Japan Visas (Japan Immigration)
Japan has about thirty types of status of residence (corresponding to visa) to foreigners who wish to stay in Japan for working, studying or any other reasons. There are many different factors to be considered for filing to Japan's immigration office, such as the size of a corporation, the required qualifications for each applicant, and the working conditions so on. If you could give us the required information, we are happy to make a quick free estimate on your visa application.
TPYES OF VISA
• Manager/Executive visa：Activities of highly skilled professionals who operate or manage business as a president, director of board, manager etc.
• Engineer, Specialist in humanities and International Visa :Activities of highly skilled professionals who engage in services which require knowledge pertinent to the field of natural science or human science or Activities to engage in services which require knowledge pertinent to the field of natural science or human science or to engage in services which require specific ways of thinking or sensitivity acquired through experience of foreign culture including Engineer of mechanical engineering，Marketing specialist
• Skilled labor：:Activities to engage in services which require skills belonging to special fields such as foreign cuisine chef, Sport's instructor
• Intra-company Transferee visa: Activities of highly skilled professionals who have been transferred to a business office in Japan for a limited period of time and who are to engage in services which require knowledge pertinent to the field of natural science or human science.
In some case, a foreign nationals is transferred to so called "Representative office" of a foreign company as a status of Intra-company transferee" without formation of company in Japan. Such representative office are typically allowed to engaged in the activities of 1) provision of information to its parent company, 2)advertising and publicity of the products, 3) making market research, and purchasing asset for its parent company. In other words, representative office is not allowed to be engaged in profit making activities in Japan.
Tpye of Applications
1. Application for Certificate of Eligibility
The Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act stipulates that for cases in which a foreigner intends to enter Japan with a status of residence other than “Temporary Visitor,” the Minister of Justice shall examine beforehand the whether said foreigner meets the conditions of landing relating to the status of residence based on said foreigner’s application; in the case that the relevant requirements are met, said Minister can issue a Certificate of Eligibility(C.E).
This goal of this Certificate of Eligibility system is to simplify/expedite immigration inspection procedures and make them more efficient.
A Certificate of Eligibility is issued if it has been acknowledged that the intended activities of a foreigner are relevant to the status of residence and meet landing criteria and
If a foreigner presents a Certificate of Eligibility at a Japanese consulate, etc. when applying for a visa, the case can be handled on the basis that the prior examination by the Minister of Justice regarding the conditions for landing concerning the status of residence has already been completed. Thus, inspections pertaining to visa issuance can be performed quickly.
2. Application for Change of Status of Residence
When Foreign nationals wishes to change his/her current status of residence, those persons need to submit application for permission of change of status of residence to the regional immigration office immidiately until the applicant's resident status expires. The foreign natonals must fill in necessary application forms, make ready attached documents and submit a service counter at regional immigration office.
3. Application for Extension of Period of Stay
Foreign national who wishes to continue his/her activities authorized under his/her status of residence need to submit application for permision of extension of stay until the applicant's resident status expires with necessary application forms, make ready attached documents and submit a service counter at regional immigration office.
# Photo (4cm×3cm) Requirement
If an applicant, who is not a mid to long term resident, wishes to extend his/her current period of stay (a photo is also not required for persons under the age of 16 years).
*A photo that shows the applicant pictured alone.
* The applicant should face squarely to the front and should remove any hats, caps or head coverings.
* There should be a plain background with no shadows.
* The photo must be sharp and clear.
* The photo must have been taken within three months prior to submission
Cross-Boarder Inheritance Administration
We offer legal advice and service including, but is not limited to, translating the will, contacting the beneficiaries, and conducting an investigation, whether the beneficiaries are residing in the U.S. or the testator or executor is residing in the U.S. With our wide network of lawyers and accountants overseas, we are able to support your inheritance issues in a cost-effective and practical manner.
If foregin person are serching heirs in Japan, we can handle such case.
VISA for the entry of the US
- E-1/2 Visa:
a citizen of a foreign country who wishes to enter the United States must first obtain a visa, either a nonimmigrant visa for temporary stay, or an immigrant visa for permanent residence. Treaty Trader (E-1) and Treaty Investor (E-2) visas are for citizens of countries with which the United States maintains treaties of commerce and navigation. For a list of participating countries, select Treaty Countries.
You must be coming to the United States to:
engage in substantial trade, including trade in services or technology, in qualifying activities, principally between the United States and the treaty country; or develop and direct the operations of an enterprise in which you have invested a substantial amount of capital.
- E-1 Elements to be required for E-1
You must be a citizen of a treaty country.
The trading firm for which you plan to come to the United States must have the nationality of the treaty country, meaning persons with the treaty country’s nationality must own at least 50 percent of the enterprise.
The international trade must be substantial, meaning that there is a sizable and continuing volume of trade.
More than 50 percent of the international trade involved must be between the United States and the treaty country.
Trade means the international exchange of goods, services, and technology. Title of the trade items must pass from one party to the other.
You must be an essential employee, employed in a supervisory or executive capacity, or possess highly specialized skills essential to the efficient operation of the firm. Ordinary skilled or unskilled workers do not qualify.
- Elements to be required for E-2
The investor, either a person, partnership or corporate entity, must have the citizenship of a treaty country.
If a business, at least 50 percent of the business must be owned by persons with the treaty country’s nationality.
The investment must be substantial, with investment funds or assets committed and irrevocable. It must be sufficient to ensure the successful operation of the enterprise.
The investment must be a real operating enterprise, an active commercial or entrepreneurial undertaking. A paper organization, speculative or idle investment does not qualify. Uncommitted funds in a bank account or similar security are not considered an investment.
It must generate significantly more income than just to provide a living to you and family, or it must have a significant economic impact in the United States.
You must have control of the funds, and the investment must be at risk in the commercial sense. Loans secured with the assets of the investment enterprise are not allowed.
You must be coming to the United States to develop and direct the enterprise. If you are not the principal investor, you must be considered an essential employee, employed in a supervisory, executive, or highly specialized skill capacity. Ordinary skilled and unskilled workers do not qualify.
Generally, a citizen of a foreign country who wishes to enter the United States must first obtain a visa, either a nonimmigrant visa for temporary stay, or an immigrant visa for permanent residence. Visitor visas are nonimmigrant visas for persons who want to enter the United States temporarily for business (visa category B-1), tourism, pleasure or visiting (visa category B-2), or a combination of both purposes (B-1/B-2).for the person who will be participating in business or pleasre activities in the US
- F/M visa
Generally, a citizen of a foreign country who wishes to enter the United States must first obtain a visa, either a nonimmigrant visa for temporary stay, or an immigrant visa for permanent residence. You must have a student visa to study in the United States. Your course of study and the type of school you plan to attend determine whether you need an F-1 visa or an M-1 visa.
- L-1:intracompany transferees who will be employed by the same employer in the U.S,
Japanese Corporations run by Foreigners
In order to manage and run a corporation in Japan, you need to be familiar with various Japanese laws and regulations of Contract, Corporation, Labor, Immigration, Insurance, Tax and so on, which could be painstaking even for Japanese. In order to help foreign people in the corporate managerial positions in Japan, we provide them with the cost-effective and practical legal service in English. Furthermore, in the event that they need help on litigation, tax return, and social insurance issues, we are happy to introduce them to the experts in those areas as well.
Client example: Trading companies, English Schools, Dance Schools, etc…
International Business Transactions
We provide companies in Japan with a variety of legal advice and service on international business including, but is not limited to, drafting and checking business contracts in English, business negotiation, and litigation against foreign entities. Please feel free to contact us if you are interested and wish us to make an approximate estimate of the price for our service.
Client example: Domestic manufacturers, Dealership stores, International franchise agents, Foreign-affiliated corporations, Foreign investment companies, etc…