"The law for partial amendment to the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act and the Special Act on the Immigration Control of, Inter Alia, Those who have Lost Japanese Nationality Pursuant to the Treaty of Peace with Japan" and "The partial amendment of the Basic Resident Registration Act" will come into effect on July 9, 2012. The new residence management system will begin as of this date, changing the registration method for foreign residents from the Alien Registration System to the Resident Registration System for Foreign Residents.
This system will allow the Minister of Justice to have a constant grasp of necessary information regarding foreign residents who reside in Japan and secure proper residency for them. This will also improve the convenience of foreign residents who are legally residing in Japan.
A "Residence Card" and a "Special Permanent Resident Certificate" Will Be Issued
The current Alien Registration Certificate will be replaced with the "Residence Card" (for those who have a medium to long-term resident status, including permanent residents) and a "Special Permanent Resident Certificate" (for special permanent residents). Complete the application process at the Immigration Bureau for the residence card, and at the city office for the special permanent resident certificate.
In addition, please continue to hold onto your current alien registration certificate, which will be deemed equivalent as the "Residence Card" and "Special Permanent Resident Certificate" until they are officially issued. (Please make sure that you renew your certificate to a "Residence Card" or "Special Permanent Resident Certificate" by the periods indicated below.)
Periods the "Alien Registration Certificate" Will Be Deemed Equivalent to the "Resident Card" and "Special Permanent Resident Certificate"
|For Special Permanent Residents||Until the day of the starting period (birthday) of the next confirmation application period written on the current Alien Registration Certificate. If the individual is under 16 years old, until their 16th birth day.|
|For Permanent Residents||If they are 16 years old or older||Until July 8, 2015|
|If they are under 16 years old||Whichever comes earlier, July 8, 2015, or the individual's birthday.|
|For Other Qualified Residents||If they are 16 years old or older||The expiration date of the period of stay.|
|If they are under 16 years old||Whichever comes earlier, the expiration date of the period of stay, or the individual's 16th birthday.|
*Please note that the period may end before the next confirmation date written on your alien registration certificate.
The Period of Stay Will Be Extended to a Maximum of 5 Years.
The Re-entry Permit System Will Be Changed.
The new system will enable foreign residents, along with Japanese residents, to receive a Residence Record (juminhyo).
Foreign Residents who are Eligible to Receive a Juminhyo
|Foreign nationals who are legally residing in Japan for more than 3 months, not including those staying as a temporary visitor for sightseeing, etc.|
|Medium to long-term residents, including permanent residents (persons holding a Residence Card)||Foreigners who reside in Japan with a status of residence who have received their Residence Card from the Immigration Bureau.|
|Special Permanent Residents (Special Permanent Resident Certificate holders)||Persons recognized as Special Permanent Residents under the Special Act on Immigration Control.|
|Persons granted permission for temporary refuge or provisional stay.||Foreign nationals who have received a landing permit for temporary refuge provided by the Immigration Control Act, and those who are temporarily residing in Japan after applying for refugee status.|
|Persons who continue to stay transitionally in Japan by birth, or due to loss of Japanese nationality.||Those who stay in Japan due to birth or loss of Japanese nationality. Such persons may continue to stay in Japan up to 60 days without acquiring a status of residence.|
Foreign Nationals who are NOT Eligible to Receive a Juminhyo
|*If you are not issued a juminhyo, you will no longer be able to use your Alien Registration Certificate after July 9th, or be able to certify your resident status. Your inkan registration will also be deleted .|
Data described on the Juminhyo
|Data described on the juminhyo|
|Data in common between Japanese and foreign nationals.||Name, DOB, gender, address, name of the head of household, relation, etc.|
|Medium to Long-Term Resident||
||Description that the individual is a medium to long-term resident, their status of residence, period of stay, expiration date of their period of stay and their resident card number.|
|Special Permanent Resident||Description that the individual is a special permanent resident and their special permanent resident certificate number described on the certificate.|
|Person born in Japan or lost Japanese nationality within the last 60 days.||
||Description that the person continues to stay transitionally in Japan by birth or loss of Japanese nationality.|
The Notation for Names Will Change
The data described on the juminhyo is based on the information written on the Residence Card and Special Permanent Residence Certificate. In principle, names of individuals are written in the Latin alphabet, but Chinese, Taiwanese and Korean names of individuals will be written in kanji in addition to the alphabet. The simplified and traditional kanji characters will be replaced with orthographic characters designated by the government.
Do Not Forget to Submit an Alien Registration Notice by July 9th
The juminhyo under the new system will be created based on the information on the alien registration. If any changes occur, such as a change of your address, status, or expiration period, please notify the city hall as soon as the event occurs. If you do not notify the city hall of these changes, there is a possibility that your juminhyo can not be created.
Notices to Submit to the Local Government Office
- New address notices after you have entered the country, or moved within the country (within 14 days).
- Notices related to making changes regarding the special permanent resident, or when submitting an application to issue the special permanent residence certificate.
When to Submit a Notice to the Regional Immigration Bureau
- The name, DOB, gender, nationality and region of the individual has changed; when the kanji used in the name will change.
- When the status or period of residence needs to be updated.
-When applying to have the residence card issued.
Concerning the new system of residence management [Immigration Bureau, Ministry of Justice Japan HP]
Mid to long-Term Residents http://www.immi-moj.go.jp/newimmiact_1/index.html
Special Permanent Residents http://www.immi-moj.go.jp/newimmiact_2/index.html
Concerning Resident Registration System for Foreign Residents [Ministry of Internal Affairs HP]
Foreign Registration Administration
Okinawa City Hall
098-939-1212 (Ex. 3118)
〒904-8501 沖縄県沖縄市仲宗根町26番1号 1F
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