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To all foreign nationals residing in Japan Beginning on Monday, July 9, 2012, Start of a new residency management system!

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ポイント1.「在留カード」が交付されます

■ What exactly is a resident card?

A resident card will be issued to mid- to a long-term residents when granted permission pertaining to residence, such as landing permission, permission for change of resident status and permission for extension of the period of stay.

Note: All or part of the information printed on the resident card will be recorded in an IC chip embedded for the purpose of preventing the resident cards from being forged or altered.

You need to submit a photo as specified below when you submit an application or report that involves issue of a resident card.

(Unit: mm)

id photo
  1. A photo that shows the applicant him/herself alone.
  2. A photo of the dimensions specified in the drawing above, excluding the photo's outer border (the dimension of the face refers to the portion from the top of the head [including the hair] to the lower end of the chin).
  3. The person should face squarely to the front and remove hats, caps or head coverings.
  4. No background or shadows.
  5. Must be clear.
  6. Must be taken within three months prior to submission.
住居地を変更したときに,変更後の新しい住居地が記載される欄です。在留期間更新許可申請・在留資格変更許可申請をしたときに,これらの申請中であることが記載される欄です。※ 申請後,更新又は変更の許可がされたときは,新しい在留カードが交付されます。資格外活動許可を受けたときに,許可の内容が記載される欄です。
The resident card has a "valid period"

The valid period of the resident card will be as follows:

Permanent resident:

16 years or older

7 years from the date of issuance

Less than 16 years old

Until the foreign national' s 16th birthday

Persons other than permanent residents:

16 years or older

The expiration date of the period of stay

Less than 16 years old

Whichever comes earlier, the expiration date of the period of stay, or the individual's 16th birthday

ポイント2. 在留期間が最長5年になります

By changing the maximum period of stay to "5 years," the period of stay set for each resident status will be modified as shown below.

Major resident status Period of stay
(Those in red are new)
Employment status with "Engineer," "Specialist in Humanities/International Services," etc. Excluding "Entertainer" and "Technical Intern Training." 5 years, 3 years, 1 year,3 months*
"Student" 4 years and 3 months4 years3 years and 3 months3 years,2 years and 3 months,
2 years,1 year and 3 months,1 year, 6 months,3 months*
"Spouse or Child of Japanese National," and "Spouse or Child of Permanent Resident" 5 years,3 years, 1 year, 6 months

* The "3 months" period of stay was set for those who plan to stay in Japan for up to three months. In this case, the new residency management system does not apply and no resident card will be issued.

Employment status with
"Engineer," "Specialist in
Humanities/International
Services," etc.
Excluding "Entertainer" and
"Technical Intern Training."

"Student"

"Spouse or Child of Japanese
National," and "Spouse or
Child of Permanent Resident"