Japan – New Entry Restriction

Posted on October 12, 2021

The Japanese government has released new entry restrictions that took effect September 17th. The following exceptional circumstances allow entry to Japan: Foreign nationals entering Japan with a re-entry permit (including a special re-entry permit) Foreign nationals newly entering Japan: who… Read more »


Japan – Suspension of Visas

Posted on January 13, 2021

As of December 26, seven people who had arrived in Japan from Britain were infected with a new mutant variant of the coronavirus, and amid the record highs in Tokyo and nationwide, the government announced Saturday evening that it would stop issuing visas between… Read more »


Japan – Entry Restrictions

Posted on June 3, 2020

A travel restriction has been placed on foreign nationals who have stayed in the following countries/regions in the past 14 days: Asia: Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Korea, Taiwan, China (including Hong Kong and Macau), Philippines, Brunei, Vietnam, Malaysia, Maldives Oceania: Australia,… Read more »


Japan – Increased Processing Times

Posted on July 8, 2019

Two new work visas for blue collar workers came into effect in April 2019, the Specified Skilled Worker (i) and Specified Skilled Worker (ii) for specific fields of employment.  Due to the influx of applications, processing times for Business Managers,… Read more »


Japan – Visa Application System available Online

Posted on May 3, 2019

Effective July 25, 2019, visa renewal applications for Business Managers, Intracompany Transfers, Engineer/Specialist/International Services, Highly Skilled Professionals, and Skilled Laborers can be submitted online via the Immigration Services Agency.  Visa renewals for dependents and re-entry permit applications can also be… Read more »


Japan – Relaxation of Visa Requirements for Indian and Ukrainian Nationals

Posted on December 4, 2017

  Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced that several measures to relax the visa requirements for nationals of India and Ukraine will take effect on 1 January 2018. Nationals of India Applicants will be able to apply for a… Read more »


Japan – Relaxation of Visa Requirements for Chinese Nationals

Posted on August 28, 2017

Effective 8 May 2017, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will introduce several measures to relax the visa requirements for Chinese nationals. What are the key changes? A new three-year multiple-entry visa will be available to Chinese nationals who can prove… Read more »


JAPAN – Indian Nationals Eligible for 10-Year Multiple-Entry Visas

Posted on February 26, 2016

Indian nationals seeking to travel to Japan for business or academic purposes may now apply for multiple-entry visas with an extended validity period of 10 years. The purpose of an applicant’s first visit to Japan must be for business or… Read more »


JAPAN – Residence Statuses Reorganized

Posted on April 24, 2015

On 1 April 2015 Japan’s Immigration Bureau introduced some amendments to the Immigration Control Act, partially reorganizing the residence categories available to foreign nationals, with some benefits to highly skilled foreign workers, managers, and entrepreneurs. Business Manager As of 1… Read more »


JAPAN – Lengthier Exit Procedure for Zairyu Card Holders Implemented

Posted on May 26, 2014

In response to Zairyu Card holders protesting that immigration officers refused to accept their cards upon final departure, the Ministry of Justice has decided to implement a new deregistration process. While the process currently being tested is temporary, it will… Read more »