Japan Permanent Residency becomes available to expats who have been living in Japan for a considerable amount of time. If you intend to live in Japan for a long time or permanently, this can be an advantage for you because there are not many bureaucratic and time-consuming procedures to endure.
The following are some of the many benefits you can acquire if you become a Permanent Resident of Japan:
Your visa does not have to be renewed or extended. Permanent Residency in Japan is indefinite.
Having your Residence Card renewed every seven years and getting a Re-Entry Permit if you plan to stay outside of Japan for more than one year is still a requirement, but they are only formalities.
Changing your occupation does not require you to apply for a change of residency status. As long as the activity is legal, you can do anything you like.
Loans from Japanese banks are available.
Housing is more affordable.
Who is Eligible for Japan Permanent Residency?
A sufficient amount of time has passed since you moved to Japan. Your residency status determines how much time you must have passed:
For highly skilled professionals:
Japan Permanent Residency can be obtained by spouses of Japanese citizens or permanent residents after one year of residence in Japan, but they have to have been married for three years.
You can receive Japan Permanent Residency after one year of living in Japan if you are a child of a Japanese citizen or permanent resident
After five years of residence in Japan, you can become a Japan Permanent Residency if you have made a contribution to Japan
Any other type of visa (other than the ones mentioned above) must be held for a minimum of ten consecutive years before it can be applied for Permanent Residency in Japan. A work visa for Japan must have been held for at least five consecutive years during this period.
Your behavior is excellent. You must have adhered to Japanese laws and not been subjected to social criticism while living in Japan.
The ability to sustain yourself financially is required. In Japan, you are not dependent on someone else for financial resources, and you can enjoy a stable lifestyle.
Generally, your annual salary should not be less than 3 million per year, but you are not required to have a specific amount. If you have dependents, your salary must be more.
The Japanese government has taxed you. Your application can be rejected if you haven’t paid taxes, paid less than the required amount, or cannot provide tax certificates.
A Japanese citizen or Permanent Resident is required as a Guarantor. The Guarantor of your loan has to sign a Letter of Guarantee and takes on a moral (not legal) obligation toward you.
How to Apply for Japan Permanent Residency?
You need the following documents in order to apply for permanent residence in Japan:
In order to submit them, you should contact the local Immigration Bureau (the one that covers the region in which you reside). You can have your legal representative or your sponsor submit the documents on your behalf, or you can submit the documents on your own behalf.
The Permanent Resident card must be exchanged for your existing residence card at the office of the local municipality if your application has been approved.
How Long Does the Application Process for Permanent Residency in Japan Take?
Japan Permanent Residency applications are processed by your local Immigration Bureau in about six months.
Depending on the situation, however, it may take longer in some cases. Therefore, if your current Japan visa is due to expire while your application is being processed, you must apply for a Japan visa extension.