Detailed Questions

8  Establishment of special exceptions with respect to denial of landing

Q8-1
I understand that the treatment of foreign nationals who are subject to denial of landing will change. What kinds of changes are to be made? When will they take effect?

A

For example, when a foreign national who is subject to denial of landing because of his/her past record of deportation meets and marries a Japanese citizen in the country of his/her nationality, and when the Minister of Justice has granted special permission for landing considering all the circumstances related to the case, the three-step procedures taken by the immigration inspector, special inquiry officer and the Minister of Justice are required each time for special permission for landing in cases where the foreign national intends to re-enter Japan.

The landing procedure is to be simplified through the amended law. Even if there is a specific fact that constitutes a condition for denial of landing, the new provision allows the immigration inspector to affix a seal of verification for landing without the need for the three-step procedures taken by the immigration inspector, special inquiry officer and the Minister of Justice in cases where the Minister of Justice finds that there are reasonable grounds not to deny landing.

The actual date of enforcement of this new system is July 1, 2010.