Invite Family from Home Country: Dependent VISA
When a foreign national wishes to bring their family from their home country to Japan, they generally need to secure a “Dependent VISA”. This visa applies only to “spouses” and “children”. Other family members such as parents and siblings are not eligible for this visa.
Therefore, when bringing parents or siblings to Japan, there are no applicable resident statuses in Japan. They would have to obtain a business management residency status and operate a business in Japan, or find employment in Japan with a technology, humanities knowledge, or international services residency status. Also, if the parents are elderly and ill, making it difficult to obtain a work visa in Japan, they can consider applying for a specific activity visa (non-notified elderly parent support) or specific activity (medical stay; No. 25), but these are extremely challenging to secure.
Requirements for the Dependent VISA:
The requirements for a Dependent VISA are as follows:
- The Person (means Sponsor) bringing the foreign family (means Dependent) to Japan must hold a visa that legally permits them to do so (such as a Business Manager VISA, HSP VISA, or Work VISA).
- Dependent must be a spouse or child of the Sponsor.
- Dependents must be financially supported by their sponsor.
The Dependent VISA is only applicable to spouses and children. Parents and siblings are not eligible.
“Spouses” are restricted to those whose marriages are legally valid and are still ongoing. Therefore, if the spouse has passed away, is divorced, or even if the marriage was legally established abroad, a spouse through same-sex marriage will not be eligible for the Dependent VISA.
For more details, please consult with Continental.
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