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In the case where an application pursuant to change of his/her status of residence or extension of his/her period of stay is made, if the disposition (a stamp of approval or a notification of the result) for this application has not been made until expiration date of the period of stay accompanied by a status of residence which such a foreign national has at the time of the application, such a foreign national may, even after the expiration date of the period of stay, reside in Japan continuously under such status of the previous period of stay (herein referred to as "special measures period"), whichever comes first, under the revised Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act on July 1, 2010.
If two months have passed from the experation date of your period of stay without being granted a disposition (a stamp of approval), you will not be able to stay in Japan. You are therefore requested to appear at this office as promptly as possible upon receipt of the notice of the decision taken on your application.
So if you do not receive the notice not later than ten days prior to two months from the expiration date of your period of stay, please appear at this office.
A foreign national who has obtained re-entry permission that expires on the last day of the "special measure period" can re-enter Japan until that day, but if that day falls on a holiday of the office, the disposition (a notification of the result) of the application for the change of status of residence and the extension of period of stay cannot be carried out. So, please take the procedure before a holiday of the office.
For further information or inquiry, please contact:
Nagoya Immigration bureau Kanazawa Branch Office
Check the expiration date of your visa. If your visa expires on the same day your contract ends, or before you leave Japan you must apply for a Temporary Visa to begin from the day after your current visa expires. You can apply for a Temporary Visa up to 2 weeks before your visa expires.
If your visa is not set to expire when you finish JET (i.e. you have a 3-year visa but only did 1 or 2 years of JET) then you can stay for up to 90 days for the purpose of sightseeing after your JET contract finishes WITHOUT CHANGING YOUR VISA. (Note: to receive the flight home, you must leave Japan within 30 days.)
If you try to leave the country after your visa has expired then you will be classed as an illegal alien and probably be detained and interrogated at the airport. This means that you will need to pay for your own flight home when you are deported and you may not be allowed to come back to Japan.
If your current visa is set to expire but you want to stay in Japan for a bit longer, and if your Contracting Organisation has no problem with it, then you can apply for a Temporary Visitor Visa. You must apply for the Temporary Visitor Visa whether you wish to reside in Japan for only one extra day or the entire 90 days, otherwise you may be subject to punishment or deportation under Japanese immigration laws.
Applications can be made up to 2 weeks before your current visa expires at the Immigration Office in Kanazawa. You need to bring:
● Application form for Change of Status of Residence to Temporary Visa
● Reasons for Requesting a Change of Status (explanation of reasons for staying in Japan, including an itinerary, prepared by you)
● Letter supporting your travel itinerary and the starting and ending date of your contract and your intended date of departure (Ask your Contracting Organisation to issue the letter)
● A copy of the airline ticket for passage out
● You must also be able to show that you have sufficient funds for travel and living in Japan until your date of departure
● Valid passport and Alien Registration Card
● ¥4000 Revenue Stamp
You can also apply for a visa extension. The Extension of Period of Stay visa covers you for only
15 days after your current visa expires. The Extension of Period of Stay can usually be granted on the same day, but you can apply for it up to 2 months prior to the end of the current period of stay. The Immigration Office can deny you this visa so you must have a valid reason for the extension. Furthermore, you should not be applying for this visa until a week before your current visa expires as it will negate your work visa.
Some valid reasons might include:
● you have too much to pack in a short period of time
● you are taking a cultural exam or other test that can’t be taken outside of Japan
● you have unexpected or unfinished business that needs to be completed
● your office has asked you to stay on to help train your successor
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