Section 2. Visas and Status of Residence

2.1 Entry procedures

Any foreign national wishing to enter Japan must have a valid passport, which, in principle, contains a visa corresponding to his/her purpose of entry into Japan obtained in advance from a Japanese embassy, consulate or other Japanese diplomatic mission abroad (hereinafter, "Japanese diplomatic mission abroad"). Upon landing in Japan, the foreign national must then be screened by, and receive a landing permission stamp as a result from an immigration officer at the port of entry, who will determine the foreign national's status of residence and period of stay.

Section2: Contents & Reference


Section2. Documents businesses are required to submit to authorities

Section Documents Where documents are listed within the URL The competent authorities and relevant web pages
2.4.2 Application form for issuance of a Certificate of Eligibility (Business Manager)External site: a new window will open See Form 6 Immigration Services AgencyExternal site: a new window will open
2.4.2 Application form for issuance of a Certificate of Eligibility (Highly Skilled Professionals)External site: a new window will open See Form 1 (1), (2), and (3) Immigration Services AgencyExternal site: a new window will open
2.4.2 Application form for issuance of a Certificate of Eligibility (Engineer / Specialist in Humanities / International Services)External site: a new window will open See Form 7 Immigration Services AgencyExternal site: a new window will open
2.4.2 Application form for issuance of a Certificate of Eligibility (Intra-company Transferee)External site: a new window will open See Form 5 Immigration Services AgencyExternal site: a new window will open
2.4.2 Application form for issuance of a Certificate of Eligibility (Legal / Accounting services)External site: a new window will open See Form 17 Immigration Services AgencyExternal site: a new window will open
2.4.2 Application form for issuance of a Certificate of Eligibility (Skilled Labor)External site: a new window will open See Form 7 Immigration Services AgencyExternal site: a new window will open
2.4.2 Application form for issuance of a Certificate of Eligibility (Specified Skilled Worker)External site: a new window will open See Form 12 Immigration Services AgencyExternal site: a new window will open
2.4.3 Visa application formExternal site: a new window will open See Visa application form in Chapter 3. Visa Application Documents (download) Foreign Nationals' Affairs Division of Conslar Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Foreign AffairsExternal site: a new window will open
2.4.4 Application form for issuance of a Certificate of Eligibility (Intra-company Transferee)External site: a new window will open See Form 5 Immigration Services AgencyExternal site: a new window will open
2.4.4 Application form for issuance of a Certificate of Eligibility (Business Manager)External site: a new window will open See Form 6 Immigration Services AgencyExternal site: a new window will open
2.4.4 Application form for issuance of a Certificate of Eligibility (Engineer / Specialist in Humanities / International Services)External site: a new window will open See Form 7 Immigration Services AgencyExternal site: a new window will open
2.7.5 Notification of change in name, date of birth, sex, and/or nationality/region on residence cardExternal site: a new window will open See Format Immigration Services AgencyExternal site: a new window will open
2.7.5 Application for residence card validity period extensionExternal site: a new window will open See Format Immigration Services AgencyExternal site: a new window will open
2.7.5 Application for reissuance of a residence card due to lossExternal site: a new window will open See Format Immigration Services AgencyExternal site: a new window will open
2.7.8 (1) Notification of affiliated (contracting) organization (Engineer/Specialist in Humanities/International Services)External site: a new window will open See Notification items and notification reference forms Immigration Services AgencyExternal site: a new window will open
2.7.8 (1) Notification of affiliated (activity) organization (Intra-company Transferee or Business Manager)External site: a new window will open See Notification items and notification reference forms Immigration Services AgencyExternal site: a new window will open
2.7.8 (2) Notification of relationship with spouse (divorce/death)External site: a new window will open See Notification reference forms Immigration Services AgencyExternal site: a new window will open
2.8.4 Application for re-entry permissionExternal site: a new window will open See Format for Application for re-entry permission Immigration Services AgencyExternal site: a new window will open
2.9 Application form for issuance of a Certificate of Eligibility (Dependent)External site: a new window will open See Form 11 Immigration Services AgencyExternal site: a new window will open
2.9 Application for permission to engage in an activity other than those permitted by the status of residence previously grantedExternal site: a new window will open See Application format Immigration Services AgencyExternal site: a new window will open
2.10.1 Application for extension of period of stay(Intra-company Transferee)External site: a new window will open See Form 6 Immigration Services AgencyExternal site: a new window will open
2.10.1 Application for extension of period of stay(Business Manager)External site: a new window will open See Form 7 Immigration Services AgencyExternal site: a new window will open
2.10.1 Application for extension of period of stay (Engineer / Specialist in Humanities / International Services)External site: a new window will open See Form 8 Immigration Services AgencyExternal site: a new window will open
2.10.2 Application for change of status of residence (Intra-company Transferee)External site: a new window will open See Form 6 Immigration Services AgencyExternal site: a new window will open
2.10.2 Application for change of status of residence (Business Manager)External site: a new window will open See Form 7 Immigration Services AgencyExternal site: a new window will open
2.10.2 Application for change of status of residence (Engineer / Specialist in Humanities / International Services)External site: a new window will open See Form 8 Immigration Services AgencyExternal site: a new window will open

Materials listed as ‘Reference’ contain samples of documents regarding registration, visa, taxation, personnel and labor matters that are necessary when a foreign company establishes a corporation or other entity in Japan. These documents are not published by competent authorities and therefore are not official. For those who are going through the official procedures, please obtain the latest official documents from the competent authorities and related bodies or consult a person who specializes in advising on such information and procedures.

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