by John Webber
Want to become a resident of Japan? As of March 2017, the Japanese Ministry of Justice put into effect new rules allowing foreign workers to become Permanent Residents faster than ever. After only one year living in the country, professionals from overseas can file for Permanent Residency in Japan.
Historically, foreigners could become permanent residents only after living in Japan for a decade. In 2012 though, the Ministry of Justice introduced a system to make it possible for highly-skilled workers to submit applications in as little as five years.
However, the latest changes will make it possible for high-scoring applicants (a measurement based on education, career achievements, licenses, salary, proficiency in the Japanese language, and other factors) to become Permanent Residents in as little as one to three years. The Ministry of Justice has also increased the number of ways that foreign workers can earn points – think investments in Japanese businesses.
Before you book a one-way flight to Japan, keep in mind though that your line of work must be considered an advanced academic research activity, or a career requiring advanced or highly specialized skills in the areas of sciences, humanities or business management.
Travelers interested in leaving our country for a while may find it easier to get a work visa in New Zealand or at the extreme could try moving to and living in Australia for four years and then renounce U.S. citizenship.
“Do not go where the path leads, travel instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” @wbbrjp