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Application for Recognition of Refugee Status


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)
  • Material showing that the applicant is a refugee (The applicant may submit a statement to assert that he/she is a refugee instead) 1copy
  • Photos (The photos must be 4cm×3cm, must be taken within 3 months before the application procedure and cover upper body with uncovered head, indicating the name on the reverse side.) 2copies
  • The applicant must present the following documents:
    1. Passport or Certificate of Status of Residence (if the applicant foreign national is unable to present passport or Certificate of Status of Residence, the foreign national must submit a copy of document that describes the reason for not presenting it.)
    2. Residence card (if the applicant has it)
  • Applicable certificate if the applicant foreign national has Permission for Provisional Landing, Landing permission for Crewmen, Permission for Emergency Landing, Landing Permission Due to Disaster, or Landing Permission for Temporary Refuge; or
    * Permit of Provisional Release if the applicant foreign national is released provisionally.
  • 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.
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.)