About Working Time and Permanent Residency
The Justice Ministry, when those applying for permanent residency status meet requirements, does not intend to count their time spent employed under one of the two visas that will be introduced in April 2019.
One of the requirements for permanent residency in Japan is having five years of working experience in the country. But who is working under the “type one” of the two new visas status will not be able to cite the time spent under these visas when applying for permanent residency.
The Ministry is still considering how to handle the time spent working in Japan under the “second type” of visa.
People who will fall under the first visa category will be able to receive renewable visas for a period ranging from one to five years, for a combined total of five years, but will not be able to bring their families with them. The second visa category will also be renewable, for as long as an employment contract is renewed. It also lets the foreign worker bring spouses and children to the country.
Both statuses require an adequate Japanese language proficiency. And who falls into the first type of visa can apply to the second one if fulfils the requirements.
When applying for the permanent residency in Japan, other than the language requirements there are: good behaviour, having adequate assets and skills to live in Japan, and 10 or more years residing in the country including at least five years under working visas. The time under the first type of visa will be counted toward the residential requirement, but not the working period requirement.
The new visas are not meant to promote immigration, and they will not directly lead to permanent residency.
Article by Elena Laghi