HOW TO PREPARE FOR NEW IMMIGRATION PROCEDURES

Solidarity Network with Migrants Japan released a report about how to prepare for new immigration procedures.

http://www.jca.apc.org/migrant-net/English/English.html

They made this report based on interviews with the immigration bureau and other cases actually happened.

The content is below;


NEW IMMIGRATION INFORMATION
Information regarding new screening procedures
at Port of Entry
(Requirement for Fingerprints and Face Photo)

For those worried about providing fingerprints and Face Photo

A new requirement to submit fingerprints and a photo of the face was implemented on November 20, 2007. Because of this, many foreign nationals residing in Japan have become anxious. To ease their anxiety, the following information has been compiled.

Those who still have concerns after reading this information should consult their nearest migrant support organization or appropriate NGO.

1. For those who want to enter Japan anew or those living in Japan who will be leaving to travel or to visit their home country and then re-enter Japan, there may be difficulties in the entry process if:

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In the past the person entered Japan holding a passport with another person’s name and after overstaying their visa was deported to his/her country (including those who voluntarily turned themselves in to Immigration). If such people then later obtained a passport in his/her true name in order to marry or engage in a lawful occupation in Japan, problems may arise when such people wish to re-enter Japan or have already returned and are living in Japan.
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2. In the following cases, although persons may think they need not worry, such persons intending to travel and/or temporarily visit their home country should consult their nearest Regional Immigration Office before leaving Japan to complete necessary procedures if conditions of #1 (above) apply:
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(1) Those presently married and living in Japan, with intentions of continuing their married lives.
(2) Those living in Japan for the purpose of raising their Japanese children and intend to remain in Japan and personally raise their children.
(3) In addition, those who have made Japan their base and are living and working here in accordance with their stipulated visas.
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3. In addition, those who fall under any of the categories listed below need to be forewarned that they might not be allowed to enter the country. Before coming to Japan, they should consult the Immigration Bureau.
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(1) Those married to Japanese nationals and planning to come to Japan: If in the past the person has used another’s name and was deported forcibly, yet this information was withheld when applying for his/her Certificate of Resident Eligibility, that person may be refused entry.
(2) Those coming to Japan to work: If in the past the person has used another’s name and was deported forcibly, yet this information was withheld when applying for his/her Certificate of Resident Eligibility, that person may be refused entry.
(3) Those who have obtained visas to live in Japan, but who do not normally live in Japan may be refused entry.
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4. Those who have further concerns should consult their Regional Immigration Bureau.

(1) To determine which section of Immigration to consult, go there, explain your situation and ask to be directed to the appropriate section.
(2) Before going to Immigration for a consultation, try to recall: 1) the name you used when entering Japan in the past; 2) dates of entry(ies) and departure(s); 3)while in Japan, what work you did and where.

5. The following are procedures for a person who wishes to consult their Regional Immigration Bureau before leaving Japan:

(1) Explain your past and present situation to Immigration staff
(2) Immigration will then determine whether an interview is necessary.
(3) Immigration will conduct an investigation to determine whether a person’s visa will be subject to cancellation.

- Cancellation of visa depends on what type of forced deportation(s) occurred in the past, and how long that person stayed away from Japan before attempting re-entry
- Although one’s visa might be subject to cancellation, Immigration will determine whether this will be carried out. Being subject to this investigation does not necessarily mean that cancellation will occur. Basically if one does not have any visa problems for one’s current life in Japan, there is no reason to worry.
- If one’s visa has been cancelled, Immigration will consider whether a request
for a change to a special permission visa is necessary.

(4) Records of the above investigation will remain in the Immigration Bureau and the problem is solved. However, even though there has been a previous Immigration consultation, when a person returns to his/her country for a visit and re-enters Japan, he/she might not be able to pass the initial screening at the Port of Entry. During a second screening when the person explains his/her situation, it is possible that approval for re-entry may be given. But in this case it is only because the person has completed prior procedures that he/she will be permitted re-entry.

6. Those who have received visas (Special permission for residents) in Japan in the past need not worry. It is not necessary to consult Immigration before leaving Japan temporarily.

7. If one has not been forcibly deported in the past (persons who have reported to Immigration and completed necessary procedures before returning to their own country, including those who have surrendered themselves and received a departure order), there is no record or data of that person’s fingerprints in Immigration.

8. If a person is refused entry at the airport, but absolutely must enter Japan, it is not necessary to consent immediately to return to one’s country. One can request a special landing permit. If this is refused, or you are worried about any of your documents, ask the Immigration officer for a consultation with a lawyer.

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Solidarity Network with Migrants Japan
Tokyo-to, Bunkyo-ku, Koishikawa 2-17-41,
Tomisaka Christian Center, House 2, #203, Japan
e-mail fmwj@jca.apc.org
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hello..there..what if the person is surrended 15 yrs ago and she came back here as a spouse visa 2004 and living with her kids now and she want to visit her country..its theres possible to refuse her to enter?
  • angela
  • 2008/06/16 12:29 AM
Hi angela,

The immigration does not refuse her to enter as long as she already confessed her history when she got a spouse visa.

If she is still hiding the fact, they may arrest her because her fingerprint will mach.

One way to avoid it is to confess her history when or before she extends her visa status. If she raises Japanese children, it is going to be O.K. However, she should prepare enough document to tell that she has a reason to be permitted even if she has a past history. I recommend to get consult with visa professionals before she does that.
  • Yoko Matsuda
  • 2008/07/23 10:35 AM
hello there..thanks for the reply of my question..i just wanna ask..my daughter have a long term visa,its 3 years but she have to go back to the philippines because her study in the philippines,but the last time we renew her visa ,the officer said why shes still live in philippines she already approved to live here,i said this year bcoz she have to finnifh her sutdy..my question is..although she have 3 yrs visa but shes not to use to live here only visiting,is there possible to refuse her to give another renewal visa this coming 2010..thank you for your time..GOD BLESS
  • aura moko
  • 2008/10/08 10:04 PM
Hi aura moko,
I need to know the kind of your daughter's visa status and how long has she been living in Philippines. However, since the immigration gave her the 3-year-permit last time even though they knew she was going to school in Philippines, I guess they considered her special situation and permitted her to do so. Though I do not know when she finishes her school, I think it is O. K. if she finish school and come back by 2010.

I reccomend to ask the immigration about it and make sure your daughter's situation.
  • Y
  • 2008/10/09 10:07 AM
konbanwa

thanks again, for the time you make, bout the visa of my daugther,here is visa is long tern residence,her first visa is 3 yrs too..so they gave another 3 yrs. but im wondering because like i said they ask why shes still in the philippines and i said shes still in the school,shes taking tourism 1st year so she need to stay there for 4 yrs to gradute ..do you think if we renew her again in 2010 another 3 yrs is possible? actually i want to apply a permanent residence for her,but may its hard coz shes not here all the time,but another 3 yrs will be fine coz by that time shes already graduate, I want her to continue her studies here but study tourism here is expensive..I dont have a kind of money for that..unless we have cheap school for that..

thank you again and have a nice day...
  • aura moko
  • 2008/10/13 8:02 PM
Hi aura moko,

It seems that all your daughter can do is to apply for extention of her long term status in 2010 anyway. At that time, she need to submit any evidences about when she will graduate and how many credits she already got in the school. Since it will be a difficult case, I reccomend to get a consultation with gyoseishoshis or other immigration procedure professionals.

If your doughter could not extend her long term resident status in 2010, it is difficult to bring her over again even if you become a permanent resident because your daughter would be over 20 years old already.
  • Y
  • 2008/11/06 12:01 PM
How to study free and work at part time in Japan??? I want it... I want help my parents to life, so I want go to Japan for build my future, I think Japan is good place for it... Cause I love Japan...thanks
Hi Laurencia,

Unfortunately Japan is in very serious depression. It is not good timing now. If you do not have money nor college digree, it is very difficult to get long term visas, anyways. Although there might be a way to come to Japan with illigal procedure, I cannot be involved in the plan. I hope you will find another way in your country.
  • YOKO
  • 2009/02/13 2:32 PM
Hi! I've been here in Japan for almost 6 years, still single and holding a humanities visa. Is it possible to get my mother or my elder sister as my dependent? Thanks in advance!
Regards
May
  • May
  • 2009/02/27 11:37 AM
Hi May,

Unfortunately, you cannot bring your mother nor your sisters. There is no adequate visa category for them except Temporary visa (up to 90 days). If your mother is over 75 years old, it might have possibility.
  • Yoko
  • 2009/03/31 5:12 PM
Hi im a filipina married to a japanese,we have a 2 year old son born and raise here in the philippines but has a japanese national passport. we were married in 2006 and i live in japan in 2007 after giving birth.i leave my son in the philippines so i can work freely. I worked in factories in japan. then, i came back to the philippines last may2008,my husband & i tried to go back but my entry was denied because of my previous case. i used a false name before and worked as a entertainer in japan for years,but our club was forced to close & we are forced to go home. that was 2004. and because i was not able to enter japan last year,my husband and i were advised to apply for another visa. it was denied october 2008. we are planning to apply again these april 2009 because by this time the five year ban i recieved before,will end this april. what do you think i should do? im still here in the philippines and wishes to go back to japan with our son. please help us.
  • helen
  • 2009/04/07 4:31 AM
Hi helen,

I am sorry for delayed answer. Though Immigration is suspicious about your marriage, I guess it will be possibile to re-enter Japan with your son as long as your marriage is not fake and you are raising Japanese son. So I recommend to get a consultation with experienced Gyoseishoshi in your area and hire him/her to apply for Certificate of Eligibility.
  • Y
  • 2009/06/24 12:51 PM
hello!matsuda san..i have a 4yrs old son,he's a half japanese were living here in manila.sad to say his father is a lier,.he's alwyas promissing to come here in phillipines,.but he's not come.i just want to give my son what is for him..i want to go my son in japan,.i want live my son in the japan,.pls help me what will i do,..yurushiku onegaishimasu,..
I'm 31 years old wishing to move from australia to Japan, As my Fiancee is Japanese and resides in the Kobe region, I am a quailified chef for 11+ years and have over 16+ years exprience with seafood how do i get visa?
can you help me...
  • graham
  • 2009/08/24 9:33 PM
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  • 2009/09/07 11:54 AM
Hello

I am currently engaged and looking to get married to a Phillipino woman who immigrated to japan under a false name. We are both immigrants, she attends a japanese school and works as an entertainer to pay for costs of living. What and if any are our options. She has said she wishes to stay if at all possible. Thank you
Matt
  • Matt
  • 2009/09/21 12:27 AM
i was refused to enter japan at the aeroport having valid viza one year ago
i am romanian citizen now is no need for viza up 90 days . what change i have to come back?
i dont have nothing on pasport and they didnt give me eny information about my saction
  • stan camelia
  • 2009/10/25 2:51 AM
hi,,i just want to ask if my wife can cancel my resident visa in japan,were marrird in 2007 but suddnenly separated for a big problems,im here in the philippines because im waiting for the resolution of my child custody,is there any possible that my wife can cancell immediately my japan visa,im woried to go back in jpan,need youre advice tanks a lot!!!!
  • jericho briguera
  • 2009/10/29 3:09 PM
hello,
Im a filipna married to a japanese nationality ang have one baby born in philippines last july 4, 2009 my child and me came to japan first time and still changed my baby japanese nationality. i want to call my mother and sister to come to japan, my husband and i think how we must to do to come my sister and my mother here in japan, what papers we need to pass? it is possible they can get a short time visa? i hope you can help me
  • joana
  • 2010/01/12 9:57 PM
hi,im her now in japan student visa,but my father is japanese i want him to put my name in what do you call that koseketohong,because i want to stay in japan long term,but i think he dosn`t wanna do that because he has a family..help
  • ryoji
  • 2010/03/30 5:33 PM
im half japanese,and im 23 years old,what is the best way to put my name in my father koseketohong even if my father disagre
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  • 2010/03/30 5:39 PM
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