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Is it hard now to move in Canada? Try Japan! They offer now permanent residency for just one year!


Immigration new rules for other countries like Japan are coming this March. Unlike Canada on where the immigration process is getting harder and harder, Japan makes it now easier. Japan’s Ministry of Justice, which oversees immigration are hoping that they can attract highly skilled workers overseas. They announced new rules governing permanent residency last week. The new processes will go into effect in March and could make it possible for some applicants to receive permanent residency after just one year in Japan. Well, mostly all immigrants become eligible for permanent residency after living in Japan for 10 years.

Back in 2012, the Ministry introduced a points-based system to shorten the wait for highly skilled applicants in three categories:

  • Advanced academic research activities
  • Advanced specialized/technical activities, and
  • Advanced business management activities

Successful applicants in these categories who got sufficient points were eligible for a permanent resident visa after five years. But it was further shortened to just three years for those scoring over 70 points and one year for those scoring over 80 points. They have also added additional ways to earn points, such as awarding investment in Japanese businesses and degrees from highly rated institutions.

The point system is loosely broken into categories such as:

  • Academic background
  • Career achievements
  • Salary
  • Age
  • Licenses
  • Position, and
  • Special achievements

“An applicant’s achievements in each category are rated on a point scale. For example, having a doctorate will net you 30 points, while masters will get you 20. Being a company operator with an annual income of at least 30 million yen (about $261,700) will get you 50 points, but if you pull in only 25 million yen (about $218,000), you’ll get 40 points.” – Asahi Shimbun

For details on Japan’s point system and its self-assessment form, click HERE.




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