The new residency management system started.

The immigration regulation has been revised on July 9th, 2012 and a new residence management system starts in its place.

The alien registration system was abolished. Following clauses are important update points;

1. Issue of a “Resident Card”

Who this applies to: 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.

2. No need to apply for a Re-entry permit

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 not be required to apply for a Re-entry Permit.

*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.

<< Reference site >>

The Immigration Bureau of Japan

About new residency management system (English PDF)

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