Foreign residents living in Japan are granted a status of residence and period of stay according to the purpose of their stay. The contents of the activities that a foreigner can engage in are strictly stipulated for each status of residence.
Related PagesImmigration Bureau of Japan (English)
Residence proceduresResidence procedures
Residence procedures after entering the countryResidence procedures after entering the country will be done at the Otsu branch office of the Osaka Immigration Bureau for those residing in Shiga prefecture.
Osaka Immigration Bureau, Otsu branch office
Otsu Biwako Godochosha 6th flr. 3-1-1 Kyomachi, Otsu City, Shiga 520-0044
General ConsultationsFor details, inquiries may be made in foreign languages at the Foreign Residents Information Center, One-stop Consultation Center (Immigration Bureau).
Information concerning procedures for entry and stay for foreign nationals is given over the phone or by direct visit in various languages including English, Korean, Chinese and Spanish.
Foreign Residents Information Centers
℡ 0570-013904（IP, PHS, from Overseas: 03-5796-7112）
Due to the switchover to the new system of status of residence, an address before July 9, 2012 will not be recorded in the resident card.
※The "Alien Registration Card" which had been under the supervision of municipalities, towns and villages, are now in the custody of the Ministry of Justice since July 9, 2012.
Immigration Bureau of Japan (English)
DeportationIf a foreigner deliberately continues to stay in Japan after the expiration of the period of stay, a deportation order will be given to the foreigner. Those who turn themselves in at the Immigration Bureau and those who have been arrested will be treated differently.
In the case of turning yourself inIf the foreigner voluntarily turns themselves in at the Immigration Bureau before being arrested by the police, he or she will be allowed to return home without being prosecuted.
In the case of an arrestIf the foreigner has been arrested by the police, he or she will either be sent to the Immigration Bureau within ten days after the arrest, or prosecuted. If prosecuted, he or she will be held in a detention center or detained by the police until a judgment is given, which usually requires about 45 days. After a judgment is passed, he or she will be sent to the Immigration Bureau and then deported.
Ordinary Departure from JapanIf a foreigner has to illegally stay in Japan for a very short period of time due to an illness or other unavoidable cause, the foreigner will be required to complete procedures for extension of the period of stay and then leave Japan.
- If a foreign national dies in Japan, his or her family, relative, or another person who lived with the deceased, must submit a report to the municipal office of the town where the deceased resided. The report should be submitted within seven days of the death.
- The residence card (Zairyu card) must be returned to the municipal office where it was issued within 14 days of the death.