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"Researcher"

"Researcher" or /ken-kyu/ 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 "Researcher"

Foreigners staying in Japan with the status of residence of "Researcher" can engage in activities engaged in research that conducts research based on contracts with public and private organizations in Japan.


Persons qualified for "Researcher"
- researchers, investigators
etc.

Academic back ground which meets the requirements of "Researcher" is
- BS degree and 3-year research experience
- BS and MS degree
etc. This can be substituted by 10-year research experience.


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

Spouse and/or Children of a person who is staying in Japan under the status of "Researcher" will be qualified for the status "Dependent".



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 (2), 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 二)

Activities to engage in research based on a contract with a public or private organization in Japan (except for the activities listed in the right-hand column of the "Professor" column of Table (1)).


本邦の公私の機関との契約に基づいて研究を行う業務に従事する活動(一の表の教授の項の下欄に掲げる活動を除く。)



Ministerial Ordinance to Provide for Criteria Pursuant to Article 7, paragraph (1), item (ii) of the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act
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)

The applicant who intends to engage in research must fulfill all of the following requirements; provided, however, that this shall not apply to cases where the applicant intends to engage in research based on a contract with the national government; a local government; a juridical person established directly pursuant to Japanese law; a juridical person established pursuant to special Japanese laws through a special act of establishment; a juridical person established pursuant to special Japanese laws which required the approval of a government agency regarding its establishment; an incorporated administrative agency (meaning an incorporated administrative agency as prescribed in Article 2, paragraph (1) of the Act on General Rules for Incorporated Administrative Agencies (Act No. 103, 1999); the same shall apply hereinafter); or a juridical person designated in a public notice given by the Minister of Justice which is managed by funds granted by the national government, a local government, or an incorporated administrative agency.
(i) The applicant must have a master's degree or at least 3 years' experience (this includes research conducted in graduate school) beyond graduation from university (this excludes junior college) or an equivalent institution in a field of research related to that in which he/she intends to engage, or at least 10 years' experience in such field of research (including research conducted in university); provided, however, that this shall not apply to cases in which the applicant is to engage in research in a business office in Japan to which he/she has been transferred for a limited period of time from a business office established in a foreign country by a public or private organization which has a head office, branch office, or other business office in Japan, and when said applicant was employed at the main office, branch office, or other office outside of Japan for at least 1 year immediately prior to his/her transfer to Japan during which time he/she was engaged in duties that fall under the category of "Researcher" as listed in the right-hand column of Appended Table I (2) of the Immigration Control Act.
(ii) The applicant must receive no less remuneration than would a Japanese national for comparable work.


申請人が次のいずれにも該当していること。ただし、我が国の国若しくは地方公共団体の機関、我が国の法律により直接に設立された法人若しくは我が国の特別の法律により特別の設立行為をもって設立された法人、我が国の特別の法律により設立され、かつ、その設立に関し行政官庁の認可を要する法人若しくは独立行政法人(独立行政法人通則法(平成十一年法律第百三号)第二条第一項に規定する独立行政法人をいう。以下同じ。)又は国、地方公共団体若しくは独立行政法人から交付された資金により運営されている法人で法務大臣が告示をもって定めるものとの契約に基づいて研究を行う業務に従事しようとする場合は、この限りでない。
一 大学(短期大学を除く。)を卒業し若しくはこれと同等以上の教育を受けた後従事しようとする研究分野において修士の学位若しくは三年以上の研究の経験(大学院において研究した期間を含む。)を有し、又は従事しようとする研究分野において十年以上の研究の経験(大学において研究した期間を含む。)を有すること。
二 日本人が従事する場合に受ける報酬と同等額以上の報酬を受けること。



研究・告示207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)

(i) Material certifying the outline of the inviting organization.
(ii) Graduation certificate and a document certifying the alien's career and other background.
(iii) Document certifying the contents and period of the activities and the alien's position and reward.


一 招へい機関の概要を明らかにする資料
二 卒業証明書及び職歴その他の経歴を証する文書
三 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 organization in Japan which entered into a contract with the alien.


本人と契約を結んだ本邦の機関の職員


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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