Detailed Questions

2  Issuance of a Special Permanent Resident Certificate to a Special Permanent Resident

Q2-1
How will the system change for special permanent residents? When will this take effect?

A

At the time of introduction of the new system of residence management, the Alien Registration Law and the alien registration certificate will be abolished. In lieu of the alien registration certificate, which certifies the foreign nationalfs legal status and fulfills an important role, the Minister of Justice is to issue a special permanent resident certificate to special permanent residents.

Other changes involve the information detailed on the special permanent resident certificate. The details on the certificate will be kept to a minimum; and required information has been significantly reduced compared to the current alien registration certificate. Procedures such as changes in registered information and reissuance of the certificate shall be handled at the office of the city, ward, town or village as before.

Furthermore, the requirements of the re-entry permit system will be eased (See Q1-27), and a special permanent resident with a valid passport and a special permanent resident certificate will basically be exempt from applying for a re-entry permit in cases where he/she re-enters Japan within two years from his/her departure.

The actual date of enforcement of this new system shall be determined by a Cabinet order within three years from July 15, 2009, the promulgation date of the amended law (More specifically, it is planned that the date would be around July 2012).

Special permanent residents will be subject to the Basic Residentsf Register System.

Q2-2
When will the special permanent resident certificate start to be issued? Do I need to immediately replace my alien registration certificate with a new special permanent resident certificate?

A

You do not need to replace your alien registration certificate with a new special permanent resident certificate upon the introduction of the new system.

Your alien registration certificate is deemed to be your special permanent resident certificate after the effective date of the amended law (More specifically, it is planned that the date would be around July 2012). The expiration date of your alien registration certificate is basically to be on your birthday which is the date for your next application for confirmation (or renewal) of the certificate under the Alien Registration Law. In cases where an application should be filed within three years from the effective date of the amended law, you may apply for it within such period.

In addition, a special permanent resident certificate will be issued when notifications or applications under the amended law are filed. You can also replace your alien registration certificate with a new special permanent resident certificate on your own application if you so wish.

Q2-3
Do I need to always carry the special permanent resident certificate?

A

You are not required to always carry your special permanent resident certificate on your person.

However, if you are requested to present your special permanent resident certificate by an immigration official, etc., it may be necessary for you to present it; for example, the official may accompany you to the place where the certificate is kept.

The actual date of enforcement of this new measure shall be determined by a Cabinet order within three years from July 15, 2009, the promulgation date of the amended law (More specifically, it is planned that the date would be around July 2012). Until then, you are required to carry your alien registration certificate.

Q2-4
What are the benefits for special permanent residents gained through the amended law? Are there any changes to the re-entry permit system as well?

A

The personal details on the special permanent resident certificate will be kept to a minimum and the required information has been significantly reduced compared to the current alien registration certificate. Procedures such as changes in registered information and reissuance of the certificate shall be handled at the office of the city, ward, town or village as before.

Furthermore, the requirements of the re-entry permit system will be eased (See Q1-27), and a special permanent resident with a valid passport and a special permanent resident certificate will basically be exempt from applying for a re-entry permit in cases where he/she re-enters Japan within two years from his/her departure.

Exceptional cases which require a re-entry permit will be stipulated by a Ministry of Justice ordinance.

The actual date of enforcement of this new system shall be determined by a Cabinet order within three years from July 15, 2009, the promulgation date of the amended law (More specifically, it is planned that the date would be around July 2012).

Q2-5
What kind of information will be included on the special permanent resident certificate?

A

The following information is to be included on the special permanent resident certificate along with a photograph under the amended law:

  • (1) Name in full, date of birth, sex, nationality or region provided for by a Cabinet order as stipulated in Article 2, item 5, sub-item 2 of the Immigration Control Act;
  • (2) Place of residence; and
  • (3) Number of the special permanent resident certificate, date of issue, date of expiration;

The following information among others, which is now included on the alien registration certificate, will not be included on the special permanent resident certificate:

  • (1) Domicile or residence in the country of his/her nationality,
  • (2) Place of birth,
  • (3) Number and date of issuance of passport,
  • (4) Name of householder, relationship with the householder, and
  • (5) Signature.
Q2-6
Where can I get my special permanent resident certificate?

A

The special permanent resident certificate will be issued at the office of the city, ward, town or village as before.

* In cases of issuing the special permanent resident certificate based on the permission under Article 5 of the Special Act on Immigration Control, the special permanent resident certificate will be issued at the regional immigration bureau.

Q2-7
Is the special permanent resident certificate equipped with an IC chip? What kind of information will be recorded in the chip?

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All or part of the information included on the special permanent resident certificate will be recorded in an IC chip. No other information will be recorded.

Q2-8
How long is the validity period of the special permanent resident certificate?

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The special permanent resident certificate will be valid until the seventh birthday after issuance, in the same manner as the alien registration certificate.