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Yokohama Startup Visa

最終更新日 2024年7月18日

日本語ページ:Japanese

1.Outline

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Minatomirai, Yokohama

The City of Yokohama was certificated as a municipality that promotes the entrepreneurship of foreign nationals by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI).

The Yokohama startup visa promotes the entrepreneurship of foreign nationals in Yokohama.

Normally, to get the “Business Manager” status of residence, foreign nationals who would like to start a business need to meet certain requirements, such as opening an office, hiring at least two full-time stuff, getting capital over five million yen, etc.

Through this program, foreign nationals who would like to start business in Yokohama start by having an interview with a Yokohama startup visa coordinator at YOXO BOX or online, filling out the required documents, and turning them in to the City of Yokohama. The city screens them to determine whether the applicant will meet the requirements of the “Business Manager” status of residence within a year, and issues certification.

Then the applicant submits this certification and the required documents to the Immigration Services Agency, and after passing the screening, they can get a “designated activities” visa for up to a year (renewal required after six months).

※Foreigners already residing in Japan under other status of residence* may also apply.
(*) "College Student" status, "Professor" status, "Research" status, and "Resident Alien" status for foreign nationals who have graduated from a Japanese university, etc.
Students who are residing in Japan with the status of residence of "Designated Activities" to continue job hunting after graduation are assumed to be those who are residing in Japan.

Inquiries

Yokohama Startup Visa Support Hotline(An-Nahal Inc.)

Email: yokohama_startupvisa@an-nahal.com

※Japanese and English are available.

2. Eligible Applicants

People planning to start a business in Yokohama within a year
(Foreigners already residing in Japan under other statuses of residence may also apply.)

3. Eligible Fields

The City of Yokohama will issue a startup visa for the following fields of industry:
(1) IoT, life innovation
(2) Business using innovative technology
(3) Knowledge-intensive and value-added business
(4) Other businesses aiming to create new industries
※Wholesale, retail, trading, food and beverage, lodging, and service industry are not eligible.

4. Visa application process

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Visa application process

Preliminary Consultation(Required)

Applicants must have an interview with the Yokohama startup visa coordinators before turning in application forms.
An appointment is required for an interview.
The contact information is below.

Yokohama Startup VISA Support Hotline(An-Nahal Inc.)

Email: yokohama_startupvisa@an-nahal.com

※Japanese and English are available.

Screening Process with the City of Yokohama

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Screening Process with the City of Yokohama

5. Required documents

The following documents must be submitted with the application.
Applicants must write the following applications in Japanese.
1. Application for Confirmation of Business Activities(ワード:20KB)
2. Business Startup Preparation Activity Plan(ワード:46KB)
3. Applicant resume(ワード:30KB)
4. Pledge(ワード:16KB)
5. Supplementary materials for the Application for Confirmation of Business Activities(ワード:14KB)
(Other documents)
6. Copy of applicant’s passport
7.A document that shows the applicant’s place of residence for one year after arriving in Japan/changing visa status (copy of a rental contract, application for rental contract, etc.)
8. A document that shows the cost of the applicant's accommodation for one year after arriving in Japan/changing visa status (ex: A copy of the applicant's bank book)
9.Other documents allow us to understand the applicant and their business plan. 
※In addition to these documents, you may be asked to submit other documents.

6. Who can apply

1. The applicant
2. A lawyer or an administrative scrivener who has notified the Director-General of the Immigration Services Agency having jurisdiction over his/her location via the bar association or administrative scrivener association to which he/she belongs.
※If the applicant is outside of Japan, a person who has been entrusted by the applicant
※If the applicant is a corporation, a staff member of said corporation.

7. Where to apply

Innovation Promotion Division, Business Innovation Department, Economic Affairs Bureau
Address: 6-50-10 Hon-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama
TEL: 045-671-3837
Email: ke-globalinfo@city.yokohama.jp
※Please contact us before you visit our office.

8. Getting a Visa

If the applicant passes the screening, they can get certification from the City of Yokohama.
Certification is valid for three months.
Within three months, go to the Immigration Services Agency and apply for the “Designated Activities” status of residence.
If you have any questions about application procedures, please contact the Immigration Services Agency.
https://www.moj.go.jp/isa/about/region/yokohama/index.html(外部サイト)
After you get the visa from the Immigration Services Agency, contact the Yokohama startup visa coordinators as soon as possible.
In addition, you must turn in the documents below.

Required documents

1. Notification of Acquisition (Renewal) of Status of Residence "Designated Activities"(ワード:23KB)
2. Copy of residence card
3.(※If you’re waiting for issuance of a residence card, please submit a copy of your passport.)

Notes

Applicants must write these applications in Japanese.
If you write them in English, you will have to turn in a translation of these documents as well.

9. Renewing the visa (After six months)

If you can get the “Designated activities” status of residence, you will have to renew your visa at the Immigration Services Agency after six months.
Before you apply to the Immigration Services Agency, fill out the documents below and turn them in to City of Yokohama. We screen them whether you can meet the requirement to get “business manager” status of residence.

Required documents

1.Application for Confirmation of Business Activities (Renewal)(ワード:18KB)
2.Business Startup Preparation Activity Plan (Renewal)(ワード:40KB)
3. A copy of your passport
4. A document that shows the applicant’s place of residence for six months after renewing the visa (copy of a rental contract, application for rental contract, etc.)
5. A documents that clarifies the cost of the applicant's accommodation for the six months after renewing the visa (ex: A copy of the applicant's bank book)
※In addition to these documents, you may be asked to submit other documents.

Who can apply

1. The applicant
2. A lawyer or an administrative scrivener who has notified the Director-General of the Immigration Services Agency having jurisdiction over his/her location via the bar association or administrative scrivener association to which he/she belongs.
※If the applicant is outside of Japan, a person who has been entrusted by the applicant
※If the applicant is a corporation, a staff member of said corporation.

Where to apply

Innovation Promotion Division, Business Innovation Department, Economic Affairs Bureau
Address: 6-50-10 Hon-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama
TEL:045-671-3837
Email: ke-globalinfo@city.yokohama.jp
※Please contact us before you visit our office.

Getting a Visa

If the applicant passes the screening, they can get certification from the City of Yokohama.
Certification is valid for three months.
Within three months, go to the Immigration Services Agency and apply for the “Designated Activities” status of residence.
If you have any questions about application procedures, please contact the Immigration Services Agency.
https://www.moj.go.jp/isa/about/region/yokohama/index.html(外部サイト)
After you get the visa from the Immigration Services Agency, contact the Yokohama startup visa coordinators as soon as possible.
In addition, you must turn in the documents below.

Required documents

1. Notification of Acquisition (Renewal) of Status of Residence "Designated Activities"(ワード:23KB)
2. Copy of residence card
3.(※If you’re waiting for issuance of a residence card, please submit a copy of your passport.)

Notes

Applicants must write these applications in Japanese.
If you write them in English, you will have to turn in a translation of these documents as well.

10. Monthly interview

Once you obtain a startup visa, you must have a monthly interview with us. If we observe that you are not conducting any activities related to your business, or you do not come to the interview, we will have to invalidate your visa.

11. Changes of Business Startup Activities Confirmation Application

If there are any changes to the contents of the Business Startup Activities Confirmation Application, contact the Yokohama startup visa coordinator or tell us when we meet at the monthly interview.
(ex: changing your address, telephone number, mail address)

Required documents

1. Application of Changes(ワード:17KB)
2. Documents to confirm modifications

12. Invalidation of the certification from City of Yokohama

If we find proof of any false declarations or wrongdoing, we will revoke the certificate of confirmation.
In such cases, you will be asked to return the certificate of confirmation to the City of Yokohama immediately.

13. Inquiries

Yokohama Startup Visa Support Hotline(An-Nahal Inc.)

Email: yokohama_startupvisa@an-nahal.com
※Japanese and English are available.

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