Monthly Archives: July 2018

Where do Foreigners live in Japan? (as of Jan 1, 2018)

Japan’s Foreigners Ranking (1-20) by Prefecture

Japan has a unique “Basic Residents’ Registration (BRR)” to manage Japanese and foreign residents by individual or household. The Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications annually publishes Japan’s population and household based on BRR. The number of people is categorized by prefecture, local governments, and age.

The below is Japan’s Foreigners Ranking (1-20) by Prefecture.

Full Ranking

Foreigners Ranking (1-20) of Working-Age Population (15-64 years old) by Prefecture (as of Jan 1, 2018)

Tokyo (455,018), Aichi (194,981), Osaka (174,797), Kanagawa (167,040), Saitama (141,165), Chiba (124,945), Hyougo (79,622), Shizuoka (69,426), Fukuoka (61,258), Ibaraki (54,584), Gunma (45,509), Kyoto (44,632), Gifu (41,569), Hiroshima (41,151), Mie (39,490), Tochigi (34,021), Nagano (28,125), Hokkaido (26,407), and Okayama (22,268).

Young Generation (20-29 years old) Ranking by Local Government (City/Ward)

Female

Male

Source: published on July 11, 2018, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications

Refer to https://goo.gl/eLHqbK (Japanese Only)

Introduction to Permanent Japan Residence [5]

4. Highly Skilled Professional (HSP)

Do you have a Highly Skilled Professional (HSP) visa? Even if you don’t have HSP visas yet, you may get a Permanent Residence visa as soon as possible. A vital point is your HSP points.

First, calculate your HSP points with a Point Calculation Table below. The Table consists of 3 categories of activity: Advanced Academic Research (HSPa), Advanced Specialized/Technical Activity (HSPb), and Advanced Business Management (HSPc).

Advanced Academic Research (HSPa) here

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Advanced Business Management (HSPc)  here

Eligibility for Your Staying Period in Japan

In principle, the person must keep staying in Japan for more than 10 consecutive years to get a permanent visa (status of residence).

Something really remarkably, 80-and-over point holders need only one consecutive year to stay in Japan if they had the same points and over a year ago.

On the other hand, 70-or-more to 79 point holders need to stay in Japan for 3 consecutive years if they had the same range of points 3 years ago. It’s great benefits to HSPs.

We repeat that you can submit a Permanent visa application whether you have a High Skilled Professional (HSP) visa or not if your HSP points are 70/80 and over.

Let’s take immediate action on a Permanent visa application.

Next, you will be able to confirm the checklist of forms and necessary documents.

 

Introduction to Permanent Japan Residence [4]

3.Employment-Based (EB)                                                   

People with job skills wanted by Japan’s employers are also eligible for permanent residence: Working visas such as Engineers/Humanities Specialists/International Services, Business Managers, Attorneys at Law/CPA, Medical Doctors, Researchers, Lecturers, Intra-Company Transferees, Entertainers, Skilled Laborers and so on.

Screening Criteria

(1) The person is of good conduct.

The person always observes Japanese laws. The person’s daily living as a resident does not invite any social criticism. (S)he has been never sentenced to a fine or imprisonment.

(2) The person has sufficient assets or ability to make an independent living.

The person does not financially depend on someone in the society in his/her daily life, and his/her assets or ability, etc. are assumed to continue to provide him/her with a stable base of livelihood into the future. A stable livelihood is assessed by a unit of a family household, not by the person alone.

(3) The person’s permanent residence is regarded to be in accord with the interests of Japan.

– Undesirable foreign people will be against Japan’s public interests, such as people against Japanese culture, economy, and socially accepted idea. The person fulfills public duties such as tax payment and health insurance. There is no possibility that the person could do harm from the viewpoint of protection of public health.

Eligibility for Your Staying Period in Japan

The period of the person’s current visa (status of residence) must be the maximum period or at least 3 years of stay to be allowed.

In principle to get a permanent visa (status of residence), the person must keep staying in Japan for more than 10 years consecutively. Consecutive ten-year staying in Japan must include more than five-year working visas. 

Checklist of Forms and Necessary Documents.

Different from that of Immediate Relatives (Introduction to Permanent Japan Residence [2]+, the applicant must submit a petition that is like an explanatory statement to need a permanent visa at any cost. It includes a family situation, personal history, and your plan to do after getting the permanent visa.

You will need to assemble the following:

FORM

□ Form 34: Application for Permanent Residence (in Japanese)   http://www.moj.go.jp/content/000099654.xls

□ One photograph: 40mm long and 30mm broad, taken within 3 months before, clear front face without a hat, white/blue background, your name on the back side, and attach to Form 34

□ Form Guarantee: with guarantor’s signature or seal   http://www.moj.go.jp/content/000007381.pdf

(Note) Guarantor must assure your living expenses during stay in Japan, flight expense to return home, and full compliance with the Japanese laws.

Documents

□ One residence certificate including you and your whole family living together 世帯(せたい)全員(ぜんいん)の住民票(じゅうみんひょう) if you have a family, except for your ID number マイナンバー(まいなんばー).

□ Your job certificate:

If you are an employee, one employment certificate from your company.

If you are a self-employed person, one copy of final tax returns 確定申告書(かくていしんこくしょ)の控(ひか)えfrom tax office and one copy of business license certificate when needed.

□ Your residence tax certificates: taxation certificates 課税(かぜい)証明書(しょうめいしょ) and tax payment certificates 納税(のうぜい)証明書(しょうめいしょ) for the latest 3 consecutive years from a city/ward office.

□ Your bank statement/balance certificate or one photocopy of bankbook     (cover and recent transactions) preferably

□ One photocopy of your passport and passport itself

□ One photocopy of your Residence Card and Residence Card itself

□ Guarantor’s job certificate (refer to ” Your job certificate” above

□ Guarantor’s income certificate 所得(しょとく)証明書(しょうめいしょ)for the latest one year from a city/ward office

□ Guarantor’s residence certificate 住民票(じゅうみんひょう)

(Note) All certificates above are within 3 months before.

□ A certificate of your contribution to Japan if you have, such as awards, thanks letter, decorations, recommendation letters.

Introduction to Permanent Japan Residence [3]

  1. Family (Dependent) (FD)

Certain other family dependent members of the following Japan visa holders are also eligible for Japan permanent residence: Supporter’s visas (status of residence) of applicant’s spouse or parent are Professors, Artists, Religious workers, Journalists, Highly Skilled Professionals, Business Managers, Attorneys as Law/CPA, Medical Doctors, Researchers, Lecturers, Engineers/Humanities Specialists/Int’l Services, Intra-Company Transferees, Entertainers, Skilled Laborers, Cultural Activists, and college Students. 

Checklist of Forms and Necessary Documents.

Different from that of Immediate Relatives (Introduction to Permanent Japan Residence [2]+, the applicant must submit a petition that is like an explanatory statement to need a permanent visa at any cost. It includes a family situation, personal history, and your plan to do after getting the permanent visa.

You will need to assemble the following:

FORM

□ Form 34: Application for Permanent Residence (in Japanese)   http://www.moj.go.jp/content/000099654.xls

□ One photograph: 40mm long and 30mm broad, taken within 3 months before, clear front face without a hat, white/blue background, your name on the back side, and attach to Form 34

□ Form Guarantee: with guarantor’s signature or seal   http://www.moj.go.jp/content/000007381.pdf

Documents

□ Document certifying the family relationship with the person supporting you (dependant) such as one copy of your family register 戸籍(こせき)謄本(とうほん)(全部(ぜんぶ)事項(じこう)証明書(しょうめいしょ))or one birth certificate 出生(しゅっしょう)証明書(しょうめいしょ) or one marriage certificate 婚姻(こんいん)証明書(しょうめいしょ). Japanese translation needed if the certificate is non-Japanese.

□ One residence certificate including you and your whole family living together 世帯(せたい)全員(ぜんいん)の住民票(じゅうみんひょう) except for your ID number マイナンバー(まいなんばー).

□ You or your supporter’s job certificate:

If you are an employee, one employment certificate from your company.

If you are a self-employed person, one copy of final tax returns from tax office and one copy of business license certificate when needed.

□ You or your supporter’s residence tax certificates: taxation certificates 課税(かぜい)証明書(しょうめいしょ) and tax payment certificates 納税(のうぜい)証明書(しょうめいしょ) for the latest 3 consecutive years from a city/ward office.

□ One photocopy of your passport and passport itself

□ One photocopy of your Residence Card and Residence Card itself

□ Guarantor’s job certificate (refer to ” You or your supporter’s job certificate” above

□ Guarantor’s income certificate 所得(しょとく)証明書(しょうめいしょ)from a city/ward office

□ Guarantor’s residence certificate

(Note) All certificates above are within 3 months before.

□ A certificate of your contribution to Japan if you have, such as awards, thanks letter, decorations, recommendation letters.

Introduction to Permanent Japan Residence [2]+

Quick view of the Application Process 

Japan’s permission for permanent visa (status of residence) is on the assumption that a foreign national wishes to keep living in Japan on a permanent basis with an unlimited period of stay. So, the permission is mainly for foreign nationals who want to change their status of residence. That means foreigners without their status of residence are not petitioners.

Getting a permanent visa for Immediate Relatives is a two-step process: gathering necessary documents and submitting the permanent visa application.

Necessary documents consist of certificates to prove the relation with your spouse or child, a certificate of whole family’s residence, and occupation and income of yourself or your supporter.

In case of application, applicants themselves should appear in person to the Immigration Bureau where they live. But, the following person can submit the permanent visa instead of you: a relative of the applicant who lives together with in Japan and is considered properly by the Immigration Bureau, a visa immigration lawyer (administrative scrivener) and an attorney at law both registered by the Immigration Bureau.

Checklist of Forms and Necessary Documents.

You will need to assemble the following:

FORM

□ Form 34: Application for Permanent Residence (in Japanese)   http://www.moj.go.jp/content/000099654.xls

□ One photograph: 40mm long and 30mm broad, taken within 3 months before, clear front face without a hat, white/blue background, your name on the back side, and attach to Form 34

□ Form Guarantee: with guarantor’s signature or seal   http://www.moj.go.jp/content/000007381.pdf

Documents

□ If you are applying as a spouse of a Japanese national, one copy of your spouse’s family register 戸籍(こせき)謄本(とうほん)(全部(ぜんぶ)事項(じこう)証明書(しょうめいしょ))

□ If you are a child of a Japanese national, one copy of your Japanese parent’s family register 戸籍(こせき)謄本(とうほん)(全部(ぜんぶ)事項(じこう)証明書(しょうめいしょ))

□ If you are a spouse of a Permanent Resident, one marriage certificate with your spouse (Japanese translation needed)

□ One residence certificate including you and your whole family living together 世帯(せたい)全員(ぜんいん)の住民票(じゅうみんひょう)

□ You or your supporter’s job certificate:

If you are an employee, one employment certificate from your company.

If you are a self-employed person, one copy of final tax returns from tax office and one copy of business license certificate when needed.

□ You or your supporter’s residence tax certificates: one taxation certificate 課税(かぜい)証明書(しょうめいしょ) and one tax payment certificate 納税(のうぜい)証明書(しょうめいしょ) for the latest one year from a city/ward office.

□ One photocopy of your passport and passport itself

□ One photocopy of your Residence Card and Residence Card itself

□ Guarantor’s job certificate (refer to ” You or your supporter’s job certificate” above

□ Guarantor’s income certificate 所得(しょとく)証明書(しょうめいしょ)from a city/ward office

□ Guarntor’s residence certificate

(Note) All certificates are within 3 months before.

Introduction to Permanent Japan Residence [2]

  1. Immediate RelativesIR)
  2. Family (Dependent) (FD)
  3. Employment-Based (EB)
  4. Highly Skilled Professional (HSP)
  5. Long-Term Resident (LTR)
  1. Immediate Relatives (IR)

If you have close family members in Japan, they may be able to help you immigrate. It depends on whether your relatives are Japanese nationals or lawful permanent residents.

Are You Eligible for a Permanent Residence Card Through Immediate Relatives?

You may qualify for a permanent residence card through Immediate Relatives if you fall into one of the following categories:

–  The spouses of Japanese nationals,

–  The children adopted by Japanese nationals

–  The spouses of those who stay with the status of residence of Permanent Resident

–  The spouses of those who stay with the status of residence of Special Permanent Resident

– The Japan-born children, who have been residing in Japan, of Permanent Residence Holders

–  The Japan-born children, who have been residing in Japan, of Special Permanent Residents

Screening Criteria

(1) The person is of good conduct.

The person always observes Japanese laws. The person’s daily living as a resident does not invite any social criticism. (S)he has been never sentenced to a fine or imprisonment.

(2) The person has sufficient assets or ability to make an independent living.

The person does not financially depend on someone in the society in his/her daily life, and his/her assets or ability, etc. are assumed to continue to provide him/her with a stable base of livelihood into the future. A stable livelihood is assessed by a unit of a family household, not by the person alone.

(3) The person’s permanent residence is regarded to be in accord with the interests of Japan.

– Undesirable foreign people will be against Japan’s public interests, such as people against Japanese culture, economy, and socially accepted idea.The person fulfills public duties such as tax payment and health insurance. There is no possibility that the person could do harm from the viewpoint of protection of public health.

– The period of the person’s current visa (status of residence) must be the maximum period or at least 3 years of stay to be allowed.

– In principle to get a permanent visa (status of residence), the person must keep staying in Japan for more than 10 years consecutively. But, in case of the person who is a spouse of a Japanese national, a special permanent resident or permanent resident, the staying period will be eased by more than 3 years consecutively in a real marital relationship even if the person lives outside Japan and plus more than 1 year to keep staying in Japan. In case of the person who is a true child of a Japanese national, special permanent resident or permanent resident, the period will be shorten by more than 1 year to keep staying in Japan.

Next, you would read “Quick view of how to apply for permanent residence by an immediate relative” including the checklist of forms and necessary documents.

Introduction to Permanent Japan Residence [1]

Permanent Residence. This is a person who has been approved to live in Japan for an unlimited period.  A lot of permanent residence cards were issued: 749,191 as of the end of 2017.

Permanent Residents can get the following five merits:

  1. Social Credibility:  Easing taking out a housing loan/mortgage and obtaining a loan
  2. Visa Update-Free:  Unlimited period of stay, but need to update a Residence Card (every 7 years)
  3. Working Everywhere: Easing job changing and starting new business
  4. Stable Residence in Japan: Different from Naturalization, keep holding your home nationality
  5. Status of Residence-Free: Even if you are separated or divorced from your husband/wife, your status of residence will be the same.

However, the status can be cancelled for certain reasons such as having committed a crime,  failing to the change of resident registration and the update of Residence Card.

There are five categories of people who can apply for Japan lawful permanent residence. In some of the categories you are immediately eligible for permanent residence while you have to wait until one is available. We briefly explain the categories here, and refer to the detailed articles later.

Five Categories of Permanent Residence Applicants

  1. Immediate Relatives

Immediate Relative permanent residence cards can be issued to immigrants who are relatives of Japanese nationals and permanent holders. Immediate Relatives are defined as a spouse of Japanese nationals or a spouse of Permanent visa holders as well as a child of Japanese nationals or a child who was born in Japan by Permanent visa holders.

  1. Family (Dependent)

Certain other family dependent members of the following Japan visa holders are also eligible for Japan permanent residence: Supporter’s visas (status of residence) of applicant’s spouse or parent are Professors, Artists, Religious workers, Journalists, Highly Skilled Professionals, Business Managers, Attorneys as Law/CPA, Medical Doctors, Researchers, Lecturers, Engineers/Humanities Specialists/Int’l Services, Intra-Company Transferees, Entertainers, Skilled Laborers, Cultural Activists, and college Students.

  1. Employment-Based

People with job skills wanted by Japan’s employers are also eligible for permanent residence: Working visas such as Engineers/Humanities Specialists/Int’l Services, Business Managers, Attorneys at Law/CPA, Medical Doctors, Researchers, Lecturers, Intra-Company Transferees, Entertainers, Skilled Laborers and so on.

  1. Highly Skilled Professional

Highly Skilled Professional and Non-Highly Skilled Professional who hold 70 – 80 visa points or above.

A point system gives preference to people whose skills are considered as beneficial to Japan. There are three areas: academic research activities, specialized/technological activities, and business management activities.

For each area, the point system includes categories of academic achievements, work experience, annual income and other factors. These are used to calculate the total points for the applicant.

  1. Long-Term Resident

The law also allows certain people who have lived legally in Japan. They includes persons with Japanese ancestry, Indochinese refugee settlers, the spouse or children of Japanese nationals left behind in China.

Next, we would love to start writing the detailed articles on actual visa application process and every possible screening process.