and “guarantor’s responsibilities”

In the context of Immigration Control Act, the term "guarantor" means the person who promises Minister of Justice to guarantee a foreign national's economic conditions and provide lifestyle guidance including compliance with applicable laws if necessary so that the foreign national would be able to stably and continuously fulfill his/her intended purpose for visiting Japan. …

Student and Part-time Job

A foreign national who is granted a status of residence must receive permission to engage in an activity other than those permitted by the status of residence previously granted if he/she wishes to become engaged in such activities for which he/she receives remuneration as doing part-time job, which are not included in those activities under …

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