How long does it take to get your spouse visa in Japan and what can be done to expedite the process?
A Race against Red Tape: The Starting Line
The journey towards obtaining your Spouse VISA in Japan may feel like a hurdle race; the faster one clears each bureaucratic obstacle, the quicker the finish line appears on the horizon. The process, as illustrated by a detailed guide on a Japanese immigration consultancy website, is both meticulous and variable.
The Clock of Bureaucracy: Average Processing Durations
The Tokyo Immigration Bureau’s average processing times for spouse visas are cited to be around 50 days for new entries (COE) and 22 days for domestic status changes. However, these averages can be significantly influenced by a myriad of factors including the marriage history, financial conditions, and nationalities of the couple.
The Key to Expediency: A Testament of Legitimacy
The piece underscores the importance of proving the legitimacy and eligibility of the application to expedite the process. It mentions that clear, logical explanations backed by complete and correct documentation can aid in a quicker approval. The article also cautions against incorrect or incomplete submissions, which could not only prolong the approval process but also risk denial.
Navigating the Classification Labyrinth: A Matter of Preparation
An intriguing part of the narrative is a classification of cases by the Immigration Bureau into 4 categories: a) clear-cut approvals, b) cases needing careful review, c) clear-cut denials, and d) cases requiring additional documentation.
Being well-prepared to fall into the first category is advised, as is avoiding unnecessary complaints or excessive contact with the authorities which doesn’t hasten the process but could potentially slow it down.
Seeking Expert Guidance: A Beacon in the Bureaucratic Maze
In the ever-ticking clock of life, with personal schedules and various exigencies waiting on the wings, the article suggests consulting experts to navigate through the nuanced visa application process. Such prudent steps could potentially save applicants from facing unexpected delays, and help align the bureaucratic timing with personal timelines.
The Final Stretch: The Value of Preparation in Reunion
In a world where every day counts, being well-informed and well-prepared can make all the difference in reuniting with loved ones on Japanese shores.
18 years’ experience in Investment Banking at Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley (JV, MUFG Bank and Morgan Stanley). He had provided financial advisory more than 500 entrepreneurs and senior management.
During his tenure, he worked as an employee union executive committee member in promoting diversity, including the active participation of foreigners and women in the office, and engaged in activities to improve the working environment. He specializes in financial consulting and VISA/PR consulting.
Gyoseishoshi Immigration Lawyer
CMA(Japanese financial analyst license)
CFP (Certified Financial Planner)
Master of Business Administration in Entrepreneurship