When a spouse who married with Japanese National / Permanent Resident applies for Permanent Residency

In principle, it is essential for an applicant for Japanese permanent residency to meet some requirements, such as he/she has stayed in Japan for more than 10 years consecutively, and also has had work permit or the status of residence for more than 5 years consecutively. However, these principle requirements will be relaxed in some …

Return of a residence card

When a foreigner national is no longer a medium to long-term resident*, he/she must return the card to the Minister of Justice (regional immigration bureaus) within 14 days of the date on which the card ceases to have effect. In this case, a foreigner can return his/her residence card either by directly bringing it to …

Application for extension of the validation period of the residence card

A permanent resident or a mid- to long term resident for whom the validation period of the residence card is to expire on his/her 16th birthday must file an application for the extension of the validation period of his/her residence card to the Minister of Justice through procedures specified by the Ordinance of the Ministry …

Permission for Permanent Residence

The status of permanent residence is granted when certain conditions have been satisfied by foreign nationals who reside in Japan under another status of residence and who have applied for change of status of residence to permanent residence or by those who have applied to acquire status of residence due to birth or renouncement of …

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 …

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