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[UPDATED on 20210705] Special measures to extend the valid period of the COE due to the effect of COVID-19

(As of July 5th, 2021) Due to the effect of COVID-19, the Immigration Bureau of Japan has decided the special measures regarding the expiry date of issued Certificate of Eligibility (COE). VALIDITY OF COE The COE issued during the specific period will be deemed to be valid until the period below; COE issued between January 1st, 2020 and July 31st, 2021: Until January 31st, 2022. COE issued between August 1st, 2021 and January 31st, 2022: Valid for 6 months from the date of issue You can confirm this information on the website of the Immigration Office: >> [not updated yet] New handling regarding the period of validity of the certificate…

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[Closed] Special measures to extend the valid period of the COE due to the effect of COVID-19

This information is closed on July 5th, 2021. —- (As of January 21st, 2021) Due to the effect of COVID-19, the Immigration Bureau of Japan has decided the special measures regarding the expiry date of issued Certificate of Eligibility (COE). VALIDITY OF COE The COE issued on/after October 1st, 2019 will be deemed to be valid until the period below; COE issued between October 1st and December 31st, 2019: Until April 30th, 2021 (Treated the same as before update). COE issued between January 1st, 2020 and January 30th, 2021: Until July 31, 2021. COE issued on or after January 31st, 2021: Valid for 6 months from the date of issue/…

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【COVID-19 Measures】Departure and Reenter of the Resident Card holders in Japan.

As of September 1st 2020, the Japanese government allows the Resident Card holders currently living in Japan to reenter Japan from the countries where the entry restriction has not been lifted yet under the following conditions (required to satisfy both 1 and 2 below); Obtain the Receipt for Request of Re-entry (hereinafter referred to as a “Receipt”) by sending “Request of Intention to Re-enter Japan” by email in advance of leaving Japan, and depart from Japan with the Receipt as well as the Reentry Permit or Special Reentry Permit. Reenter Japan with the Certificate of Testing for COVID-19 issued by a medical facility in the country you depart from within…

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

The Japan Government has been closed the Special Measures. Please get the updates regarding measures and treatments due to the effect of COVID-19 on the webpage of the Immigration Services Agency of Japan (Immigration Bureau) below. Information related to COVID-19 on Immigration Services Agency of Japan website >> https://www.isa.go.jp/en/covid-19_index.html ——————————- 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…

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Regarding refusal of landing to prevent the spread of COVID-19

Due to the effect of the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Ministry of Justice of Japan has been denying the landing from specific countries. Please check the notice of the Ministry of Justice below for the details: >> Regarding refusal of landing to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (PDF) In case you fall into the conditions of denial of landing, your landing will be denied even if you obtains Re-entry Permit or Special Re-entry Permit. You can also check other information related to the measures/notice due to the coronavirus effect and the updates on the website of the Ministry of Justice below: >> Information related to New Coronavirus Infection(COVID-19)

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Refund of Withholding Tax for the Lump-sum Withdrawal Payments

After you receive Lump-sum Withdrawal Payments (年金の脱退一時金, the Payments) for your pension contribution during your stay in Japan, you can claim a refund of withholding tax which was deducted from the Lump-sum Withdrawal Payments. To receive the tax refund, you need to do the tax return commencing on January 1st of the following year after receiving the Payments. For further information, please refer to our webpage below; >> Refund of Withholding Tax related to Lump-sum Withdrawal Payments Before you contact us, you will need to complete to receive the Payment. For the details of Lump-sum Withdrawal Payments (年金の脱退一時金), you should refer to the information on the Japan Pension Service (日本年金機構)…

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Application for Permanent Resident based on HSP points

Have you ever considered a possibility of Permanent Resident (PR) application based on HSP points even though you are currently not a HSP visa status holder (Highly Skilled Professional, 高度専門職)? If your current visa status is Engineer/Humanities, Professor, Business Manager or other work-related visa status, and you think your current job and career might satisfy the requirements of PR application based on HSP point scheme, it might be worth trying to check whether your are eligible for it or not. For further details, check our webpage below: >> Application for Permanent Resident based on HSP points

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Special measures for those who have difficulty to enter home country etc. due to the effect of COVID-19

(As of March, 2020) Due to the effect of COVID-19, the Immigration Bureau of Japan has decided the special measures for those who have difficulty to secure the ticket to returning home or to enter the country. Website of the Ministry of Justice: >> Handling of Applications for Residence due to the effect of COVID-19 (PDF) Further new information will be provided by the Ministry of Justice. Unfortunately, however, mostly announced in Japanese only: >> Website of the Ministry of Justice: 新型コロナウイルス感染症に関する情報

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Special Measures for the period of stay regarding Visa Status due to the effect of COVID-19 (20200228)

This notice is updated on April 3rd, 2020. Please refer to the following page for the information updated. >> [UPDATE] Special Measures for the period of stay regarding Visa Status due to the effect of COVID-19 (20200403) — OLD INFORMATION — (As of February 28th, 2020) Due to the effect of COVID-19, the Immigration Bureau of Japan has decided the special measures regarding applications for Change of Visa Status and Extension of Period of Stay from foreign residents whose period of stay is expired in March 2020. The Immigration Office will accept those application until 1 months after the date of expiry of current visa status. (*1) Excluding those who…

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To work as a freelance in Japan

Some people might heard of so called “self-sponsored” visa, however, there is no such a visa status in Japan. Most of case, people mention about it when you wish to apply for a visa status as a freelance. Please remind the principle of visa application in Japan once – your job/mission must be listed in work visa category which allows you work in Japan. In addition, you need to satisfy the requirements for the visa status. For more details, please jump to our webpage below. >> Wishing to work as a freelance in Japan

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