Help How long did it take to get an answer for PR application??

Discussion in 'Japan Practical' started by Lotus9314, May 10, 2018.

  1. Lotus9314

    Lotus9314 Kouhai

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    Hello PR holders, I need your help! How long did it take to get an answer for the Permanent residence visa? It's been 7 months I wasn't asked for any more documents.
    I'm a spouse of a Japanese National, the problem is that my husband wants to divorce me and doesn't want to wait long ... I've come this far and I really don't want to waste this chance. I would lose everything :emoji_frowning2:

    My friends told me to call the Immigration office, has anyone had any luck calling and asking for the status?
    I'm really stressed I hope to get some advice.
    Thanks for reading.
     
  2. musicisgood

    musicisgood Sempai
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    Seems to me a permanent resident card would do you no good without a sponsor and a job. Best to have money set aside and plan to move back home.
     
  3. Lotus9314

    Lotus9314 Kouhai

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    Who said I don't have a job? Are you being sarcastic?
     
  4. Glenski

    Glenski Just me

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    Without trying to sound snippy, it takes as long as it takes. I got mine in less than 3 months. The longest I heard of was just short of 18 months. It can depend on any number of factors, including your nationality. Best answer is to tell you to politely call and inquire about its status. And be ready to switch from spousal visa to work visa first if it takes a long time.
     
  5. Lotus9314

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    Thanks Glenski, I understand that every case is different and there is no certain time frame. I was just trying to get an idea and also if it's futile to call and enquire. Of course if it's too late i will have to switch to a work visa.
    I appreciate your reply
     
  6. Glenski

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    I was up for renewal of my spousal visa, and I decided to apply for PR. Knowing it would take an undetermined amount of time, I renewed the visa anyway. Three months later it didn't matter (and neither did the 4,000 yen I'd spent on the visa). Look at things practically. I suggest that you contact immigration, and unless you can get a really definite time period (highly unlikely in my experience, but who knows?), deal with your employer sponsoring you for a work visa right now and get out of that spousal visa. You'll be in a more comfortable position.
     
  7. Mike Cash

    Mike Cash 骨も命も皆此の土地に埋めよう

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    Permanent residents don't have sponsors.
     
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  8. musicisgood

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    Mike you are right. Sorry if I misled the lady, but this is what I understood. She doesn't have a PR yet and is facing a divorce so my thoughts were based on the following:

    The requirements that you need to satisfy for the Permanent Resident visa application are :

    • Good behavior and conduct (no criminal records, payment of taxes...)
    • Having sufficient assets or ability to make an independent living (stable job, enough savings...)
    • Satisfying all the requirements to maintain the current visa status (maintaining an appropriate job in case of a work visa holder, maintaining a stable marriage in case of a spoues visa holder for example)
    • 10 years of consecutive residence in Japan, which should include 5 years of residence under a work visa or those granted according to the family status (Spouse of Japanese national, Long Term Resident...)
    • Currently having the longest period of stay (3 years in most cases)
    • Havind paid taxes and contributions to the official Japanese social security system during the required period
    • Having a guarantor (Japanese national or permanent resident visa holder) to support the application
    • Having stayed in Japan physically for more than 6 months in total in a 12 months period prior to and during the application process
     
  9. Mike Cash

    Mike Cash 骨も命も皆此の土地に埋めよう

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    You didn't mislead her. She already knew more about it than you and has already applied.

    You insulted her by assuming she has no job and isn't eligible for a work visa.
     
  10. ManWithAPlan

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    For it is worth, it took me just over 6 months to get mine, and it took a friend of mine a little over 7 months. That said, I also know 2 other people who have PR visas and one of them was waiting nearly 10 months. I know that probably isn't what you want to hear, but even though you haven't heard anything about it yet don't give up hope.

    Also, while mine was being processed I didn't hear a peep about it until I got the postcard through the door telling me to come get it.
     
  11. tomoni

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    Dear Lotus,

    I am sorry to hear about your difficult situation. The fastest that I personally know of is about one month, when I applied and received mine, I was told about six months but it took under 3. I think this has much to do with where you are located and the workload that they are under.

    As others have said, it varies greatly. However, rather than giving them a call, I would suggest that you visit in person, especially if you can speak Japanese, and if you are going to a smaller location. Furthermore, try to talk to someone who can "do" something for you- this depends a lot on your ability to "read people and connect with them and how effectively you can communicate".

    Then if you can add some compelling reason that you want to get your PR asap (presumably and upcoming divorce would not be helpful, but if you were considering buying a property and would need a housing loan - 住宅ローン- speeding up the process might be considered under a such a special circumstance.)

    This was the case for the person that got it within a month. That person had all the "boxes checked" that immigration seems to like - big company, married, kids, volunteer work, language competency, etc., as a reasonable justification for why they would like to hurry things along. Furthermore, this was a smaller regional branch (withe presumably a much lower case load than say Tokyo or Osaka).


    I hope this is of some help.
     
  12. Lotus9314

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    Thanks to everyone who replied and gave me some advice and information about this situation. As you all said it depends and there is no real clue when it will come. My husband agreed to give me more time. Hopefully it will arrive soon. I will not give up since I still have a chance. ☺️
     
  13. Lotus9314

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    Guys today I called immigration after 8 months waiting to check about the application. They told me still processing and it might take 3 more months. I suspect they threw my application somewhere and forgot about it :emoji_frowning2:
    I'm really unlucky. I hope they will process it quickly and give me an answer before 3 months. Very unprofessional in my opinion
     
  14. tomoni

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    Thank you for the update. I hope that you will get good news soon.
     
  15. Mike Cash

    Mike Cash 骨も命も皆此の土地に埋めよう

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    And you know what, precisely, about their manning levels and workload?

    I waited about a year and a half.
     
  16. Lotus9314

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    I understand that they have workload etc, what I don't understand is why some people get it in a few months and some have to wait almost a year and more. I suspect they forget about some of the applications for taking that long to process.
    Anyway now that I brought my application to their attention hopefully it will be processed in the next 3 months..
     
  17. Mike Cash

    Mike Cash 骨も命も皆此の土地に埋めよう

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    Think about it from Japan's point of view.....

    You're declaring an intention to remain here permanently and asking permission to do so.....so where's the rush? It ain't like you're going anywhere.
     
  18. Glenski

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    Congratulations. NOBODY knows.

    What is your nationality? That is sometimes a factor.
    Have you had any traffic fines (especially unpaid), or anything else like that?
    The fact that you are about to divorce might play a role in their decision.
    Whatever you listed as work record and your reason for wanting PR also play a role.

    I got lucky and got mine in 3 months or so. Be patient. You can't rush the process, and dwelling on negative reasons for the delay like you have only gives you ulcers and a bad impression of the people whom you will live and work with for years to come.
     
  19. Lotus9314

    Lotus9314 Kouhai

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    Got my new shiny visa today ☺️
     
  20. tomoni

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    Lotus!!

    Congratulations and welcome to the club.

    Also thank you very much for coming back and reporting your results. It makes the people who posted on the thread feel like they were helpful. Or at least it makes me feel that way.

    Also now that you’ll be here for a while-Japan-we hope you’ll stay around his foreman share your knowledge and also getting some more.

    Congratulations again!!
     
  21. Lotus9314

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    Thanks i feel relieved now. Sure, i will love to help other fellow residents.

    So after I called them, it looks like it took around a month to process and send the postcard. Also I wasn't asked anymore paperwork. I got it after 9 months and a half.

    The wait did tear my heart. But at the end i got it!
     
  22. musicisgood

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    I may have seem a bit hard on you at first, which probably I was since I had no background knowledge on you, but would like to say "congrats".
    Stay in good health and enjoy this country, and yes, I wasn't really joking about saving money about returning to your country. Personal experience was maybe on my mind.
    Again, congrats.
     
  23. Lotus9314

    Lotus9314 Kouhai

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    Thank you, no hard feelings
     
  24. Glenski

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    Congratulations. Welcome to the world of PR, and thanks for getting back to us with that good news.
     
  25. Lotus9314

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    Thanks glenski
     

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