I want to apply for a Long-Term Resident because my spouse and I are considering a divorce…
Many of these questions are sent to us, Asakusa Legal Support.
It is true that the status of Long-Term Resident makes one's residence very "stable" as there are no limitations on the activities one can carry out while residing in Japan.
However, obtaining the Long-Term Resident is not so simple.
Please discuss your options with your spouse again before filing for divorce.
A list of applications for Long-Term residents made public by the Immigration Bureau. The list demonstrates the cases in which the applications were granted or denied.
The examples below might make it clearer to you why obtaining the Status of Long-Term Resident is not always simple.
Examples of those who were granted permission to change status of residence to “long-term resident”
Case 1: Granted
A woman who was married to a Japanese man for six years and six months before their marriage ended in divorce
Case 2: Granted
A woman who had a factually failed marriage after three years to a Japanese man
Case 3: Granted
A man who was married for six years and one month to a woman who was a special permanent resident before losing his wife.
Case 4: Granted
A woman who was married to a Japanese man for four years and five months before their marriage ended in divorce
Case 5: Granted
A woman who had a factually failed marriage after eleven years and five months to a Japanese man
Case 6: Granted
A woman who was married for six years and to a man who was a permanent resident before their marriage factually had broken down
Case 7: Granted
A man who was married to a Japanese woman for seven years and nine months before their marriage ended in divorce
In many cases, it is challenging to maintain residency as a Long-Term Resident if the marriage is brief, such as one or two years.
In a Long-Term Resident application, it is also particularly important that the applicant has a regular income.
If Domestic Violence led to the divorce, these circumstances will be considered for the foreign national on the victim's side when applying for permanent resident status.
In the second part, we will discuss the cases in which the applications for Long-Term Residents were not granted.
Author: Asakusa Legal Support