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A Resident Card / new residency management system

A Resident Card will be issued

Who this applies to: (A Resident Card)

A Resident Card will be issued to persons residing in Japan who have been granted a status of residence with a period of stay of more than three months.
・A Resident Card will not be issued to persons with Temporary Visitor status or persons with Diplomat or Official status.
・For special permanent residents, a Special Permanent Resident Certificate will be issued instead of a Resident Card.

Information shown: (A Resident Card)

In addition to a picture (face only), information such as name, nationality/region, date of birth, sex, status of residence, period of stay, and working permits will be shown on the card.

Valid Period: (A Resident Card)

Permanent residents(16 years or older): Seven years from the date of issue.
Permanent residents(Under 16 years old): Until the individual's 16th birthday.

Persons other than permanent residents(16 years or older): Until the expiration date of the period of stay.
Persons other than permanent residents(Under 16 years old): Until the expiration date of the period of stay or the individual’s 16th birthday, whichever comes first.

Place of Issue: (A Resident Card)

・ Regional Immigration Offices: Starting July 9th, 2012, a Resident Card will be issued at Narita, Haneda, Chubu and Kansai airports to those entering Japan with a mid- to long-term resident status. However, for those entering via all other ports of entry and departure, a Resident Card will be mailed by Simplified Registered Mail to the individual’s reported place of residence submitted to municipal offices upon entry. For further information, please contact a Regional Immigration Bureau, District Immigration Office or Branch Office.

By what date must the Alien Registration Certificate be changed to the Resident Card?

・For a certain period, until the new Resident Card is issued, an Alien Registration Certificate will be deemed equivalent to a Resident Card for the purpose of residence notification or procedures at Regional Immigration Offices. It is not necessary to immediately exchange your Alien Registration Certificate for a Resident Card.
・A new Resident Card will be issued at a Regional Immigration Office when permission to extend period of stay, etc., is granted.
・Permanent residents aged 16 or older are required to change to the Resident Card no later than July 8th, 2015*, whereas permanent residents under 16 years of age must do so by July 8th, 2015 or their 16th birthday, whichever comes first. *Note: Residents with the status of Designated Activities with a period of stay of four years or five years are also required to change to the Resident Card no later than July 8th, 2015.

What will be more convenient?

・Those departing Japan with a passport and Resident Card who plan to re-enter Japan within one year and before the expiration of their period of stay*, will, in principle, not be required to apply for a Re-entry Permit. This is called the Special Re-entry Permit system. However,residents who fail to re-enter Japan within the valid period will lose their resident status. Furthermore, please note that the period of validity of a Special Re-entry Permit cannot be extended while abroad.
*Note: In the case of special permanent residents, the Special Re-entry Permit is applicable for those planning to return to Japan within two years.

Certificates of Residence

Foreign residents who are eligible to receive a Resident Card or Special Permanent Resident Certificate will have a Certificate of Residence made for them at the local municipality in which they reside, just as is done for Japanese nationals.

Items shown: (Certificates of Residence)

Certificates of Residence for foreign residents will show name, date of birth, sex and address, as well as items unique to foreign nationals, such as nationality/region, status of residence, and period of stay.

Issue of copies of a Certificate of Residence: (Certificates of Residence)

・Foreign nationals will also be able to obtain a copy of their Certificate of Residence or a Certificate of Items Stated in Resident Register at the counter of their local municipal office, the same as Japanese nationals.

Notification or application procedures will be necessary in the following cases: at Local municipalities

When deciding on a new address, or when changing addresses Moving-in Notification, Change of Address Notification, Moving-out Notification

・Moving-in Notification:Please bring your Resident Card or Special Permanent Resident Certificate (or your Alien Registration Certificate).
・Change of Address Notification:Please bring your Resident Card or Special Permanent Resident Certificate (or your Alien Registration Certificate).
・Moving-out Notification:When changing to an address in a different municipality, you are required to submit in advance a moving-out notification to the municipality you will be leaving.

at The Regional Immigration Offices

When changing name, nationality/ region, etc..
When you have lost your Resident Card or it has become damaged beyond use.
Permanent Residents and those under the age of 16: When the period of validity of your Resident Card is due to expire

Bring a notification form to a Regional Immigration Office in person or send by post to the Tokyo Regional Immigration Bureau

Those with employment status (with some exceptions), Students and Trainees: When your affiliated organization such as employer or educational institution changes its name or location, or in the case of bankruptcy of a company, or in the case of termination of an employment contract, or in the case of transfer due to a new employment contract.
Those with the status of: Dependent (as spouse), Designated Activities (C), Spouse or Child of Japanese National, or Spouse or Child of Permanent Resident: In the case of divorce or death of spouse

Booklet "New residence management system begins (Monday) July 9, 2012"

Book New residence management system begins (Monday) July 9, 2012 ●Booklet "New residence management system begins (Monday) July 9, 2012"

(¥3,150[tax included]+Carriage\500)
In it the target of a new residence management system, between the medium and long-term foreign residents in our country have a status of residence on the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act.

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