Immigration Services

Jackson Sogo is a full-service immigration law office that regularly represents some of the largest law firms and organizations in the world as their local counsel in Japan.

Jackson Sogo provides comprehensive immigration assistance, including the following:

New visas

Applications for a certificate of eligibility (COE) for:

  • New hires from overseas
  • Transfers from overseas
  • Foreign directors and management
  • Accompanying family members
  • Spouses and children of Japanese nationals
  • Spouses and children of foreign nationals with permanent residency
  • Individuals starting new businesses in Japan
  • All other statuses of residence permitted under Japanese law

Change of status or visa renewal

  • Applications for change or renewal of status

Special work permits and verifications

  • Applications to engage in activities other than those permitted by one’s current residence status
  • Applications for verification of eligibility for employment

Re-entry permits

  • Applications for re-entry permit

Permanent residency and naturalization

  • Applications for permanent residency
  • Applications for naturalization

Ongoing immigration support

Jackson Sogo offers one-off services as well as ongoing immigration support under a retainer agreement. Our ongoing support option allows us to manage the corporate immigration function for our clients in Japan directly and allows our clients to spend their time building their business instead.


Business Services

Jackson Sogo also offers the following related business services.

New company incorporation

Advice and assistance with the incorporation of Japanese corporations (KKs), Japanese LLCs (GKs) and Japanese LLPs , including the drafting of formation documents and resolutions and other set-up related assistance.

Business plan support

Advice and support with the preparation of a business plan in connection with application for a visa.

Market entry

Advice and assistance in connection with new entry into the Japanese market.