Dependent

Those who are living in Japan under the visa status below may invite their spouse or children into Japan.

Professor|Artist|Religious Activities|Journalist|Business Manager|Legal / Accounting Services|Medical Services|Researcher|Instructor|Engineer / Specialist in Humanities / International Services|Intra-Company Transferee |Entertainer|Skilled Labor|Cultural Activities|Student

If your visa status is listed above, your spouse and children may apply for the Status of Residence (visa status) called “Dependent (家族滞在: Kazoku Taizai)”. The Immigration Office grants your spouse and children “Dependent” visa status depending on your financial stability and other situation as their supporter.

Those who hold Dependent visa status may not work and earn money in Japan, however, they may engage in a part-time job if they obtain “Permission to Engage in Other Activity (Shikakugai-katsudou Kyoka)”.
>> Permission to Engage in Other Activity (Shikakugai-Katsudou Kyoka)

BASIC REQUIREMENTS for Dependent

【1】SUPPORTER’S VISA STATUS and his/her FINANCIAL STABILITY

The applicant’s supporter (spouse or parent of the applicant) should be staying Japan under the following visa status:

Professor|Artist|Religious Activities|Journalist|Investor / Business Manager|Legal / Accounting Services|Medical Services|Researcher|Instructor|Engineer / Specialist in Humanities / International Services|Intra-Company Transferee |Entertainer|Skilled Labor|Cultural Activities|Student (*)

Also, you need to be capable of making a living in Japan and earning enough to live together with the applicant.

(*) In case that the supporter of the applicant is “Student” visa holder, the supporter must engage in the activities as following:

  • He/she has enrolled in the organization below (except night school and correspondence education) and been studying there:
    – Japanese university or the organization which is equivalent to university.
    – Special course at vocational school called 専修学校 (Senshu Gakkou).
    – Technical College (高等専門学校 Koutou Senmon Gakkou)
    – Organization which provide education for those who completed 12 years of school education in order to enter Japanese university.
  • He/she has enrolled in university in Japan and been studying at night course of Graduate school in the university.

NOTE

In case that you are staying Japan under other visa status, such as Permanent Resident, Designated Activities, Diplomats/Official, you may consider other visa status for the applicant, such as Spouse or child of Permanent Resident, and so on.

【2】RELATIONSHIP between YOU and THE APPLICANT

  • The applicant has to be supported economically by the supporter (inviting person in Japan).
  • In case that the applicant is your spouse, he/she must be a person who gets married with you legally. Common-law marriage and same-sex marriage outside Japan is not applicable.
  • In case that the applicant is your child, he/she must be your legitimate child, illegitimate child, and adopted child. Stepchild is not applicable to this visa status.
  • The age of the applicant is not limited.

NOTE

  • In case that you intend to invite your stepchild (a child of your spouse by a former marriage) to Japan, you may consider whether your stepchild would be applicable to Designated Activities (特定活動: Tokutei Katsudou) since stepchild does not applicable to Dependent most of the case.
  • The applicant(s) cannot earn any income under this visa status except obtaining Permission to Engage in Other Activity (Shikakugai-katsudou Kyoka).

PROCEDURES

In case you are currently residing outside Japan yet or you are staying in Japan as a temporary visitor:
>> COE Application

In case you have been in Japan under specific status and holding Residence Card already:
>> Change of Visa Status

BASIC REQUIRED DOCUMENTS

You are required to prepare documents which certify that the contents of the application are true and correct. Necessary documents are varied depending on the situation of each applicant and the host person, however, it shall be as follows:

(1) Evidence of the relationship between applicant and his/her supporter

  • Certificate of Family Registration
  • Marriage Certificate
  • Birth Certificate

(2) Evidence of supporter’s occupation, income and situations.

A. In case the supporter is engaging in work with pay.

  • Supporter’s Residence Card
  • Documents which certify supporter’s occupation: e.g. Certificate of Employment, Certificate of Company Registration, Business Permit or License
  • Documents which certify supporter’s income: e.g. Certificate of Income and Tax Payment (inhabitant tax)

B. In case the supporter is engaging in the activities without pay: e.g. Student

  • Supporter’s Residence Card
  • Documents which certify supporter’s savings and economic stability: e.g. Certificate of Bank Balance, Certificate of Scholarship (the amount of payment and the period)

NOTE

  • All the documents written in foreign languages need to attach Japanese translation.
  • Additional documents may be required during the screening at the Immigration Office after submitting the application.
  • Some documents may be exempted in case your visa sponsor is classified under categories as follows: 1) listed company, 2) the total amount of annual withholding tax on the latest “Records for Salary Payment and Withholding Tax” counts more than 15 million JPY, 3) your visa sponsor can submit a copy of the latest “Records for Salary Payment and Withholding Tax”.
  • Any certificate of Japanese authorities (Tax/Income Certificate, Certificate of Residence, Certificate of Company Register etc.) has to be the one issued within 3 months before the date of application.

PERIOD OF STAY

Each visa status has the expiration date – you can stay in Japan under the visa status during the specific period stated on Residence Card issued by Immigration Office.

Period of stay shall be decided by Immigration Office depends on the applicant’s circumstance, and it shall be either of 5 years, 4 years and 3 months, 4 years, 3 years and 3 months, 3 years, 2 years and 3 months, 2 years, 1 year and 3 months, 1 year, 6 months, and 3 months. The period of stay is granted by the Immigration Office based on each case and situation.

In case you wish to extend the period of stay granted, you may apply for Extension of Period of Stay before the expiry date.
>> EXTENSION OF PERIOD OF STAY (VISA RENEWAL)

In case you would like to travel outside Japan temporarily under the visa status.
>> Re-Entry Permit

NOTE

Dependent visa holder must lose the visa status without his/her supporter. If his/her supporter leaves Japan and loses the visa status, the Dependent visa holder cannot stay in Japan. He/she must leave Japan with his/her supporter.

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