March 29, 2011

Further to Pro-Link GLOBAL’s 18 March GLOBAL Brief on Japan, we can now confirm that special measures have been put into place for visa extensions in areas under the jurisdiction of Sendai Immigration Bureau (Aomori, Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima Prefectures)  as follows.

Automatic Visa Extensions 

Visas for foreign nationals resident in Aomori, Iwate, Miyagi or Fukushima Prefecture, as stated in the Alien Registration Card, will automatically be extended to 31 August 2011 without the need for amendment or re-endorsement of the passport.

The Alien Registration Card must be submitted in support of the application; if this is not possible, then evidence must be submitted that the foreign national was resident in one of the relevant prefectures.  Pro-Link GLOBAL will advise on a case by case basis.

In order to qualify, the foreign nationals must be in possession of a valid visa with expiry date before 30 August 2011.

Re-Entry Permits

Foreign nationals who have already left Japan must return to Japan before their current re-entry permit expires.

It is important to note that the automatic extension of the visa does not serve as an automatic extension of the re-entry permit.

Extensions after 31 August 2011 

Foreign nationals needing to extend their stay beyond 31 August 2011 must submit extension or change of status applications prior to that date.  Note that special permission to remain in Japan will be granted while the application is in progress, until 1 November 2011 or until the application result is given by the Immigration Bureau, whichever comes sooner.

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Note that automatic visa extensions to 30 August 2011 will be granted for eligible foreign nationals resident in Aomori, Iwate, Miyagi or Fukushima Prefecture.

Caveat Lector | Warning to Reader 

This is provided as informational only and does not substitute for actual legal advice based on the specific circumstances of a matter. Readers are reminded that Immigration laws are fluid and can change a moment’s notice without any warning. Please reach out to your local Pro-Link GLOBAL specialist should you require any additional clarification.  Pro-Link GLOBAL worked with our PLG | KGNM correspondent office in Japan to provide this GLOBAL Brief to you.