Change of Visa Status
If you are already in Japan with some kind of long term visa and wish to change it to another type of visa while staying in Japan, it is necessary to file the application for the change of your visa status at the nearest Immigration Office.
It is possible to change from the temporary visitor visa (tourist visa) to another type of visa only if the Certificate of Eligibility (COE) is issued within the validity of your temporary visitor visa. Otherwise, it is not possible to change directly from the temporary visitor visa to another type of long term visa except for the "Spouse of Japanese national" visa.
It is necessary to apply for the change of visa status when...
- A student or a dependent visa holder has found a full-time work
- You are married or divorced with a Japanese national
- You have changed jobs to a different category or industry of work
If you submit the application for the change of visa status just before your current visa rexpires, your visa is automatically extended for 2 months, during which time the application is processed and the result is notified.
It is possible to travel outside of Japan while the application of the change of visa status is being processed as long as you will come back to Japan before the end of this 2 months' extension.
In case your application is rejected, a new temporary status will be given, which will allow you to prepare for the departure.
The application for the Permanent Residence is a completely separate procedure, and you will still need to extend your current visa if it will be expired while the application for permanent is in process (which takes generally about 6 to 8 months).
Please note, the fact that you have applied for the permanent resident visa doesn't automatically give you the right to stay, so make sure not to forget to extend your visa until the permanent residency is finally granted.
We are certified as Immigration Lawyers by the Japan Immigration Office, we can help you with obtaining an appropriate visa and with other Immigration procedures and services.