Immigration Procedures Guidebook
  Various procedures for immigration control in Japan are governed by the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act (hereinafter referred to as the "Immigration Control Act") and other related laws and regulations based thereon.
   This guidebook has simple flowcharts, explanations and Q&A to provide guidance on a variety of immigration control procedures.
   For more information, click the section listed below.

Immigration Control Procedures for All  foreign nationals
 
Entry Procedures
  1. Landing Procedures for foreign nationals
  2. Flowchart[PDF]
  3. List of Necessary Documents
Departure Procedures
  1. Departure Procedures foreign nationals
  2. Flowchart[PDF]

Q&A


Residence Procedures for foreign nationals
 
    We human beings usually engage in a variety of social activities in our social life. From this viewpoint, foreign residents might also change their intention or activity while staying in Japan. To evaluate what kind of impacts foreign resident's activities have on Japan's society, as well as to properly manage foreign residents in Japan, the immigration authority should not only manage foreign residents' entry to or departure from Japan, but also administer their status of residence.
   Foreign residents in Japan may not engage in certain activities that are unauthorized under their status of residence. In addition, they may not change their activities in Japan without applicable permission, intending to run business or engaging in an activity that will yield remuneration. If a foreign resident would like to engage in an unauthorized activity under his/her status of residence, the foreign resident must apply for changing his/her status of residence and obtain permission from Minister of Justice to do so. If a foreign resident intends to keep his/her current status of residence but wants to start an income-generating business or activity that is unauthorized under his/her status of residence, the foreign resident must obtain permission for engaging in such unauthorized activity in accordance with the prescribed procedures. If a foreign resident intends to stay in Japan beyond his/her period of stay, he/she needs to apply for extending his/her period of stay.
   Foreign residents must go through certain procedures as long as they stay in Japan. These procedures are called "Residence Procedures."
   This section explains "Residence Procedures."
Change of Status of Residence
Permission for Permanent Residence
Permission to Engage in an Activity Other Than That Permitted by the Status of Residence Previously Granted
List of Necessary Documents
Permission for Extending Period of Stay
Re-entry Permit
Certificate of Authorized Employment
Q&A
Acquisition Status of Residence
Special Re-entry Permit
Revocation Status of Residence
Passport

Procedures concerning the residency management system
 
Flowchart[PDF]
Application for extension of the validation period of the residence card
Application for reissuance of a residence card in cases the cardholder wishes to have the card exchanged
Q&A
What is a residence card?
Application for reissuance of the residence card due to loss etc.
Notification concerning the organization or the spouse
Notification of a change in an item on the residence card (other than the address)
Application for reissuance of a residence card due to it being defaced or soiled
Notification by the accepting organization

Procedures concerning the issuance of a special permanent resident certificate
 
What is a special permanent resident certificate?
Application for reissuance of the special permanent resident certificate due to loss etc.
Notification of a change in an item on the residence card(other than the address)
Application for reissuance of a special permanent resident certificate due to it being defaced or soiled
Application for extension of the validation period of a special permanent resident certificate
Application for reissuance of a special permanent resident certificate in cases the certificate-holder wishes to have the card exchanged

Procedures for notifying domicile
 
Notification of the domicile of a mid-to long term resident
Notification of the domicile of a special permanent resident

Deportation and Departure Order System
   
   The Immigration Bureau also plays an important role to protecting Japan's public safety or national interests by forcibly deporting foreign nationals if they have illegally entered Japan, have stayed beyond their period of stay or have fallen under any other factors as stipulated in Article 24 (Deportation), Immigration Control Act.
Flowchart[PDF]
Delivery of the Suspect; Investigation of violations; Hearing; Filing of an Objection, Decision, and Special permission for residence
Q&A
Investigation of violations; and Appearance at immigration office
Enforcement of Written Deportation Orders; Deportation; and Voluntary exit deportation by own expenses
Detention, Meeting and giving gifs to foreign nationals under detention, Provisional release
Departure orders

Recognition of Refugee Status
 
A Guide to the Procedure for Recognition of Refugee Status[PDF]