4th floor, Kyoto Daini Chiho Godo Chosha, 34-12 Higashi Marta-cho,
Martamachi-Kawabata Higashi-iru, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8395
Monday-Friday : 9:00-12:00、13:00-16:00
(Except national holidays)
A Residence Card will be issued to the foreign nationals who have a status of residence with a period of stay of over three months (The Card will not be issued for a Temporary Visitor’s visa or the period of stay is three months).
For foreign nationals arriving at Narita, Haneda, Chubu, Kansai, New Chitose, Hiroshima, and Fukuoka Airports, the Card will be issued after the immigration examination in principle. For those arriving at other airports, the Card will be sent to the registered address after they have done the procedures at the City/Ward Office. Also, in case the extension of stay or the change of residence status is approved, a new residence card will be issued.
All the foreign nationals except for those under 16 are obligated to carry their Residence Card with them at all times.
When foreign nationals with a valid passport and a residence card re-enter Japan within one year of the departure (or by the expiration date of the period of stay if it expires within one year of the departure), they will not be required to apply for a re-entry permit, in principle. You have to check the box on the Embarkation and Disembarkation Card for Reentrant (ED card), and be sure to present the ED card with your residence card at the departure. If you leave Japan with a special re-entry permit, you cannot extend the valid date of the permit in abroad. Therefore, if you re-enter Japan after th expiration date of the period of stay, please extend your visa in Japan.The Embarkation and Disembarkation Card for Re-entrants (ED card)
When the period of stay remains more than one year before the expiration date, and you re-enter
Japan after more than one year and continue the same activity, you do not have to obtain a new visa
as long as you have obtained re-entry permit before leaving Japan.
There are single re-entry and multiple re-entry permission. The validity period of re-entry permit is limited to within a current date of expiration. Please apply for a re-entry permit at the regional immigration bureau.
If you leave Japan without “Special re-entry permission” or “Re-entry permission”, you are considered to have relinquished the status of residence that you hold at that time. In this case, you must obtain a new visa before returning to Japan. It may take a considerable period of time to obtain a new visa. In the case of a temporary departure from Japan while enrolled or research at the university, please be sure to obtain “Special re-entry permission” or “Re-entry permission” before leaving Japan.
Please note that in the following circumstances, you must notify your local immigration office and follow the necessary procedures:
The Regional Immigration Office (or Immigration Information Center) for your area of residence.Immigration of Bureau of Japan Website: Regional Offices
The following applies to foreign nationals who are resident in Japan, and who arrived in Japan,
changed their status of residence, or extended their period of stay on or after July 9, 2012. If
such a person leaves his/her university or organization due to graduation, withdrawal, or
resignation etc., or moves to another university or organization due to enrollment, transfer, or
employment, they are required to submit notification of the change to the Immigration Bureau within
Note: If you leave Japan soon after your activities at the current university or organization are completed, and relinquish your residence card at the port of departure, the notification described above is not required.
Medium- to long-term residents with one of the following types of status of residence: Professor, Highly Skilled Professional (i) (c), Highly Skilled Professional (ii) (c), Business Manager, Legal/Accounting Services, Medical Services, Instructor, Intercompany Transferee, Technical Intern Training, College Student, or Trainee.
Within 14 days of a change in any of the items mentioned above.
The form to submit the notification can be downloaded from the Immigration of Bureau website. There are three types of form:
The Immigration Bureau of Japan website
Notification of the accepting organization