Revocation of Visa ( Status of Residence )
Info source: Immigration Bureau of Japan, Ministry of Justice
Revocation Status of Residence
Some foreign residents in Japan employ perjury or other unfair means in obtaining the landing permission. Some of aliens residing in Japan commit a crime or engage in illegal work, rather than their authorized activities under their status of residence. Since these foreign residents prevent fair immigration control services, the immigration control authority, aiming to operate the resident status program for aliens in a better manner, has started revoking alien's status of residence (on December 2, 2004) by amending a portion of Immigration Control Act in 2004
Where any of the following facts are found with respect to the foreign national residing in Japan under a status of residence specified in the left-hand column of Annexed Table I or Annexed Table II (excluding those recognized as refugees under Article 61-2, Paragraph 1), the Ministry of Justice may revoke the foreign national's status of residence in accordance with the procedures provided for by a Ministry of Justice ordinance.
(1) The foreign national has misled the immigration inspector, by making a false statement or by other dishonest means, to believe that he does not fall under the grounds for denial of landing, and has received a stamp of permission for landing.
(2) The foreign national has received a stamp of permission for landing, by making a false statement or by other dishonest means regarding the activities to be undertaken while staying in Japan.
(3) The foreign national has received a stamp of permission for landing, by making a false statement on matters other than those regarding the activities to be undertaken while staying in Japan; e.g., where the applicant has made a false statement regarding his career.
(4) The foreign national has received a stamp of permission for landing, by submitting a document that is not based on fact, other than the cases mentioned in the above; e.g., where an agent accepting a foreign national has submitted a document that contains a false statement but the foreign national does not know of it.
(5) The foreign national staying in Japan under any of the statuses of residence prescribed by law* has not made a false statement in the application for permission, but due to subsequent changes in circumstances, he does not need to stay in Japan any longer; e.g., where a foreign student who has been expelled from school due to non-attendance does not go to another school and is not expected to engage in activities as a foreign student in the near future.
In revoking foreign national's status of residence, the immigration control authority must have hearing sessions for the suspected foreign national.
If a foreign national loses his/her status of residence for the reason (1) or (2) stated above, the foreign national will be immediately deported from Japan. On the other hand, if a foreign national loses his/her status of residence for the reason (3), (4) or (5), the alien will have 30 days to spontaneously leave Japan. If an alien does not leave Japan by the designated deadline, the foreign national will be immediately deported from Japan and will also face criminal penalty.
* Status of residence prescribed by law
Diplomat; Official; Professor; Artist; Religious Activities; Journalist; Investor/Business Manager; Legal/Accounting Services; Medical Services; Researcher; Instructor; Engineer; Specialist in Humanities/International Services; Intra-company Transferee; Entertainer; Skilled Labor; Cultural Activities; Temporary Visitor; College Student; Pre-college Student; Trainee; Dependent; Designated Activities
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