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SUGA INTERNATIONAL OFFICE
〒332-0034
3-7-1, Namiki, Kawaguchi, Saitama
TEL: 048-256-1225
E-mail: info@suga-inter.net




■ Visa and administrative procedures support in Japan

We can help you with Japanese administrative procedures, especially Japanese immigration procedures. We have a license of Japanese administrative procedure specialist, "Gyouseishoshi" in Japanese. Gyouseishoshi is like a Lawyer in US and it is almost same as a Solicitor in England and Australia. It is usually translated as Administrative Lawyer or Gyouseishoshi Lawyer in English. Administrative procedure specialist, Gyouseishoshi is certified by Japanese government to execute many administrative procedures in Japan.
We are especially good at making documents that are applied to Japanese immigration. And we also have a agency license of applying visa document to Immigration Bureau of Japan instead of you, "Sinseitoritsugi" in Japanese. We are the specialists of immigration procedures, namely, application for acquisition of status of residence in Japan, procedures for marriage and divorce in Japan, special permission for residence in Japan, etc.
When you have any problems with your Japanese visa, marriage with a foreigner, divorce with a foreigner and so on, please contact us. We provide you supports as follows.



■ Application for Japanese Visa, Naturalization, etc

Strictly speaking, the meaning of visa is different from the meaning of status, but two words are used in the same meaning in general. Therefore, in order to make it intelligible, we suitably use the word "visa" as the word "status".

1. Application for acquisition of status of residence in Japan
Under Japanese Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act, it is stipulated that any foreigner wishing to enter or land in Japan must possess a valid passport and a visa obtained from an embassy or consulate. There are 27 statuses in Japanese Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act. We assist you to get your suitable status.

2. Application to change of status of residence in Japan
This application is required when a foreigner wishes to cease his or her present activity and engage in another activity covered by a status of residence different from the one originally granted.
If a foreign resident in Japan intends to engage in an unauthorized activity under his or her current status of residence, and such unauthorized activity falls under other status of residence, then the foreign resident does not have to leave Japan and may apply for changing his or her status of residence in accordance with this procedure.

3. Permission to engage in an activity other than that permitted by the status of residence previously granted
A foreign national who is granted a status of residence according to the activities he was engaged in Japan must receive permission to engage in an activity other than those permitted by the status of residence previously granted if he wishes to become engaged in activities related to the management of business involving income or activities for which he receives remuneration, which are not included in those activities under his category of status of residence.
A typical example is that of a foreign national college student or precollege student who wishes to have a part time job. The Minister of Justice will give permission to the extent that the extra activity does not interfere with the activity that is the original purpose of residence.

4. Acquisition status of Residence
If a foreign national who was born in Japan, an individual who became a foreign national after renouncing Japanese nationality, or a United States of America military personnel member stipulated in Article 1 of the Status of Forces Agreement between Japan and the United States of America who lost the status wishes to continue living in Japan, he must acquire a status of residence.

5. Application for extension of period of stay
This application is required when a foreigner wishes to remain in Japan under the same status of residence after the originally authorized term of residence has expired. Applications must be made before the term of residence expires.

6. Application for re-entry permit
This application is required when a foreigner residing in Japan wishes to leave the country temporarily and then return during the authorized term of residence. Permanent foreign residents also require re-entry permission.

7. Certificate of work eligibility
This certificate is issued to foreigners who have a status of residence permitting them to work. For example, when you change your job, it's better for you to get Work Eligibility generally.

8. Application for Naturalization, Japanese citizenship
This application is required when a foreigner wishes to obtain Japanese nationality. There are three kinds of Naturalization in Japan, Normal Naturalization, Special Naturalization and Big Naturalization. In general, to get Japanese nationality, you have continually resided in Japan for more than 5 years, you are more than 20 years old, you have good conduct, you are able to maintain your living, etc.



■ Special permission for residence, marriage and divorce in Japan, etc

1. Special permission for residence in Japan (Overstay)
Even if you are a illegal resident in Japan, you may get the special permission for residence and can stay in Japan as a regal resident. The Minister of Justice judges for each cases whether they should stay in Japan. For example, if you get married with Japanese and live with him or her, you have a possibilty to get special permission.

2. Procedures for marriage and divorce in Japan
According to Japanese Civil Law, a woman cannot get married within six months of the dissolution of her previous marriage. This is to avoid confusion as to the identification of a child's father if a birth occurs close in time to the end of the marriage.

3. Establishing a company in Japan
If you want to establish a company in Japan to start your business, we assist you to establish your company. And if you want to get Investor/Business manager visa, you must establish a company in Japan in principle.
There are many kinds of company in Japan. These are Joint Stock Company, Commercial Partnership, Limited Partnership, Limited Liability Company, etc

4. Drafting of contracts
We can make drafting of contract, for example a contract of employment, etc.

5. Procedures for business licenses
We can help you to get various kinds of bussiness licenes in Japan.



■ Categories of Japanese Visa, status of residence

There are 7 categories and 27 kinds of Japanese visa. Japanese visa is issued according to the purpose of the foreigner's visit.

1. Diplomatic visa (during mission)
Activities on the part of constituent members of diplomatic missions or consular offices of foreign governments hosted by the Government of Japan, and activities on the part of their family members belonging to the same household.

2. Official visa (5 years, 3 years, 1 year, 3 months, 30 days or 15 days)
Activities on the part of those who engage in official business of foreign governments or international organizations recognized by the Government of Japan, and activities on the part of their family members belonging to the same household.

3. Working visa
(1) Professor (5 years, 3 years, 1 year or 3 months)
Activities for research, guidance of research or education at a university, equivalent educational institutions or colleges of technology

(2) Artist (5 years, 3 years, 1 year or 3 months)
Activities for the arts that provide income, including those carried out by composers, songwriters, artists, sculptors, craftspeople, photographers, etc.

(3) Religious activities (5 years, 3 years, 1 year or 3 months)
Missionary and other religious activities conducted by members of foreign religious organizations.

(4) Journalist (5 years, 3 years, 1 year or 3 months)
News coverage and other journalistic activities conducted on the basis of a contract with a foreign journalistic organization, such as a foreign newspaper company, news agency, broadcasting station, documentary movie company, etc. (Specifically, activities carried out by newspaper journalists, magazine journalists, report writers, editorial chiefs, editors, media photographers, television and radio announcers, etc., including freelancers.)

(5) Highly Skilled Professional (5 years for (1) and indefinite for (2))
(i) Activities which come under any of the following (a) to (c) to be conducted by foreign nationals who meet the criteria provided for by an ordinance of the Ministry of Justice as human resources who possess advanced and specialized skills, and who are expected to contribute to the academic research and economic development of Japan.
(a) Activities of engaging in research, research guidance or education based on a contract entered into with a public or private organization in Japan designated by the Minister of Justice, or in conjunction with such activities, activities of personally operating a business which is related to such activities or activities of engaging in research, research guidance or education based on a contract entered into with a public or private organization in Japan other than the applicable organization.
(b) Activities of engaging in work requiring specialized knowledge or skills in the field of natural sciences or humanities based on a contract entered into with a public or private organization in Japan designated by the Minister of Justice, or in conjunction with such activities, activities of personally operating a business which is related to the applicable activities.
(c) Activities of operating international trade or some other business of a public or private organization in Japan designated by the Minister of Justice or of managing such business, or in conjunction with such activities, activities of personally operating a business which is related to the applicable activities.
(ii) The following activities to be conducted by foreign nationals who engaged in the activities given in (1) and who meet the criteria provided for by an ordinance of the Ministry of Justice as persons whose residence will contribute to the interests of Japan.
(a) Activities of engaging in research, research guidance or education based on a contract entered into with a public or private organization in Japan.
(b) Activities of engaging in work requiring specialized knowledge or skills in the field of natural sciences or humanities based on a contract entered into with a public or private organization in Japan.
(c) Activities of operating trade or some other business of a public or private organization in Japan, or of managing such business.
(d) In conjunction with any of the activities listed in (2) (a) to (c), the activities given in the column for Professor, Artist, Religious Activities, Journalist, Legal/Accounting Services, Medical Services, Instructor, Engineer/Specialist in Humanities/ International Services, Entertainer or Skilled Labor (except for the activities coming under any of (2) (a) to (c)).

(6) Business Manager (5 years, 3 years, 1 year, 4 months or 3 months)
Activities of operating international trade or some other business of a public or private organization in Japan or of managing such business (except for the activities to engage in the operation or management of business which is not allowed without the legal qualifications listed in the Legal/Accounting Services).

(7) Legal / Accounting services (5 years, 3 years, 1 year or 3 months)
Activities to engage in legal or accounting business. Applicants must be attorneys or public accountants certified to perform their duties in Japan, or those with other legal qualifications recognized by Japan.

(8) Medical services (5 years, 3 years, 1 year or 3 months)
Activities to engage in medical treatment service. Applicants must be physicians, dentists, or those with other medical qualifications, and must be qualified under Japanese law and fulfill certain conditions concerning work status, etc.

(9) Researcher (5 years, 3 years, 1 year or 3 months)
Activities to engage in examinations, surveys, research, etc. on the basis of a contract with a public or private organization in Japan. Applicants must fulfill certain conditions concerning personal history and work status.

(10) Instructor (5 years, 3 years, 1 year or 3 months)
Activities to engage in language instruction and other education at elementary schools, junior high schools, senior high schools, schools for the blind, handicapped children's schools, miscellaneous schools (kakushu gakko and senshu gakko), or other educational institutions equivalent to kakushu gakko in facilities and curriculum.

(11) Engineer / Specialist in Humanities / International Services (5 years, 3 years, 1 year or 3 months)
Activities to engage in services, which require skills or knowledge pertinent to physical science, engineering or other natural science fields, or to engage in services, which require knowledge pertinent to jurisprudence, economics, sociology or other human science fields, or to engage in services which require specific ways of thought or sensitivity based on experience with foreign culture, based on a contract with a public or private organization in Japan.

(12) Intracompany transferee (5 years, 3 years, 1 year or 3 months)
Activities on the part of personnel who are transferred to business offices in Japan for a limited period of time from business offices that are established in foreign countries by public or private organizations with head offices, branch offices, or other business offices in Japan and who engage at these business offices in the activities described in the "Engineer / Specialist in Humanities / International Services" sections of this table. Applicants must fulfill certain conditions concerning personal history and work status.

(13) Entertainer (3 years, 1 year, 6 months, 3 months, or 15 days)
Activities to engage in theatrical performances, arts, song, dance, musical performances, sports, or any other show business. Applicants must fulfill certain conditions concerning personal history, work status, and form of entertainment.
Activities such as the production of television programs or movies, the photographing of models, etc. Applicants must fulfill certain conditions concerning work status.

(14) Skilled labor (5 years, 3 years, 1 year or 3 months)
Activities to engage in service that requires industrial techniques or skills belonging to special fields on the basis of a contract with a public or private organization in Japan. Applicants must fulfill certain conditions concerning personal history and work status.

(15) Technical Intern Training (1 year, 6 months, or a term designated by the Minister of Justice ( 1 year or less))
(ⅰ) Activities to acquire knowledge through group training courses and activities to acquire skills through employment agreements.
(a) Activities performed by an individual enterprise accepting employees of companies with whom the individual enterprise has business relations such as joint ventures overseas (Individual enterprise-based training).
(b) Activities performed under the supervision and responsibility of a non-profit organization such as a trade association (Association managed training).
(ⅱ) Activities for a person who has acquired knowledge and skills to engage in business that requires such knowledge and skills through an employment agreement.

(16) Cultural Activities (3 years, 1 year, 6 months or 3 months)
Academic or artistic activities that provide no income, or activities for the purpose of pursuing specific studies on Japanese culture or arts, or activities for the purpose of learning and acquiring Japanese culture or arts under the guidance of experts.

4. Temporary visitor's visa (90 days, 30 days, 15 days or period of less than 15 days)
Sightseeing; recreation; sports; visiting relatives, friends, or acquaintances; visiting a sick person; attending a wedding or funeral ceremony; participating in athletic tournaments, contests, etc. as an amateur; business purposes (such as market research, business liaison, business consultations, signing a contract, or providing after-sale service for imported machinery); inspecting or visiting plants, trade fairs, etc.; attending lectures, explanatory meetings, etc.; academic surveys or research presentations; religious pilgrimages or visits; friendship visits to sister cities, sister schools, etc.; or other similar activities during a short period of stay in Japan.

5. Student (4 years and 3 months, 4 years, 3 years and 3 months, 3 years, 2 years and 3 months, 2 years ,Activities to receive education at a university, college of technology ("kotosenmongakko"), senior high school (including the second half of a course of study at a school for secondary education ("chutokyoikugakko")) or senior high school course of a school for special needs education ("tokubetsushiengakko"), junior high school (including the second half of a course of study at a school for compulsory education (“gimukyoikugakko”) and the first half of a course of study at a school for secondary education) or junior high school course of a school for special needs education, elementary school (including the first half of a course of study at a school for compulsory education) or elementary school course of a school for special needs education, special training school ("senshugakko") or miscellaneous school ("kakushugakko") or equivalent educational institution in terms of facility and organization in Japan.

6. Trainee (1 year, 6 months or 3 months)
Activities to acquire skills, etc. at a public or a private organization in Japan (except for the activities listed in the "Technical Intern Training (ⅰ) " and "Student").

7. Dependent (5 years, 4 years and 3 months, 4 years, 3 years and 3 months, 3 years, 2 years and 3 months, 2 years, 1 year and 3 months, 1 year, 6 months or 3 months)
Daily activities on the part of the spouse or unmarried minor supported by the foreign national staying in Japan with the status of residence referred to in the columns from "Professor" to "Cultural Activities" in this Table (except for "Technical Intern Training") or of those who stay with the status of residence of "College" in this Table.

8. Specified visa
(1) Designated activities (5 years, 3 years, 1 year, 6 months, 3 months or a term designated by the Minister of Justice ( 5 years or less))
Activities that are specifically designated by the Minister of Justice for foreign individuals. For example, activities on the part of foreigners who wish to enter Japan as personal help privately employed by diplomats, consular representatives, etc.; foreigners who wish to enter Japan under bilateral working holiday agreements*; foreigners who are employed by companies, etc. and are active as athletes in amateur sports and their dependent spouses and children; foreign lawyers engaged in international arbitration affairs, etc. university students engaged in internship activities.

(2) Spouse or child of Japanese national (5 years, 3 years, 1 year or 6 months)
Spouses of Japanese nationals, children adopted by Japanese nationals in accordance with the provisions of Article 817-2 of the Civil Code, or those born as children of Japanese nationals.

(3) Spouse or child of permanent resident (5 years, 3 years, 1 year or 6 months)
The spouses of those who stay with the status of residence of "Permanent Resident" or Special Permanent Resident (hereinafter referred to as "permanent resident etc."), those born as children of a permanent resident etc. in Japan and having been residing in Japan.

(4) Long-term resident (5 years, 3 years, 1 year, 6 months or a term designated by the Minister of Justice (5 years or less))
Those who are authorized to reside in Japan with designation of period of stay by the Minister of Justice in consideration of special circumstances.

(5) Permanent resident (Unlimited)
Those who are granted permanent residence by tbe Minister of Justice. Application for Permanent Resident status is not possible at overseas Japanese diplomatic establishments.



■ Locations of regional Immigration bureau in Japan

There are eight Regional Immigration Bureaus, six district immigration offices, 63 branch offices and three immigration centers in Japan.
Your regional immigration bureaus depends on the area where you live in. We can apply to all regional immigration bureaus.
The regional immigration bureaus is as follows.

1. Sapporo Regional Immigration Bureau
Sapporo Third Joint Government Bldg., Odorinishi 12 Chome, Chuoku, Sapporo, Hokkaido

2. Sendai Regional Immigration Bureau
Sendai Second Legal Affairs Joint Government Bldg., 1-3-20 Gorin, Miyaginoku, Sendai, Miyagi Pref.

3. Tokyo Regional Immigration Bureau
5-5-30 Konan, Minatoku, Tokyo Pref.

4. Nagoya Regional Immigration Bureau
Nagoya Legal Affairs Joint Government Bldg., 4-3-1 Sannomaru, Nakaku, Nagoya, Aichi Pref.

5. Osaka Regional Immigration Bureau
Osaka Second Legal Affairs Joint Government Bldg., 2-1-17 Tanimachi, Chuoku, Osaka City, Osaka Pref.

6. Hiroshima Regional Immigration Bureau
Hiroshima Joint Government Bldg. #2, 6-30 Kami-hacchobori, Nakaku, Hiroshima, Hiroshima Pref.

7. Takamatsu Regional Immigration Bureau
Takamatsu Legal Affairs Joint Government Bldg., 1-1 Marunouchi, Takamatsu, Kagawa Pref.

8. Fukuoka Regional Immigration Bureau
Fukuoka Airport Domestic Flights Terminal #3, 778-1 Shimousui, Hakataku, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Pref.



■ Locations of Immigration Detention Center

There are three Immigration Detention Centers in Japan.
The detail is as follows.

1. Higashi-Nihon Immigration Detention Center
1766 Kuno-cho, Ushiku City, Ibaraki Pref.

2. Nishi-Nihon Immigration Detention Center
1-11-1 Koriyama, Ibaraki City, Osaka Pref.

3. Omura Immigration Detention Center
644-3 Kogashima-machi, Omura City, Nagasaki Pref.



■ LINK

Immigration Bureau of Japan
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan
U.S. Embassy, Tokyo
Canada Embassy, Tokyo
British Embassy, Tokyo
Australian Embassy, Tokyo
New Zealand Embassy, Tokyo



■ Main areas where we offer services in Japan

1. Saitama Prefecture
Kawaguchi City, Warabi City, Toda City,Saitama City, Soka City,Yashio City, Koshigaya City, Kasukabe City, Tokorozawa City, Kawagoe City, Ageo City, Shiki City, Asaka City, Niza City, Iruma City, Hasuda City, etc.

2. Tokyo Metropolitan Area
Kita City, Toshima City, Shinjuku City, Adachi City, Itabashi City, Nerima City, Shinagawa City, Taito City, Shibuya City, Nakano City, Arakawa City, Fussa City, Hachioji City, Machida City, Fuchu City, Kunitachi City, Musashino City, Mitaka City, Kokubunji City, Chofu City, etc.

3. Chiba Prefecture
Chiba City, Matsudo City, Urayasu City, Ichikawa City, Funabashi City, Kashiwa City, Noda City, Narita City, Tsukuba City, etc.

4. Kanagawa Prefecture
Kawasaki City, Yokohama City, Yokosuka City, Zama City, Ebina City, Kamakura City, Fujisawa City, Sagamihara City, Atsugi City, Chigasaki City, etc.

5. Gunma Prefecture
Ota City, Takasaki City, Maebashi City, Kiryu City, Isesaki City, Tatebayashi City, Fujioka City, Oizumi Town, etc.

6. Tochigi Prefecture
Utsuomiya City, Oyama City, Ashikaga City, Sano City, Tochigi City, Nikko City, etc.

7. Ibaraki Prefecture
Tsukuba City, Mito City, Tsuchiura City, Koga City, Ishioka City, Toride City, Ushiku City, Tsukubamirai City, etc.

8. Yamanashi Prefecture
Uenohara City, Otsuki City, Tsuru City, Koshu City, Yamanashi City, Kofu City, Fujiyoshida City, etc.



■ If you have some questions about Japanese visa, etc, please contact us.

Email : info@suga-inter.net

Tel : 048-256-1225

Open Hours : Mon-Fri 10:00~21:00, Sat-Sun 10:00~20:00

Address : 3-7-1 Namiki, Kawaguchi City, Saitama Pref., Japan

Map (Three minutes walk from JR Keihin-Tohoku Line, Nishi-Kawaguchi Station)

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