Visa application

For foreign national to stay in Japan to live or to work, a visa (residence status) is required.

Types of visas (status of residence)

  • Work visa A work visa is required in order to work in Japan.
  • Visa of status This type of visa is for a spouse of a Japanese national, a family member of a foreigner working in Japan, or a person of Japanese descent.
  • Visa for students/trainees This type of visa is for foreigners to study in Japan or companies to invite foreigners to Japan astrainees.
  • Permanent residence, naturalization For foreigners who want to acquire permanent residence or obtain Japanese nationality.
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Procedures for acquiring a visa (status of residence)

  • Application for short-stay visa This type of visa is generally known as a tourist visa.
  • Application for a certificate of eligibility for status of residence This application is for inviting a foreigner to Japan.
  • Application for change of status of residence This application is for acquiring a status of residence different from the current one.
  • Application for extension of status of residence This application is for extending the period of a current residence status.
  • Application for permanent residence This application is for a foreigner, staying in Japan for a certain period, to acquire a right of permanent residence.
  • Application for naturalization This application is for a foreigner, staying in Japan for a certain period of time, to obtain Japanese nationality.
  • Application for a certificate of authorized employment This application is for a foreigner to confirm the legitimacy of a change of employment.
  • Application for provisional release This application is for a foreigner, detained by the Immigration office for staying in Japan illegally, to be released provisionally.

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