Frequently Asked Questions about Visa

About Visa types

Engineer / Specialist in Humanities / International Services


This status of residence is for those who are engaged in work that requires specialized skills or knowledge in the fields of natural sciences or humanities, or work that requires thinking based on foreign cultures. The specialty you learned at school and the content of your work must match.




Student


This status of residence is for those who stay in Japan for study, such as international students and Japanese language school students.




Business Manager


This is a status of residence for those who manage trade or other businesses in Japan, or who are engaged in the management of those businesses. The requirements are that there is a private office and that the capital amount of the company doing the business is 5 million yen or more.




Skilled Labor


This is a status of residence for those who are engaged in work that requires skilled skills, such as foreign food cooks (chefs).




Dependent


Dependents residing in Japan with qualifications to work (status of residence such as "Engineer / Specialist in Humanities / International Services" and "Skilled Labor"), those aiming for employment, cultural activities or study abroad This is the status of residence for those who are dependent on those who have a status of residence.





About the type of procedure

About "new" procedure


The official name of the procedure we call "new" is the "Application for Certificate of Eligibility" procedure. This application is required for those who wish to enter Japan other than short-term stays. The "Certificate of Eligibility" issued after you apply and get permission is a document that certifies the content of your activities in Japan and is issued by the Ministry of Justice. This applies to foreigners who plan to stay in Japan for the medium to long term, and activities not listed in the Certificate of Eligibility are not permitted. A valid passport is required to enter Japan. Obtain a Certificate of Eligibility in advance and complete the procedure at the Japanese embassy or consulate in the country of residence of the foreigner. On top of that, it is common to get a visa. After entering Japan, the status of residence will be granted based on the contents of the Certificate of Eligibility. The Certificate of Eligibility is valid for 3 months, so be sure to enter Japan as soon as you receive it.




About "change" procedure


The official name of the "change" procedure is "application for permission to change status of residence". This is a procedure required when changing from the currently accepted status of residence. It is practically the same as obtaining a new status of residence, so be sure to prepare clarification materials and proof materials before applying.




About "extension" procedure


The official name of the "extension" procedure is "application for permission to renew the period of stay". Since the period of stay is set at the time of permission, it is necessary for the Immigration Bureau to complete the so-called renewal procedure before the expiration date. If you pass the renewal deadline, you will be illegally staying (overstay), so be prepared early. You can apply for renewal from about 3 months before the expiration of your period of stay.





Explanation of terms

What is "PERMITTED UNDER THE STATUS OF RESIDENCE PREVIOUSLY GRANTED"?


"PERMITTED UNDER THE STATUS OF RESIDENCE PREVIOUSLY GRANTED" is a permit required when you intend to operate a business with income that does not belong to your current status of residence or to receive compensation. This is a permit that accompanies your status of residence, so if you are not engaged in activities based on your current status of residence, you will not be able to carry out activities outside your status. Also, in the case of a so-called part-time job (comprehensive permit), it is strictly prohibited to work more than 28 hours a week, and the current status of residence itself may not be recognized.




About "Residence card"


Carry the card with you at all times, and present it when requested by an official or police. You may be required to present it for certain official procedures such as opening a bank account. Once you have found housing in Japan after arrival, you must register your place of residence at the local city/ward office within 14 days after moving in. Make sure to bring your residence card when you go to the city/ward office. If you fail to register your place of residence without a justifiable reason, your status of residence may be revoked.





Information related to the Covid-19

You will receive a vaccination ticket for the Covid-19


Foreigners who want to be vaccinated against the Covid-19 will receive a vaccination ticket from their municipality. https://cb762f7f-db54-440a-9ff2-ec8be5f256df.usrfiles.com/ugd/cb762f_8bfc6ee96d5b40299111911cf6ffe817.pdf





About the Immigration Bureau of Japan

I don't know where to apply to the Immigration Bureau of Japan


You can apply at the branch office of the Immigration Bureau of Japan, which has jurisdiction over your area. Please refer to the following for the jurisdiction. If you do not have a local branch office nearby, you can apply to the nearest branch office.




You can consult at the Foreign Residents Support Center.


If you make a reservation at the Foreign Residents Support Center near Yotsuya Station, you can consult in various languages. 03ー5363ー3025(Reservation phone number) https://cb762f7f-db54-440a-9ff2-ec8be5f256df.usrfiles.com/ugd/cb762f_204f046764fa40f685464fa8bfaa264a.pdf





Procedures for Entry/ Residence

Residence Card


A residence card is an ID for foreign residents in Japan. It shows your identification information, period of stay, your status of residence, and so on. ・ A Person who is 16 years and over need to carry his / her residence card at all times. ・ It can be used as an ID when you carry out an official procedure at local government or enter into a contract. A Person to Whom Residence Card Is Issued A residence cards is issued to a person who stay in Japan over three months. (The person is called mid-to-long-term resident.) Six cases in which residence card is not issued i. A person granted permission to stay for three months or less ii. A person granted “Temporary Visitor” status of residence iii. A persons granted “Diplomat” or “Official” status of residence iv. A staff members of the Japanese office of the Taiwan-Japan Relations Association (Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in Japan, etc.), or Permanent General Mission of Palestine in Japan who has “Designated Activities” status of residence, and his / her families v. A special permanent resident vi. A person with no statuses of residence




Issuance of Residence Card


A residence card is mainly issued at the following time i. When a new landing permit is given at Narita Airport, Haneda Airport, Chubu Airport, Kansai Airport, New Chitose Airport, Hiroshima Airport, and Fukuoka Airport ・ A residence card is issued at the airport. ii. When a new landing permit is given at an airport or a port not mentioned above ・ Please submit a moving-in notification to the municipal office where you live. After that your Residence Card will be delivered to your house by mail. iii. When you receive permission for extension of the period of stay ・ Please apply for extension of period of stay (cf. 2-1) at the Regional Immigration Services Bureau (including district offices and branch offices of the regional immigration services bureau; the same shall apply hereinafter) before your period of stay expires. A new residence card will be issued if your application is permitted. iv. When you receive permission for change of the status of residence ・ If you need to change your status of residence, please apply for change of status of residence at the Regional Immigration Services Bureau (cf. 2-2). A new residence card will be issued if your application is permitted. v. When you receive permission for acquisition of status of residence ・ If a child is born in Japan without Japanese nationality, and wishes to continue to stay in Japan beyond 60 days after he or she is born, it is necessary to apply for acquisition of his/her status of residence at the Regional Immigration Services Bureau within 30 days from the date of birth (cf. 2-4). A new residence card will be issued if his/her application is permitted.




Moving In Notification


A person who has had been issued a Residence Card need to register his / her address (file moving-in notification) within 14 days after his / her residence has been determined. To file the notification, either a Residence Card or passport is needed.




Loss of Residence Card


You need to apply for reissuance of a residence card at the Regional Immigration Services Bureau within 14 days of the day when the loss is known. Necessary Documents ・ Passport ・ A photograph (4 cm long x 3 cm wide, taken within the last three months. You don’t need to submit a photograph if you are under 16.) ・ Documentation that proves reasons for loss of the Residence Card(Certificate of Lost Property Report, Report of Theft, Disaster Victim Notification, etc.) ・ An application for reissuance of a Residence Card ☛ See the following URL for details: http://www.moj.go.jp/isa/applications/procedures/nyuukokukanri10_00010.html




Return of Residence Card


You need to return your residence card in the following circumstances: Departure (leaving Japan after finishing your activities) ・Please return your residence card to an Immigration officer at an airport or seaport when you leave Japan. In the cases above, please return your residence card within 14 days by one of the following methods. ・Bring the residence card to the nearest Regional Immigration Services Bureau. ・Send the residence card by mail To: Odaiba Branch Office, the Tokyo Regional Immigration Services Bureau Tokyo Port Joint Government Building 9F, 2-7-11 Aomi, Koto-ku, Tokyo 135-0064 (Please write “Return of the Residence Card” on the front of the envelope) ☛see the following URL for details: http://www.moj.go.jp/isa/applications/procedures/nyuukokukanri10_00020. html





Change of status of residence(Change of purpose of residence)

Extension of period of stay (renewal of period of stay)


If you wishto continue to stay in Japan beyond your currently authorized period of stay, you need to apply for an extension of period of stay at a Regional Immigration Services Bureau. Necessary Documents ・ Passport ・ Residence Card (if you have been issued one already) ・ A photograph (4 cm long x 3 cm wide, taken within three months, not required for persons under the age of 16.) ・ An application form for extension of period of stay http://www.moj.go.jp/isa/applications/procedures/16-3-1.html ・ Documentation that specifies your planned activities in Japan etc. http://www.moj.go.jp/isa/applications/procedures/shin_zairyu_ koshin10_01.htm




Change of status of residence(Change of purpose of residence)


If you want to change your purpose of residence, you need to apply for change of status of residence at a Regional Immigration Services Bureau. Necessary Documents ・ Passport ・ Residence Card (If you have been issued one already) ・ A photograph (4 cm long x 3 cm wide, taken within three months, not required for persons under the age of 16) ・ An application form for change of status of residence http://www.moj.go.jp/isa/applications/procedures/16-2-1.html ・ Documentation that specifies your planned activities in Japan etc. http://www.moj.go.jp/isa/applications/procedures/zairyu_henko10.html




Permission for permanent residence


Those who wish to reside permanently in Japan need to apply for permanent residence. If permanent residence is granted, you can engage in any activity in Japan and stay in Japan as long as you like without any restrictions. Furthermore, you do not have to carry out procedures to extend your period of stay or change your status of residence. Necessary Documents ・ Passport ・ Residence Card ・ A photograph (4 cm long x 3 cm wide, taken within three months, not required for those under 16 years old) ・ An application form for Permanent Residence ・ Other necessary documents ☛ See the following URL for details: http://www.moj.go.jp/isa/applications/procedures/16-4.html




Acquisition of status of residence (If you gave birth to a child in Japan)


If a child is born in Japan without Japanese nationality, and wishes to continue to stay in Japan beyond 60 days after he or she is born, it is necessary to apply for acquisition of his/her status of residence at a Regional Immigration Services Bureauwithin 30 days from the date of birth. ※As a birth certificate (Shussei todoke kisai jikou shoumeisho, or “Certificate of Entry items in Birth Notification”) and other documents (see the following for details) are required, please register a birth at an office of municipality before applying for acquisition of a status of residence at a Regional Immigration Services Bureau. Necessary Documents ・ Passport (if one has been issued already) ・ An application form for permission to acquire status of residence http://www.moj.go.jp/isa/applications/procedures/16-10.html ・ Certificate of entry items in birth notification (It is available at office of municipality) or other documents that proof birth ・ Documentation that specifies the child’s planned activity in Japan http://www.moj.go.jp/isa/applications/procedures/zairyu_henko10.html ・ A copy of your Certificate of Residence or Certificate of entry items in Resident Register(You can get it at office of municipality)




Permission to engage in an activity other than those permitted by the status of residence previously granted


If you wish to work with a status of residence that does not permit you to work (status of residence of “Student”, “Dependent” and so on), or to engage in an activity other than those permitted by the status of residence previously granted, you need to apply for permission to engage in an activity other than those permitted by the status of residence previously granted at a Regional Immigration Services Bureau. Necessary Documents ・ Passport ・ Residence Card ・ An Application form for permission to engage in an activity other than those permitted by the status of residence previously granted ・ Documents to certify the activity by which you intend to earn income or receive remuneration ☛ See the following URL for details: http://www.moj.go.jp/isa/applications/procedures/16-8.html




Notification to Regional Immigration Services Bureau


If you have one of the statuses of residence below, and if something changes regarding the organization you are affiliated with, you need to notify the Regional Immigration Services Bureau of that change. (1) Notification of the accepting organization Status of Residence requiring notifications Professor, Highly-Skilled Professional (i)(c), Highly-Skilled Professional(ii) (limited to cases of engaging in the activities listed in (ii) (c)), Business Manager, Legal/ Accounting Services, Medical Services, Instructor, Intra-company Transferee, Technical Intern Training, Student or Trainee Items to be notified ・Change of the name of the accepting organization ・Change of the location of the accepting organization ・Extinguishment of the accepting organization ・Left from the accepting organization ・Transfer from the accepting organization Notification period You are required to notify within 14 days. ☛See the following URL for details: http://www.moj.go.jp/isa/applications/procedures/nyuukokukanri10_00014.html (2) Notification of the organization of affiliation Status of residence requiring notifications Highly Skilled Professional (i)(a), Highly Skilled Professional (i)(b), Highly Skilled Professional (ii) (limited to cases of engaging in the activities listed in (ii)(a) or (b)), Researcher, Engineer/Specialist in Humanities/International Services, Nursing Care, Entertainer (limited to cases of engaging in activities based on a contract with a public or private organization in Japan), Skilled Labour, Specified Skilled Worker Items to be notified ・Change of the name of the organization of affiliation ・Change of the location of the organization of affiliation ・Extinguishment of the organization of affiliation ・Termination of the contract with the organization of affiliation ・Conclusion of a contract with a new organization of affiliation Notification Period You are required to notify within 14 days. ☛ See the following URL for details: http://www.moj.go.jp/isa/applications/procedures/nyuukokukanri10_00015.html Electronic notification by internet is possible for these notifications. ☛ See the following URL for details: http://www.moj.go.jp/isa/publications/materials/i-ens_index.html ● Key Point: Points-based preferential immigration control and residency management treatment for highly-skilled foreign professionals





Re-entry Permit

Re-entry Permit


If a foreign national in Japan wishes to temporarily leave and return to Japan within authorized period, he/she can re-enter Japan with his/her currently authorized status of residence and period of stay unchanged by using a re-entry permit. (1) Special re-entry permit (returning to Japan within 1 year) If the foreign nationals return to Japan within 1 year (or until the date of expiration of period of stay when the date of expiration comes earlier than 1 year from the date of departure), re-entry permission procedure at Regional Immigration Services Bureau will be exempted as long as they have Residence Card and valid Passport. (2) Re-entry permit (returning to Japan in 1 year or later) If the foreign nationals apply for re-entry permit at a Regional Immigration Services Bureau nearby, they can re-enter into Japan with their currently admitted status of residence and period of stay (up to a maximum of 5 years. Or up to the date of expiration when the date of expiration comes earlier than 5 years). ☛ See the following URL for details: http://www.moj.go.jp/isa/applications/procedures/16-5.html





Procedures for Recognition of Refugee Status

Procedures for Recognition of Refugee Status


As Japan is a member of the Convention relating to the Status of Refugees and the Protocol relating to the Status of Refugees, we recognize refugee status and take various protective measures for refugees defined by the Convention, etc.




Definition of Refugee


The term “Refugee” refers to those to whom Article 1 of the Convention relating to the Status of Refugees and the Protocol relating to the Status of Refugees applies. A refugee is defined as follows: ・ A person who, owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality and is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country.




Application for recognition of refugee status


・ Application for recognition of refugee status is a system for those who have fled their home countries (See: 4-1) and seek protection from Japan. A foreign national residing in Japan can apply for this status. A foreign national, when he / she is recognized as a refugee, is issued a Certificate of Refugee Status, and is granted a residence status of “Long Term Resident” etc. ・ A foreign national who has been recognized as a refugee, based on his/her application, will receive a refugee travel document in place of a passport. ・ A foreign national recognized as a refugee and his/ her family can benefit from the Settlement Support System, which includes Japanese language education,guidance for living in Japan and job placement.




Request for Administrative Review


A foreign national who has an objection to a disposition denying recognition of refugee status can request an administrative review to the Minister of Justice. When the Minister of Justice makes a determination on the request, the Minister must hear the opinions of the Refugee Examination Counselors who have an academic background of laws or international affairs. ☛ See the following URL for details: http://www.moj.go.jp/isa/applications/guide/nanmin_tetuduki.html





Deportation Order etc.

Major Grounds for Deportation


・Remaining in Japan after the period of stay(Please note that even a stay for just one day beyond your authorized period constitutes overstaying and subjects you to deportation.) ・Engaging activity that is not permitted under your status of residence, and receiving remuneration without permission to engage in an activity other than those permitted under the status of residence previously granted ・Receiving a certain criminal punishment




If You Are Deported


If you are deported after an inspection by a Regional Immigration Services Bureau, basically you will not be allowed to enter Japan for five or 10 years. If you are deported due to receiving a certain criminal punishment or some other particular grounds, you will not be allowed to enter Japan anymore.




Departure Order System


If all of the following requirements are met, an overstayer will be allowed to leave Japan through simple procedures without being detained. When you leave Japan due to the departure order system, you basically will not be allowed to enter Japan for one year. Requirements for the Departure Order System Those subject to the departure order system need to fulfill the following requirements. ・ He/she must voluntarily appear at a Regional Immigration Services Bureau with intention to leave Japan. ・ He/she is not subject to deportation for any cause other than overstaying his or her authorized period of stay. ・ He/she has not been punished by imprisonment with or without work for certain crimes such as theft. ・ He/she has never been deported in the past. ・ He/she has never left Japan due to a departure order in the past. ・ It seems certain that he/she will leave Japan immediately.




Special Permission to Stay in Japan


Even when deportation procedures are taken, special permission to stay in Japan may be granted by the Minister of Justice in consideration of the situation for which the foreign national has settled down in Japan, his/her family situation, etc.





Contact for information about Procedures for Immigration and Residence

Contact for information about Procedures for Immigration and Residence


Regional offices of Immigration and Residence Control