Investor / Business Manager Visa

”Investor / Business Manager” is the status of residence, which is granted to foreign nationals “whose business meets certain requirements concerning capacity, who fulfills certain conditions concerning work status and personal history, and who invests in and operates a business in Japan or engages in management activities of the business.”

 
A. Activities permitted under the “Investor/Business Manager” Status

The following activities are permitted under the “Investor/Business Manager” Status;

(1)  Starting a business in Japan and managing that business

This refers to making a considerable investment to starting a business in Japan and engaging in the management of that business.

 
(2)  Investing in a business in Japan and managing that business

This refers to making a considerable investment in an existing business in Japan and participating in the management of that business.

 

(3)  Managing a business in Japan on behalf of a foreign national who has started that business

This refers to all activities related to managing a business in Japan on behalf of the incorporator of the business who resides outside of Japan.

 
(4)  
Managing a business in Japan on behalf of a foreign national who has invested in that business

This refers to all activities related to managing a business in Japan on behalf of an investor in that business who resides outside of Japan.

 
(5)  
Engaging in activities related to the administration of a business

This refers to activities related to the administration of a business that is managed or invested in by a foreign national or managed by a Japanese national on behalf of a foreign national who manages or invests in the business , as described in paragraphs (1) to (4) above

 
B. Requirements for Acquiring “Investor/Business Manager” Status

To acquire “Investor/Business Manager” Status,” foreign nationals must satisfy the following requirements (“Ministerial Ordinance”);

(1)  Office requirement

An appropriate office should be secured in Japan. Renting an apartment room on a short-term basis may not be considered an appropriate office.

 
(2)  
Capacity requirement

The business should be appropriate capacity to ensure stable and continuous operations. “Appropriate capacity-is the capacity to employ 2 or more individuals residing in Japan as full-time employees, or to make an investment of 5 million yen or more in the business.

 
(3)  
Academic requirement of managers

A foreign national wishing to engage in the management of a business in Japan should have 3 years or more experience in business management and administration (including the time spent studying business management and administration at a graduate school), and should receive a remuneration no less than what a Japanese national engaging in the same job would receive.

 
C. Permitted Term of Residence

A foreign national can reside in Japan for 3 years or 1 year under the “Investor/Business Manager” status. The term of residence can be renewed.

 
D. Required Documents

The following documents are required when applying for “Investor/Business Manager” status;

(1)    Application form PDF Excel

(2)   Photograph (4cm in height x 3 cm in width)

(3)   Self-addressed return envelope affixed with 380 yen postage

(4)   The following supporting materials

  1. Document explaining the business in detail
  2. Document showing the total number of full-time employees, excluding the foreign applicant, or a document verifying an investment of 5 million yen or more
  3. Document showing an outline of the office
  4. Document verifying that the applicant has 3 or more years of experience in business management and administration, in the case of an applicant wishing to engage in the management and administration of a business on behalf of a foreign investor

 
Notes

Supporting materials other than the above may be required, on a case-by-case basis.

 
An applicant may submit additional documents if he/she deems them beneficial to promoting an understanding of the business.