Long-Term Resident (e.g., third-generation Japanese descendant)

In accordance with the approval of the Act Partially Amending the Civil Code and the subsequent lowering of the age of majority, the term "minor," which was previously defined under each item of Long-Term Resident Notice No. 6 (*) as "those under the age of twenty" has been changed to mean "those under the age of eighteen" as of April 1, 2022.

As of (and including) the above date, those over the age of eighteen will not be permitted to enter the country as a "minor/unmarried biological child" with the new "Long-Term Resident" status of residence. Currently, anyone seventeen and older who is planning to enter Japan is advised to apply for a Certificate of Eligibility at their earliest convenience (in principle, before the end of December, 2021).

This will not affect those with a "Long-Term Resident" status of residence who have departed Japan with re-entry permission (including special re-entry permission).

(*) The establishment of status listed in the right column of the section on Long-Term Residents in Appended Table II of the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act, as stipulated in Article 7, Paragraph 1, Item 2 of the same Act (Ministry of Justice Notice No. 132, 1990)

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