Japan – Status of Residence Re-Organized

What has changed

The Immigration Bureau of Japan has recently amended its Immigration Control Act.  As a result of the amendment, the statuses of residence have been reorganized, and will be effective from April 1, 2015.

Who is affected?
What to expect

The names of the following status of residence will be used beginning on April 1, 2015

Designated Activities (Highly-Skilled Human Resources) will now be referred to as Highly Skilled Professionals (i)
and (ii)

  • The  status of Highly Skilled Professionals (i) will take the place of the  status of Designated Activities (Highly-Skilled Human Resources), and the qualifications and preferential immigration treatment for this status will remain the same. The status of Highly Skilled Professional (ii) will be available for applicants who meet specific criteria and have stayed in Japan under the status of Highly Skilled Professional (i) or Designated Activities (Highly-Skilled Human Resources) for a certain period.  The Highly Skilled Professional (ii) will have the indefinite period of stay similar to the Permanent Residence.

Investor/ Business Manager  will now be referred to as Business Manager

  • Previously, the  status of Investor/ Business Manager was only available for activities of management for companies in Japan connected to foreign investment.  Beginning on April 1, 2015 along with the name change, the category Business Manager will expand to include Japanese-owned companies that do not have any foreign investment.

Engineer and Specialist in Humanities/ International Services are now combined and will now be referred to as one comprehensive  status of Engineer/Specialist in Humanities/International Services

What you need to do
Planning ahead

  • Starting April, 1 2015 all applications will be filed under the new names of status.
  • If you are currently in Japan under the old status, this does not need to be changed until the time of the next renewal.
  • Contact your Emigra Worldwide attorney or representative for further details on how these updates may impact you or your clients

The information above was provided by Emigra Worldwide, our global network partners, and relevant government authorities. The information herein is for general purposes only and not intended as advice for a particular matter. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the global immigration professional with whom you work.