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Obtaining a Business Manager Visa in Japan


Japan, with its rich culture and vibrant economy, is an attractive destination for entrepreneurs looking to establish or manage businesses. For foreign nationals aspiring to contribute to the Japanese business landscape, obtaining a business manager visa is a crucial step. In this article, we’ll introduce 3 major types available: the 4-month business manager visa, the 1-year business manager visa, and the Start-up Visa.

Understanding the Types of Business Manager Visas

⑴ 4-Month Business Manager Visa:

The 4-month business manager visa is a short-term option suitable for individuals intending to set up a business in Japan. The 4-month business manager visa allows applicants that has rare business connections in Japan to have 4-month period to finalize the company registration process. To apply, applicants must present a comprehensive business plan, detailing the purpose and duration of their stay, and the necessary documents for preparation of company’s set up.

⑵ 1-Year Business Manager Visa:

For those with partners or friends that can help set up company in Japan, the 1-year business manager visa provides a viable solution. This type of visa caters to individuals planning to manage or establish businesses that require a long-term presence. The application process involves submitting a detailed business plan, financial statements, and evidence of the business’s sustainability.

⑶ J-find Visa:

J-Find Visa is a newly introduced visa for 2023, designed to assist students who have graduated from universities with specific rankings within the past 5 years in conducting job searches or preparing to establish businesses in Japan. The visa has gained popularity recently, particularly among young entrepreneurs. If you are interested in learning more, please feel free to check with us for further details.

⑷ Start-up Visa:

The Start-up Visa is a type of designated activities visa to encourage foreign entrepreneurs to launch innovative and scalable businesses in Japan. This type of visa aims to foster entrepreneurship and innovation in the country. To qualify, applicants must meet specific criteria for local government requirements, including having a viable business plan, securing a certain level of funding, and demonstrating the potential for growth and contribution to the Japanese economy.

Application Process

Irrespective of the chosen business manager visa type, the application process shares common elements. Here’s a step-by-step guide:

⑴ Compile Necessary Documents:

Gather essential documents, including a valid passport, business plan, financial statements, and any other documents specified by the immigration authorities.

⑵ Submit Application to the Immigration Bureau:

File your visa application with the nearest Immigration Bureau in Japan. Ensure that all documents are complete and accurate to application requirements.

⑶ Certificate of Eligibility:

Upon submission, the immigration authorities will review your application and issue a Certificate of Eligibility if approved. This certificate serves as a prerequisite for obtaining the actual visa.

⑷ Visa Issuance:

Once you receive the Certificate of Eligibility, apply for the business manager visa at the Japanese embassy or consulate in your home country. The visa will be affixed to your passport upon approval.

Considerations and Recommendations

⑴ Thorough Business Plan:

Emphasize the importance of a well-structured and detailed business plan. Clearly outline your business objectives, financial projections, and the positive impact your venture will have on the Japanese economy.

⑵ Legal Assistance:

Engage legal professionals or immigration consultants well-versed in Japanese immigration laws. Their expertise can streamline the application process and ensure compliance with all requirements.

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