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Application for extension of the validation period of the residence card

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Application for extension of the validation period of the residence card

A permanent resident or a mid- to long term resident for whom the validation period of the residence card is to expire on his/her 16th birthday must file an application for the extension of the validation period of his/her residence card to the Minister of Justice through procedures specified by the Ordinance of the Ministry of Justice, during the following application period.

However, in the case where it is difficult to file an application for the extension of the validation period of a residence card during the following application period due to a long-term medical treatment, a long-term overseas business trip, or other unavoidable reasons, the relevant person may file an application for the extension of the validation period of his/her residence card prior to the application period.

  1. a. A person for whom the validation period of the residence card is to expire on his/her 16th birthday; From six months before his/her 16th birthday to the said birthday
  2. b. A permanent resident (excluding a person falling under a. above): From two months before the expiration date to the said expiration date (Note) When a mid- to long term resident's birthday is February 29, his/her birthday shall be deemed to be February 28 in years other than leap years.