What is change of visa?
These are the necessary procedures for cases in which a foreign resident plans to change the reason for residing in Japan because they either are stopping their current activities or have reached their initial goal for residing in Japan.
For example, the following situations would fall under this category: a foreign resident who is working under the category of “Specialist in Humanities / International Affairs” would like to run their own business; or a female foreign resident who has been living in Japan as the spouse of a Japanese man but loses their husband and wishes to become a long term resident.
Furthermore, unlike visa renewal, you may apply to change visa status at any time. However, if you do not meet the requirements will not be approved; so it is recommended that you consult an expert for advice.