Points for a Family Stay

calendar-icon 2024/05/02

"Family stay" is a residence status that can be obtained by the spouse or children of foreign nationals working in Japan. However, only the families of those who hold specific work visas can obtain this visa, and it is not possible to bring parents or grandparents. There are three important points to consider in order to obtain a family stay visa.

The marriage must be legally valid (in the case of a spouse). Common-law relationships or engagement status are not recognized, and marriage is considered valid as long as it is legally recognized in Japan or abroad.

There must be the ability to support and the intention to receive support. The criteria for this condition are not clear and may vary depending on the number of family members and the financial situation. Family stay visa holders can work part-time for up to 28 hours per week if they obtain a "permission for activities outside of qualification," but if their annual income exceeds 1.3 million yen, it may be difficult to renew the visa.

Cohabitation is important, especially for married couples. If they do not live together, they will need to explain the circumstances.

In addition, it is possible for international students who get married and find employment after graduation to change their spouse's residence status from student to family stay. However, permission to change from student visa to work visa and having an income that can support the family's living expenses, even with the initial salary, are necessary conditions.


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