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Divorce and separation 2019/5/4 13:44
Hello everyone, Ifm married to a Japanese national, however wefve been separated for 11 months now. She kicked me out from the house, Now herefs my worry. She just texted to tell me shefll report our situation to the immigration office and that Ifm going to be kicked out of the country, how true is this ? I have signed a divorce paper and have given it to her since December but she havenft submitted the divorce paper.
by Mrnice1759  

Re: Divorce and separation 2019/5/4 17:29
What is the resident permit you are currently staying on in Japan? Spouse of Japanese national?
Then if you separate you are no longer entitled to that resident permit. Can you get your own, eg through your work?
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Re: Divorce and separation 2019/5/4 20:24
No, she cannot kick you out of Japan. You can change the visa to other catogory, normally immigration give you 3 to 6 moths time after divorce.
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Re: Divorce and separation 2019/5/5 10:55
Yes Ifm currently on a spouse visa and I have a full time teaching job. However, I donft have a university degree hence Ifm not qualified for a work visa. But I have been working for the school for 3 years and they are willing to support in whichever way they can. Are there any alternative visa types that I can apply for?
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Re: Divorce and separation 2019/5/5 12:31
There are some knowledgeable people here on the forum - but if you can afford an immigration lawyer in Japan this will probably be your best bet.
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Re: Divorce and separation 2019/5/5 12:45
What kind of school? If it's a typical eikaiwa, you can teach there with "International Service" (sub-) status, and you can get that with just 3 years' experience.

http://www.immi-moj.go.jp/english/tetuduki/kanri/shyorui/02.html
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Re: Divorce and separation 2019/5/5 13:12
The school Ifm working for is an international preschool. Does anyone here know a good immigration lawyer that might help my situation?
Thanks for the replies!
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Re: Divorce and separation 2019/5/5 13:56
Preschool works too. Don't waste your time and money on a lawyer and just apply for the change of status as linked above.
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Re: Divorce and separation 2019/5/5 14:21
Your wife can inform immigration that you are separated, but since she hasnft signed and submitted the divorce papers, things sound somewhat not final, for one thing.

As far as I know (no immigration lawyer here though), even if she reported your gseparationh to the immigration authorities, they wonft come looking for you and try to kick you out.

I donft know until when your current gspouse of Japanese nationalh resident status is valid, but I guess she will probably not cooperate with you to renew/extend the status, so thatfs how she can make things difficult for you already, either separated or divorced.

Depending on exactly what kind of school, you might be able to get the employerfs sponsorship for a work resident status, based on the 3 years of teaching experience, in place of a bachelorfs degree. (And I am not sure under which category an international pre-school would fall. You might want to ask other non-Japanese teachers at your school – if there are others – what status they have.) In that case, yes, you will be making an application for change of resident status (as mentioned on the link by one of the earlier posters).

In the meantime, I would – just to be prepared for things your wife might say, should the divorce question go to court or you have to tell immigration later how the divorce happened – I would put together some notes/record about how/when it happened that you got separated. I donft mean to be mean to your wife, but she could say things like that you left her or abused her, or something of that sort, if she wants to give you more hard times. Best wishes.
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Re: Divorce and separation 2019/5/5 14:52
Thank you guys for your replies and advice!

I have records of when and how I was kicked out of the house. I also have some video evidence showing my soon to be ex wife physically assaulting me. In her words gIfm Japanese and youfre a foreigner so my government will support me, so Ifll win you no matter whath.

I will talk to my school to get all the necessary documents I need to apply for the change of status!

This thread has been very helpful, thank you so much guys and wish me luck :)
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Re: Divorce and separation 2019/5/7 22:09
What is wrong with your wife, why is she so angry with you. If there is no particular reason it seems really strange.

I am asking because she sounds exactly like my wife, who also wants a divorce, but with her I know that this is just temporarily because she is like this since we got our second child, had similar constant fighting after the first, but when we stopped breastfeeding she became the same loving woman again I have married. Well just have to survive this hell I am currently in.

But if there is no hormone explanation in your case why did you marry her in the first place and why does she want to ruin your life now?
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