Bringing a partner/family to Japan

​You might want to bring your partner or family over to join you in Japan. How you do this will depend on which visa (Status of Residence) you have. If you are following visa holder, you can apply “Certificate of Eligibility (Dependent)” for your partner or family. Professor, Artist, Religious Activities, Journalist, Highly Skilled Professional, …

How to renew my status of residence (i.e. visa)?

If a foreign national intends to extend his/her period of stay in Japan, he/she needs to submit “The Application for Extension of Period of Stay” at the nearest Immigration Office. Application for Extension of Period of Stay Procedure NameApplication for Extension of Period of StayGoverning LawArticle 21, Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition ActApplicantForeign national wishing …

How can I obtain the re-entry permit?

Applicant must fill in necessary application forms, make ready attached documents and submit a service counter at regional immigration office. In addition, it is necessary to give the notification of moving out under the Act of the Basic Resident Registers at the municipal office. Please also see “How long is the re-entry permit effective?” and “Application …

“Certificate of fidelity guarantee” and “guarantor’s responsibilities”

In the context of Immigration Control Act, the term “guarantor” means the person who promises Minister of Justice to guarantee a foreign national’s economic conditions and provide lifestyle guidance including compliance with applicable laws if necessary so that the foreign national would be able to stably and continuously fulfill his/her intended purpose for visiting Japan. …

Student and Part-time Job

A foreign national who is granted a status of residence must receive permission to engage in an activity other than those permitted by the status of residence previously granted if he/she wishes to become engaged in such activities for which he/she receives remuneration as doing part-time job, which are not included in those activities under …

We are foreign national couples. What should I do if we have a baby?

In this case, you need to apply for acquiring status of residence for your baby. Please file the application at the regional immigration bureau that has the jurisdiction over your domicile within 30 days from the date of birth. When you intend to leave Japan within 60 days from the date of birth (excluding the …

How long is the re-entry permit effective?

The re-entry permit is effective for 5 years (or 6 years in the case of special permanent resident) at longest since the permit becomes effective. For example, if foreign national’s period of stay expires within 5 years after the re-entry permit becomes effective, the foreign national may obtain re-entry permit until his/her period of stay …

What is a difference between multiple and single re-entry permits?

If a foreign national has a multiple re-entry permit, the foreign national may depart from and re-enter Japan any number of times as long as the permit is effective. On the other hand, a single re-entry permit allows the permit holder to depart from and re-enter Japan only once. (source: Immigration Services Agency of Japan) For …

Where should I apply for changing my status of residence, extending my period of stay or acquiring re-entry permit? Who must file an application form?

Residence-related applications, such as for a change of the status of residence, extension of the period of stay, or a re-entry permit, shall be filed by an applicant him/herself by presenting him/herself at the regional immigration bureau that has the jurisdiction over his/her domicile. The legal representative of an applicant may file an application in …

I visit Japan for “sightseeing” purpose. May I work in Japan?

A foreign national visits Japan for sightseeing purpose must acquire the status of residence “Temporary Visitor. “Under this status of residence, foreign nationals may not work in Japan except for a certain activity that would yield ” incidental remuneration” as stipulated in Article 19-3 of Immigration Control Act Enforcement Regulations. (source: Immigration Services Agency of Japan) …

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