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"Professor"

"Professor" or /kyo-ju/ in Japanese is one of "Status of Residence" defined by Japanese immigration law.


Activities that can be carried out under the status of residence of "Professor"

Activities for research, guidance of research or education at a college, an equivalent educational institutions or a college of technology (kotosenmongakko).


Persons qualified for "Professor"
- a professor, assistant professor at a university
- a researcher at a higher education organization
etc.


Organization of activity
"Professor" is a status of residence that can conduct activities such as research and education at so-called higher education institutions.
Educational activities at institutions that do not correspond to university-equivalent institutions may be "Engineer/Specialist in Humanities/International Services". In addition, there is a possibility that the activity of research at a research institute etc. of a private company may fall under the status of residence of "Researcher".
Educational activities at secondary and primary education institutions may have the status of residence of "Instructor".


Period of Stay

"Period of Stay" will be determined among one of the followings.
5-year, 3-year, 1-year or 3-month.



Spouse and Children

The status "Dependent" can be applied for a spouse and/or child of a foreigner who is staying in Japan with the status of "Professor".



List of "Status of Residence"
Table I (1)
Diplomat   Official   Professor   Artist   Religious Activities   Journalist  
Table I (2) Business Manager   Legal/Accounting Services   Medical Services   Researcher   Instructor   Engineer/Specialist in Humanities/International Services   Intracompany Transferee   Entertainer   Skilled Labor  
Table I (3) Cultural Activities   Temporary Visitor  
Table I (4) Student   Pre-college Student   Trainee   Dependent  
Table I (5) Designated Activities  
Table II Permanent Resident   Spouse or Child of Japanese national   Spouse or Child of Permanent Resident   Long Term Resident  
Special Permanent Resident Special Permanent Resident  


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Services we can offer are

Consultation - to find out Status of Residence/Procedures that may best suit you and/or your family member, etc.
Documentation - to prepare and/or advice the documents you need to submit to the Immigration Bureau
Representation/Agency - to submit the documents and communicate with the Immigration Bureau on your behalf

and so forth.


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Followings are quotations from the immigration law/ordinance of the web site of Japanese government. However some of them were quoted before the revision in 2012. Therefore they might be old and different from the present rule.


Authorized Activities (Appended Table I (1), Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act)
本邦において行うことができる活動(出入国管理及び難民認定法 別表第一 一)

Activities for research, guidance of research or education at a college, an equivalent educational institutions or a college of technology (kotosenmongakko).


本邦の大学若しくはこれに準ずる機関又は高等専門学校において研究、研究の指導又は教育をする活動



基準(出入国管理及び難民認定法第七条第一項第二号の基準を定める省令・省令第十六号)




Period of Stay (Appended Table II)
在留期間(出入国管理及び難民認定法施行規則 別表第二)

3 or 1 year.


三年又は一年



Materials (Appended Table III)
資料(出入国管理及び難民認定法施行規則 別表第三)

Document certifying the contents and period of the activities and the alien's position and reward.


活動の内容、期間、地位及び報酬を証する文書



Materials (Appended Table III (2))
資料(出入国管理及び難民認定法施行規則 別表第三の二)

(i) Document certifying the contents and period of the activities and the alien's position.
(ii) Certificate of the alien's annual income and amount of tax paid.


一 活動の内容、期間及び地位を証する文書
二 年間の収入及び納税額に関する証明書



Agent (Appended Table IV)
代理人(出入国管理及び難民認定法施行規則 別表第四)

Employee of the institution in Japan to which the alien is to belong to engage in education.


本人が所属して教育を行うこととなる本邦の機関の職員


Working visa
Professor 「教授」
Artist 「芸術」
Religious Activities 「宗教」
Journalist 「報道」
Business Manager 「経営・管理」
Legal/Accounting Services 「法律・会計業務」
Medical Services 「医療」
Researcher 「研究」
Instructor 「教育」
Engineer/Specialist in Humanities/International Services 「技術・人文知識・国際業務」
Intracompany Transferee 「企業内転勤」
Entertainer 「興行」
Skilled Labor 「技能」

General visa
Cultural Activities 「文化活動」
Student 「留学」
Pre-College Student 「就学」
Trainee 「研修」
Dependent 「家族滞在」

Specified visa
Spouse or Child of Japanese national 「日本人の配偶者等」
Spouse or Child of Permanent Resident 「永住者の配偶者等」
Long Term Resident 「定住者」
Designated Activities 「特定活動」

Permanent Residency
Permanent Resident 「永住者」
Special Permanent Resident 「特別永住者」

Visiting visa
Temporary Visitor 「短期滞在」

Diplomatic visa
Diplomat 「外交」

Official visa
Official 「公用」

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