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Investment Migration to Japan
There are so many people who love Japanese culture and it's food, so much so that some even want to migrate there. At the moment, there are 29 different types of residence status (or visas) for people to apply, among which, investment migration can be a good way to consider.
The so-called investment migration is via a “Business Manager’ visa. To be able to obtain this 1 to 5 year visa, applicants need to be 20 years of age or older and will invest over 5 million yen (about HK$360,000) to “start up a company”, “acquire a Japanese company” or “be a manager to assist the business owner to operate the company”, and then the applicant(s) can apply for permanent residence* or citizenship.
* If the applicant(s) have advanced qualifications (university degree or above, many years of relevant work experience, earn 4 million yen or more annual salary, etc.), as well as are able to have a very good impact on Japan, then they are qualified to apply for a ‘Highly Skilled Professional' visa. People who have obtained this ‘Highly Skilled Professional' visa can apply for permanent residency after one or three years which depends on how many Requirement Points they have. People with permanent residency are not required to live in Japan, but they must enter Japan once a year. The main difference between a permanent residency and holding a national passport is the right to vote.
Things to know before you apply for investment migration:
Requirements of applying for a Business Manager visa:
The visa allows to take family members:
When the main applicant has been granted a one-year "business manager" visa for the first time, the spouse and children can apply for dependent visa.
Requirements of Visa renewal:
Requirements of applying for permanent residency:
Requirements for applying to be a Japanese citizen:
Please note that the entire process for the application for a Business Manager visa requires approximately 6 to 8 months. Details of the required documents are for your reference below:
Documents required to apply for a Dependent Visa:
*For further information, please see MKblog.
No job is easy at the beginning, and we understand you may face some difficulties when you start your business and settle in a new country with a language barrier and cultural differences. We understand your worries, therefore our English and Mandarin speaking Japanese colleagues in Japan would assist you to solve problems which may arise.