【帰化】What kind of status is Naturalization?


Hello. My name is Nakajima , in charge of applying for Relationship-based VISA.

Certain athletes have been “naturalized!”
I'm sure some of you have heard that story.
But what is "naturalization"? ? ? I wonder if there are anyone thinking that.

So I would like to talk about naturalization this time.

What is naturalization:
A foreigner acquires Japanese nationality, that is, becomes a Japanese.
According to a Ministry of Justice announcement, about 10,000 people apply every year.
Looking at those who have been approved by country, the majority are from South Korea, North Korea, and China, but the number from other Asian countries has also increased. Many people have been living in Japan since their childhood, are married to Japanese people, and have employment in Japanese companies.

How to apply:
The place of application is the Legal Affairs Bureau that has jurisdiction over the applicant's address.
Please note that this is not the Immigration Services Agency.

①  First, go to the Legal Affairs Bureau for prior consultation and be instructed
   individually about the required documents.
(2) Obtain the documents to be collected in Japan, documents from the home country or embassies/consulates, etc. to prepare for the application.
Please note that there are specific rules to the Legal Affairs Bureau in creating the application form and documents.
③ Once the documents are ready, you can apply to the Legal Affairs Bureau, and two or three months after receipt, you will be notified of the interview date and time.
Everyone seems to be quite nervous in the "interview" that is not included in the visa application, but please calm down and answer the questions.

④ After a few interviews and after the examination, your name will be published in a national gazette called "Kanpo" in Japanese, and your naturalization will be permitted.
It often takes about a year from the application acceptance to the result. (It may take longer depending on your original nationality.)

By consulting with a Certified Administrative Procedures Legal Specialists, you can get full support, so I think that it will lead to preparations for application and reduction of mental burden.
Please contact us so that you can concentrate on your main business.

Thank you for reading.


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