For Those Who Cannot Return to Their Country

For those who cannot go back to their country due to COVID-19 — you can extend your period of stay. Moreover, if you meet the requirements, you can have a part-time job.

Support will vary depending on your status of residence.

Please look at your corresponding one.

Also, please refer to the PDF made by the Immigration Services Agency: http://www.moj.go.jp/isa/content/001334335.pdf

  1. Those who have a “Temporary Visitor” status
  2. Those who have a “Technical Intern Training” status or a “Designated Activity (Construction worker (No.32) or Shipbuilder (No.35))” status
  3. Those who have a “Student” status and want to be employed
  4. Those who have other residence statuses (including those in 2. and 3. who do not wish for employment)

1. Those Who Have a “Temporary Visitor” Status

You can extend your period of stay of “Temporary Visitor” (90 days).

However, if you have difficulties living, you can have a part-time job exceptionally.

For those who wish for a part-time job, please refer to the “Those who wish for a part-time job” section.

2. Those Who Have a “Technical Intern Training” Status or a “Designated Activity (Construction Worker (No.32) or Shipbuilder (No.35))” Status

You can change your status of residence to “Designated Activity (6 months, permitted to work).”

Generally, this is for those who will engage in the same job as before.

If you cannot engage in the same job, it is possible to engage in a related job.

In either case, you will need a statement of reasons prepared by a supervising organization in order to apply.

When applying, please consult a supervising organization.

  • If you are curious about what the “Related Jobs” are, please check with a supervising organization.
  • Those who have a “Designated Activity (Internships (No.9), Manufacturing (No.42))” status can change their status of residence if they engage in the same job as before.
  • Those who have a “Designated Activity (Summer Job (No.12))” can change their status of residence if they engage in the same job as before. In that case, your new status of residence will be “Designated Activity (3 months, permitted to work)”.
  • This also applies to those who have been permitted to change their status of residence to “Temporary Visitor” or “Designated Activity (6 months, not permitted to work)”.

3. Those Who Have a “Student” Status

Those who will continue receiving education from an educational institution can change their “Student” status of residence.

  • You may receive education from a different educational institution.
  • If you have received permission to engage in activity other than that permitted under the status of residence previously granted, you can have a part-time job that is within 28 hours per week.

Those who will not receive education from an educational institution

  • You can change your status of residence to “Designated Activity (6 months, permitted to have a part-time job that is within 28 hours per week).
  • This is for those who currently have a “Temporary Visitor” status or a “Designated Activity” status, including former international students.

4. Those Who Have Other Residence Statuses (including those in 2. and 3. who do not wish for employment)

You can change your status of residence to “Designated Activity (6 months, not permitted to work)”.

Normally, you cannot work with this status of residence.

However, if you have difficulties living, you can have a part-time job exceptionally.

For those who wish for a part-time job, please refer to the “Those who wish for a part-time job” section.

**Those who entered Japan with a “Temporary Visitor” status, such as tourists, can NOT apply to this. 

Procedure of Application for Changing or Updating Status of Residence

Those who live in the Territorial Jurisdiction of Tokyo Regional Immigration Bureau, and apply to the following conditions – you can go through the application procedures by mail as well.

  • The Territorial Jurisdiction of Tokyo Regional Immigration Bureau only includes: Ibaraki Prefecture, Tochigi Prefecture, Gunma Prefecture, Saitama Prefecture, Chiba Prefecture, Tokyo Prefecture, Kanagawa Prefecture, Niigata Prefecture, Yamanashi Prefecture, and Nagano Prefecture.
  • Applications from those who meet the following conditions (A~D) can be accepted only by mail. 
A) Those who have a “Student” status
B) Those who are former international students and currently have a “Temporary Visitor” or “Designated Activity (Unable to go back to one’s country or work, departure preparation)” status
C) Those who are the spouse or child of either A or B and also have a “Dependent” or “Temporary Visitor” status
D) Those who previously had a “Technical Intern Training” or “Designated Activity (Construction worker (No. 32) or Shipbuilding worker (No.35)” status and currently have a “Temporary Visitor” or “Designated Activity (3 months or 6 months)” status

If any of the conditions above apply to you, please look at 1. below.

For others, please look at 2.

For those who satisfy either C or D and wish for a part-time job, please look at 2

1. Procedure of Application by Mail

Mailing Address

For those who satisfy A, B, or C:

Tokyo Regional Immigration Bureau Study Abroad Examination Department (in charge of “Designated Activity” application)

5-Chōme-5-30 Kōnan, Minato-Ku, Tokyo 108-8255

For those who satisfy D:

Tokyo Regional Immigration Bureau Residence Management Information Department Odaiba Branch (in charge of “Designated Activity” application)

Tokyo Port Joint Government Building 9th-floor, 2-Chōme-7-11 Aomi, Kōto-Ku, Tokyo 135-0064

Mail Receiving Period

Currently accepting  (period may change sometime in the future)

Caution

  • Please write “Enclosed inside are Designated Activity related documents” on the envelope
  • You must send it as a simplified registered mail.
  • If there are any flaws in the documents or if the applications are overdue, it will be returned back to the sender.
  • If you choose to do multiple applications with one envelope, please also enclose documents of each person’s nationality, country, name, and passport number in the envelope as well; there is no particular format for those documents. Also, please write “Multiple application documents” on the envelope. 
  • Families must apply together.

2. Procedure of Application In-Person

Please apply to the Local Immigration Bureau that your area has jurisdiction over.

For the Immigration Bureaus that have jurisdiction over either Tokyo, Saitama, Chiba, or Kanagawa prefecture, please refer to the table in the “Those who wish for a part-time job” section.

Materials to Submit

1. Application for Change of Status of Residence OR Application for Renewal of Period of Stay

* You must attach a photograph of your face. 

(Please copy and paste links into your browser)

① For those who just satisfy A, B, or C, OR satisfy D but do not wish for a job
② For those who satisfy D OR currently have a “Technical Intern Training” status or “Designated Activity (Construction workers (No.32) or Shipbuilding workers (No.35))” status and wish for a job

2. Document that shows rational reasoning behind why you cannot go back to your own country

(E.g. Airport closure, flight cancellation)

3. Passport

  • *For those applying by mail, please submit a copy of your Identity Verification Page (the page with your face on it).
  • *For those applying by mail AND have a “Temporary Stay” status or a “Designated Activity” (period of stay within 90 days) status, please also make a copy of a document that includes a verification mark of “Temporary Stay” or “Designated Activity.”

4. Residence card (For those who will stay for more than 90 days)

Those applying by mail (A, B or C)
  • Please submit a copy of both sides (Do not send the original).
Those applying by mail (D, or those who currently have a “Technical Intern Training” OR a “Designated Activity (Construction workers (No.32) or Shipbuilding workers (No.35))” status
  • Please submit the original. Before submitting, please make a copy of both sides and keep it.
Those applying in-person (A, B, C, or D)
  • Please bring your Residence Card.

5. Submitting material checklist

Those applying by mail (A, B, or C)
Those applying in-person (A, B, or C)
Those who satisfy D OR currently have a “Technical Intern Training” status or “Designated Activity (Construction workers (No.32) or Shipbuilding workers (No.35))” status

6. Documents about expenditures during your stay in Japan (Only for those who do not wish for work)

*There is no particular format for those documents.

<Those who satisfy D OR currently have a “Technical Intern Training” status or “Designated Activity (Construction workers (No.32) or Shipbuilding workers (No.35))” status>

7. Fee-payment slip

  • You will need to pay a fee of 4000 yen. Please stick a 4000 yen revenue stamp, write the date, the amount of money, and sign it.

8. Reply envelope

  • Please write the address and addressee, and stick a stamp of the amount of money required for the simplified registered mail.

Other than that, you may need to submit other documents depending on the situation.

  • There are documents that the supervising organization or accepting organization makes, so please consult them when applying. You can check the necessary documents on the flowchart in the second page of the checklist.

Receiving Your Results

Those who satisfy A, B, or C (those who applied by mail)
  • After receiving a notification of your results via mail, go to the Tokyo Regional Immigration Bureau. The date and time will be given to you on the notification. 
  • *If you cannot go due to health conditions, please call the number written on the notification. 
Those who satisfy D (those who applied by mail)
  • Your residence card will be sent to you by mail. You do not have to go in-person.
Those who applied in-person
  • You will receive it at the Immigration Services Agency, where you applied in the beginning.

Those Who Wish For a Part-Time Job

Even if you have a status of residence that usually does not allow employment, if you meet the conditions, you can have a part-time job.

If you wish for it, please complete the “Application for permission to engage in activity other than that permitted under the status of residence previously granted.”

Also, please refer to this PDF: http://www.moj.go.jp/isa/content/001334335.pdf

Requirements
  • Your current status of residence prohibits you to work
  • You are not able to return to your country
  • You do not have financial support from relatives who live in Japan or your organizations, and have difficulty maintaining your livelihood.
Documents to Submit
  • “Application for permission to engage in activity other than that permitted under the status of residence previously granted” (Please download it from here)
  • Document that shows a rational reasoning behind why you cannot go back to your own country (Those who have already submitted it through their application for changing their status of residence do not have to resubmit it).
  • Statement of reasons document (Here is a sample (Japanese only, translation below for red text))
    • The date (YYYY, MM, DD)
    • Your name
    • Previously, how were you paying to maintain your livelihood in Japan?
    • Why do you need to work (part-time)? 
      • Why can you not go back to your own country?
      • How and what are you struggling without money?
    • Check the box if you promise that you will go back to your country as soon as you are able to.
  • An example of what to write in your statement would be “How did you prepare your fees during your stay in Japan” or “Why do you wish for a part-time job”
  • Passport or Certificate of Eligibility
  • Residence Card
Application Address

Please apply to the Local Immigration Bureau that your area has jurisdiction over. Below are the Immigration Bureaus that have jurisdiction over either Tokyo, Saitama, Chiba, or Kanagawa prefecture.

 

Location

Telephone

Reception hours

Jurisdiction

Tokyo Regional Immigration Bureau

5-5-30 Kōnan, Minato-ku, Tokyo

108-8255

0570-034259 (VoIP phone or from overseas: 03-5796-7234) 9:00 to 16:00 (excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays) Ibaraki, Tochigi, Gunma, Saitama, Chiba, Tokyo, Kanagawa, Niigata, Yamanashi, Nagano prefecture
Tachikawa Branch Office

Tachikawa Legal Affairs General Government Building, 3-31-2 Kita, Kunitachi-shi, Tokyo

186-0001

042-528-7179 9:00 to 15:00 (excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays) Tokyo, Yamanashi prefecture, Sagamihara City in Kanagawa
Yokohama Branch Office

10-7 Torihamacho, Kanazawa-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa

236-0002

0570-045259(VoIP phone or from overseas: 045-769-1729) 9:00 to 16:00 (excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays) Kanagawa Prefecture
Kawasaki Branch Office

1-3-14 Kamiasao, Asao-ku, Kawasaki-shi, Kanagawa

215-0021

044-965-0012 9:00 to 16:00 (excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays) Kanagawa Prefecture, Machida City, Komae City, Tama City, Inagi City in Tokyo
Chiba Branch Office

Chiba Chuo Community Center, 2-1 Chiba Port, Chuo-ku, Chiba-shi, Chiba

260-0026

043-242-6597 9:00 to 15:00 (excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays) Chiba and Ibaraki prefecture
Saitama Branch Office

Saitama 2nd Legal Affairs General Government Building 1F, 5-12-1 Shimoochiai, Chuo-ku, Saitama-shi, Saitama

338-0002

048-851-9671 9:00 to 15:00 (excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays) Saitama, Chiba, Ibaraki, Tochigi, Gunma, Yamanashi, Nagano prefecture

When You Need Help

Immigration Information Center Tokyo
  • Phone: 0570-013904 (VoIP phone or from overseas: 03-5796-7112)
  • Reception hours: 8:30 ~ 17:15
  • You can ask for help in foreign languages (English, Korean, Spanish, etc.) Please check for details by calling them.

If you want to consult them at the reception (Tokyo, Kanagawa, Chiba, Saitama):

  • Tokyo Regional Immigration Bureau   5-5-30 Konan, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-8255
  • Tokyo Regional Immigration Bureau Yokohama Branch Office   10-7 Torihama-cho, Kanazawa-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa 236-0002

If you want to consult them by email:

  • Mail to: info-tokyo@i.moj.go.jp
  • Only Japanese or English emails will be accepted.
  • Please be aware that they cannot answer about individual situations and personal examinations.
Foreign Residents Support Center – FRESC

You must make a reservation for consultation.

  • Hours: 9:00 ~ 17:00 (Mon – Fri) (Excluding holidays and New Year holidays)
  • Address: Yotsuya Tower 13F 1-6-1, Yotsuya, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0004
  • Supported languages: Simple Japanese, English, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Nepali, Indonesian, Tagalog, Thai, Portuguese, and Spanish

How to make a reservation:

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