If you’re reading this article, you probably did read on internet that obtaining and keeping a valid visa in Japan is a pain.
Now, I’m going to have to change my visa status. This is a pain too, but I guess it should be possible. Changing visa status is not an easy task: based on the informations I could obtain from the various official locations, changing status takes 2 to 3 months, and should be done before renewing visa, which should be done 1 month before expiration.
My visa expires half of june 2010, this makes the timeline look like this:
- February 15th: Change visa status, start!
- May 15th: Visa changed
- May 15th: Start visa renewal
- June 15th: Visa renewed
I do not know what will happen between February 15th and May 15th, however I guess the informations I gave will be verified. Japanese legal system is a pain, and unfortunately, being unable to read japanese legal kanji, I’m in great difficulties when I phone to try to get more informations. My only real solution is to go there and show what I filled, and ask people if it’s OK.
Now let’s go for part one! First part will be to fill the visa category change document, and bring it with the necessary documentation for the new visa status so the people there will know what to do.