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.

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