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Revocation of Status of Residence

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Revocation of Status of Residence

  1. The revocation of the status of residence is the system under which when a foreign national staying in Japan has obtained a seal of verification for landing, etc. by deceit or other wrongful means or has stayed in Japan without engaging in the primary activity corresponding to his/her status of residence for a certain period of time, the status of residence of the foreign national shall be revoked.

  2. Cases where the status of residence shall be revoked are prescribed in Article 22-4, paragraph (1) of the Immigration Control Act, and any of the following facts is found, the Minister of Justice may revoke the status of residence that the relevant foreign national currently possesses:
    (Regarding (v) below, the application commences on January 1, 2017.)

    1. Where a foreign national has obtained a seal of verification for landing, etc. through misleading an immigration inspector concerning the applicability of the grounds for denial of landing by deceit or other wrongful means;
    2. Where a foreign national has obtained a seal of verification for landing, etc. through falsifying the activity he/she intends to engage in inside Japan by deceit or other wrongful means, in addition to cases referred to in (i); for example, where a foreign national who intends to engage in unskilled work has made a false report to the effect that he/she intends to engage in an activity that is permitted under the status of residence for an "Engineer and Specialist in Humanities/International Services," or where a foreign national has obtained a seal of verification for landing, etc. through falsifying any fact other than the activity he/she intends to engage in inside Japan; for example, where an applicant has falsified his/her personal history;
    3. In cases other than those falling under (i) and (ii), where a foreign national has obtained a seal of verification for landing, etc. through submitting a false document. This item does not require that the deceit or other wrongful means has been employed, nor does require that the applicant has intentionally done so;
    4. Where a foreign national has obtained a special permission to stay in Japan by deceit or other wrongful means;
    5. Where a foreign national staying in Japan with the status of residence listed in the left-hand column of Appended Table I of the Immigration Control Act(Note) has failed to engage in the activity corresponding to that status and stays in Japan while engaging in another activity or with the intention to engage in another activity (excluding the case where the foreign national has a justifiable reason);
    6. Where a foreign national staying in Japan with the status of residence listed in the left-hand column of Appended Table I of the Immigration Control Act(Note) has failed to continue to engage in the activity corresponding to that status for three months or more (excluding the case where the foreign national has a justifiable reason for not engaging in the said activity);
    7. Where a foreign national staying in Japan with the status of residence of "Spouse or Child of Japanese National" (excluding a child of a Japanese national or a child specially adopted by Japanese national), or a foreign national staying in Japan with the status of residence of "Spouse or Child of Permanent Resident"(excluding a child of a permanent resident, etc.) has failed to continue to engage in the activity as a spouse for six months or more (excluding the case where the foreign national has a justifiable reason for not engaging in the said activity);
    8. Where a foreign national who has newly become a mid- to long term resident through obtaining a landing permit or a permit for a change of the status of residence has failed to notify his/her place of residence to the Minister of Justice within 90 days from the day on which he/she obtained said permit (excluding the case where the person has a justifiable reason for not notifying his/her domicile);
    9. Where a mid- to long term resident has failed to notify his/her new domicile to the Minister of Justice within 90 days from the day on which he/she moved out of his/her former domicile (excluding the case where the person has a justifiable reason for not notifying his/her new domicile);
    10. Where a mid- to long term resident has notified a false domicile to the Minister of Justice. 3. When revoking the status of residence, an immigration inspector shall hear the opinion of the foreign national whose status of residence is to be revoked. The foreign national may state an opinion, submit evidence, or seek inspection of reference materials upon the hearing.
  3. When revoking the status of residence, an immigration inspector shall hear the opinion of the foreign national whose status of residence is to be revoked. The foreign national may state an opinion, submit evidence, or seek inspection of reference materials upon the hearing.

  4. In the case where the revocation of the status of residence has been decided on and when the case falls under either (i) or (ii) of 2. above, the relevant foreign national shall subject to deportation immediately.
    On the other hand, when the case falls under any of (iii) to (x) of 2. above, the period up to 30 days which is deemed necessary for departing from Japan shall be designated, and the relevant foreign national is required to depart from Japan voluntarily within the said period.
    In the case falling under (v) of 2. above and when there are reasonable grounds to suspect that the said foreign national is likely to flee, he/she shall be subject to deportation and criminal penalties immediately.
    When the relevant foreign national has failed to depart from Japan within the said period, he/she shall be subject to deportation and criminal penalties.

    (Note) The status of residence listed in the left-hand column of Appended Table I of the Immigration Control Act

    Diplomat; Official; Professor; Artist; Religious Activities; Journalist; Business Manager and Administrator; Legal/Accounting Services; Medical Services; Researcher; Instructor; Engineer and Specialist in Humanities/International Services; Intra-company Transferee; Entertainer; Skilled Labor; Technical Intern Training; Cultural Activities; Temporary Visitor; Student; Trainee; Dependent; Designated Activities