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CATEGORYENTRY and LANDINGVISA APPLICATION

What do Certified Administrative Procedures Leagal Specialist do when foreigners enter Japan?

For example, as we act as intermediaries for applying for Certificate of Eligibility etc., the principal does not have to appear at the Regional Immigration Bureau.

Conditions for entry and landing

Conditions

For a foreign national, in order to entry and land in Japan, he/she must apply for landing to the immigration inspector upon landing and be examined as to whether or not they conform to the following landing conditions in principle.

  • Passport is valid
  • The visa is valid
  • Activities concerning the application are not false and activities to be conducted in Japan fall under any of the status of residence listed in the Immigration Control Act
  • The applicant conforms to the criteria provided for by the ministry of justice ordinance, that establishes the standard of Article 7, paragraph 1, item 2 of the Immigration Control Act
  • The period of stay for application should conform to the period of stay specified by the applicable Ordinance of the Ministry of Justice
  • It should not fall under exclusion clauses to enter japan

In addition to this, you have to provide personal identification information.

Landing standard ministerial ordinance

The ministerial ordinance (landing standard ministerial ordinance) of Article 7, Paragraph 1, Item 2 of the Immigration Control Act stipulates the standards required for conformance when attempting to land by some of the residence statuses listed in Appended table 1.

Please check this out for details.

Exclusion clauses to enter japan

Exclusion clauses to enter japan are statutory grounds that would result in landing being denied.

Depending on the ground refusal reason, the landing refusal period is fixed and may be indefinite.

About acquisition of visa

Temporary visitor(So-called "tourist visa", "business visa")

For "Temporary Visitor (so-called tourist visa business visa)", Certificate of eligibility will not be issued.

Therefore, when a visa is required for entering the country for "Temporary visitor(So-called "tourist visa", "business visa")", you are required to receive a visa at a Japanese diplomatic establishment outside Japan who has jurisdiction over the residence of the person who needs a visa.

By the way, if you are exempt from a visa or you are receiving re-entry permission, a visa is not necessary.

Exemption of Visa(So-called "no visa")

As of July 2017, Japan has taken measures concerning the Visa Exemption Arrangements with 68 countries and regions.

As stated on the website of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, those who living in these countries and regions does not need to acquire visas upon entry for commercial, conference, sightseeing, visiting relatives and acquaintances etc (Temporary visitor).
However, you need to obtain a visa if you are engaged in paid activities in Japan, or if you want to stay longer than the short stay period decided for each country.

For 68 countries and regions where visa exemption measures are taken, please visit Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan's website (external link).

If you are not exempt from visas, you need to obtain a visa upon immigration even if you are staying for a short period of time.

Incidentally, of the approximately 27.75 million foreigners who entered Japan in 2018, approximately 22.9 million were “Temporary visitor”.
And about 80% of them are considered visitors from countries exempted from visa.

We act as intermediaries for applying for Certificate of Eligibility

We will act as intermediaries for applying for Certificate of Eligibility to facilitate the issuance of Visa.

Certificate of eligibility is a document certifying in advance that the Minister of Justice has certified the status of residence of a foreign national who is going to enter and land in Japan.
If you acquire this certificate in advance to the Regional Immigration Bureau and present it to the Japanese diplomatic establishment abroad, you will be promptly issued a visa.

Notes
It takes about 1 month to 3 months from submission of the certificate of eligibility to the Regional Immigration Bureau to acquire it.
And because the expiration date is 3 months, it will be invalid unless you apply for landing within 3 months after receipt.

Invite a child

For example, in a case where a Japanese person is married to a foreigner (international marriage), the foreigner has a child born between the foreigner and the previous spouse, if the certain requirement is satisfied, they can also invite the child to Japan by the status of residence of "Long Term Resident".

In addition, in cases where special adoption can be combined with the above mentioned foreign child, they may be able to invite the child to Japan by the status of residence of "Spouse or Child of Japanese National".

By the way, even if you adopt a child of a foreigner , please be careful that the child will not be given the status of residence "Long Term Resident" naturally.

What we can help

  • We will give counsel regarding foreign matters concerning entry and landing of foreigners.
  • We will also act as intermediaries for applying for Certificate of Eligibility to facilitate the issuance of Visa.