Visas and Immigration

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All foreign nationals who enter Japan must undergo immigration control procedures, through which your visa category and period of stay in Japan are determined. Your visa category determines the activities that you are legally permitted to perform in Japan. If you want to engage in activities outside the scope of your current visa category, or if you want to change your visa category or extend the period of your stay, you must go to your local Immigration Bureau and apply for the requested change. Your eligibility for the requested change will be determined following an examination of your application. Please contact your nearest  Immigration Information Center for details on the procedures and documents required.

For detailed information please visit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Web Site

Basic Resident Registration Card

From July 8 2013 onwards, residents will be notified of their resident record code by their municipality of residence. Please keep this code handy, and read this article for more information. The basic resident registration card will make it easier to perform certain administrative duties.


Visa Change・Renewal FAQ – The Self-Sponsored Visa?

As far as immigration is concerned there is no such thing as a self-sponsored visa in Japan. “Self sponsorship” is not an official term, a “DIY visa” is probably closer to the truth.


Nagoya Immigration Office and Information Center

The Information Center located in the Nagoya Regional Immigration Bureau offers consultations on matters related to visas. Inquiries may be made either in person or over the phone.


The New Residency Management System

A new residency management system for foreign residents starts on July 9. Don’t worry, you won’t need to rush to immigration straight away, Alien Registration cards will be phased out over the next three years. When will you receive your new card? How will the new system affect you? Your questions are answered here.


Updating Your Residence Card

A new residency management system for foreign residents started on July 9, 2012. This reference guide provides information regarding how to report changes etc.


The End of the Alien Registration Card

Changes to the Immigration Control Act and the Basic Resident Registration Law will mean that from 2012 the Regional Immigration Bureau and municipalities will be collaborating in exchanging and managing personal information of foreign residents.


Visa Overstay

I have just realized that my work visa has just expired and I am now working illegally. What can I do?


Applying for Permanent Residence

What is Permanent Residence Status and how do I qualify for it?


Immigration Overview to Japan

All foreign nationals who enter Japan must undergo immigration control procedures, through which your visa category and period of stay in Japan are determined. Your visa category determines the activities that you are legally permitted to perform in Japan.


Certified Administrative Procedures Legal Specialist – The Gyoseishoshi

A gyoseishoshi, or a Certified Administrative Procedures Legal Specialist, is someone who assists people in handling administrative paperwork to be turned into governmental offices for immigration or filing for naturalization, applying for permission to carry out certain kinds of projects, creating or registering a company, creating contracts, and inheritance matters.


Denied Re-entry to Japan

A woman, married to a Japanese national, holding permanent residence, and in possession of a re-entry permit, returned to Japan with her children after visiting the Philippines. Upon arrival at Chubu International Airport, she underwent an entry examination and was refused entry into Japan. Why was she denied entry?


To learn more about the Nagoya International Center,
please watch our video.

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