Some of visa status requires to have a “guarantor” at the time of application.

When you apply for visa status which requires a guarantor, you will need to provide a Letter of Guarantee with guarantor’s signature and some documents to certify the guarantor depending on the case. The guarantor has to be in Japan at the time of application.

Responsibility of the guarantor

Guarantor for the immigration purpose is not responsible for guarantee of obligation stipulated in the Civil Law of Japan but is to promise to fulfill the following responsibility to the Minister of Justice.

  • To provide logistic support while in Japan if necessary.
  • To support the applicant for transportation fee for repatriation if necessary.
  • To support the applicant to abide by the Japanese Law.

The Immigration Office has no legal force with respect to the guarantor’s responsibility, so all they can do is to instruct the guarantor to meet his/her commitments if the guarantor fails to make good on his/her guarantee. However, he/she will lose his/her eligibility to be a guarantor for any visa application process in the future if the guarantor fails to fulfill his responsibility.

From the Immigration Office point of view, the guarantor is supposed to provide the applicant financial and moral support at the critical moment. Therefore, those who is not financially stable (no income or no job) and is neglect his duties (e.g. not paying taxes) cannot be a guarantor for any visa application.

Guarantor is requird to sign the Letter of Guarantee and provide identification such as a copy of Japanese driver’s license or Certificate of Residence Address (Juminhyo).

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