- What happens to the Residence Status of a foreign national after divorce?
- I am a forieng national married to a Japanese citizen. We live in Japan, but my spouse has been unfaithful, so now I want a divorce. Can I receive alimony payments and a share of a joint property?
[Question]What happens to the Residence Status of a foreign national after divorce?
Mid- and Long-Term Residents who have “Dependent,” “Designated Activities,” “Spouse of a Japanese National, etc,” “Spouse of a Permanent Resident, etc.” status need to notify the Regional Immigration Bureau within 14 days in the event of divorce or the death of the spouse.
<Divorcing a Japanese National>
If you divorce your Japanese spouse, you will lose eligibility for “Spouse of a Japanese National, etc” status. In accordance with the 1996 Immigration Bureau circular notice, you may be eligible for “Long-Term Resident” status if you are raising your child, who is a Japanese citizen.
<Divorcing Another Foreign National>
If your spouse is a Permanent Resident, you will lose eligibility as a “Spouse of a Permanent Resident,” and if your spouse has a work or study visa, you will lose eligibility as a “Dependent” if you get a divorce. If you wish to remain in Japan after the divorce, you will need to obtain a change in status.
Following the July 9, 2012 reforms to the Immigration Law, foreign nationals with ““Spouse of a Japanese National, etc” or Spouse of a Permanent Resident, etc” status will be subject to revocation of Status of Residence if they fail to conduct activities as a spouse for six months, unless they have justifiable reasons.
[Question] I am a foreign nationla married to a Japanese citizen. We live in Japan, but my spouse has been unfaithful, so now I want a divorce. Can I receive payments an a share of our join property?
If you and your husband reach an agreement over the financial arrangement, you can make the agreement in writing and have it notarized at a notary public.