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Application for Refugee Travel Document


Application for Refugee Travel Document

Procedure Name Application for issuance of Refugee Travel Document
Governing Law Article 28 and Annex of Convention on the Status of Refugees, and Article 61-2-12, Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act
Applicant Foreign national who currently resides in Japan and is recognized as a refugee
When to submit No specific deadline specified.
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 5,000 yen for receiving the travel document
Necessary documents (the number of necessary copies)
  • Photos (The photos must be 5cm×5cm, must be taken within 6 months before the application procedure and cover upper body with uncovered head, indicating the name and the birth date on the reverse side.) 2copies
  • The applicant must present the following documents:
    1. Passport or Certificate of Status of Residence (if the applicant alien 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; or
    3. Certificate of Refugee Status
  • 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 the conditions stipulated in Article 61-2-12 of the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act.
Standard procedures duration About two weeks
Administrative appeal None