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[UPDATE] Special Measures for the period of stay etc. regarding Visa Status due to the effect of COVID-19 (20200512)

As of May 12th, the immigration office announces updates of special measures due to the effect of COVID-19 (coronavisus) as follows:

Extension of the period for acceptance of applications

Regarding Visa Status holders whose period of stay is expired in the period from March to July in 2020 (*), applications for Extension of Period of Stay or Change of Visa Status will be accepted until 3 months after expiry date of his/her current visa status.

(*) Including those who are currently staying in Japan under Temporary Visitor visa status.
(*) Excluding those who obtains “Designated Activities for preparation of departure”.
(*) Including those who needs to apply for Permission to Acquire Visa Status; i.e. those who were born in Japan.

Extension of the period for receipt of the results of applications

Regarding the applicant (Residence Card holders) whose application for Extension of Period of Stay or Change of Visa Status has been currently in progress at the Immigration Office, the result (new residence card) can be received until 5 months after the expiry date of his/her current visa status.

(*) Excluding those who obtains “Designated Activities for preparation of departure”.

While the period that special measures are effective, you cannot depart from Japan with Re-entry Permit or Special Re-entry Permit after the expiry date of your current visa status.

You can also check this announcement on the website of the Ministry of Justice:
>> Extension of the period for acceptance of applications and extension of the application examination results in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (PDF)

In addition, applications for the Certificate of Eligibility regarding applicants from countries applicable to the entry restriction has been withheld for a while.
>> 出入国在留管理庁からのお願い(PDF, only in Japanese)

Further updates will be provided by the Ministry of Justice:
>> Information related to the effect of COVID-19 (coronavirus)

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