Active Investor Visa

The Japanese Investor/Business Manager Visa is meant for those who either establish or perform senior management roles in a new, Japan-domiciled business.

The minimum investment is only ¥5 million, or about US$34,000, though chances of approval are better if larger amounts are invested.

The visas are typically valid for one year (although sometimes as many as five years) and are renewable.

While permanent status is only available after 10 years of residency, the applicant is eligible for citizenship after just five years.

Note, however, that Japan does not recognize dual citizenship and only naturalizes those willing to give up their original citizenship. 


Program at a glance

Program TypeActive Investor Visa
Time to citizenship5 years
Time to permanent residency10 years (3 years with large investment)
Minimum investment¥5 million (US$34,000)
Physical presence requirementNot specified
Application processing time2-3 months
Citizenship grants visa-free travel to192 destinations
Contribution types availableBusiness investment

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