The Departure Order System

October 2006
Immigration Services Agency

1. The Departure Order System

(1) Foreign nationals who have overstayed their visa will be detained by the Immigration Services Agency, processed, and then deported. Furthermore, foreign nationals who are deported will not be permitted to re-enter Japan for a period of five years (or as many as ten, in certain cases).

(2) However, foreign nationals who freely make an appearance at an immigration office and wish to leave Japan may be eligible for a departure order (provided they meet the requirements listed below), thus avoiding detention. Foreign nationals who leave under a departure order will not be permitted to re-enter Japan for a period of one year.

Diagram of the departure order system

2. Departure order requirements

The foreign national must meet any one of the following conditions:

  1. Has requested immediate departure from Japan and promptly made an appearance at an immigration office
  2. Only transgression is overstaying
  3. Has not been sentenced to imprisonment for theft or certain other crimes
  4. Has not been deported or left the country under a departure order before
  5. It is certain that the foreign national will depart promptly

3. Appearance at an immigration office

Please follow the guidelines at the Regional Immigration Services Bureau listed below that is nearest to you. Guide maps for individual Regional Immigration Services Bureaus/District Immigration Services Offices may be found on the Outline of the Immigration Services Agency page.

Sapporo Regional Immigration Services Bureau 12 Odori-nishi, Chuo-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido Tel: 011-261-7502
Sendai Regional Immigration Services Bureau 1-3-20, Gorin, Miyagino-ku, Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture Tel: 022-256-6076
Tokyo Regional Immigration Services Bureau 5-5-30 Konan, Minato-ku, Tokyo Tel: 03-5796-7111
Tokyo Regional Immigration Services Bureau
Yokohama District Immigration Services Office
10-7 Torihama-cho, Kanazawa-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture Tel: 045-769-1720
Nagoya Regional Immigration Services Bureau 5-18 Shoho-cho, Minato-ku, Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture Tel: 052-559-2150
Osaka Regional Immigration Services Bureau 1-29-53 Nankoukita, Suminoe-ku, Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture Tel: 06-4703-2100
Osaka Regional Immigration Services Bureau
Kobe District Immigration Services Office
29 Kaigan-dori, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture Tel: 078-391-6377
Hiroshima Regional Immigration Services Bureau 6-30 Kami-hacchobori, Naka-ku, Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture Tel: 082-221-4411
Takamatsu Regional Immigration Services Bureau 1-1 Marunouchi, Takamatsu City, Kagawa Prefecture Tel: 087-822-5852
Fukuoka Regional Immigration Services Bureau 778-1 Shimosui, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka City, Fukuoka Prefecture Tel: 092-623-2400
Fukuoka Regional Immigration Services Bureau
Kagoshima Branch Office
18-2-40 Izumicho, Kagoshima City, Kagoshima Prefecture Tel: 099-222-5658
Fukuoka Regional Immigration Services Bureau
Naha District Immigration Services Office
1-15-15 Higawa, Naha, Okinawa Prefecture Tel: 098-832-4185

4. Other

As immigration offices will conduct an investigation into any violations made by those who present themselves to an immigration office, be sure to bring your passport, certificate of alien registration, etc.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your nearest Regional Immigration Services Bureau or District Immigration Services Office.

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