Period of stay is extended until Aug. for victims

Press release by Ministry of Justice
http://www.moj.go.jp/content/000071688.pdf
Current as of March 16, 2011
 
 
Immigration control measures for extension of the period of stay and other related matters  in  accordance  with  the  occurrence  of  the  Tohoku-Region  Pacific  Coast Earthquake Disaster.  
 
The expiration date of the period of stay shall be extended through a Ministry of Justice public notice (Ministry of Justice Public Notice No. 123 of March 16, 2011) pursuant to the provisions of Article 3, paragraph 2 of the Act on Special Measures for Preservation of  Rights  and  Profits  of  the  Victims  of  Specified  Disasters  (Act  No.  85  of  1996; hereinafter referred to as “Special Measures Act”) in accordance with the 2011 Tohoku Region Pacific Coast Earthquake. The details are as given below.  
 
 
(1) Applicable foreign nationals
 
Those  foreign  nationals  who  came  under  any  of  the  following  at  the  time  of  the occurrence of the 2011 Tohoku Region Pacific Coast Earthquake (hereinafter referred to as “this  earthquake”):
a) Those foreign nationals residing in Japan in possession of a status of residence.
b) Those foreign nationals whose period  of  stay is due to expire by August 30, 2011.
c)  “Those  foreign  nationals  who  were  in  the  Aomori  prefecture,  Iwate  prefecture, Miyagi  prefecture,  Fukushima  prefecture  or  the  Ibaraki  prefecture  (hereinafter known as “specified districts”)” or “those persons who registered  pursuant to the provisions  of  Article  4,  paragraph  1  of  the  Alien  Registration  Act,  and  whose places  of  residence  registered  in  the  registration  card  stipulated  in  the  same paragraph are in the specified districts”.
 
Moreover, this shall also apply to those cases where the foreign national was residing pursuant  to  a  special  provision  on  the  period  of  stay  (see  note)  at  the  time  of  the occurrence of this earthquake, and those cases where the foreign national whose place of residence  in  terms  of  the  Alien    Registration    Act is in a specified district at  the time  of  the  occurrence  of  this  earthquake  and  who  was  outside  of  Japan  on  a re-entry permit, re-enters Japan by August 30, 2011. 
 
 
(Note)  Special  provision  on  the  period  of  stay  (Article  20,  paragraph  5,  Immigration  Control  Act (including cases applied mutatis mutandis in Article 21, paragraph 4 of the same Act))  
 
In cases where an application for change of the status of residence or an application for extension of the period of stay was made within the period of stay, if the  disposition  for  the application is not made by the time of the expiration date of the period of stay corresponding to the status of
residence  held  by  the  foreign  national  concerned,  residence  will  be  continued  for  a  certain extended period.  
 
(2) Measures
 
With  regard  to  the  foreign  nationals  to  whom  the  abovementioned  (1)  applies,  the expiration  date  of  the  period  of  stay  corresponding  to  the  status  of  residence  held  by such  foreign  national  shall  be  extended  until  August  31,  2011.  The  details  for  the handling of such shall be as given below.  
a) Since the  applicable  person’s period  of  stay has been extended until August 31, 2011, such  person  will be able to lawfully stay  and  depart from Japan without the need to acquire an extension of the period of stay and without falling under illegal residence  until  such  time.  
However, if such  person intends  to  depart  from Japan after the expiration of
the original period of stay, which became subject to the extension measures, such person will need to be  confirmed at the immigration examination point that such person  is  indeed  a  foreign  national  to  whom  the  extension  measure  applies, therefore, please speak to the immigration inspector.    
b)  In  case  the  applicable  person  departs  from  Japan  in  the  future  and  re-enters Japan by August 31, 2011, if this  person  applies for re-entry permission  beforehand, the  person will be able to acquire such permission.  
c) On the other hand, please take due note that this does not mean the valid period of the  re-entry  permit,  which  the  applicable  person  has  already  received,  will  be extended.  
d)  In  addition,  please  take  due  note  that  this  does  not  mean  that  the  period  for permission to engage in an  activity other than that  permitted  by  the  status    of residence previously  granted,  will be extended.
e) If the  applicable  person wishes to continue to reside beyond August 31, 2011, it is  necessary  for  the  person  to  apply  for  permission  for  change  of  the  status  of residence or permission for extension of the period  of  stay. In such case, the  pers on must apply for permission for change of the status of residence or permission for extension of the period of stay by August 31, 2011.  
f)  Moreover,  with  regard  to  the  special  provision  on  the  period  of  stay  of  those foreign nationals who applied for permission for change of the status of residence or permission for extension of the period of stay by August 31, 2011 (Article 20, paragraph  5,  Immigration  Control  Act  (including  cases  applied  mutatis mutandis  in  Article  21,  paragraph  4  of  the  same  Act)),  if  the  disposition  for your  application  has  not  been  made  by  such  date,  you  will  be  able  to  reside  in Japan continuously under such status of residence from September 1, 2011 to the time  at which the disposition on your application is made or the date on which two months have passed, whichever comes first.
 
(3) Confirmation if the foreign national comes under the measures
 
Those foreign nationals who currently hold an alien registration certificate are asked to present the certificate to the official in charge at the time of the application  or  other  procedure of the abovementioned (2).  
 
With regard to those foreign nationals, who do not have an alien registration certificate or whose place of residence given in the alien registration certificate is not included  in a specified  district,  such  foreign  nationals  are  asked  to  inform  the  official  in  charge either in writing or orally at the time of making the application  or  other  procedure of the abovementioned (2) that they were in the districts to which these measures apply or that they have a place of residence there.  
 
In addition to the abovementioned matters, with regard to the applications stipulated in the Alien Registration Act, the provision of exemption of disaster victims stipulated in Article 4 of the Special Measures Act shall apply.