By marrying a Japanese citizen, a foreign national becomes eligible to apply for a Japanese spousal visa. However, the application for the visa does require some preparation and is not automatically granted just based upon marriage. In addition to an application form, the new couple will need to submit the Japanese’s spouse’s family register and residence registration certificate to show that the couple is truly married. A foreign marriage certificate may also be required if the couple married overseas. Next, the couple will need to submit financial information, usually in the form of a residence tax certificate, for either spouse […]
Foreign nationals who wish to study in Japan can obtain a student visa that will grant them legal status to pursue their education while in Japan. As part of the visa application process, the foreign national will still need to provide some documentation. This may include proof of ability to pay tuition and/or proof of graduation from either high school or college, depending on the level of school the student wishes to attend in Japan.
When faced with the decision to acquire permanent residency or naturalize as a Japanese citizen, foreign nationals should first consider the benefits and disadvantages of each option. While both options include the legal right to stay in Japan, citizenship also grants certain privileges that permanent residents do not enjoy. However, becoming a Japanese citizen means giving up foreign citizenship which, for some, may outweigh the benefits that Japanese citizenship confers.
In order for a foreign national to live and work in Japan, it is necessary to have a proper visa. This requirement can make it difficult for foreign investors to start a business in Japan. However, to solve this problem and encourage foreign investment, Japan has established the “Investor/Business Manager” visa.