Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act. stipulates that any overstayer may be put into custody, deported from Japan and will be rejected to enter in Japan for at least 5 years after the date of deportation. On the other hand, the new residency management system encourages foreign nationals who concern about their illegal stay to appear voluntarily at a regional immigration bureau, that is to say, "Departure Order System" and "Special Permission to Stay in Japan".
Departure Order System
Foreign nationals who remain in Japan after the expiration of their period of stay and whish to their home countries are allowed to leave Japan without custody, and the "reentry prohibited period" shall be one year.
- Who voluntarily appeared at a regional immigration bureau declearing to leave Japan as soon as possible.
- The infraction does not correspond to the category of "Deportation" except overstaying.
- Who have not been sentenced to imprisonment after entry into Japan.
- Who have neither deported from Japan nor left Japan under "Departure Order System" in the past.
- Who can be expected to leave Japan as soon as possible.
Although foreign nationals did not meet the all requirments mentioned above, if they voluntarily appeared at a regional immigration bureau, may go through procedures without custody by obtaining permission of provisional release.
Special Permission to Stay in Japan
Foreing nationals who wish to remain in Japan must
appear first at a regional immigration bureau, declear the charges
and state the reasons why they require to continue living in Japan.
Special permission to stay in Japan is considered in making a decision on whether to be granted or not taking into account all relevant circumstances such as their marital status, member of their family, age of their children etc.
Please see "Special Permission" for more details.
We go along with you
We accompany foreign nationals who intend to appear
at a regional immigration bureau and support for procedures under
either "Departure Order System" or "Special Permission to Stay in
Japan". Although he/she become under custody, we will also apply
for "Permission of Provisional Release.
Foreign nationals who left Japan under "Departure Order System" will be supported by us in application for reentry into Japan after the reentry prohibited period.