The new residency management system will apply to all mid and long term residents living in Japan with a residency status specified under the current Immigration Control Act.
Foreign residents who will be affected by this new system include residents who are married to Japanese nationals, individuals who do not possess Japanese citizenship, but have Japanese ancestry, residents sponsored for work by firms and companies, technical interns, foreign students and long term residents. Individuals visiting Japan to travel will not be affected by the introduction of this new system
Zairyuu cards will be issued to individuals with foreign citizenship who have valid landing permission and are approved to change their valid status of residence or extend their period of stay. To prevent counterfeiting, each zairyuu card will be imbedded with an IC chip, and all or a portion of the information found on the card will be recorded.
New zairyuu cards will be issued by the Immigration Office in each region. Some individuals may also be issued at an individual’s port of departure before coming to Japan.
|１６歳以上の方Individuals aged 16 or older||２０１５年（平成２７年）７月８日までBy July 8th, 2015|
|１６歳未満の方Individuals aged 15 or younger||２０１５年（平成２７年）７月８日又は１６歳の誕生日のいずれか早い日までBy July 8th, 2015, or by the individual’s 16th birthday, whichever comes first|
定住者 Long Term Resident
|１６歳以上の方Individuals aged 16 or older||在留期間の満了までBefore the individual’s period of stay expires|
|１６歳未満の方Individuals aged 15 or younger||在留期間の満了又は１６歳の誕生日のいずれか早い日までBefore the individual’s period of stay expires, or the individual’s 16th birthday, whichever comes first|
Permanent foreign residents must apply to have a zairyuu card issued to them by July 8th, 2015. All other mid and long term residents must apply to have a zairyuu card issued to them before their period of stay expires.
Also, be aware of when your passport expires. If your passport is due to expire before your period of stay, you will need to renew your passport.
Under the new residency management system, changes in residence, changes in name due to marriage and changes to citizenship must be reported
To be submitted to the region’s Immigration Office
Changes or corrections to name, birthday, gender or citizenship on record.
Requests to renew zairyuu card.
Requests for reissuing of zairyuu card.
Notifications regarding place of employment or spouse.
To be submitted to city or town office
Change of address notifications.
Individuals married to a Japanese national or a permanent resident who are residing in Japan on a spousal visa must report a divorce or a death of a spouse within 14 days of the divorce or death. This report can be made directly by visiting the region’s Immigration Office, or by downloading the necessary forms from the Immigration Bureau homepage, filling in the appropriate sections, and sending them by post to the Tokyo Immigration Bureau. This rule does not apply to 2nd or 3rd generation Japanese individuals with foreign citizenship residing in Japan.
In addition, those who have as their residency status chef, technician, translator or another professional qualification must submit the necessary forms to inform the Regional Immigration Office of any changes to their place of work or employer within 14 days of the change occurring.
All paperwork as a rule must be submitted in person to a Regional Immigration Office. However, in certain cases, the Regional Immigration Office Director may recognize a family member as an official representative who is able to submit documents and carry out official procedures on your behalf.
You must submit any changes to your name or address etc. within fourteen days of the changes occurring. Penalties will be applied in cases where we do not receive the information within the fourteen day deadline.
Benefits of new system
After the new system has been implemented, depending on your residency qualification, your residency limit will change from the current three-year limit to a maximum of five years. In the case of permanent residency, your status will remain unchanged as ‘unlimited’.
New Re-entry permit system
Under this system, foreign residents leavingJapanwho hold the new residency card will be able to waive reentry permit formalities if they return toJapanwithin one year of exiting the country.