NOTICE ON SPECIAL MEASURES FOR “PERMANENT RESIDENT” WHO FAILED TO RE-ENTER JAPAN AND LOST THE STATUS OF RESIDENCE DUE TO INFLUENCE OF THE NOVEL CORONAVIRUS(COVID-19) 

2020/11/17
The Government of Japan has decided to introduce special measures for foreign nationals holding the status of residence of “Permanent Resident” who departed Japan with a re-entry permit (including the “special re-entry permit”), then failed to re-enter Japan within the period of validity of the re-entry permit (*1) due to the impact of the Novel Coronavirus, and consequently, lost the status of residence, as follows:
* This measures will be available from the date on which the entry restriction measures against the Philippines are lifted (See the below 1. *2).
Therefore, visa application CANNOT be accepted at this stage.
* In case you have a special reason to visit Japan urgently, please consult the visa section.

 
1. Persons who can apply
  Foreign nationals holding the status of residence of “Permanent Resident” who departed Japan with a re-entry permit (including the “special re-entry permit”), then failed to re-enter Japan within the period of validity of the re-entry permit (*1) due to the impact of the Novel Coronavirus, and consequently, lost the status of residence.
(*1) Applicable ONLY to re-entry permit whose expiry date of validity is from January 1, 2020 to the date of six (6) months from the date on which the entry restriction measures against the Philippines are lifted (*2).
(*2) “The date on which the entry restriction measures against the Philippines are lifted” means the date on which both the “denial of landing” against the Philippines and the “suspension of the validity of the issued visa” are lifted. Specifically, please refer to the Ministry of Justice’s website (http://www.moj.go.jp/content/001323012.pdf). *Japanese only
 
2. Procedures (Visa application)
Foreign nationals who come under the criteria of 1. above can apply for “Long-term resident” visa from the date on which the entry restriction measures against the Philippines are lifted, as follows:
* Please take note that visa application CANNOT be accepted yet at this stage.
 (1) Visa application period
 Six (6) months from the date on which the entry restriction measures against the Philippines are lifted (See 1. *2 the above)

 (2) Documents
 • Visa application form (4.5 cm x 4.5 cm photo with white background taken within 6 months)
  https://www.ph.emb-japan.go.jp/files/000163096.pdf
 • Philippine passport
 • Photocopy of the Residence Card of status of residence of “Permanent Resident”
 • Petition
 * Other documents may be required, if necessary.    
 
 (3) Visa fee
   Normal visa fee is charged (https://www.ph.emb-japan.go.jp/files/100040168.pdf).
 
 (4) Status of Residence and landing permission at airport
   After a “Long-term resident” visa is issued by the Embassy of Japan, the procedure to grant the status of residence of “Permanent Resident” to the above-mentioned visa holder is conducted upon landing examination at the port of entry.
   For details, please refer to the Ministry of Justice’s website (http://www.moj.go.jp/isa/content/930005869.pdf).
   Please take note that visas may not be issued as a result of examination as well as on regular visa applications.      
 
3. Extension of re-entry permit
  Valid re-entry permit holders may avail the procedure for extending the validity of re-entry permit as usual.
For more information, please see this page (https://www.ph.emb-japan.go.jp/files/000308388.pdf).