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STATUS OF RESIDENCE APPLICATION SUPPORT

WHAT IS THE "STATUS OF RESIDENCE" SYSTEM?

Whether or not to allow foreigners to enter or leave the country can freely be decided at the discretion of each country. This principle has been established as an international customary law. This is why each country sets up and uses its own immigration control system that suits its needs. Japan has adopted a "status of residence" system that specifically stipulates the content of activities for the purpose of residence by law and allows only those who conform to them to enter or stay in Japan. This system follows the American "immigration law" and is widely adopted in countries in Americas and Asia.

IMMIGRATION CONTROL SYSTEMS AROUND THE WORLD

Defence & Security Type Europe Type America Type
Control system focused on maintaining security by police and other law enforcement authorities
No strict procedures for entering and residence, but strict restrictions on employment of foreigners.
Specifically define the purpose and scope of residence activities by law
China, North Korea, former Soviet Union countries, etc.
European countries with the Schengen Agreement, etc.
Americas, Japan, Asian countries, etc.
In Japan, the "Immigration Control Ordinance" was enacted in 1951 as a law that stipulates the contents of the status of residence system, and after continuous amendments, it still operates today as the "Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act (Immigration Control Act)". The basic idea remains the same that only those who meet the "status of residence" predetermined by the Immigration Control Act are allowed to enter and stay in Japan.
(Note) About the name "VISA"
The qualifications for foreign nationals to stay and work in Japan are often referred to as "working visas" or "visas". However, this is not correct and it should be called "status of residence" to be exact, in Japan's immigration system. On the other hand, "visa" correctly means the one issued by the Japanese consulate abroad and affixed in your passport to endorse that your entry into Japan is righteous. Please note that some parts of our website use the word "visa" for "status of residence" as that is how it is commonly used in reality.

TYPES OF STATUS OF RESIDENCE

Types of status of residence are stipulated by the Immigration Control Act as shown below. In order for a foreigner to enter and stay in Japan, he/she must be recognized as having one of the following statuses of residence. Although omitted in the table below, there are criteria for judging applicability to each status of residence. Please consult with us for further details.
Status of Residence (working type):
Status of Residence
Examples
Period of Stay
Diplomat
Ambassador, minister, consulate general, or delegation member of a foreign government and their families
Period in which diplomatic activities are performed
Official
Employee of an embassy or consulate of a foreign government, individual assigned by an international institution for an official assignment, and their families
5 years, 3 years, 1 year, 3 months, 30 days, 15 days
Professor
College professor
5 years, 3 years, 1 year, 3 months
Artist
Composer, artist, or writer
5 years, 3 years, 1 year, 3 months
Religious
Missionary assigned by a foreign religious organization
5 years, 3 years, 1 year, 3 months
Journalist
Reporter or photographer of foreign press
5 years, 3 years, 1 year, 3 months
Highly-Skilled
Professional(i)
Business manager(those with a high degree of specialized skills)
5 years
Highly-Skilled
Professional(ii)
Business owners, business managers (for those who have completed (i))
No limit
Highly-Skilled human resources
in accordance with
the points' system
Manager or administrator of a company, etc.
5 years, 3 years, 1 year, 4 months, 3 months
Business Manager
Manager or administrator of a company
5 years, 3 years, 1 year, 4 months, 3 months
Legal/Accounting
Services
Attorney or certified public accountant
5 years, 3 years, 1 year, 3 months
Medical Services
Physician, dentist or registered nurse
5 years, 3 years, 1 year, 3 months
Researcher
Researcher at a government-related institution or company
5 years, 3 years, 1 year, 3 months
Instructor
Language instructor at a senior high school or junior high school, etc.
5 years, 3 years, 1 year, 3 months
Engineer/
Specialist in
Humanities/
International Services
Engineer such as of mechanical engineering, interpreter, designer, language instructor at a private company or marketing specialist.
5 years, 3 years, 1 year, 3 months
Intra-company
Transferee
Transferee from an office abroad
5 years, 3 years, 1 year, 3 months
Care worker
Social worker/care worker
5 years, 3 years, 1 year, 3 months
Entertainer
Actor, singer, dancer, or professional athlete
5 years, 3 years, 1 year, 3 months
Skilled Labor
Chef of foreign cuisine, sports instructor, aircraft pilot, or craftsman of precious metals
5 years, 3 years, 1 year, 3 months
Technical
Intern Training (i)
(a)(b)
Acquisition of skills for 80 occupations (144 work)
1 year
Technical
Intern Training (ii)
(a)(b)
Mastery of 80 occupations (144 work) skills, etc.

(For those who have completed (i))

2 years
Technical
Intern Training (iii)
(a)(b)
Mastery of 80 occupations (144 work) skills, etc.

(For those who have completed (ii)

2 years
Specified Skilled
Worker (i)
14 fields, Work with skills that require a considerable amount of knowledge and experience
Updated every 1 year, 6 months, 4 months, up to 5 years in total
Specified Skilled
Worker (ii)
14 fields, Work that requires skill
Updated every 3 years, 1 year, 6 months
Status of residence (cultural activities, etc.):
Status of Residence
Examples
Period of Stay
Cultural Activities
Researcher of Japanese culture, etc.
3 years, 1 year, 6 months, 3 months
Temporary Visitor
Tourist or conference participant
90 days, 30 days, 15 days, period of less than 15 days
Student
Student or pupil of a university, junior college, college of technology ("kotosenmongakko"), senior high school, junior high school or elementary school, etc.
4 years and 3 months, 4 years, 3 years and 3 months, 3 years, 2 years and 3 months, 2 years , 1 year, 6 months, 3 months
Trainee
Trainee except for the activities listed in the "Technical Intern Training (ⅰ) Student
3 years, 1 year, 6 months
Dependent
Spouse or child who is a dependant of a residing foreign national
5 years, 4 years and 3 months, 4 years, 3 years and 3 months, 3 years, 2 years and 3 months, 2 years, 1 year and 3 months, 1 year, 6 months, 3 months
Designated Activities
Domestic staff of a diplomat, etc., working holiday, or a foreign nurse / care worker candidate under an Economic Partnership Agreement, etc.
5 years, 3 years, 1 year, 6 months, 3 months, a term designated by the Minister of Justice ( 5 years or less)
Status of residence (non-working type):
Status of Residence
Examples
Period of Stay
Permanent Resident
Individual who is permitted permanent residence by the Minister of Justice (except for special permanent residents of the Special Law on Immigration Control)
Unlimited
Spouse or Child of
Japanese National
Spouse, biological child, or child adopted by a Japanese national in accordance with the provisions of Article 817-2 of the Civil Code
5 years, 3 years, 1 year, 6 months
Spouse or Child of
Permanent Resident
Spouse or biological child of permanent resident or special permanent resident who was born and continues to reside in Japan
5 years, 3 years, 1 year, 6 months
Long Term Resident
Refugees accepted for third-country resettlement, Japanese relative, child of Japanese descent, or child of foreign national spouse from a previous marriage
5 years, 3 years, 1 year, 6 months, a term designated by the Minister of Justice (5 years or less)

WHAT IS "CERTIFICATE OF ELIGIBILITY"

Effective when hiring foreigners residing overseas !

Certificate of eligibility
In order for foreigners to land in Japan, it is necessary for them to have a visa issued in their passport, but applying for a visa can take up to 2-3 months, which is a big problem. The "Certificate of Eligibility" system was enforced to resolve such problems. The Certificate of Eligibility is a document issued by the Ministry of Justice to prove that foreigners before coming to Japan comply with the landing standards stipulated by the Immigration Control Act and that the purpose of stay(occupation) corresponds to the status of residence. If you have the Certificate of Eligibility, the visa will be issued in a short time, and it will be a very effective means when you invite foreigners on a fixed schedule for employment etc. We support application for issuance of Certificate of Eligibility.

WHAT IS "WORK QUALIFICATION CERTIFICATE"

Effective when a foreign national changes jobs in Japan !

Work qualification certificate
When a foreigner changes jobs in Japan, the status of residence before changing jobs will not be valid after the change, even if the occupations are similar, as the company itself is one of the judgment factors. If you are too optimistic, renewing of the status of residence may be denied after changing jobs, and you may be forced to leave the country. In such cases, issue a "Certificate of Eligibility" on the premise of working at the new company, to confirm that the status of residence will be continuously obtained even after changing jobs. We support application for issuance of Certificate of Eligibility.

STATUS OF RESIDENCE SUPPORT FLOW

Step.1  Initial Consultation(free) and Quotation
Please contact us by phone or the inquiry form.
In addition to the initial consulting on the application procedure, we will hear the details of your request and current situation, and investigate which status of residence will apply, the possibility of permission, and other foreseeable problems, etc. Then, we will provide you with a schedule and a quotation. If you are satisfied with your proposal, please place an order.
Step.2  Place Order
Sign a delegation contract to make it a firm order.
After that, please transfer the first payment.
Step.3  Collect Certificates and Create Documents
We will list documents required for your VISA application. If there arw documents that only you can obtain, we will advise you how you can obtain it. Documents that need to be translated will be translated by us (additional costs may be incurred depending on the volume).
Step.4  Apply to Immigration Services Agency
Once the application documents are ready, apply to the Immigration Services Agency of Japan and respond to questions and explanation from immigration inspectors. Transfer the final payment at the time of application.
Step.5  Delivery of Residence Card
In the case of a change/renewal of status of residence, we will deliver the changed/renewed residence card. In the case of a certificate of eligibility application, the original certificate of eligibility will be sent to the applicant in his/her home country by EMS or a desired courier service such as Fedex or DHL. Please use it for visa issuance procedures at the local Japanese embassy or consulate. In the unlikely event that the permission/issuance is denied, we will consult with the Agency to find out the reason and reapply at free of charge.


SUPPORT FEE

Service Price
Certificate of eligibility JPY 120,000 + Tax
Status of residence change JPY 120,000 + Tax
Status of residence renewal JPY 60,000 + Tax
Naturalization JPY 200,000 + Tax
Permanent residence JPY 120,000 + Tax
Consultation(except for first 60min.) JPY 5,000/30min. + Tax

CONTACT US

If you have any questions, want to hear more about the service, the first consultation is FREE!
Please feel free to contact us using the inquiry form below or by phone.

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