Immigration Policy · 2024/05/20
The National Police Agency, Ministry of Justice, Immigration Services Agency, and Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare have established the 'Liaison Meeting of Directors-General on Countermeasures against Illegal Employment of Foreign Nationals' to coordinate and collaborate on issues related to illegal employment of foreign nationals in Japan. They recently formulated the "Promotion of Countermeasures against Illegal Employment of Foreign Nationals (Revised)."
Check the frontside and backside of the Residence Card. Check the E-mail about the visa application.
Tips · 2024/05/09
When applying online, unlike when applying at the Immigration Office, the back of the residence card is not stamped with "in process" at the time of application acceptance. Therefore, if you apply online, you need to always carry with you not only your residence card but also a "completed acceptance email with application acceptance number, etc." proving that you are in the visa application process (including during the special period).
Tips · 2024/04/23
If your visa application is denied while your visa (residence card) is still valid, go to the Immigration Bureau to ask for the reason for the denial. If the reason for the denial is something that can be rectified, prepare again and reapply. If your visa application is denied after your visa expires, the Immigration Bureau will give you a temporary stay permit called "Preparation for Departure (出国準備)" as a preparation period for leaving Japan.
Immigration Policy · 2024/04/10
The Immigration Services Agency of Japan has decided to conduct a trial introduction of a system to confirm the information of foreign nationals heading to Japan in order to prevent terrorism and alleviate congestion in immigration screening from this fiscal year (FY2024). NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) reported it on March 30, 2024.
Immigration Policy · 2024/04/01
Japan's Immigration Services Agency released its digital nomad visa. The visa is available to citizens of 49 countries. Visa holders may legally live and work remotely from anywhere in Japan for up to six months.
Number of foreign residents in Japan (mid- to long-term residents and special permission residents)
Immigration Policy · 2024/03/26
The number of foreign residents in Japan (mid- to long-term residents and special permanent residents) increased to a record high of 3.4 million at the end of 2023, according to the Immigration Services Agency's announcement on March 22, 2024.
On March 22, Japanese newspapers reported that the Japanese tax authorities found a Spanish football player who was a member of a J-League soccer team to have failed to declare an income of approximately 860 million yen. It is reported that the tax office pointed out that he failed to declare an income of about 860 million yen for 2018 when his contract was for less than one year, and the tax office ordered him to pay an additional tax of about 580 million yen.
Immigration Policy · 2024/03/18
The Japanese government submitted an amendment bill of the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act to the current Diet session.
Immigration Policy · 2024/03/13
We have excerpted and translated some information from an official document entitled "About the Permanent Resident Status" (September 2018), issued by the Immigration Bureau of the Ministry of Justice. Although it may be old, it suggests a direction for reforming Japan's permanent residence system.
Immigration Policy · 2024/03/11
From April 1, 2024, Arakawa, Adachi, Katsushika, and Edogawa wards of Tokyo will be added to the area covered by the Matsudo Branch Office of the Tokyo Immigration Bureau.

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