Status of Residence, types of visa
Status of residence that allows someone to work regardless of occupation or industry are
「Permanent residence」,「Spouse or Child of Japanese National」,「Spouse or Child of Permanent Resident」,「Long Term Resident」
|Status of Residence||Examples||Period of Stay||Work restrictions||Application|
|Permanent Resident||Those who are permitted permanent residence by the Minister of Justice.||Unlimited||None||Please refer to the Ministry of Justice HPbelow for procedures and required materials concerning each application.|
|Spouse or Child of Japanese National||Spouse, biological child, or child adopted by a Japanese national||5 years, 3 years,
1 year or 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 or 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 or a term designated by the Minister of Justice(5 years or less)
residence that allows working only within the specified range of occupations, industries, and duties
「Professor」,「Artist」,「Religious Activities」,「Business Manager」,「Legal/ Accounting Services」,「Medical Services」,「Researcher」,「Instructor」,「Engineer/ Specialist in Humanities/International Services」,「Intra-company Transferee」,「Entertainer」,「Skilled Labor」,「Designated Activities」
|Status of Residence||Example||Period of Stay||Work restrictions||Application|
|Engineer/Specialist in Humanities
|Engineers such as of mechanical engineering, interpreter, designer, language instructor at a private company or marketing specialist.||5 years, 3 years,
1 year or 3 months
|Allowed to work within a certain range||Please refer to the Ministry of Justice HPbelow for procedures and required materials concerning each application.|
|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 or 3 months||Working within a Allowed to work within a certain range after acquiring permission to work outside the status of qualification|
|Skilled Labor||Chef of foreign cuisine, sports instructor, aircraft pilot, or craftsman of precious metals||5 years, 3 years,
1 year or 3 months
|Allowed to work within a certain range|
|Technical Intern Training||Technical interns||1 year, 6 months, or a term designated by the Minister of Justice(1 year or less)||Allowed to work within a certain range|
※Note: Information Source: Ministry of Justice HP, Immigration Bureau HP, Hello Work【Q&A on Employment of Foreigners】
・List of Status of Residence
・Status of Residence Q&A
Points to remember in visa application
◆When applying for a change of status of residence, remember the following points.
・Clarify the application materials.
・It is important to write down facts.
※Because Japan is a country with a strict document examination system, prepare and submit your documents properly so they will not cause you trouble later.
・Be consistent with your history & career that you submitted to Immigration Bureau previously.
・How can you use the knowledge and skills learned in Japan.
・Benefits that a company gets by hiring foreigners instead of Japanese(advantages of foreigners)
・Reason for choosing the company to work(reason for joining)
・For interpretation or translation-related work, do not forget to write down the level of language ability
Visa Application Support
- Information on the status of residence is posted on theMinistry of Justice HP、and the immigration control country HP, so please check it first and clarify the application flow and submission materials. If necessary, you may want to create your own list.
- Application documents can be roughly divided into two types: personal relationship materials and corporate relationship materials. Try to ask the company that will hire you for support.
- In general, it is normal to obtain advice and support from your employer, but if you feel uneasy about it, you can ask the help of an administrative scrivener. However, you will need to pay for application and other fees, so it would be better to check the market in advance.