What is a business/management visa? I will explain all the points of application and disapproval!

What is a business/management visa?

Some people may want to establish a company in Japan to export Japanese products to their own countries.


In this case, you must have the status of residence of “business/management”. (For more information on status of residence, please refer to “Status of Residence”.)


Here is a simple and easy to understand analysis of what is the status of residence of “business/ management” and how to apply.



Are there few administrative scriveners specializing in business/management visas?

Before explaining in detail the status of residence for business/management, let’s first understand the position of business/management visa in other residence qualifications.


There are some administrative scriveners who specialize in the application of status of residence, but there are not many administrative scriveners who specialize in business/management visas.




Number of business/management visa applications

According to government information, as of the end of December 2015, there were 2,688,288 foreigners residing in Japan. (Immigration Bureau, Statistics of Resident Foreigners)


Among them, there are 18,109 people with business/management status of residence.


In other words, the number of foreigners residing on business/management visas is less than 0.7% of the total number of foreigners residing in Japan.


Therefore, there are not many administrative scriveners who specialize in business/management visas, because the number of applications is very small.


In addition, according to the data as of the end of December 2014, there are 15,184 people with business/management status of residence in Japan.


The number of people with business/management status has increased by only nearly 3,000 in one year.


Certain people will change to permanent resident visas or return to China for some reason, so the number of applications should exceed 3,000, but even so, it turns out that the number of applications is still much less than other status of residence.


(The total number of foreign residents staying at the end of December 2014 was 2,476,103, and at the end of December 2015 was 2,688,288, an increase of more than 200,000 a year.)




Number of registered administrative scriveners

The number of administrative scriveners registered nationwide (as of October 2015) is 45,607.


The number of people holding business/management visas only increases by about 3,000 each year, while the total number of administrative scriveners exceeds 45,000. It can be presumed that many administrative scriveners have never applied for business/management visas.


There are also many offices that specialize in the application of status of residence, and dozens or more business/management visas are issued each year.


Of course, some people apply by themselves.


Considering this point, there may be only about 300 to 1,000 administrative scriveners in Japan who have applied for the business/management status of residence at least once a year (0.7% to 2% of all administrative scriveners).


In Osaka, Kyoto and Hyogo prefectures, how many people have a residence permit for business/management?

Judging from the earlier data of the Immigration Bureau, the statistics are as follows.


・Osaka: 1,021 people in 2014, 1,292 people in 2015 (an increase of 271 people)

・Kyoto: 137 people in 2014, 183 people in 2015 (an increase of 46 people)

・Hyogo: 386 people in 2014 and 448people in 2015 (an increase of 62people )

・Statistics in 3 counties: 1,544 people in 2014, 1,923 people in 2015 (an increase of 379 people)


On the other hand, the total number of administrative scriveners operated by individuals and legal entities is as follows. (As of April 1, 2016, Japan Administrative Scrivener Association)


・Osaka: 3,020 people

・Kyoto: 837 people

・Hyogo : 1,802 people

・Statistics in 3 counties: 5,659 people


From this figure, it can be seen that in Osaka, Kyoto and Hyogo, the majority of administrative scriveners have not applied for a business/management visa even once in a year.


Therefore, the application for a business/management visa can be said to be very rare and special in all the work of administrative scriveners.


Difficulties and risks of business/management visas

Business/Management Visa As will be explained, unique knowledge and experience are very important for the preparation of the business plan and the attachment of documents that are not required to be submitted.


In addition to the small number of foreigners applying for business/management visas, it is also very difficult to apply. Therefore, among the administrative scriveners engaged in the application of residence status, few specialize in business/management visas.


Another important point is that you need to establish a corporate before you can apply for a business/management visa. (self employed can also apply, but the review is very strict and difficult)


Moreover, even if the company is established, because it has not successfully obtained the status of residence, the company cannot operate normally, and the customer may complain to the administrative scrivener.


Generally, even if you have not obtained the status of residence, the administrative scrivener is not liable. But even so, there are still many administrative scriveners who want to avoid conflict.


It can be seen that due to the small number of applications, it is difficult to obtain practical experience, the application is very difficult, and accompanied by risks, business/management visas are relatively neglected among other residence qualifications.


What is business/management visa?

Now let’s go back to the topic to see what kind of residence qualifications the business/management visa is. (As a type of residence status, the “business/management” qualification is usually called the “business/management visa”, so we call it the “business/management visa” here.)


“Business/management visa” refers to a status of residence granted to foreigners who “operating a trading company or do other business activities in Japan or manage such business activities”.


If it’s a bit difficult to understand, now, let’s explain it in a simple way.


What is business operator?

Refers to the owner of a corporate that has an office in Japan.


However, the corporate to be established must meet any of the following conditions.


  1. Hire two or more full-time employees living in Japan.
  2. The total capital or investment is more than 5 million yen.
  3. There must be approved conditions of the same scale as 1 or 2.


Since 1’s employees do not include the business operator himself, this means that in addition to the business/management of the status of residence, two employees must be hired.


Some people have heard that a university degree or a higher degree is required, but there is no requirement to graduate from a university.


As a business operator, the relevant work experience and knowledge of doing business in Japan will be used as a judgement material for granting the status of residence. If you major in business-related subjects at university, you are likely to get extra points, but it does not mean that you will never get a permit after graduating from high school.


What is a manager?

A manager is a person who manages the business of an office in Japan.


Managers have various titles, such as managing director, department manager, factory manager, branch manager, etc., but this does not mean “branch manager = manager.”


Regardless of the job title, you can use the following data to determine whether the person’s job title and professional qualifications are consistent with the “manager”.


・Proof of more than 3 years of business operation or management experience

・Proof of the time spent on work related to the business in Japan.

・Resume, etc. that can clearly show the content and time of the activity you are engaged in


Documents required to apply for business/management visa

To apply for a business/management visa, the documents to be submitted will vary depending on the type of business or organization that is operated or managed.



Those who apply for business/management visas can be divided into four categories.

The information to be submitted will vary according to the category.

Let us see what they can be divided into.

(Reference: Legal Affairs Bureau official website  business/management)


Category 1

When managing or managing any of the following companies or organizations.

Since it is a fairly large company or public organization, it can be said that permission is relatively easy to obtain.

・ Companies listed on the Japanese stock exchange

・ Mutual company that operates insurance business

・ Foreign countries or local governments

・ A public interest corporation approved by the national and local governments of Japan


Category 2

Groups or individuals whose withholding tax amount is 15 million yen or more in the total withholding tax form of wage income in the previous year’s withholding tax slip and other statutory records.


Category 3

Among the employees of the previous year, groups or individuals (excluding category 2) that have submitted a total list of statutory records such as salary income withholding tax returns, this is when the company’s operation or management has completed its first round of final accounts.


Category 4

Cases other than categories 1 to 3

That is to say, when a new company is established and the company is operated or managed, the fourth category of information must be submitted.

Almost all applications handled in our office are in the fourth category.


Information to be submitted for applying for a business/management visa

Let’s see what kind of information needs to be submitted.


In fact, there are also cases where additional information is required to be submitted.


Here, let us explain the information required for the application of the 4th category applicant.


・Application Form for Issuance of Certificate of Eligibility   1copy

※This form can be obtained at the local immigration bureau. You can also download it from the official website of the Legal Affairs Bureau.


・Proof photo (length 4cm x width 3cm)  1sheet

※A clear image without cap and background taken from the front within three months before application.

※Please write the name of the applicant on the back of the photo and paste it in the photo column on the application form.


・Reply envelope (standard envelope with clear address and 392 yen stamp (for simple registered mail))  1sheet

・Any one of the following documents that can prove the content of the applicant’s activities

(1) When holding a senior position in a company with a Japanese corporation

A copy of the company’s articles of incorporation stipulating executive compensation or a copy of the minutes of the shareholders meeting to resolve executive compensation    1copy


(2) When transferring to a Japanese branch of a foreign corporate company and when being appointed to a senior position in an organization other than the company

Information about your organization (dispatch letter, transfer notice, etc.) that can clarify your position (in charge of business), deadlines and the amount of remuneration payable  1copy


(3) When hired as a manager in Japan

According to Article 15 Paragraph 1 of the Labor Standards Act and Article 5 of the Enforcement Regulations of the Act, documents that can clearly indicate the working conditions (employment contract, etc.) issued to the employee    1copy


・If you are hired as a manager in Japan, you need to prove that you have at least 3 years of business or management experience(Including the certificate from the school, which must record the study period of the graduate school’s business or management major courses.)


(1) A resume that clearly states the content and deadlines of the activities involved in the relevant position     1copy


(2) Documents certifying the duration of the relevant work (Including the certificate from the school, which must record the study period of the graduate school’s business or management major courses.)  1copy


・One of the following materials to clarify the business content

(1) When conducting the business in a corporation, a copy of the registration certificate of the corporation (if the registration of the corporation is not completed, clarify that the articles of incorporation and other corporations are going to start the business. Copy of documents)

※It does not matter whether a corporation is established in Japan or a branch office of a foreign corporation is established in Japan.


  • A guidebook that describes in detail the history of the place of employment, officers, knowledge, business details (including major business partners and transaction results), etc.


  • Documents similar to (2) above created by other workplaces, etc.


・Any one of the following documents that can prove the size of the company

(1) Confirm that there are more than two full-time staff’s proof documents about their wages, and other documents such as resident cards


(2) Certificate of registered items

※If you have already submitted 7 (1), you do not need to submit


(3)Other documents clarifying the scale of business


・Documents that can prove the existence of office facilities

(1) A copy of the transcript of the real estate registration book  1copy

(2) A copy of the lease agreement             1copy

(3) Other information                  1copy


・A copy of the business plan          1copy


・A copy of the financial statements of the most recent year  1copy


・One of the following materials that clarifies the reason why the statutory record total table such as the withholding slip of salary income of the staff for the previous year cannot be submitted

(1) In the case of an institution that is exempt from tax withholding

Certificate of exemption from tax withholding of foreign corporations and other materials clarifying that tax withholding is not required         1copy


(2) In the case of institutions other than (1) above

  1. A copy of the notification form for opening a salary payment office  1copy


  1. Any of the following materials

(A) Income tax withholding statement for the last three months, such as salary income and retirement income (copy with receipt date stamp)       1copy


(B) If you have received a special delivery date, a document that clarifies that you have received the approval.                       1copy


Three points of business management visa application


There are many points to consider when applying for a business management visa, but here are three of the most important.


Business management visa application point 1 Company formation

If you want to obtain a status of residence as a manager, you must first prepare for the establishment of a company.


If you have a partner in Japan, it is relatively easy to proceed, but if a foreigner living overseas sets up a company by yourself, there are some difficulties.


Let’s see what is difficult when a foreigner living overseas establishes a company by himself.


Opening a bank account

When a foreigner living overseas establishes a company in Japan by himself, he / she first obtains a business/management visa with a four-month term.


When setting up a company in Japan, it is necessary to transfer the capital to the bank account of the founder of the company in Japan.


If you have a partner in Japan, transfer the capital to that person’s account.


If you have to start a business alone, you have to open an account in your own name at a bank in Japan.


If you have a 4-month status of residence, you will be issued a “resident card”, so in principle you will be able to open a bank account, but as a condition for opening an account many banks require a status of residence of 6 months or more, finding a bank that can open an account with a four-month status of residence is one of the major barriers.


Securing an office

You can apply for a status of residence for business/management even if you have not started the business at the time of application, but you need to secure a facility to be used as a business office in Japan.


If the contract is not completed at the time of application, you will need a floor plan of the property to be contracted issued by the real estate company.


Please note that a virtual office that has no actual situation and rents out only the address is not accepted as a business base.


Generally, apartments are by convention

In many cases, it is stipulated that “it shall be used exclusively as a house and shall not be used for other purposes”.


Such properties cannot be used as a place of business.


In addition, properties with monthly contracts are not accepted as business establishments.


If you only have a 4-month residence card and no residence certificate, there are few owners who will rent the office, and it can be said that it is very difficult to find a property that you can rent.



The capital must be 5 million yen or more.

(Although it is no longer clearly stated in the regulations, in reality, 5 million yen or more remains as a criterion)


Even if you prepare a capital of 5 million yen or more, you must prove “how you contributed that capital”.


Employment of employees

One of the requirements for the size of a company with a business/management visa is that it must have two or more full-time employees.


However, if the capital is more than 5 million yen, even if there are no full-time employees, you can obtain the status of residence.


“Full-time employees” refer to Japanese, or foreigners who are only permanent residents, spouses of permanent residents, spouses of Japanese nationals, and long term residents.


In other words, the applicant himself is not an employee, so in addition to the applicant, two full-time employees are required.


Business/management visa application point 2 Creating a business plan

The content of the business plan is very important among many conditions.


The Immigration Bureau will judge whether the business can be continued stably from the contents of the business plan, so if you submit a sloppy business plan, there is a possibility that you will receive a notice of disapproval, saying, “It is not recognized that the applicant has been proved to meet the status of residence of business/management.”


It is no exaggeration to say that the success or failure of a business/management visa application depends on the content of the business plan.


Business/management visa point 3 Career of the manager

The status of residence for business management, work experience, such as a period of work experience, is not included in the requirements.


However, in addition to the contents of the business plan, the background of the business operator (manager) is very important for the business management visa.


The point is that the business can continue to generate stable profits.

(For business continuity tax, please refer to「Points of Renewal of Business/Management Visa “Securing Business Office ” and ” Business Continuity “」)


If you want to start a business that has no personal connections or experience, you must objectively explain in your business plan how to make the business stable and profitable.


It does not work in a business plan such as “I will do my best to make it profitable.”


Therefore, if you have no experience with the business you plan to do in Japan, it may be judged that it is difficult to continue to operate the business and you may be disapproved.


5 reasons why business/management visa applications are rejected

What should I do if my application is rejected?


When the application for status of residence was refused, it was really a blow.

You are worried that you may no longer be able to obtain the status of residence.


However, in many cases, you can reapply by taking appropriate measures.


If you apply for the status of residence and get rejected, there must be a reason.

People at the Immigration Bureau will not refuse your visa because they are in a bad mood.


Therefore, the most important thing is to know why the visa was refused.


There are many reasons for rejection, but there are five reasons that require special attention.

Now, let’s look at some possible reasons for rejection.


Insufficient proof

The website of the Immigration Bureau contains the documents required to apply for a business management visa. (Ministry of Justice: Business Management)


Then, when it comes to submitting the documents written here, that alone may not be enough.


In fact, I myself have never applied for it only with the documents written on the homepage.


Applying for a business management visa requires demonstrating the source of the company’s capital and how it was saved.


If you apply without such attachments, the proof may be insufficient and you may be denied permission.


In addition, if the submitted material is suspected of being disguised, it may be disapproved.


If the requirements are not met

As explained in point 1 of the application earlier, one of the requirements for a business management visa is to meet one of the following.


・ Invest 5 million yen or more

・ Employing two or more full-time employees


Two or more full-time employees must be permanent residents, such as Japanese, Special Permanent Residents, Permanent Residents, Japanese spouses, and Permanent Residents’ spouses.


Also, full-time refers to full-time employees, not part-time employees.


In this way, if you do not meet the requirements for the status of residence of business management, you will of course be denied permission.


When business stability / continuity is not recognized

As I mentioned earlier, the most important thing about a business/ management visa is “business stability and continuity.”


The important thing here is the business plan.


For example, “I want to live in Japan, but I don’t have the academic background, work experience, or skills that meet the requirements for status of residence other than business management, so let’s create a company with a capital of 5 million yen and apply for a business/management visa.”

The content of the company’s business plan is to import and export food.

In that case, you need to prove what kind of network and experience you can use to keep the food import / export business stable.

Subjective explanations such as “I think after living in Japan” or “I desperately work 20 hours or more a day to earn money” are not enough to prove.

The application for status of residence of a business/management visa may be denied.


As for the business plan, it is necessary to make a plan with fairly detailed expenses.


If you write your business plan loosely, it is unlikely that you will be granted permission to apply for a business management visa.


For more information on corporate stability and sustainability, please refer to “Business Continuity” in “Key Points for Renewal of Business/Management Visas “Firming Firms” and “Corporate Continuity”.


When securing (existence) of business establishment is not recognized

It is very important to secure a company office when applying for a business management visa.


If you just want to set up a company, you can set it up at home and office, or you can set up a company by renting only the address and registering like a virtual office.


However, as a requirement for a business management visa, it is necessary to secure the following offices.


・Economic activities are carried out under a single management entity, occupying a certain place, that is, one block.

・The production or provision of goods and services is carried out continuously with people and equipment.


I think it’s a little difficult to understand, so I’ll explain it briefly.


“Continuous operation of the business” is a requirement of a business management visa.

Therefore, short-term rental spaces that are rented on a monthly basis, such as one month, cannot be said to be “continuously operated” places, so they are not recognized as offices.


Buildings like food stalls that can be easily disposed of for the same reason are not recognized as offices.


Since it will be used as an office, in the case of a rental property, the purpose of use must be clearly stated in the lease contract as “business use, store, office, etc.” and the contract must also be contracted in the name of the corporation.


The following requirements are required when a business is operated using a part of the property rented as a residence.


・ The lender permits use for purposes other than residential purposes.

・ The borrower also permits the corporation to use it as a business establishment.

・ The corporation has a business-occupied room equipped with facilities for conducting business.

・ The arrangement for payment of public expenses such as utility charges related to the property is clear.

・ Holding a company sign similar to a signboard


Here are some examples of disapproval of securing an office.


Business/Administration Visa Denied Case 1

There is no sign indicating the location of the office in the mailbox or entrance, no equipment or business supplies for operating the business are installed in the office room, and there is no employee payroll or attendance book. Only daily necessities in the room are not recognized as the setting of the office.


Business/Administration Visa Denied Case 2

It was a two-story apartment, and there were no signs indicating the company name on the mail box or entrance. In addition, office equipment was not installed in the house, and it was not recognized that the office was secured because it was only furniture and other equipment for daily life.


Business/Administration Visa Denied Case 3

From the materials submitted in the application for status of residence, the place of business was not in the name of a corporation or the name of a manager, but in the name of a employee and was used as the residence of the employee. It is recognized that the business establishment has been secured because the payment of the utility bill of the facility was also in the name of the employee and the consent of the lender to use the property for non-residential purposes could not be confirmed. What wasn’t there.


If the office and home are in the same building, the examination will be quite strict.

Whenever possible, we recommend that you keep your home and office separate.

Please refer to “Securing business establishments” for details on securing business establishments.


If the business is illegal or in the gray zone

Sometimes what I thought was legal was actually an illegal business.


When you hear about illegal business, you may think of something like drugs or smuggling, but in reality, there is also something like “What? Is that illegal?”


For example, there is the “vacation rental” business, which has become a hot topic since 2015.


As of August 2016, you must obtain a business license for the inn business in order to continue to provide accommodations to guests for a fee.


It is illegal to list certain unlicensed facilities for rent on the websites of agents like Airbnb.


Even if the landlord approves the business of a private residence, it is illegal to operate without the permission of the government. (For details, please refer to our management site “textbook of vacation rental”.)


Thousands of rooms are rented out as private lodgings on the internet brokerage site, so I think many people may mistake this for legality.


Especially if you are a foreigner.


However, in reality, unauthorized business is illegal.


In this way, there are cases in which a business that you apply for as legal is actually an illegal business and your status of residence visa for business management is denied.


Then, you may think that you should get a permit, but at this point it is almost impossible to get a permit for the inn business in one room of the condominium. (Although not 100% impossible)


If you are unable to obtain such permission and operate legally, you may need to change the company’s articles of incorporation in order to apply for status of residence.


How to check the reason for disapproval of business/management visa

So how do you know why you were actually denied permission?


This goes directly to the Immigration Bureau.


Then you might think, “You should go ask before you think about the reason for the disapproval!”, that’s why I explained the reason why it may be disapproved first.


Precautions when confirming the reason for disapproval of immigration 1

Immigration examination is an individual case, whether or not permission is granted will be decided at the discretion of the Immigration Bureau according to the individual circumstances.


In addition, the Immigration Bureau examiner is not obliged to explain the reason for disapproval to the applicant.


Even if you meet with the Immigration Bureau examiner to confirm the reason for the disapproval, you should think that it does not always explain in detail.


Therefore, you need to anticipate the reason for the disapproval and ask the examiner the appropriate question.


Hear carefully so that you do not miss the information you need to reapply.


Precautions when confirming the reason for disapproval of immigration 2

When I meet with the Immigration Bureau examiner to confirm the reason for the disapproval of the status of residence, some people complain or get angry about why the application is disapproved, which is counterproductive.


If you complain and the disapproval turns into a permit, you will get a permit if there is someone who can threaten the examiner as much as possible.


That is impossible.


Confirming the reason for disapproval is just a work for reapplying.


It is not a task to have the disapproval of the original application revoked.


If you become emotional, you may not be able to hear the information you need, so never make a complaint and get angry.


Reapply for a business/management visa

Once the application for status of residence is denied, the second and subsequent examinations will be strict.


Therefore, it is very important to confirm the reason for the disapproval as accurately as possible.


There is not always one reason why the first application was denied permission.


Even if the confirmation of disapproval reveals only one reason, it is also necessary to confirm that there are no other reasons for disapproval.


As I explained earlier, the Immigration Bureau examiner is not obliged to explain all the reasons for the disapproval to the applicant in detail.


From here, you can get information for re-application by checking from as many angles as possible.


Based on the hearing from the immigration bureau examiner, improve the reason why you think you were denied permission and reapply.


What is a “4-month visa” for a business/management visa?

Business/management visas have a special period of stay of “4 months”.


This 4-month visa is a new visa from April 2015.


Why set up a visa with a period of 4 months?


In fact, the 4-month business/management visa has a big advantage that the 1-year visa does not have.


However, if you are not careful, there is a risk that you will be denied permission when renewing after 4 months.


Now, let me explain in an easy-to-understand manner why a 4-month visa is newly established, what kind of benefits it has, and what you should be careful about.


Benefits of a 4-month visa

Now let’s take a look at the benefits of a 4-month visa.

A 4-month visa has great benefits.

In fact, more than half of the people who come to our office for consultation are about the status of residence for 4 months.

The benefits of a 4-month visa include:


[Merit 1] You can apply for status of residence while you are outside Japan (foreign country)

Before getting a four-month visa, if there were no partners or employees in Japan to establish a company, they had to come to Japan and apply for status of residence.


However, there are many people who do not have any helpers in Japan.


Therefore, it is this 4-month business management visa that can set up a company in Japan and apply for residence status without a helper.


It is a great merit that you can even apply for a status of residence without coming to Japan.


[Merit 2 ]Reduction of the cost required to obtain a visa

If you want to apply for a one-year status of residence, you must first establish a company before applying.

In addition to the company’s establishment costs, operating costs are incurred to establish a company.

You need to rent an office before registering the establishment of a company.


It generally takes about one month to apply for status of residence, such as preparing documents, and two to three months for examination.


For example, if you rent an office with a rent of 60,000 yen and your status of residence is granted four months later, you will have to pay at least 24 million yen even if the company is not operating anything.


In the unlikely event that you are denied permission and reapply, you will be reapplied after investigating the cause of the disapproval and taking countermeasures, so it may take up to a year from the time of your first application.

As a result, the rent of 720,000 yen will be paid in vain.


In addition, if for some reason it turns out that you cannot qualify for residence, you may close the company if you have a one-year visa.

In that case, hundreds of thousands of yen will be wasted on the cost of establishing a company.


In the case of a 4-month visa, the company will be established after the status of residence is granted, so the advantage is that there is no risk of wasting the office rent paid during such a blank period or the established company.


※Please note that even if you can obtain a 4-month visa, it does not mean that you will be granted permission by renewing after 4 months.


Precautions for 4-month visa

Some customers feel relieved after obtaining a 4-month visa, but taking it lightly is the enemy.


A 4-month visa is just a passing point for obtaining a one-year business management status of residence, so if you relax here, you may be denied permission for renewal after 4 months.


Now, let me explain what you need to pay attention to.


Securing a place to live

In Japan, you need a [residential certificate] to do anything.

So, first you have to decide where to live.

Actually, this is a difficult task for foreigners.

In most cases, foreigners do not have a guarantor, so for this reason, a considerable number of properties can be refused.

In addition, since the initial status of residence is valid for 4 months, it may be refused by the property owner who has a one-year lease contract in principle.

Our office is also affiliated with a real estate company, so we can help you find a property, but it’s really difficult.


Securing an office

You have to rent an office as well as a place to live.

In the case of an office, it is difficult to rent more than a residence without a guarantor.

As a guide, it is advisable to obtain a four-month status of residence and contract a residence with the office within one month.


Open a bank account

You can open an account with a residence card and a seal registration card, but some banks cannot open an account with a residence cart with a 4-month expiration date.

A bank account is always required to establish a company, so open it early.


Company formation

After arranging the office and bank account, the next step is to establish a company.

I don’t know what’s going on with the articles of incorporation certification or registration with the Legal Affairs Bureau, so let’s proceed early.


Preparing to apply for renewal

Items that could not be submitted when applying for a 4-month business management visa will be submitted at the time of renewal.

For example, you need to equip your office with a desk, telephone, printer, PC, etc. so that you can work and take pictures of your office for proving.

After purchasing and preparing such equipment, we will prepare the renewal application documents.


Cases that you cannot renew with a 4-month visa

Even if you get a 4-month visa, you may not be able to renew if you do not complete the work described above.


In fact, it’s able to get a visa for 4 months, but there is an example that it’s relieved like “I already got a visa, so it’s okay”, and it’s renewed without any preparation and was disapproved.


Keep in mind that a 4-month visa is just a special treatment.


If you are unable to submit the documents required to apply for a one-year business management visa at the time of renewal, it is very likely that you will be denied permission.


As soon as you get a 4-month visa, we recommend that you come to Japan and prepare for renewal.


Once disapproved, the re-application examination will be strict, so if you are worried that you will be ready to set up an office or company within 4 months (preferably 2 to 3 months), prepare everything. It may be a good idea to apply for a one-year business management visa.


Can my family come to Japan together?

Suppose husband founded a company in Japan and obtained a business/management visa.

In that case, can his wife and children come to Japan?


If husband and his family who obtain a business/management visa come to Japan together, apply for a family stay visa.


However, please note that even if you can obtain a business/management visa for husband, it may not always be able to obtain a family stay visa to accompany his family.


There are various reasons for being denied permission, but if the husband first obtains a business/management visa, runs a company in Japan for about a year to stabilize the business, and applies for a family stay one year later and gets permission there is also.


If his children is elementary school student come with, the time of admission in your own country may differ from the time of admission in Japan.


Once your address is confirmed, it may be a good idea to consult with your child’s school as soon as possible.


What is highly-skilled business/management?

If you meet the conditions such as educational background, work history, and annual income, you may be recognized as an “highly qualified workers” and may be able to obtain a status of residence of “highly-skilled professional”.


The status of residence of a highly-skilled professional is subject to certain conditions, but is permitted to be accompanied by a parent or an employee.


Since there are few statuses of residence that allow parents to accompany you,

In that sense, it can be said that the status of residence of highly-skilled professional is very preferential treatment.


Please refer to “What is the highly qualified workers Point System?” For details on the status of residence of highly-skilled professionals.




What did you think?


I think there are some people who find it difficult to set up a company or plan a business because it costs a lot of money and a lot of work.


Business/management visas are said to be the most difficult of all other statuses of residence.


However, if you can apply to establish a feasible business plan and start a stable and sustainable business, you will be granted a status of residence.


Even if you make a sloppy business plan or apply for a makeshift business, you may not be able to renew your status of residence at the time of renewal.


Before starting a business, it is recommended that you apply for a status of residence after carefully considering what kind of business you can start in Japan by making use of your own knowledge and experience.


If you apply for a status of residence and you are denied permission, I think it will be a real emotional shock.


However, permission may be granted by properly confirming the reason for the disapproval, correcting it, and reapplying.

Even if you are denied permission, do not give up and try to take the correct measures to get permission.