The “5 Year Rule” When Applying For Permanent Residency
These examples of instances in which permission for permanent residency has been granted or not granted come from the “Guidelines for Contribution to Japan”
According to the “Guidelines for Contribution to Japan”, an individual who satisfies certain requirements and has stayed in Japan for more than five more years without causing any problems in his/her social life can apply for permission for permanent residence.
Applications that were approved
Someone who was engaged in higher education activities in Japan as a university professor in music was recognized for his/her contributions to the promotion of Japan’s education and culture through his/her free guidance of amateur musicians. (Residence history of 5 years and 10 months)
Someone who has worked for 4 years or more as a university assistant at a Japanese university, was engaged in higher education activities such as carrying out research activities in a third country as a temporary researcher and based on the fact that some recognition was given to research, contributions to Japan’s academic field were recognized. (Residence history of 7 years and 3 months)
Someone who worked as a biology researcher and the results from his/her research can be utilized in practical applications, based on the fact that the results were satisfactory, he/she was recognized as contributing to Japan’s research field. (Residence history of 10 years and 10 months)
Someone who conducted researched on health care and received awards from related institutions and was highly regarded domestically and abroad, in this case he/she was recognized for contributing to our country’s research field. (Residence history of 9 years and 8 months)
Someone who entered the country 6 years ago and has been engaged in research activities at a Japanese institute while being a member of an independent administrative corporation, published many papers in a magazine of a specialized field was recognized for contributing to the field of research in Japan. (Residence history 6 years)
Someone who worked for more than six years as a full-time instructor at a Japanese university and developed his/her own unique language teaching style as a lecturer and also engaged in the compilation of educational textbooks was recognized for his/her contributions to the field of education in Japan. (Residence history of 6 years and 2 months)
While working as an office worker in Japan, this individual published a number of papers at the Institute of Electrical Engineers of Japan, was honored in academic journals and received prestigious awards for contributing to the field of research and was recognized for his/her contributions. (Residence history of 10 years and 4 months)
Worked at a automobile production facility in Japan, presented many papers and was published in many academic journals and the like, was commended by prestigious associations and was recognized for his/her contributions to developments and research in industry. (Residence history 8 years and 6 months)
Someone who participated in a sports competition in Japan about 20 years ago, continues to participate in competitions, has been honored by prestigious associations, contributed greatly to the development of sport in Japan and was recognized for significant contributions to the promotion of sports. (Residence history of 7 years and 6 months)
Applications that were not approved
As a painter, produced a large number of artwork and there was a request to donate artwork to a museum after construction was finished however residence status could not be recognized as being good (involved in illegal residence) and so was not approved.
There was a request from an individual who was working at an educational organization who taught sons and daughters of foreigners, but the application was not approved as this activity alone was not recognized to be a contribution to society.
There was an application from an individual who for about 1 year worked as a teacher in a high school and did volunteer activities like interpretation, etc. but the application was not approved as those activities alone did not contribute to society.
An entrepreneur who started up his/her own business and undertook the management thereof but the investment amount and notably the profit and business results were not prominent and as such were not recognized to have contributed to the Japanese economy or industry, as such the application was not approved.
While an individual doing research activities as a research student at a university receives instruction from professors and the like, research activities within the scope of normal student activities cannot be recognized as making contributions to research fields, as such applications cannot be approved.
A person who is the equivalent of a section chief in an investment-related company and applies cannot be recognized for this type of work only as it does not contribute to the Japanese economy, and as there were no other forms of contributions the application was not approved.
In the case a person who is in the equivalent position of a system development company, this type of application cannot be recognized because that activity alone does not contribute to the Japanese economy, and as there were no other forms of contributions the application was not approved.
An individual who resided in Japan about 9 years, composed his/her own music and undertook musical recitals and while there was a request to have exchanges in the music field with Japan, this was not recognized as contributing to the culture and artistic fields of Japan as such the application was not approved.
An individual who resided in Japan about 9 years, undertook performances with Japanese entertainers in his/her own country and applied to undertake the corporate exchange of events between Japan and his/her country, however such activities cannot be recognized as being a contribution to Japan and as such the application was not approved.
After entry, the individual stayed in Japan as an international exchange student, then worked for 5 years as an assistant at one of Japan’s universities however while this activity contributed to improving the level of higher education in Japan the application was not approved.
Entered Japan to work as a language teaching assistant and for 3 years worked as a language teaching assistant in a Japanese junior high school and later worked at a high school teaching English for about 4 years. But this is not the same level as someone who works at a Japanese university or equivalent institution as a full-time professor, assistant professor or lecturer who has contributed to improving the level of Japan’s higher education as such the application was not approved. (Residence history of 6 years and 11 months)
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