Section 2. Visas and Status of Residence

2.2 Relation between visa and status of residence

Within the context of entry and residence procedures, visa and status of residence are two terms easily and often confused.

2.2.1 Visa

A visa can be said to resemble a letter of recommendation required for entry into Japan received in advance from a Japanese diplomatic mission abroad and attached to the passport that certifies that the passport is valid and that there are no impediments to allowing the passport holder to enter Japan within the scope of that visa (however, as discussed later in 2.6 and 2.8 below, this visa requirement does not apply to entry by nationals of countries with which Japan has reciprocal visa exemption arrangements for temporary visitor or to entry by foreign nationals having re-entry permission).

2.2.2 Status of residence

Foreign nationals entering and residing in Japan must generally receive landing permission upon arriving at their port of entry, at which time their status of residence in Japan will be determined. In other words, the status of residence constitutes the grounds on which a foreign national is permitted to stay in Japan; it is a qualification enabling the foreign national to carry out the activities stipulated in the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act and to reside in Japan for the purpose of carrying out those particular activities. The scope of activities in which a foreign national may engage during his/her stay in Japan is determined according to his/her status of residence. Except where a permit to engage in an activity other than that permitted by the status of residence is obtained, the foreign national must not, in principle, engage in any activities generating an income other than those permitted by his/her status of residence while in Japan.

Section2: Contents & Reference


Section2. Documents businesses are required to submit to authorities

Section Documents Where documents are listed within the URL The competent authorities and relevant web pages
2.4.2 Application form for issuance of a Certificate of Eligibility (Business Manager)External site: a new window will open See Form 6 Immigration Services AgencyExternal site: a new window will open
2.4.2 Application form for issuance of a Certificate of Eligibility (Highly Skilled Professionals)External site: a new window will open See Form 1 (1), (2), and (3) Immigration Services AgencyExternal site: a new window will open
2.4.2 Application form for issuance of a Certificate of Eligibility (Engineer / Specialist in Humanities / International Services)External site: a new window will open See Form 7 Immigration Services AgencyExternal site: a new window will open
2.4.2 Application form for issuance of a Certificate of Eligibility (Intra-company Transferee)External site: a new window will open See Form 5 Immigration Services AgencyExternal site: a new window will open
2.4.2 Application form for issuance of a Certificate of Eligibility (Legal / Accounting services)External site: a new window will open See Form 17 Immigration Services AgencyExternal site: a new window will open
2.4.2 Application form for issuance of a Certificate of Eligibility (Skilled Labor)External site: a new window will open See Form 7 Immigration Services AgencyExternal site: a new window will open
2.4.2 Application form for issuance of a Certificate of Eligibility (Specified Skilled Worker)External site: a new window will open See Form 12 Immigration Services AgencyExternal site: a new window will open
2.4.3 Visa application formExternal site: a new window will open See Visa application form in Chapter 3. Visa Application Documents (download) Foreign Nationals' Affairs Division of Conslar Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Foreign AffairsExternal site: a new window will open
2.4.4 Application form for issuance of a Certificate of Eligibility (Intra-company Transferee)External site: a new window will open See Form 5 Immigration Services AgencyExternal site: a new window will open
2.4.4 Application form for issuance of a Certificate of Eligibility (Business Manager)External site: a new window will open See Form 6 Immigration Services AgencyExternal site: a new window will open
2.4.4 Application form for issuance of a Certificate of Eligibility (Engineer / Specialist in Humanities / International Services)External site: a new window will open See Form 7 Immigration Services AgencyExternal site: a new window will open
2.7.5 Notification of change in name, date of birth, sex, and/or nationality/region on residence cardExternal site: a new window will open See Format Immigration Services AgencyExternal site: a new window will open
2.7.5 Application for residence card validity period extensionExternal site: a new window will open See Format Immigration Services AgencyExternal site: a new window will open
2.7.5 Application for reissuance of a residence card due to lossExternal site: a new window will open See Format Immigration Services AgencyExternal site: a new window will open
2.7.8 (1) Notification of affiliated (contracting) organization (Engineer/Specialist in Humanities/International Services)External site: a new window will open See Notification items and notification reference forms Immigration Services AgencyExternal site: a new window will open
2.7.8 (1) Notification of affiliated (activity) organization (Intra-company Transferee or Business Manager)External site: a new window will open See Notification items and notification reference forms Immigration Services AgencyExternal site: a new window will open
2.7.8 (2) Notification of relationship with spouse (divorce/death)External site: a new window will open See Notification reference forms Immigration Services AgencyExternal site: a new window will open
2.8.4 Application for re-entry permissionExternal site: a new window will open See Format for Application for re-entry permission Immigration Services AgencyExternal site: a new window will open
2.9 Application form for issuance of a Certificate of Eligibility (Dependent)External site: a new window will open See Form 11 Immigration Services AgencyExternal site: a new window will open
2.9 Application for permission to engage in an activity other than those permitted by the status of residence previously grantedExternal site: a new window will open See Application format Immigration Services AgencyExternal site: a new window will open
2.10.1 Application for extension of period of stay(Intra-company Transferee)External site: a new window will open See Form 6 Immigration Services AgencyExternal site: a new window will open
2.10.1 Application for extension of period of stay(Business Manager)External site: a new window will open See Form 7 Immigration Services AgencyExternal site: a new window will open
2.10.1 Application for extension of period of stay (Engineer / Specialist in Humanities / International Services)External site: a new window will open See Form 8 Immigration Services AgencyExternal site: a new window will open
2.10.2 Application for change of status of residence (Intra-company Transferee)External site: a new window will open See Form 6 Immigration Services AgencyExternal site: a new window will open
2.10.2 Application for change of status of residence (Business Manager)External site: a new window will open See Form 7 Immigration Services AgencyExternal site: a new window will open
2.10.2 Application for change of status of residence (Engineer / Specialist in Humanities / International Services)External site: a new window will open See Form 8 Immigration Services AgencyExternal site: a new window will open

Materials listed as ‘Reference’ contain samples of documents regarding registration, visa, taxation, personnel and labor matters that are necessary when a foreign company establishes a corporation or other entity in Japan. These documents are not published by competent authorities and therefore are not official. For those who are going through the official procedures, please obtain the latest official documents from the competent authorities and related bodies or consult a person who specializes in advising on such information and procedures.

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