Japan implements new one-year permanent residence pathway

New immigration rules have been implemented in Japan for highly qualified foreign residents, the changes come as a result of the Japanese Prime Minister’s strategy for revitalization.

Tokyo as Japan announces immigration changes
Effective immediately, the Japanese immigration authorities have implemented new guidelines for permanent residency applications for foreign nationals, including shorter qualifying residence periods for certain applicants.

Who Qualifies?

A part of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Strategy for Revitalization, applicants for permanent residence who score over 80 points on the Immigration Bureau of Japan’s (IBJ) points-based system for Highly Skilled Foreign Professionals are eligible for permanent residency after only one year of temporary residency, rather than five years as previously.Applicants scoring over 70 points on the scale are eligible for permanent residency after just three years.Points on the scale are awarded for academic background, professional career, annual salary, in-country investment, and research achievements. The IBJ’s description of the points-based system and a point’s calculation form can be found here.This expedited, points-based route to permanent residency is only available to work visa holders, but it is not necessary for applicants to have a “highly skilled professional” work visa in order to apply under the new regulations.Any accompanying dependent family members will still have to fulfill the required longer temporary residence period of up to ten years in order to qualify.

Action items

Foreign nationals currently working long-term in Japan who are considering obtaining Japanese permanent residency, are encouraged to contact an immigration specialist for the latest requirements.This information was supplied by global immigration services provider Peregrine ImmigrationThe information in this alert was provided by Relo Japan and Tokyo Orientations.For related news and features, visit our Immigration section.Access hundreds of global services and suppliers in our Online DirectoryClick to get to the Relocate Global Online Directory  Get access to our free Global Mobility Toolkit

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