Application form for change of status of residence

*The application form differs depending on the status of residence (purpose of stay).

Please click "PDF" or "Excel" for the desired status of residence (purpose of stay).
They are linked to the corresponding application forms.

* As a result of various legal changes and reforms, the forms available on this page have been revised. However, the versions which were available before the changes are still usable.

Status of residence - purpose of residence in Japan

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  1. Temporary Visitor
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    • Short-term stay
      E.g., Visiting relatives; short-term visitors in Japan on business
  2. Highly Skilled Professional
    *Applicants may use the applications in 4, 5, 9, and 16 below depending on their activities in Japan

    (1) Highly Skilled Professional (i) (a); Highly Skilled Professional (ii)
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    • Foreign nationals working in research, research guidance, or education at a university as personnel possessing advanced expertise
      E.g., university professors
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    • Foreign nationals working in research, research guidance, or education as personnel possessing advanced expertise
      E.g., government agency or company researchers

    (2) Highly Skilled Professional (i) (b); Highly Skilled Professional (ii)
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    • Foreign nationals working at a Japanese business for a fixed period of time as personnel possessing advanced expertise; position requires expert skills or knowledge in the fields of natural science or the humanities
      E.g., resident employee of foreign capital company
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    • Foreign nationals working as personnel possessing advanced expertise in positions that require expert skills or knowledge in the fields of natural science or the humanities
      E.g., machine learning technician, marketing professional

    (3) Highly Skilled Professional (i) (c), Highly Skilled Professional (ii)
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    • Foreign nationals working in business management as personnel possessing advanced expertise
      E.g., Representative director or director of a company
  3. Professor; Instructor
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    • Research guidance or education at a university
      E.g., university professors
    • Language education at a junior high or high school
      E.g., Language instructors at junior high schools
  4. Artist; Cultural Activities
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    • Financially compensated artistic activities
      E.g., composer; photographer
    • Artistic or academic activities or research/training in traditional Japanese culture or art which is not financially compensated
      E.g., Persons learning tea ceremony or judo
  5. Religious Activities
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    • Foreign national dispatched from a foreign religious organizations for religious activities
      E.g., Priest, missionary, etc.
  6. Journalist; Researcher (Transfer); Intra-Company Transferee
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    • Journalistic activities based on a contract with a foreign journalism organization
      E.g., newspaper reporters, cameraman-journalists
    • Foreign nationals working at a Japanese business for a fixed period in a position which requires expert technical skills
      E.g., resident employee of foreign capital company
  7. Business Manager
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    • Business management
      E.g., Representative director or director of a company
  8. Researcher; Engineer/Specialist in Humanities/International Services; Skilled Labor; Designated Activities (research, etc.); Nursing Care; Designated Activities (Graduate of Japanese university)
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    • Financially compensated research activities
      E.g., government agency or company researchers
    • Foreign national working in a position in the fields of natural sciences or humanities that requires expert skills or knowledge, or a position that requires thinking founded in a foreign country's culture
      E.g., machine learning technician, marketing professional
    • Foreign national working in a position that requires skills developed over many years
      E.g., cook of foreign cuisine
    • Foreign national with certification as a nursing care worker working in a position of nursing care or nursing care guidance
      E.g., nursing care worker
  9. Entertainment
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    • Entertainment
      E.g., singer, model
  10. Student
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    • Studies
      E.g., international students; Japanese language school students
  11. Trainee
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    • Trainee
      Trainees
  12. Dependent; Designated Activities (Research Activities Family); Designated Activities (EPA Family); Designated Activities (Japanese University Graduate Family)
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    • Foreign national is the dependent of a person possessing a "Cultural Activities" or "Student" status of residence who aims to work in Japan
      E.g., Dependent of a person staying in Japan on a working visa, etc.
  13. Specified Skilled Worker
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    • Specified Skilled Worker (i); Specified Skilled Worker (ii)
  14. Technical Intern Training
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    • Technical Intern Training
      E.g., Technical intern
  15. Spouse or Child of a Japanese National; Spouse or Child of a Permanent Resident; Long-Term Resident
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    • Married to a Japanese national or permanent resident; resides in Japan based on child-parent relationship
      E.g., Spouse of a Japanese resident, second-generation Japanese descendent, third-generation Japanese descendent
  16. Designated Activities (Stay for Medical Services)
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    • Stay for medical services
      E.g., Patient planning to be hospitalized or their attendant
  17. Status of residence/purpose of entry besides those above
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    E.g., Fourth-generation Japanese descendent, lawyer, doctor, amateur sport athlete, etc.

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