For those who are granted permission to stay in Japan for more than or equal to 3 months, a resident card, named “Zairyu Card”(在留カード) in Japan, is unexceptionally issued.

You receive a resident card at an airport or by mail

If you are a new entrant, you can receive a resident card at an airport on the spot.

If you are not a new entrant, you will receive a resident card later by mail.

A new entrant is a person who comes to Japan for the first time after being newly granted visa.
If you have entered Japan with a certain visa except for visa exemption for short term stay, you are not a new entrant.

The airports you can receive a resident card on the spot

You can receive a resident card on the spot at an airport where you arrive. However, a number of airports you can receive it is limited. The following airports down below will issue a resident card after passing entry visa inspection.

  • Narita airport
  • Haneda airport
  • Chubu airport
  • Kansai airport

If your arrival airport is none of them

Your resident card will be sent to where you’re going to live in Japan
When you pass an entry inspection, landing permission certificate and stamp, that tells that your resident card will be mailed later, are affixed on your passport.

The right one is a landing permission certificate seal, and the left one is a stamp that tells you that your resident card will be sent later.

After you decide where you live in, you will have to submit a move-in notification to a municipality, where you newly live in.

After your move-in notification is accepted by a municipal office, a local immigration office will send a resident card to your new address later.

If you are a not new entrant

If you are a not new entrant, a resident card holder, and return back from a temporary visit overseas, there are some points you should pay attention to.

  • You can’t apply for re-issuance of a resident card at 4 airports because you lost it
  • You can’t renew the period of stay of your visa status at 4 airports

If you correspond to the above 2 cases, you should go to a regional immigrant office near your house or apartment in Japan.

How to get Permission to Engage in Activity Other Than That Permitted under the Status of Residence Previously Granted at an airport

Permission to Engage in Activity Other Than That Permitted under the Status of Residence Previously Granted” is a permission to work for a part-time job for people with a visa status “student” or “dependent”.

You can go through the procedure at the same time you pass entry visa inspection at an airport.

If you correspond to the following conditions, you are qualified to apply for this permission.

  • If you are a new entrant
  • if your visa status is “student”
  • if the duration of stay is more than or equal to 3 months

If your visa status is not “student”, this procedure will be done at a regional immigrant office.

This is a part of a permission application form, this is placed in the corner of an application counter. You fill in this form completely and submit with your passport and visa.

How to receive a residet card if you don’t receive it at an airport

  • Decide where you live
  • Go to a municipal office with your passport (& visa) to report move-in notification
  • A resident card will be sent to an address you notified to municipal office in 10 days

If a resident card doesn’t reach your place although 10 days have already passed, you will have to ask a regional immigration office which will issue your resident card.

You will receive a guideline of a resident card at an airport, there is detailed information about how you should do when a resident card doesn’t reach your place.

For the next step, you must report move-in notification. Here is a link to a page telling how to submit move-in notification down below.

How to apply for resident registration in Japan

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