During Your Stay
Residential Status Related
Procedures for Re-Entry (Special Re-Entry Permit System)Foreign nationals in possession of a valid passport and residence card who will be re-entering Japan within one year of their departure (or, if the period of stay expires within one year, re-entering Japan before that expiration date) to continue their activities in Japan, will, in principle, not be required to apply for a re-entry permit under the Special Re-Entry Permit System.
However, since the validity of the Special Re-Entry Permit cannot be extended while outside Japan, if foreign nationals who have departed from Japan on a Special Re-Entry Permit System fail to re-enter Japan within one year of their departure, they will lose their residential status.
If the period of stay expires within one year, the period of the re-entry permit is the expiration date of the period of stay, even under the Special Re-Entry Permit System. Therefore, if you fail to re-enter Japan before that expiration date, you will lose your residential status. When you leave Japan on business or return to your home country temporarily, be sure to confirm your period of stay. If the expiration date is approaching, it is advisable to renew your period of stay before leaving Japan.
Foreign nationals whose period of stay granted at the time of entry into Japan expires must apply for (and receive) extension of the validity period at a Regional Immigration Office.
Extension of Period of Stay
- This application for extension can be filed within three months of the expiration date of the period of stay
- The application for extension must be filed in person at a Regional Immigration Office by the applicant.
- Applicants might be asked to submit other documents if necessary. Please inquire at a Regional Immigration Office for details.