Hello all, I am new to this forum and have actually spent most of the day combing through threads trying to find my exact situation but thus far have not been able to. So here goes;
My girlfriend of 5 years got a job with an EFL company back in June of this year. We had been planning on coming to Japan long before that, it ended up being a lengthy process with working full time, studying for the TEFL exam, and to figure all of this stuff out. I personally do not have a bachelor's degree so could not apply for an English teaching position. So we decided I would look for work before coming to Japan in another position - the only problem was, we had absolutely NO idea where she was going to be placed in Japan. I really do mean NONE. So it was not possible for me to look for a job while living in the States, because I had no idea where to look.
They ended up placing her in Osaka, with about 1 month notice. She bought her plane ticket, and I decided that I would stay in the States and look for a job in Osaka, and get a sponsorship for a visa, but of course, my girlfriend really did not like the idea of being all alone in a country that she knew little about, and spoke very little Japanese, especially after spending almost everyday of the last 5 years together.
So I came over a couple of weeks later on a temporary visitor status, and thought I should be able to find a job in 90 days time. Well, that has not happened (not for lack of trying), and I have only a little over a month on my temporary visitor status. I am aware of the 'visa run' option, but spending that much money to go to Korea with no guarantee of getting back into Japan really does not appeal to us, although I can't imagine not being able to find a job within another 90 days.
We have been together for 5 years, and although not engaged, we always talk as if we are going to be together until the end. As far as marriage, we were waiting until we were more financially stable, and preferably back in the States, but at this point, we are thinking about getting married here in Japan because she wants to keep teaching here for at least 2 years, and I want to back her up because this has been a dream of hers for a long time. My question is this: if we do get married here, will I be able to get a dependent visa on her work visa, and how long does it take to get? Will I be able to change my dependent visa when I do eventually find work? If I've applied for the visa, will the government be willing to allow me to overstay my temporary visitor status while we await the ... verdict (haha) I guess?
I know some of these questions have been answered in regards to other situations and whatnot, I would just really feel better about it if I could get them answered to this specific situation. Thanks in advance for your replies!!