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Statuses of Residence in Japan “”
Engaging in research, supervising research, or teaching at a university or an equivalent educational institution, or professional training college in Japan.
e.g., university professors
Creative or artistic activities that generate income, such as music, visual art, literature, or other artistic activities (except “Entertainer” ).
e.g., composers, artists, writers
Missionary work and other religious activities undertaken by religious workers sent by foreign religious organizations.
e.g., missionaries sent by a foreign religious organization
News coverage and other journalistic activities performed under contract(s) with one or more foreign journalism organizations.
e.g., reporters or cameramen from a foreign news organization
Highly Skilled Professionals
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Managing businesses in Japan related to international trade and/or activities related to business management.
e.g., executives and managers of companies
Activities that are legally required to be carried out by qualified personnel, such as those performed by registered foreign lawyers or foreign certified public accountants, and other activities related to legal or accounting services.
e.g., lawyers, CPAs
Activities related to medical services that are legally required to be carried out by doctors, dentists, and other qualified personnel.
e.g., doctors, dentists, nurse practitioners
Participating in research through a contract with a public or private organization in Japan.
e.g., researchers in government agencies and private companies
Acting as a language instructor or performing other related activities at an elementary school, junior high school, high school, secondary school, a school for special needs education, vocational school, miscellaneous schools, or educational institutions equivalent thereto in terms of facilities and organization in Japan.
e.g., language teachers at junior high schools and high schools
Engineer/Specialist in Humanities/International Services
Contracted positions with public or private organizations which utilize technology or specialized knowledge in fields related to physics, engineering, natural science, law, economy, and humanities; or those which require an understanding of or sensitivity to foreign cultures.
e.g., mechanical engineers, interpreters, designers, language teachers in private companies
Engagement in work that requires skills or knowledge in science, engineering, or other fields of natural science by an employee of a public or private organization’s foreign office that has a head office, branch office, or other office in Japan on a time-limited basis at a business office in Japan; or engagement in work that requires knowledge in law, economics, sociology, or other fields within the humanities.
e.g., transferees from a foreign office of a company
The provision of nursing care or instruction in nursing care by a (foreign national) certified nursing care worker under contract with a public or private institution in Japan.
e.g., care workers
Foreign nationals intending to perform activities pertaining to entertainments such as acting, singing, dancing, or performance (musical, theatrical, and comedic)
Foreign nationals who wish to participate in the activities outlined in 1. to 5. :
- Activities related to entertainment (such as acting, singing, dancing, or performing) for events hosted by a Japanese national or regional public organization; a special corporation; or schools, vocational schools, and schools with special classification as stipulated by the School Education Act
- Activities related to entertainment (such as acting, singing, dancing, or performing) for cultural exchange events that are hosted by a Japanese public or private organization established through the support of the Japanese national government, of regional public organizations, or of independent administrative corporations
- Entertainment activities at a venue that is at least 100,000 m2 and consistently hosts acting, singing, dancing, or performances by foreign nationals to attract tourists with entertainment based on a foreign setting or the cultural themes of a foreign country
- Activities related to entertainment (such as acting, singing, dancing, or performing) at venues that do not provide food, drinks, or other hospitality services to guests for a fee (limited to venues operated as non-profit by Japanese public or private organizations, or those with a guest capacity of 100 or more people)
- Activities related to entertainment (such as acting, singing, dancing, or performing) for a remuneration of at least 500,000 yen per day (in cases of group performance, the total amount received by the group), while residing in Japan for a period not to exceed 15 days
Foreign nationals intending to perform entertainment activities other than acting, singing, dancing, or performances, such as sports
Foreign nationals who wish to engage in entertainment activities outlined in 1. to 4. below:
- Activities for the advertisement of products or businesses
- Activities on broadcast programs (including cable broadcasts) or film productions
- Activities involving photoshoots for commercial use
- Activities involving commercial recording, videotaping, and other audio/video recording media
e.g., actors, singers, dancers, professional athletes
For foreign nationals looking to work as a “chef” (activities which require high skill and proficiency)
Foreign nationals looking to engage in activities other than those of a “chef” (activities to engage in services which require industrial techniques or skills belonging to specialalized fields)
e.g., foreign cuisine chefs, sport instructors, aircraft pilots, metalsmiths
Specified Skilled Worker
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Technical Intern Training
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Foreign nationals who wish to participate in the activities outlined in either 1. or 2.
- Academic or artistic activities for which they do not receive an income
- Specialized research related to Japanese arts and/or culture
Foreign nationals who wish to study Japanese arts and/or culture under the guidance of a specialized instructor
e.g., researchers of Japanese culture
Receiving education at a university, professional training college, senior high school or a senior high school course; a junior high school or junior high school course at a school for special needs education; an elementary school or elementary school course at a school for special needs education; a vocational school or miscellaneous school; or institutions equivalent to these in terms of facilities and organization in Japan.
e.g., students of universities, junior colleges, high schools, and vocational schools
The acquisition of skills, techniques, or knowledge obtained at either a public or private Japanese institution.
e.g., trainees without practical work
e.g., spouse or child dependents of a foreign resident
Foreign nationals who wish to serve as a (individual) house staff member to a diplomat or consular official
Foreign nationals who wish to participate in the activities outlined in either (1) or (2) below (1) Amateur athletes who wish to participate in sporting activities (2) Family of an amateur athlete
Foreign nationals (university students) who wish to participate in one of the activities outlined in (1) through (3) below (1) Taking on an internship (activities which provide practical experience at a Japanese company as part of their studies) (2) Taking on a summer job at a Japanese company for a period of less than three months over the summer holidays; the job should be related to their studies or their future employment (3) Participating in cultural exchange activities when university classes are not being held for a period of less than three months. (Events include those organized by either local government offices or elementary/junior high schools in Japan.)
Foreign nationals who wish to engage in designated research activities (through contracts with either public or private Japanese institutions to perform/oversee research projects, or to work as an educator in a related field, and/or to operate a business related to the specialized field in conjunction with their research/education activities)
Foreign nationals who wish to engage in designated information processing activities (through contracts with either public or private Japanese institutions which require a background in the natural sciences or the humanities, or knowledge of related technology)
Foreign nationals to whom either of the following (1) or (2) applies (1) Those who are the spouse or child and dependent of a foreign national who engages in the activities listed above in points 4 or 5 (2) Those who are living with a foreign national who engages in the activities listed above in points 4 or 5 as their dependent and are the parent of the foreign national, or the parent of the spouse of the foreign national
Foreign nationals who wish to reside as the dependent spouse or child of a foreign resident who engages in activities as an “EPA Nurse” or “EPA Nursing Care Worker”
Foreign national who wish to participate in the activities outlined in either (1) or (2) below (1) Those who will be admitted to a hospital (or other health care facility) for medical treatment (2) Those who will assist a foreign national who has been admitted to a hospital (or other health care facility) for medical treatment
Foreign nationals to whom either of the following (1) or (2) applies (1) Those who wish to stay in Japan for a period of less than one year to engage in sightseeing or other recreational activities (2) Those who wish to accompany a foreign national in the activities listed above in (1) as their spouse
Foreign nationals who wish to participate in the activities outlined in either (1) or (2) below (1) Those who wish to pursue employment which uses the education and advanced Japanese language skills acquired in university/graduate school (for graduates of a Japanese institution) (2) Those who receive the support of a foreign national engaging in (1) (families of Japanese university graduates)
Foreign nationals who wish to work as a ski instructor
e.g., housekeepers of diplomats, amateur athletes and their families, internships, specific research activities, information processing activities, medical stay, long-term sightseeing, graduates of Japanese universities and their families
Spouse or Child of a Japanese National
The applicant is the spouse (husband or wife) of a Japanese national
The applicant is the biological child or adopted child of a Japanese national
e.g., spouse of a Japanese national, biological child or adopted child of a Japanese national
Spouse or Child of a Permanent Resident
e.g., spouse of a permanent resident
e.g., third-generation Japanese descendant
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