Application for permission to acquire status of residence

Name of procedure Application for permission to acquire status of residence
Procedural basis Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act, Article 22-2 and Article 22-3
Individuals subject to procedure Foreign nationals who have entered Japan without going through the landing procedures (due to having lost their Japanese citizenship, being born within the country, etc.) who plan on spending more than 60 days in Japan after the event
Application period Within 30 days from the event warranting acquisition of a status of residence
Applicant
  1. Applicant (a foreign national wishing to stay in Japan)
  2. Legal representative of the applicant
  3. Proxy
    1. The following persons who have been approved by the Director-General of a Regional Immigration Services Bureau as a proxy and who have received a request from the applicant
      1. Staff of an institution run by or employing the applicant
      2. Staff of an institution where the applicant is either a trainee or instructor
      3. An organization that oversees activities designed to help foreign nationals acquire skilled labor expertise or knowledge
      4. Staff of public interest corporations dedicated to seamlessly accepting foreign nationals
    2. Attorneys or paralegals who have notified the Director-General of a Regional Immigration Services Bureau, and received a request from the applicant
    3. Should the applicant be under the age of 16, or if they are unable to make an appearance at an immigration office by themselves due to illness (Note) or for other reasons, a relative, cohabitant, or similar person deemed appropriate by the Director-General of a Regional Immigration Services Bureau
      (Note) In case of "illness," please bring a medical certificate or a similar document as proof.
Recipient of residence card

Same as above

(Note) An employee of the applicant’s company/school; the applicant's spouse, child, sibling, etc. cannot receive the residence card unless they fall under the criteria in 1 to 3 above.

Handling fee There is no handling fee
Required documents, etc.
  • Application form
  • Photograph (one; write your name on the back of the standard photograph described below and submit by attaching it to the application)
    * Applicants under the age of 16 do not need to submit a photograph. Applicants who are not looking to acquire a status of residence that grants mid to long-term residency also do not need to submit a photograph.
    (mm)
    Photograph size
    1. The photograph must contain only the applicant.
    2. The dimensions of the photograph, excluding the edges, must meet all of the requirements for the sizes indicated in the diagram. (The size of the face must be measured from the top of the head (including hair) to the tip of the chin.)
    3. You must face the camera and cannot wear a hat.
    4. There must be no background (including no shadow).
    5. It must be a clear photograph.
    6. It must be taken within three months of the date of submission.
  • One copy of the following items, as required by the classifications listed below:
    1. Applicants who have lost their Japanese nationality, documents certifying their nationality
    2. Applicants who were born in Japan, documents proving their birth
    3. Applicants other than those listed above who require a status of residence, documents outlining their circumstances
      (The Ministry of Justice may request that additional materials be submitted or that certain documents be omitted, depending on the situation. Please consult with a Regional Immigration Services Bureau or an Immigration Information Center for more details.)
  • Presentation of documents outlining one's activities in Japan (The following link leads to the application forms for change of status of residence.)
  • Presentation of passport
  • When unable to present your passport, a written explanation noting the reason
  • Presentation of documents certifying identity (when an intermediary submits the application)
Application format

(Note 1) Can be printed on standard Japanese A4 paper.
(Note 2) To avoid reducing the size of the copy, uncheck "Reduce page to fit paper size (K)" in the print dialog box before printing.

Where to apply The Regional Immigration Services Bureau with jurisdiction over your place of residence (Please contact either a Regional Immigration Services Bureau or an Immigration Information Center (Tel: 0570-013904).)
Hours Weekdays 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The day or time may vary depending on the procedure, so contact either the relevant Regional Immigration Services Bureau or the Immigration Information Center (Tel: 0570-013904).
Consultation counter Contact either the Regional Immigration Services Bureau or the Immigration Information Center (Tel: 0570-013904).
Examination criteria Applicant is truthful about their intentions to carry out activities in Japan in relation to this application; applicant's activities are listed in Table 1 of the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act Appendix;You will be taken to an external page applicant's status or position is listed in Table 2 of the Appendix (excluding the positions listed in the row for permanent residents); or other reasons that are deemed appropriate for granting a status of residence.
Standard processing period Within 60 days from the date of the event warranting the acquisition of a status of residence
* It is also possible for the process to be completed on the same day.
How to appeal N/A

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