※ The requirements (1) and (2) below do not apply to spouses and children of Japanese nationals, special permanent residents or permanent residents.
(1) The person is of good conduct.
The person observes Japanese laws and his/her daily living as a resident does not invite any social criticism.
(2) The person has sufficient assets or ability to make an independent living.
The person does not financially depend on someone in the society in his/her daily life, and his/her assets or ability, etc. are assumed to continue to provide him/her with a stable base of livelihood into the future.
(3) The person’s permanent residence is regarded to be in accord with the interests of Japan
a) In principle, the person has stayed in Japan for more than 10 years consecutively.
It is also required that during his/her stay in Japan the person has had work permit or the status of residence for more than 5 years consecutively.
b) The person has been never sentenced to a fine or imprisonment. The person fulfills public duties such as tax payment.
c) The maximum period of stay allowed for the person with his/her current status of residence.
(* (Note) Any person whose period of stay is “3 years” shall be regarded as a “person who is allowed to stay up to the maximum period of stay”.)
d) There is no possibility that the person could do harm from the viewpoint of protection of public health.
Special requirements for 10-year residence in principle
(1)A spouse of a Japanese national, special permanent resident or permanent resident :
The person has been in a real marital relationship for more than 3 years consecutively and has stayed in Japan more than 1 year consecutively. Or, the person is a true child of a Japanese national, special permanent resident or permanent resident, and has stayed in Japan more than 1 year consecutively.
(2) The person has stayed in Japan for more than 5 years consecutively with the status of “long term resident”.
(3) The person has been recognized as a refugee, and has stayed in Japan for more than 5 years consecutively after recognition.
(4) The person has been recognized to have made a contribution to Japan in diplomatic, social, economic, cultural or other fields, and has stayed in Japan for more than 5 years.