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  • - Hi, guys, how's it going?

  • My name is Michaela and today is a very good day,

  • I'm a very, very happy person because today I got my visa.

  • For those of you who don't know what a visa is,

  • usually when you travel abroad as a foreign citizen

  • as a non-passport holder to a certain country,

  • if you plan to stay long-term, you need a visa.

  • If you're planning on coming to visit Japan

  • just for a few weeks, the good news is that most countries

  • do not require a visa just to come and visit

  • as a tourist, you can stay, I think,

  • between 30 to 90 days depending

  • on which country you're from, so that should be fine,

  • but if you plan to study, if you plan to work,

  • if you plan to live in Japan long-term,

  • you're going to need a visa.

  • In my case, I've been living in Japan

  • for about 13 years now, I came in 2005

  • and I did high school, I did working holiday,

  • I did language school, I did college,

  • and I've been working ever since.

  • And I've renewed my visa like a billions times,

  • but it doesn't make it any less stressful

  • when visa renewal season comes around again.

  • You see, I find the longer I stay here,

  • the more I have to lose and every year that I stay here

  • and things get easier and my life feels more comfortable,

  • the stronger the fear becomes that that could be taken away

  • in an instant, if that makes sense.

  • I know it's an irrational fear and as long

  • as I do my paperwork, everything should be fine,

  • but between submitting the application and getting it back

  • in the mail, it took a total of one month and during

  • that month all the bad thoughts kind of enter your head,

  • like what if I haven't done enough,

  • what if I made a mistake on my application,

  • what if they just decide they're tired of renewing my visa,

  • what if I have to get up and leave

  • and leave everything behind and say goodbye

  • to this apartment, say goodbye to Kit,

  • and just never come back to Japan again.

  • I'm gonna put this down for a second

  • 'cause I'm clearly not gonna open it yet.

  • So some people have asked me why I haven't applied

  • for permanent residency yet if I have been here

  • for over 10 years, and to qualify for permanent residency,

  • it depends on what visa you have,

  • if you're married or if you're working for a company,

  • you can fast-track to permanent residency,

  • I think within five years, but because my history is

  • a little more complex than that and I've done a ton

  • of stuff and I've changed my visa status so many times,

  • permanent residency for me would take 10 years.

  • Wait a minute, she just said she's been here for 13 years.

  • That's right, I would've actually had my ten years

  • by now if I didn't do working holiday,

  • and I feel like this is something

  • that you guys might wanna know if you're planning

  • on staying in Japan long-term if you're also aiming

  • for those 10 consecutive years,

  • working holiday does not count as one

  • of those consecutive years and it actually restarts

  • the counter, so because I did working holiday

  • after I was a high school student,

  • it actually canceled all the years before that

  • and my cumulative 10 years began when I became

  • a language school student, which was actually

  • my third time and my third year in Japan.

  • So, that was fun to learn, I think working holiday is

  • a really, really great opportunity and a really great way

  • to spend one or two years in Japan,

  • but if you're planning on the long haul,

  • if you're thinking of staying for up to 10 years,

  • it actually doesn't count, so that might not be

  • an option for you, just letting you know.

  • Anyway, sorry, let's get back to this,

  • so I got my new visa in the mail today

  • and I'm very, very excited because it's a big deal,

  • it's a big deal this time, and I'll tell you why.

  • Aw, I got a cute little letter.

  • It basically congratulates me for successful renewal,

  • thank you Ona-san, Ona-san is my visa lawyer

  • and she's so good, I love her

  • and a lot of people might argue that you don't need one,

  • but I think I need one because I've been here

  • for a long time, I have a lot more to lose

  • and I appreciate her advice and she helps me make sure

  • that I have killer applications

  • and I appreciate her so much.

  • She has been amazing because she's got tons

  • of experience with helping foreigners get their visas

  • and she's given me tons of insight on how

  • to make my applications look better and how

  • to ensure that I pass and continue living in Japan.

  • I'm gonna put her information in the description box

  • just because I really do recommend her,

  • she's saved me, it's nice to have support

  • from someone who knows how immigration works,

  • but it's also great for peace of mind

  • because she's the one who's always telling me

  • to calm down and that it's gonna be fine

  • and I think without her, I would probably just melt down

  • completely, so here's my shiny new visa, yay!

  • I'm going to blur out all the information

  • that doesn't really matter and just show you

  • that it's good visa, it's a very, very good visa.

  • To get this visa, it means so much for me.

  • I am absolutely excited about this visa

  • and I'll tell you way, in order to apply

  • for permanent residency, you need to have

  • three to five years on your current visa

  • and if you have a one year visa,

  • you can't apply for PR, even if you're in your 10th year,

  • so the good news is that this visa is a three-year visa,

  • which means that I can apply for permanent residency

  • from this fall, the process for permanent residency takes

  • anywhere between six to 12 months depending

  • on the person and it could be really, really difficult

  • to pass, so now in the future, I think we are going

  • to work towards building a really strong application,

  • we're probably not going to apply this year,

  • but maybe next year after tax season because taxes are

  • really important, taxes are so important.

  • This is a huge deal for me because it means

  • that for the past few years I've been feeling

  • like I'm not moving forward at all and it's been so hard

  • to imagine a future because I didn't know what I was doing,

  • like I was living one year at a time.

  • Now knowing I have three years to do whatever I want

  • before I need to check back or renew or do anything again,

  • I feel like there's so many more possibilities,

  • like I could start a business or I could change

  • my career direction, I could try something totally new,

  • anyway, for the next three years,

  • anything could happen, so I'm feeling really motivated

  • and really thankful and really excited.

  • No more stop and go for a while.

  • It's gonna be so nice to just lay out plans and try

  • to make them happen, so I'm very excited about that.

  • Hi, what are you doing?

  • (cat meows)

  • Hmm?

  • (record scratches)

  • (cat purrs)

  • Why are you like this?

  • This is his way of telling me I've been talking

  • to the camera for too long and now it's time

  • to pay attention to the pets.

  • Anyway, that's where I'm at right now

  • and that's what's going on and I'm excited

  • to just stay here and keep making content

  • and hopefully making videos that help people

  • who wanna visit Fukuoka.

  • I realize that Fukuoka's too niche to get tons

  • of views and I've kind of come to terms with that now,

  • like I'm okay with the Fukuoka videos

  • not being insanely popular as long as they're helpful

  • and as long as they help people who are looking for them,

  • as long as the people who are looking for them find

  • the information that they need and it's helpful

  • to them, then it's worth it for me.

  • (speaks in foreign language)

  • Anyway, thank you guys so much for watching,

  • I hope that this was an interesting video for you,

  • I hope you learned some new information,

  • and yeah, I don't know what he's doing

  • and I don't know what this is, he seems really comfortable,

  • I don't really wanna move, but we should probably go,

  • so we should probably go do something.

  • All right, thank you so much for watching

  • and I will talk to you guys again soon, bye!

  • (upbeat music)

- Hi, guys, how's it going?

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