This article series will provide useful insights into the changing investment and innovation environment, and new business opportunities in Japan.
2.13 Digitalization of the Disembarkation Card and Online Residency Application Procedure
2.13.1 Digitalization of the disembarkation card (ED card)
The disembarkation card (ED card) used by foreign nationals entering Japan has been digitalized. You need to enter information on the app in advance to use a digital disembarkation card. Minors and those unfamiliar with smartphone functions may continue to use conventional disembarkation cards (paper ED cards). Only new entrants to Japan can use digital disembarkation cards. Those re-entering the country (including those with special re-entry permissions) and those with special landing permissions are not eligible. Digital disembarkation cards are accepted at New Chitose Airport, Narita International Airport, Haneda Airport, Chubu Centrair International Airport, Kansai International Airport, Fukuoka Airport and Naha Airport.
2.13.2 Expansion of the eligible users of the online residency application procedure
Formerly, only limited users, including the staff of affiliated organizations, attorneys at law, or administrative scriveners, were eligible to submit online residency applications. To further enhance the convenience, online submissions in person by foreign nationals who have a My Number Card, etc., are accepted now (excluding applications for “diplomat” and “temporary visitor”).
For details on the digital disembarkation card and online residency application procedure, please see the following website.
Immigration Services Agency of Japan website:
Section2: Contents & Reference
Section2. Documents businesses are required to submit to authorities
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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