Procedure of Renewal your visa

All visas for foreigners except “Permanent Resident” and “Highly Skilled Professional (2)” have a fixed period of stay.

You must apply for renewal by the expiration date of your period of stay (term of stay).

No job change, divorce, or long-term departure from Japan

If there is no change in your situation, such as job change or divorce, and you have not Japan for a long period of time, you should prepare the necessary documents and complete the procedures by the deadline.

It usually takes 2 weeks to 2 months to receive the notice.

The required documents are as follows.

・Renewal of the work visa

  • Certificate of employment
  • Certificate of Withholding Tax
  • Certificate of tax payment

・Renewal of the marriage visa (spouse visa)

  • Certificate of employment
  • Certificate of Withholding Tax
  • Certificate of tax payment

(If you are a full-time housewife or husband, prepare the above certification from your spouse.)

There is a job change, divorce, or long-term departure from Japan

If you change your job, divorce, or leave Japan for a long period of time, you will need to prepare various documents.

Get ready early.

When you change jobs

If there is a job change, your educational background, work experience, and stability of the company will be screened.

Apply with your renewal application documents and attach the same documents as when you first applied for your work visa.

If your new job description is not covered by your current work visa, you will need to apply for a change of status.

In case of divorce

If you are divorced, you cannot renew your marriage visa (spouse visa) or Dependent ( visa for family).

Make a change to another visa.

If you leave the country for a long period of time

Explain why you were out of the country for a long time.

In this case, it is not a renewal procedure, but a change procedure.

Even before the period of stay expires, if you change your job that cannot be done with your current visa, or if you get divorced, you will have to change the type of visa.

If you are changing your work visa type, you must meet the requirements for the type of visa which you wish to change.

Check out the following pages for more information.

“What is a work visa?”

If you’re getting a divorce, check out this page.

“Procedures for changing visa status”

Notes on Highly Skilled Professional 1 and Special Skilled Worker 1,2

Highly Skilled Professional 1 is granted a five-year residency period.

Therefore, foreigner who has Highly Skilled Professional 1 do not need to renew your status of residence for 5 years.

However, if you are a foreigner with Highly Skilled Professional 1 and change your job, you must apply for a change of status of residence.

Also if you are a foreigner with a Special Skilled Worker 1,2 and change your job, you must apply for a change in status of residence.

What happens if you don’t renewal?

If you miss the deadline without renewing your card, you will be overstayed.

Go to the Immigration Bureau as soon as possible and ask for instructions.

If you miss the deadline when you are abroad, your visa will expire.

The period of stay takes precedence even if it is within the period of re-entry.

Reapply for a certificate of eligibility.