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visas for living? 2020/1/10 16:44
Good day.
We are a young family of 4, two girls aged 7 an almost 2, thinking of living in Japan for the meantime (no time limit but no plan to become immigrant) to explore the country an its culture.
We visited different city such as Kyoto,Tokyo,Osaka and Nagoya.
We are young retiree here in Australia,we have business, a house and an investment property. ( i think it can provide more than enough income to live comfortably in Japan.)
We don't have any plan to look for a job in Japan,we would like only to experience more of the culture and very interested to send my daughters to a local school .

My questions are:
1. what visas will suit us?
2. are we able to rent a home?
3. is someone do this on tourist visa?
by lulu (guest)  

Re: visas for living? 2020/1/10 23:07
Hi Lulu,

I'm also an Australian that used to live in Japan. The following website will be helpful - it's the official website for visas: https://www.mofa.go.jp/j_info/visit/visa/long/index.html

Note that there is no "want to live in Japan visa" - which will make things difficult.

It's basically the same as a Japanese family wanting to move to Australia because they want to experience the culture and lifestyle. If they don't have a job and sponsor - then it won't happen.

There might be some visa to do with investment - but that's best worked out through immigration lawyers
by mfedley rate this post as useful

Re: visas for living? 2020/1/11 08:34
hi thank u for the reply.
i found it very difficult too.
any recommendation for a good immigration lawyer in Australia?
cheers.
by lulu (guest) rate this post as useful

Re: visas for living? 2020/1/11 11:33
You cannot just come to Japan to live. You need to fit into one of the categories (for example student, or working for someone). Otherwise you are simply a temporary visitor limited to stays of 90 days at a time.
by JapanCustomTours rate this post as useful

Re: visas for living? 2020/1/11 12:01
i know,that's why im trying to ask questions and figure it out what visas will suits us.
is anyone does the so called 'visa run'' and able to send their kids to school?
how reliable is it?
my kids is too young to apply for visa thing.
by lulu (guest) rate this post as useful

Re: visas for living? 2020/1/11 15:25
ifigure it out what visas will suits us

None will. You are simply looking for something that doesn't exist, desperately trying to square the circle. You got the link to the list of all Japanese visas, if you did not find one for your specific case, it means it simply doesn't exist. Japan is not a pro immigration country nor an immigrant country, also it is not a country like Thailand or Malaysia that offer a visa for western retirees. It is OK to get "wealthy tourist visa" if you have the millions required for that one but you have to leave after 1 year. That's it. No kids allowed.

Schools are for residents. Visa runs doesn't make you resident. No bank account allowed without a visa.
Renting is already complicated for foreign residents so being foreigners without a visa make it almost impossible or super expensive.
by T.K. (guest) rate this post as useful

Re: visas for living? 2020/1/11 15:42
The only option I could think of is student visa. But this means you really need to go to school/ university. Attendance is checked daily and you need the keep good attendance.
Also I am not sure about kids on that visa.
by LikeBike (guest) rate this post as useful

Re: visas for living? 2020/1/12 08:36
JapanCustomTours gave the perfect answer. Thats all.
by ckt (guest) rate this post as useful

Re: visas for living? 2020/1/12 13:00
thinking of living in Japan for the meantime (no time limit but no plan to become immigrant) to explore the country and its culture
Countries issue visas only when you have a valid reason to stay: diplomats, spouse of a citizen, workers for a local/foreign company....Exploring the country and its culture can be done on tourist visa. Just ask yourself: what are you giving to them? Actually nothing, you won't be working, not paying taxes, even worst: you will be using all the stuff paid by taxpayers like me: immigration, roads, schools etc...

any recommendation for a good immigration lawyer in Australia?
For Japan immigration policies? You won't find any in Australia. You need to look for one in Japan.
Australia is well-known for having has one of the toughest immigration policies in the world. What you want to do in Japan, no wealthy Japanese citizen would be allowed to do it in your country and certainly not an average EU citizen like me.
by T.K. (guest) rate this post as useful

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