To put it simply, your Residence Card is proof of your visa in Japan. It’s the card issued upon arriving at the airport with personal details in it.
I wasted no time the moment I got hold of my visa as I directly went to the CFO Office in Cebu. It was the only document I needed to get my CFO sticker so imagine my gratitude and relief upon knowing that they granted me one. Besides, the waiting game took over three weeks. It was hard considering the length of time I spent worrying about it.
A Filipino spouse of a Japanese national who will live with the husband or wife in Japan must apply a Spouse Visa for Japan Residency. This visa allows the spouse to stay longer in Japan until granted the permanent residency. If you have plans to work after you get used to the life there, the icing on the cake is you are allowed to work full time. Just so you know, another type of visa doesn’t give you this privilege. So, it definitely is a bonus.