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10 things you need to know about Permanent Residence in Japan

Asakusa Legal Support always receives messages from people from foreign countries such as “I want to be a Permanent Resident” or “What is the requirement for Permanent Residence ?”.

It is not easy for everyone to be a Permanent Resident in Japan but we believe that everyone has a chance if you prepare for your application carefully.

Here, we will explain 10 things you need to know about Permanent Residence in Japan.

1. Period of Stay

Basically, you must stay in Japan for more than 10 years according to “Guidelines for Permission for Permanent Residence” by Immigration Service Agency of Japan.

Besides, you must hold a work permit for more than five years during your stay in Japan.

The guidelines state that:

In principle, the person has stayed in Japan for more than 10 years consecutively. It is

also required that during his/her stay in Japan the person has had work permit (with an

exception for those with the "Technical Intern Training" and "Specified Skilled Worker (i)"

residential status) or the status of residence for more than 5 years consecutively.

2. Who cannot apply for Permanent Residence

You cannot apply for Permanent Residence if you are staying in Japan with the "Technical Intern Training" and "Specified Skilled Worker (i)".

3. Spouse of Japanese / Spouse of Permanent Resident

You can apply for Permanent Resident if you are a spouse of a Japanese national or permanent resident, and have been in a real marital relationship for more than 3 years consecutively and have stayed in Japan more than 1 year consecutively.

4. Long-term resident

You can apply for Permanent Resident if you have stayed in Japan for more than 5 years consecutively with the status of long-term resident.

5. Highly-Skilled Professionals over 70 points

You can apply for Permanent Residence if you have a total score of 70 points or more on the points calculation for Highly-Skilled Professional and have continuously stayed in Japan as a “Highly-Skilled foreign Professional” for 3 years or more.

6. Highly-Skilled Professionals over 80 points

You can apply for Permanent Residence if you have a total score of 80 points or more in the points calculation for Highly-Skilled Professional and have continuously stayed in Japan as a “Highly-Skilled foreign Professional” for 1 year or more.

7. Independent living

You should have sufficient assets or ability to make an independent living when you try to be a Permanent Resident.

8. Tax payment, Pension and Health Insurance

You should pay tax, pension and health insurance if you want to be a Permanent Resident. Many people from foreign countries have some problems with tax payment, especially residence tax. 

Please check your payment of residence tax for your city hall, when you think about Permanent Residence.

9. Good Conduct

You must observe Japanese laws in your daily living.

10. Preparation

Again, please understand the requirements well and prepare for your application very carefully. Almost everyone has some problems such as tax payment or pension etc.


Please feel free to contact us anytime you need our support.

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