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Sunday, Sept. 22, 2002
THE ASIAN BOOKSHELF
By JIM ADAM
A JAPANESE VISA HANDBOOK: From Tourist to Permanent Resident, by Motoko Kuroda. ICG Muse, Inc., 2002, 148 pp., 1,600 yen/$14.95 (paper)
If you're considering living in Japan or already reside here and want to change your status of residence, a proper understanding of Japanese immigration law can save you both time and trouble.
This pocket-size guide to Japanese immigration requirements explains in plain English all seven categories of Japanese immigration visas and relevant immigration terminology. It also covers visa-exemption arrangements and provides guidelines for documents that must be submitted with each application.
In addition, it gives useful advice for a variety of situations such as divorce or death involving a Japanese spouse, applying for refugee status, the role of a guarantor and visa extension.
For long-term foreign residents of Japan, there are sections that address the conditions, application and approval procedures for applying for permanent residency and naturalization.