Application for Recognition of Refugee Status
|Procedure Name||Application for Recognition of Refugee Status|
|Governing Law||"Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees," "Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees" and Paragraphs 1 and 2, Article 61-2, Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act|
|Applicant||Alien who currently resides in Japan|
|When to submit||None|
|How to submit||Applicant must fill in necessary application forms, and make ready attached documents. In principle, applicant should submit these documents at a service counter of regional immigration office.
If the applicant is younger than 16 years old or is unable to submit the application form because of illness or other reasons, his/her relative may make application on behalf of the applicant.
|Fee||Free of charge|
|Necessary documents (the number of necessary copies)||
|How to fill in, and example||Refer to your regional immigration office.|
|Where to submit||The regional immigration office in charge of applicant's 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.)|
|Information services||Regional immigration office|
|Screening criteria||The applicant falls under "refugee" and is governed by the Convention relating to the Status of Refugees (hereinafter referred to as "the Refugees Convention") in accordance with Article 1 of the Refugees Convention and Article 1 of Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees.|
|Standard procedures duration||6 Months|
|Administrative appeal||The applicant may file an appeal. (The immigration office provides information on the administrative appeal procedures when taking an action on the applicant.)|