Q_iconI have established a business at a shared office my friend is renting. Can I still apply for a Business Manager resident status?

A_dark_iconIn principle, a shared office does not qualify as a business office when applying for a Business Manager visa. It may be better if you rent the space yourself as well. However, it may be permitted depending on the floor plan of the property which your friend is renting.

★ Explanation ★

company-set-upTo be granted a Business Manager visa, the applicant must secure an space (an office or store) in Japan where he/she will operate the business. It is generally preferred for an applicant to rent their own office space. However, if the floor plan of the shared office is wide enough to provide a clear division between “tenants”, it may be possible for it to be accepted as a valid office space for the Business Manager visa application.