Tokyo immigration office

Japan visa's Requirements

Investor/Business Manager Visa's Requirements

Ⅰ In cases where the applicant intends to commence the operation of international trading or any other business, he/she must fulfill all of the following requirements.

  (a) The facilities to be used as the office for the relevant business must be located in Japan.

  (b) The business concerned must have the capacity to employ at least 2 full-time employeesin Japan (excluding foreign nationals residing in Japan under a status of residence listed inthe left-hand column of Appended Table I of the Immigration Control Act) in addition tothose who operate and/or manage the business.

Ⅱ In cases where the applicant intends to invest in international trading or any otherbusiness in Japan and to engage in the operation of such business, or in cases where theapplicant intends to engage in the management of international trading or any other businesson behalf of a foreign national (including a foreign juridical person; hereinafter the same shallapply in this section) who has begun such operations in Japan or who has invested in such abusiness in Japan, he/she must fulfill all of the following requirements.

  (a) The office for the relevant business must be located in Japan.

  (b) The business concerned must have the capacity to employ at least 2 full-time employeesin Japan (excluding foreign nationals residing in Japan under the status of residence listed inthe left-hand column of Appended Table I of the Immigration Control Act) in addition tothose who operate and/or manage the business.

Ⅲ  In cases where the applicant is to engage in the management of international trading or any other business in Japan, he/she must have at least 3 years' experience in businessoperation and/or management (this includes any period he/she has spent studying businessoperation and/or management at the post-graduate level) and must receive no lessremuneration than would a Japanese national for comparable work.

 

Engineer Visa's Requirements

The applicant must fulfill all of the following requirements; provided, however, that this shall not apply to cases where the applicant intends to engage in duties that require skills and/orknowledge pertaining to information processing and has passed the examination oninformation processing skills that is designated in a public notice by the Minister of Justice orwhen he/she has obtained the qualification in information processing skills that is designated in a public notice by the Minister of Justice, in which case the requirement under item (i) need not be fulfilled.

Ⅰ The applicant must have graduated from university or acquired an education equivalentthereto while majoring in a subject related to the skills and/or knowledge necessary forperforming the duties in which he/she intends to engage, or the applicant must have at least 10 years' experience (this includes the period of time spent majoring in a subject related tothe relevant skills and/or knowledge at a university, college of technology (koto senmon gakko), senior high school, during a course of study in the latter part of secondary school (chuto kyoiku gakko), or during a specialized course of study at a vocational school (senshu gakko)).

Ⅱ  The applicant must receive no less remuneration than would a Japanese national for comparable work.

 

Specialist in Humanities/International Services Visa's Requirements

The applicant must fulfill all of the following requirements; provided, however, that this shall not apply to cases where the applicant intends to engage in duties related to representationassociated with the proceedings in an international arbitration case as provided in Article58-2 of the Special Measures Act on the Handling of Legal Business by Foreign Lawyers (Act No. 66 of 1986).

Ⅰ In cases where the applicant intends to engage in duties that require knowledge in thehumanities, he/she must have graduated from university or acquired an education equivalentthereto, and majored in a subject pertaining to the knowledge necessary for performing theduties in which he/she intends to engage, or must have at least 10 years' experience(including the period of time spent majoring in the subject related to such knowledge at auniversity, college of technology (koto senmon gakko), senior high school, during a course of study in the latter part of secondary school (chuto kyoiku gakko), or during a specializedcourse of study at a vocational school (senshu gakko)).

Ⅱ In cases where the applicant intends to engage in duties that require ways of thinking orsensibilities that have their foundations in a foreign culture, he/she must fulfill all of thefollowing requirements.

 (a) The applicant must engage in translation, interpretation, language instruction, publicrelations, overseas transactions, fashion or interior design, product development, or other,similar duties.

 (b) The applicant must have at least 3 years' experience in the relevant duties; provided, however, that this shall not apply to cases where the applicant who has graduated fromuniversity is to engage in translation, interpretation, or language instruction.

 

Ⅲ The applicant must receive no less remuneration than would a Japanese national for comparable work.

 

Entertainer Visa's Requirements

Ⅰ In cases where the applicant intends to engage in activities related to entertaining through singing or dancing, or through dramatic, theatrical, musical, or comedic performances (hereinafter referred to as "performances"), he/she must fulfill all of the followingrequirements, except in the cases prescribed in item (ii).

 (a) The applicant must fulfill any of the following requirements for the activities in which he/she intends to engage; provided, however, that this shall not apply to cases where theapplicant's total remuneration for entertaining (in the case of a group, the group's totalremuneration for entertaining) amounts to 5 million yen or more per day.

 

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  2. The applicant must have spent a minimum of 2 years at an educational institution outsideJapan majoring in subjects pertaining to the type of activities in which he/she is to engage.

 

  3. The applicant must have a minimum of 2 years' experience outside Japan in the type of activities in which he/she is to engage.

 (b) The applicant must engage in activities related to entertaining through performancesbased on a contract (limited to a contract that clearly specifies that the relevantorganization bears the obligation of paying remuneration of at least 200,000 yen per month to the applicant; hereinafter referred to as a "performance contract" in this item) with anorganization in Japan which fulfills all of the following requirements; provided, however, thatthis shall not apply to cases where the applicant intends to engage in activities related to singing, dancing, or musical performances involving the music of a foreign culture at anestablishment that primarily serves food and drink from said foreign culture (excludingestablishments that engage in business as prescribed in Article 2, paragraph (1), item (i) or (ii) of the Act on Control and Improvement of the Amusement and Entertainment Business (Act No. 122 of 1948) (hereinafter referred to as the "Entertainment Business Act")) based on acontract with the organization that operates said establishment, wherein the applicantreceives remuneration of at least 200,000 yen per month.

  1. The operator or manager of the organization must have a total of at least 3 years'experience in entertainment involving foreign nationals.

  2. The organization must employ at least 5 full-time employees.

  3. The operator or the full-time employees of the organization must not fall under any of thefollowing categories.

   i. A person who has engaged in or who has induced or aided another to engage in human trafficking.

 

   ii. A person who has, in the past 5 years, committed an act as set forth in Article 73-2,paragraph (1), item (i) or (ii) of the Immigration Control Act or the act of makingarrangements as set forth in item (iii) of the same paragraph.

   iii. A person who has forged or altered a document or drawing, who has prepared a falsedocument or drawing; who has used, possessed, transferred, or lent a forged or altereddocument or drawing or false document or drawing; or who has arranged for the transfer orloan thereof with the objective of helping a foreign national illegally receive issuance of acertificate, a seal of verification for landing (including the recording pursuant to theprovisions of Article 9, paragraph (4) of the Immigration Control Act; the same shall apply hereinafter), or special permission pursuant to the provisions of Chapter III, Section 1 or 2 ofthe Immigration Control Act, permission for landing pursuant to the provisions of Section 4 ofthe same Chapter, or permission pursuant to the provisions of Chapter IV, Section 1 orChapter V, Section 3 of the Immigration Control Act, in connection with the business activities of the relevant organization, in the past 5 years.

   iv. A person who has been sentenced to punishment for violation of the provisions of Articles 74 to 74-8 of the Immigration Control Act, or Articles 6 to 13 of the Anti-Prostitution Act(Act No. 118 of 1956) and for whom 5 years have not yet passed since the completion of thesentence or since the date on which the person ceased to be subject to the execution ofsaid sentence.

   v. A person who is a member of an organized crime group as prescribed in Article 2, item (vi) of the Act on Prevention of Unjust Acts by Organized Crime Group Members (Act No. 77 of1991) or for whom 5 years have not yet passed since said person ceased to be a member of an organized crime group.

  4. In the past 3 years, the organization must have paid the entire amount of theremuneration that it has been obliged to pay to foreign nationals residing in Japan under thestatus of residence of "Entertainer" based on performance contracts concluded by theorganization.

 (c) The establishment in which the performances stated in the application are to take place must fulfill each of the following requirements; provided however, that this shall not apply incases where in said establishment, no person other than the applicant engages in activities related to entertainment with the status of residence of "Entertainer," in which case theestablishment must fulfill the requirement in (6).

  1. An establishment which engages foreign nationals as entertainers must not specify orrestrict its audience to certain groups or individuals.

  2. In cases where the establishment is classified as a place operating a business as prescribed in Article 2, paragraph (1), item (i) or (ii) of the Entertainment Business Act, allthe following requirements must be fulfilled.

   i. There must be a minimum of 5 employees whose duties are primarily serving customers (meaning "serving customers" as prescribed in Article 2, paragraph (3) of the Entertainment Business Act; the same shall apply hereinafter).

   ii. It must be clear that persons residing in Japan under the status of residence of "Entertainer" and engaging in activities related to entertainment will not take part in servingcustomers.

  3. There must be a stage of at least 13 square meters.

  4. There must be a green room of at least 9 square meters (in cases where there are more than 5 entertainers, there must be an additional 1.6 square meters for each additionalentertainer) for use by the entertainers.

  5. The establishment must have at least 5 employees.

  6. The operator of the organization that operates the establishment and the full-timeemployees engaged in the operations of the establishment must not fall under any of thefollowing categories.

   i. A person who has engaged in or who has induced or aided another to engage in human trafficking.

 

   ii. A person who, in the past 5 years, has committed an act as set forth in Article 73-2,paragraph (1), item (i) or (ii) of the Immigration Control Act or an act of making arrangements as set forth in item (iii) of the same paragraph.

   iii. A person who has forged or altered a document or drawing; who has prepared a falsedocument or drawing; who has used, possessed, transferred, or lent a forged or altereddocument or drawing or a false document or drawing; or who has arranged for the transfer orloan thereof with the objective of helping a foreign national illegally receive issuance of acertificate, a seal of verification for landing, or special permission pursuant to the provisions of Chapter III, Section 1 or 2 of the Immigration Control Act, permission for landing pursuant to the provisions of Section 4 of the same Chapter, or permission pursuant to the provisions of Chapter IV, Section 1 or Chapter V, Section 3 of the Immigration Control Act, in connection with the business activities of the relevant organization, in the past 5 years.

 

   iv. A person who has been subject to punishment for violation of the provisions of Articles 74 to 74-8 of the Immigration Control Act, or Articles 6 to 13 of the Anti-Prostitution Act, andfor whom 5 years have not yet passed since the completion of the sentence or since thedate on which said person ceased to be subject to the execution of said sentence.

   v. A person who is a member of an organized crime group or for whom 5 years have not yetpassed since said person ceased to be a member of an organized crime group.

Ⅱ When the applicant intends to engage in activities related to entertaining throughperformances, he/she must fall under any of the following categories.

 

 (a) The applicant intends to engage in activities related to entertaining through performancesorganized by the national government, local government, or a juridical person establisheddirectly pursuant to the provisions of Japanese laws, or a juridical person establishedpursuant to the provisions of a special Japanese law through special acts of establishment,or performances conducted at a school, a vocational school, or a miscellaneous educationalinstitution as prescribed by the Schools Act (Act No. 26 of 1947).

 (b) The applicant intends to engage in activities related to entertaining through performancesorganized by a public or private organization in Japan which has been established with funds from the national government, a local government, or an incorporated administrative agency, for the purpose of cultural exchange between Japan and foreign countries.

 (c) The applicant intends to engage in activities related to entertaining through performances at an establishment of at least 100,000 square meters where foreign nationals regularlyperform in order to attract potential tourists, using the sights or culture of a foreign country as a theme.

 (d) The applicant intends to engage in activities related to entertaining through performances at an establishment in which food and drink are not served for profit to the seated audienceand where no one serves the customers (limited to an establishment managed by a public or private non-profit organization in Japan or one with a seating capacity of 100 or more).

 

 (e) The applicant is to receive remuneration of 500,000 yen or more per day for entertaining (in the case of a group performance, the total remuneration for the group) and is to reside in Japan for a period not exceeding 15 days with the intention to engage in activities related to entertaining through performance.

 

Ⅲ In cases where the applicant intends to engage in activities related to entertaining other than through performances, he/she must receive no less remuneration than would aJapanese national for comparable work.

Ⅳ In cases where the applicant is to engage in show business outside of activities related toentertainment, he/she must engage in any of the following activities and must receive no less remuneration than would a Japanese national for comparable work.

 (a) Activities related to the advertisement of goods or businesses

 (b) Activities related to the production of broadcast programs (including cable broadcastprograms) or movies

 (c) Activities related to commercial photo shoots

 

 (d) Activities for recording sound or images on commercial records, videotapes, or other recording media

 

Skilled Laborer Visa's Requirements

The applicant must fall under any of the following categories and must receive no lessremuneration than would a Japanese national for comparable work.

Ⅰ A person who is to engage in the duties of preparing cuisine or producing foodstuffs thatrequire skills which were devised overseas and that are foreign to Japan, and who falls underany of the following categories (except a foreign national as listed in item (ix)).

 (a) A person with at least 10 years' experience using such skills (including the period of timespent studying at an educational institution in a foreign country while majoring in subjects related to the relevant preparation of cuisine or production of foodstuffs)

 (b) A person to whom the provisions of Annex 7, Part 1, A, Section 5, subparagraph 1 (c) ofthe Agreement between Japan and the Kingdom of Thailand for Economic Partnership applies.

Ⅱ A person with at least 10 years' experience using skills related to architecture or civil engineering characteristic of a foreign country (including the period of time spent studying at an educational institution in a foreign country while majoring in subjects related to saidarchitecture or civil engineering) who is to engage in duties that require such skills. (If saidperson is to engage in duties under the guidance of a foreign national who has at least 10 years' experience, 5 years of experience will suffice.)

Ⅲ A person with at least 10 years' experience using skills related to the manufacture orrepair of products characteristic of a foreign country (including the period of time spent studying at an educational institution in a foreign country while majoring in subjects related to the manufacture or repair of such products) who is to engage in duties that require suchskills.

Ⅳ A person with at least 10 years' experience using skills related to the processing of gems, precious stones, or fur (including the period of time spent studying at an educationalinstitution in a foreign country while majoring in subjects related to said processing) who is to engage in services that require such skills.

Ⅴ A person with at least 10 years' experience using skills related to animal training(including the period of time spent studying at an educational institution in a foreign country while majoring in subjects related to animal training) who is to engage in services that requiresuch skills.

 

Ⅵ A person with at least 10 years' experience using skills related to offshore drilling for oil exploration, drilling for geothermal development, or marine geological surveys for marinemineral exploration (including the period of time spent studying at an educational institutionin a foreign country while majoring in subjects related to offshore drilling for oil exploration, drilling for geothermal development, or marine geological surveys for marine mineral exploration) who is to engage in services that require such skills.

Ⅶ A person with at least 1,000 hours' flight experience using skills related to piloting anaircraft, who is to engage in duties as a pilot of an aircraft used for air transport as prescribed in Article 2, paragraph (18) of the Civil Aeronautics Act (Act No. 231 of 1952).

 

 

Ⅷ A person with at least 3 years' experience using skills related to coaching a sport (including the period of time spent studying at an educational institution in a foreign country while majoring in subjects related to coaching said sport, and the period of time spent engaging in said sport for remuneration) who is to engage in duties that require such skills, ora person who has participated as a competitor in an international sporting event such as theOlympics or the World Championships and who is to engage in duties that require skills related to coaching said sport.

 

Ⅸ A person with at least 5 years' experience using skills related to the appraisal, evaluation,and maintenance of a wine's quality, and to the supplying of wine (hereinafter referred to as "wine appraisal") (including the period of time spent studying at an educational institution in a foreign country while majoring in subjects related to wine appraisal) who falls under any ofthe following categories and who is to engage in services that require such skills.

 (a) A person who has achieved excellent results in a wine appraisal skill competition held on an international scale (hereinafter referred to as "international sommelier competition").

 (b) A person who has entered an international sommelier competition (limited to those thatrestrict the number of competitors to one per country).

 (c) A person who has been certified by a national or local government (including a foreign government), or by a public or private organization, as being qualified in skills related to wineappraisal that have been designated in a public notice by the Minister of Justice.