Visa Application Extensions as Part of Countermeasures to Prevent the Spread of the Novel Coronavirus

In light of the continuing situation stemming from the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), new measures have been implemented at local Visa Offices to prevent congestion at application windows. Foreign residents whose visas expire in March, April, May, June, or July will be allowed to apply for permission to either change their visa status or renew their period of stay up to 3 months from the expiration date on their current visa. This policy excludes foreigners with either a Temporary Stay Visa [短期滞在] or Designated Activities Visa [特定生活].

Please click on the link below to read the official statement from the Immigration Services Agency (available in Japanese, English, Chinese, Korean, Tagalog, Vietnamese, Portuguese Nepali) on the Ministry of Justice webpage.