Section 2. Visas and Status of Residence

Reference

1. Consultation with specialists for procedures

In Japan, administrative scriveners are specialists authorized to advise on the immigration and residence-related procedures mentioned above.

An administrative scrivener that has notified the Regional Immigration Bureau to serve as application agents and obtained the certificate has a thorough knowledge of immigration and residency control and is authorized to act as an agent in filing applications with the Regional Immigration Bureau (or branch office thereof), such as the issuance of certificates of eligibility, permission for an extension of period of stay, permission for change of status of residence, and re-entry permission (As individual administrative scriveners work in distinct specialties within their broad-ranging profession, not all administrative scriveners are registered in this way to act as application agents). Administrative scriveners can also offer guidance on documents needed for applications, provide advice on preparing documents and, when necessary, can act as agent in preparing the documents. Use of these services exempts foreign applicants and companies employing foreigners from the need to appear personally at the Regional Immigration Bureau (or branch office thereof) and enable entry procedures to be proceeded accurately and promptly.

2. Flowchart of procedures for establishment of operations in Japan and acquisition of visa/status of residence

The following diagram depicts the sequence of procedures that are typically completed in order to establish and register the establishment of a new operation in Japan (subsidiary company or branch office) represented by a foreign national, along with the procedures for acquisition of a visa and status of residence.

  1. In Japan

    Entry to Japan on "Temporary visitor" visa

  2. Research and preparations for establishment of operations in Japan (subsidiary company or branch office)

  3. Registration of establishment of operations (Japanese subsidiary company or branch office) or preparation for establishment of operations (preparation of articles of incorporation, etc.)

  4. Application for Certificate of Eligibility by applicant or proxy at the Regional Immigration Bureau (or branch office thereof) in Japan

  5. Certificate of Eligibility issued and sent to applicant or proxy in Japan by the Regional Immigration Bureau (or branch office thereof) in Japan

    1. *

      If a foreign national who has applied for a Certificate of Eligibility is already in Japan on a temporary visitor status of residence when the Certificate of Eligibility is issued, that foreign national may be able to change his/her temporary visitor status of residence to the status of residence approved in the Certificate of Eligibility while still in Japan, without the need to apply for and receive a visa at a Japanese diplomatic mission outside Japan.

  6. Outside Japan

    Application for a single or multiple-entry visa at Japanese diplomatic mission abroad

  7. Issuance of a signle or multiple-entry visa by Japanese diplomatic mission abroad

  8. In Japan

    Entry into Japan (In principle, a foreign national must land in Japan within three months from the issuance date of Certificate of Eligibility): Presentation of a passport and a single or multiple-entry visa, submission of Certificate of Eligibility, receipt of seal of landing verification in passport at the port of debarkation, and receipt of residence card issued to foreign nationals residing in Japan for the mid to long term

    This residence card serves as an employment visa.

  1. (Note)

    At Narita, Haneda, Chubu, Kansai, Shinchitose, Hiroshima, and Fukuoka Airports, besides having a seal of landing verification stamped in their passports, mid-to long term residents will be issued a residence card. At other ports of entry/departure, a seal of landing verification will be stamped in the passport and a residence card will be issued after a mid-to long-term resident follows the residency procedure at the municipal office of the city/town/village. (Basically, a residence card will be mailed by the Regional Immigration Bureau (or branch office thereof) to the reported place of residence)

Section2: Contents & Reference


Section2. Documents businesses are required to submit to authorities

Section Documents Where documents are listed within the URL Reference The competent
authorities's URL
2.4.2 Application for Certificate of Eligibility (Business Manager)External site: a new window will open See Form 5 Immigration Services AgencyExternal site: a new window will open
2.4.2 Application for Certificate of Eligibility (Highly Skilled Professionals)External site: a new window will open See Form 1, 5 or 6 Immigration Services AgencyExternal site: a new window will open
2.4.2 Application for Certificate of Eligibility (Engineer / Specialist in Humanities / International Services)External site: a new window will open See Form 6 Immigration Services AgencyExternal site: a new window will open
2.4.2 Application for Certificate of Eligibility (Intra-company Transferee)External site: a new window will open See Form 4 Immigration Services AgencyExternal site: a new window will open
2.4.2 Application for Certificate of Eligibility (Legal / Accounting services)External site: a new window will open See Form 13 Immigration Services AgencyExternal site: a new window will open
2.4.2 Application for Certificate of Eligibility (Skilled Labor)External site: a new window will open See Form 6 Immigration Services AgencyExternal site: a new window will open
2.4.2 Application for Certificate of Eligibility (Specified Skilled Worker) ReferencePDF File(657KB) 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 for Certificate of Eligibility (Intra-company Transferee)External site: a new window will open See Form 4 Immigration Services AgencyExternal site: a new window will open
2.4.4 Application for Certificate of Eligibility (Business Manager)External site: a new window will open See Form 5 Immigration Services AgencyExternal site: a new window will open
2.4.4 Application for Certificate of Eligibility (Engineer / Specialist in Humanities / International Services)External site: a new window will open See Form 6 Immigration Services AgencyExternal site: a new window will open
2.7.5 Notification of a change in an item on the residence card (other than the address)External site: a new window will open See Format Immigration Services AgencyExternal site: a new window will open
2.7.5 Application for extension of the valid period of the residence cardExternal site: a new window will open See Format Immigration Services AgencyExternal site: a new window will open
2.7.5 Application for reissuance of the 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 on the contracting organization(Engineer/Specialist in Humanities/International Services)External site: a new window will open See Notified matters 1. to 5. Immigration Services AgencyExternal site: a new window will open
2.7.8 (1) Notification of the accepting organization(Intra-company Transferee or Business Manager)External site: a new window will open See Notified matters 1. to 5. Immigration Services AgencyExternal site: a new window will open
2.7.8 (2) Notification concerning the spouseExternal site: a new window will open See Notified matters 1. or 2. Immigration Services AgencyExternal site: a new window will open
2.8.4 Application for Re-entry PermitExternal site: a new window will open See Format for Application for Re-entry Permit Immigration Services AgencyExternal site: a new window will open
2.9 Application for 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 Activity other than that Permitted under the Status of Residence Previously GrantedExternal site: a new window will open See 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 5 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 6 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 7 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 5 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 6 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 7 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.

The information contained in this documents should be used at the reader’s independent discretion. While JETRO makes every effort to ensure the accuracy of the information it provides, no responsibility is accepted by JETRO for any loss or damage incurred as a result of actions based on the information provided in these documents or provided by the external links listed on these pages.

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