From residence of “Dependent” to Long-Term Resident and Designated Activities Visa

In some cases, foreign nationals who have graduated from a Japanese high school and are living in Japan on residence of “Dependent” can change their VISA to "long- term resident" or "designated activity" if they wish to work.


1. Requirements of long- term resident and designated activity
  1. The applicant must have been under 18 years old at his or her entry into Japan.

  2. The applicant must have found a place of employment (including receiving an informal offer of employment).

  3. The applicant must fulfill his or her public obligations, including giving notification of his or her domicile.


2. Requirements of long-term resident
  1. The applicant must have completed Japanese compulsory education (elementary and junior high school). (“Junior high school” includes evening junior high school)

  2. The applicant must have graduated from a Japanese senior high school, etc. or be expected to do so.


3. Requirements of designated activity
  1. The applicant must have graduated from a Japanese senior high school, etc. or be expected to do so.

  2. the applicant needs to have proficiency in Japanese equivalent to at least level N2 of the JapaneseLanguage Proficiency Test, in addition to graduating from senior high school, etc., if he or she transferred to the school.

  3. The person supporting the applicant must reside in Japan as his or her guarantor.


This means that if you have graduated from elementary and junior high school in Japan, you can change your long-term resident.


If you, or your children, can change the visa to the long- term resident or designated activity, it often doesn't matter if your post-employment job doesn't relate to what you studied at a vocational school or university, as is the case with technical, humanities or international work visas, you will be able to find a wider range of jobs.


If you are currently enrolled in high school or have already graduated from high school, please feel free to contact us, as we may be able to convert you to a permanent resident or specific activity.

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