Update on Applying for Permanent Residence


Requirements for applying for Permanent Resident may differ  depending on what type of visa you have.

Here are the general requirements:

  1. You must pay your taxes, insurance, and pension accordingly and on time
    • Recently, they have been strict in making sure that residents pay tax, insurance and pension.
    • Do you have social insurance or national health insurance? – if your company is paying for all these, then that is fine. However, if you are doing self-contribution, you will need to show the receipts as proof that you have been paying with no delays.
  2. No criminal record or traffic violation
    • traffic violation is a big factor on your application, so if you do have a violation, then your application will most likely be denied
  3. Prove you can support yourself if you continue to live in Japan
    • nothing is stated how much is needed to have sufficient fund, but estimate is 3 million yen annually is good for one person
  4. You must have been continuously residing in Japan for a long time
    • Spouse visa – 3 years
    • Long-term visa – 5 years
    • Working visa – 10 years (with exception)
      • If applicant scores at least 70 points on the Point Calculation Table at the time of application and during their most recent 3 years of residency in Japan, then they can apply for permanent resident.
      • If applicant scores at least 80 points on the Table for the past 1 year of residency prior the application, then they are eligible to apply.
  5. Your current visa must have the longest period of stay of at least 3 years
  6. You will need a guarantor
    • they can be a relative or friend as long as they are a Japanese National or Permanent Resident
  7. You must have been continuously residing in Japan for at least 6 months out of the 12 months in one year prior and during your application.

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