Migrating to Japan

Migrating to Japan


Japan is a country that is comprised of more than 6,800 islands in the Pacific Ocean, Japan’s name means the sun origin, which is why it is called “The Land of The Rising Sun”, a name that this country has truly earned through exhibiting the massive transformation from darkness to light through the huge efforts of its people who through their endurance and work ethic have transformed the country from a devastating position after World War II, to become one of the greatest nations worldwide.

The economic and industrial development that Japan has achieved the in the past 70 years is second to none, it is now ranked as the 3rd largest economy in the world in terms of GDP (Gross Domestic Product), and it is the fifth largest importer and exporter in the world, part of the top international economic organizations G7 and G20 alongside the strongest and most developed countries in the world such as the United States, United Kingdom, France and Canada. 

Despite being a first-class country in every way, moving to Japan has only been recently facilitated by the government as a response to the ageing population increase and low birthrates which has resulted in shortages of the workforce of the country. 

The current government of Japan offers many pathways for immigrants who wish to move or visit the country, the most common pathway for long-term stays in Japan is the Work Visa route.

Foreigners who wish to work in and immigrate to Japan are required to obtain a work visa from a Japanese embassy or consulate in their place of residence, alongside the personal information and general Japanese visa requirements, one of the major requirements for the Japanese work visa is the Certificate of Eligibility, which is a document that is issued by the Ministry of Justice in Japan, which applicants must provide to the Japanese Embassy or Consulate for the processing of their Visa, you can immigrate and work in Japan through one of these pathways; 

  • First one is the standard work visa route, which you can apply for by securing a job offer from the country, once there is a job offer, the individual or local organization who is willing to sponsor you must apply to the Regional Immigration Bureau in Japan to obtain a certificate of eligibility, and after obtaining this certificate you must use it to apply for the Japanese work residence permit in the Japanese Embassy or Consulate in your place of residence, these visas usually has a validity period that ranges from 3 months to 5 years. 
  • The second pathway is the Points-Based Preferential Immigration Treatment for Highly-Skilled Foreign Professionals, this special visa has more advantages than the standard route, such advantages are the 5 years length of the Visa, the faster processing of permanent residency and citizenship applicants, and the permission of including the applicant’s parents under certain conditions, it is designed for workers with advanced and specialized skills, such as advanced academic research activities, advanced technical activities in the fields of natural sciences or humanities, and advanced business management activities. 

Applicants in this pathway are awarded points according to their previous education, experience and income are approved and invited for the Japanese residency accordingly. 

Moving to Japan, and any other developed country can be a great beneficial experience for your career and family’s long-term goals, as these countries will have the capacity to provide many benefits such as the superb education and healthcare systems, unfortunately Japan does not currently allow foreigners to migrate without having a job offer, unlike Canada and Australia where you can obtain the immediate permanent residency without the need to have a have a job offer from the country.