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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3. 再入国許可の制度が変わります

■ A special re-entry permit system will be introduced.

Foreign nationals in possession of a valid passport and resident card (*1) who will be reentering Japan within 1 year of their departure to continue their activities in Japan (*2) will, in principle, not be required to apply for a re-entry permit. (This is called a special re-entry permit.)

When you leave Japan, be sure to present your residence card and tick the column indicating your intention of departure by the Special Re-entry Permit System on an ED card for Special Re-entry Permit.

再入国用EDカード


Foreign nationals who have departed from Japan on a special re-entry permit will not be able to extend that permit while abroad. Please note that such foreign nationals will lose their resident status if they fail to re-enter Japan within 1 year of their departure (*2).

(*1) If a person has a passport containing a statement to the effect that the residence card shall be delivered later, or has an alien registration certificate that is deemed to be a residence card, such person for whom a status of residence of “Diplomat” or “Official” has been determined, and staff working at the office in Japan of the East Asia Relations Commission or the Permanent General Mission of Palestine for whom a status of residence of “Designated Activities” has been determined and family members thereof are also eligible for the Special Re-entry Permit.

(*2) If your period of stay expires within 1 year after your departure, please ensure that you re-enter Japan before the expiration of your period of stay.

The special re-entry permit system does not apply to those falling under any of the following.

  • Those whose resident status is in the process of revocation
  • Those whose confirmation of departure is suspended
  • Those who have received a written detention order
  • Those who are in the process of a refugee application and staying with the resident status of "Designated Activities"
  • Those who are specified by Japan's Ministry of Justice to be a threat to Japan's national interests or public order, or for other good reasons to be in need of a re-entry permit for the sake of fair control of entries and departures.

■ The maximum validity period of a re-entry permit is set at "5 years."

The maximum validity period of a re-entry permit issued after implementation of the new system (July 9th, 2012) is to be "5 years," instead of the current "3 years."

Point 4 The alien registration system will be abolished

When the new residency management system goes into effect, the alien registration system will be abolished.

■ Alien registration certificates for mid- to long-term residents will be deemed, for a certain period, to be equivalent to the resident card.

Mid- to long-term residents are asked to keep their alien registration certificates until a resident card is issued since the alien registration certificate will be deemed, for a certain period, to be equivalent to the resident card in legal procedures at Regional Immigration Offices and residential procedures at municipal offices after implementation of the new residency management system. Mid- to long-term residents will be asked to exchange their alien registration certificates for a resident card when filing an application or notifications involving the issue of a new resident card at a Regional Immigration Office, or can exchange the certificates for a card at their own request at a Regional Immigration Office.

Period in which an alien registration certificate is deemed to be equivalent to the resident card

The period in which an alien registration certificate is deemed to be equivalent to the resident card depends on the resident status and age of the foreign national as of July 9, 2012.

Please take note that the period may end before the next confirmation date written in your alien registration certificate.

Permanent Resident

16 years or older Until July 8, 2015
Less than 16 years old Whichever comes earlier, July 8, 2015, or the individual's 16th birthday

Designated Activities *

*Applicable only to those granted permission to stay for 5 years for specified research activities, etc.

16 years or older Whichever comes earlier, the expiration date of the period of stay, or July 8, 2015
Less than 16 years old Whichever comes earlier, the expiration date of the period of stay, July 8, 2015, or the individual's 16th birthday

Other resident status

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