Japan Intends to Introduce Visa for "Digital Nomads": Work and Travel

Japan has announced a "digital nomad" visa for foreigners from 49 countries, allowing them to work remotely and live in the country for up to 6 months

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Japan plans to launch a new visa category called "digital nomad," which will allow foreigners to work remotely while staying in the country for up to half a year.

This initiative, starting in March, will be open to citizens of 49 countries, including the EU, and will offer a unique opportunity to combine work and explore the cultural and natural diversity of Japan.

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Aiming to stimulate economic growth and improve international influence amid an aging population, Japan is updating its approach to immigration policy, noting a record number of foreign workers.

To obtain the "digital nomad visa," applicants must meet certain criteria, such as having an annual income of 10 million yen and private health insurance.

The visa, which will not allow business activities within the country or long-term housing rental, will offer the possibility of staying in Japan longer than the usual tourist visit, but requires leaving the country for its extension.

Public comments on this proposal are currently being collected, with the official launch scheduled for the end of March.

It was previously reported that France offers a unique opportunity for foreigners to start a new life on its territory with the "Talent Passport" visa, open to artists, scientists, and investors wishing to contribute to the country, without the mandatory knowledge of French.

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