Points for Spouse of a Japanese National Visa
People who fulfill ALL of the following:
1. People who are lawfully married to a Japanese person
The spouse category DOES NOT include de facto marriages.
2. People who are having regular contact through phone, internet and mail
The applicant must prove that the marriage will fit the generally accepted concept of married lifestyle in that the relationship must be formal (lawful), and the couple should be substantially living together, cooperating and mutually aiding each other.
Since the applicant is away from Japan, he/she and spouse have to prove that they are always connected each other. The record of phone call, chat, e-mail, and greeting cards will be used for that.
With the presumption that the above two conditions are met, you should apply after considering whether the marriage will continue to be stable. In other words, you should consider the following:
・Was the relationship until marriage appropriately long?
Foreigners who married a year after first meeting their spouse have a higher chance of obtaining a visa than if the couple had gotten married only a month after first meeting.
・Is the time since getting married until the time of application appropriately long?
It is beneficial towards your explanation of the stability of your marriage if you also waited a significant period of time after getting married before applying for a visa.
Economic stability of the household is also beneficial towards your explanation of stability
The immigration bureau is aware of the fact that there are also a number of disguised marriages within the applications to gain visa as a spouse of a Japanese national and is very strict about this in the inspection process. Even if the marriage is lawful and sincere, if there are any mistakes made on the submitted documents, there is a chance that you may not be able to acquire, extend or change your visa status to spouse of Japanese national.
※These are the minimum documents. Necessary documents may vary depending on your case. We recommend you to consult to an expert.
＜Applicant’s necessary documents＞
Application form for certificate of eligibility
ID picture(4cm x 3cm) , 1 piece
※No background, cap or hat, and taken within 3 months
Marriage certificate issued by applicant’s country
Translation of marriage certificate
Translation of birth certificate
Snapshot picture with spouse
Contact record of phone, chat, e-mail and mail
＜Japanese spouse’s necessary documents＞
Acceptance certificate of marriage notification
Certificate of residence （All of family member living together）
Certificate of being imposed residential tax
Certificate of paying residential tax
For spouse doing one’s own business
Documents proving your business
Copy of tax return
Copy of business permission
For spouse being an employee
Tax certificate slip
Questionnaire from immigration bureau