Japan – Increased Processing Times

Posted on July 8, 2019

Two new work visas for blue collar workers came into effect in April 2019, the Specified Skilled Worker (i) and Specified Skilled Worker (ii) for specific fields of employment.  Due to the influx of applications, processing times for Business Managers,… Read more »

Japan – Visa Application System available Online

Posted on May 3, 2019

Effective July 25, 2019, visa renewal applications for Business Managers, Intracompany Transfers, Engineer/Specialist/International Services, Highly Skilled Professionals, and Skilled Laborers can be submitted online via the Immigration Services Agency.  Visa renewals for dependents and re-entry permit applications can also be… Read more »

Japan – Relaxation of Visa Requirements for Indian and Ukrainian Nationals

Posted on December 4, 2017

  Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced that several measures to relax the visa requirements for nationals of India and Ukraine will take effect on 1 January 2018. Nationals of India Applicants will be able to apply for a… Read more »

Japan – Relaxation of Visa Requirements for Chinese Nationals

Posted on August 28, 2017

Effective 8 May 2017, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will introduce several measures to relax the visa requirements for Chinese nationals. What are the key changes? A new three-year multiple-entry visa will be available to Chinese nationals who can prove… Read more »

JAPAN – Indian Nationals Eligible for 10-Year Multiple-Entry Visas

Posted on February 26, 2016

Indian nationals seeking to travel to Japan for business or academic purposes may now apply for multiple-entry visas with an extended validity period of 10 years. The purpose of an applicant’s first visit to Japan must be for business or… Read more »

JAPAN – Residence Statuses Reorganized

Posted on April 24, 2015

On 1 April 2015 Japan’s Immigration Bureau introduced some amendments to the Immigration Control Act, partially reorganizing the residence categories available to foreign nationals, with some benefits to highly skilled foreign workers, managers, and entrepreneurs. Business Manager As of 1… Read more »

JAPAN – Lengthier Exit Procedure for Zairyu Card Holders Implemented

Posted on May 26, 2014

In response to Zairyu Card holders protesting that immigration officers refused to accept their cards upon final departure, the Ministry of Justice has decided to implement a new deregistration process. While the process currently being tested is temporary, it will… Read more »

JAPAN – Criteria Eased for Highly Skilled Foreign Professionals

Posted on January 6, 2014

On December 24, 2013, the Justice Ministry of Japan eased the requirements for highly skilled foreign professional status to encourage more foreign nationals to apply for the under-used scheme. Revised Criteria The minimum qualifying salary has been reduced to 3… Read more »