Application for Permanent Residence


Procedure Name Application for Permanent Residence
Governing Law Articles 22 and 22-2, Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act
Applicant Foreign national wishing to change their current status of residence to the status of residence "Permanent Residence,", or foreign national wishing to acquire the status of residence "Permanent Residence" because of birth or any other reason
When to submit Up until the applicant's resident status expires (if the applicant wishes to change his/her status of residence); orWithin 30 days after birth or any other reason (if the applicant wishes to acquire he status of residence "Permanent Residence")
How to submit

Applicant must fill in necessary application forms, make ready attached documents and submit a service counter at regional immigration office.

Who may submit
  1. Applicant
  2. The legal representative of the applicant
  3. The following persons may complete the application procedure (submit the passport, residence card and application form, etc.) in lieu of the applicant.
    * A member of staff of the accepting institution, etc. or of a public interest corporation whom the director of the regional immigration bureau deems to be appropriate (in cases pursuant to a request from the applicant or the legal representative of the applicant).
    * An attorney or administrative scrivener who has given notification, via the bar association or administrative scriveners' association to which he or she belongs, to the director of the regional immigration bureau which has jurisdiction over the area where such bar association or administrative scriveners' association is located (in cases pursuant to a request from the applicant or the legal representative of the applicant).
    * A relative of the applicant, a person living together with the applicant or an equivalent person, whom the director of the regional bureau deems respectively to be appropriate (in cases where the applicant is under the age of 16 years, suffers from an illness or owing to other grounds).
Fee 8,000 yen for receiving permission (Payment must be made with revenue stamps)
Necessary documents
  • Application form 1copy
  • Photo (4cm×3cm) 1copy
    (A photo is not required for persons under the age 16 years.)
    *A photo that shows the applicant pictured alone.
    *The applicant should face squarely to the front and should remove any hats, caps or head coverings.
    *There should be a plain background with no shadows.
    *The photo must be sharp and clear.
    *The photo must have been taken within three months prior to submission.
  • Passport and residence card (or alien registration certificate deemed equivalent to a residence card)
For more information on necessary documents, please refer to your regional immigration office or immigration information center.
  • In principle, documents and materials which have been submitted will Not be returned to you. If you have submitted any original copies of documents and materials, which would be difficult for you to re-obtain, and would like to have them returned to you, please notify us when you file your application.
Format
  • Application for Permanent Residence[PDF] [EXCEL]
    (Note 1) The immigration bureau accepts this format if you print it out on Japanese Industrial Standards A4 format.
    (Note 2) You sometimes print it out on a smaller format than A4. To avoid it, please turn off "Shrink Oversized Pages to Paper Size (K)" in the print dialogue box.
  • A pair of the two sheets "Part 1" and "Part 2"
  • Letter of Guarantee [PDF]
How to fill in, and example Refer to your regional immigration office or immigration information center.
Where to submit The regional immigration office in charge of applicant's intended address (Refer to your regional immigration office or immigration information center.)
Office hours 9:00 to 12:00 and 13:00 to 16:00, weekdays (For more information on office hours or days of week for specific application procedures, Refer to your regional immigration office or immigration information center.)
Information services Regional immigration office or immigration information center
Screening criteria
  1. Materials showing that the applicant's behavior and conduct have been good;
  2. Materials showing that the applicant has sufficient assets or ability to make an independent living; and
  3. The foreign national's permanent residence will accord with Japan's public interests.
    (Note) If the applicant is a spouse or child of Japanese national,permanent resident or special permanent resident, the applicant does not need to satisfy the requirements (1) and (2).
Standard procedures duration About six months
Administrative appeal None.

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