I have a permanent residence here.
When I come back to Japan after staying overseas for over one year, do I need to get re-entry permit?
Even if you have a permanent residence status, you need to get re-entry permit at Immigration Office which has the jurisdiction over the place of your residence before departure.
Special re-entry permit is valid in the following cases.
- Re-entry to Japan within one year after departure
- Until the expiration date, if the period of stay of your visa is going to expire within one year.
If your departure from Japan with special re-entry permit exceeds over one year, you will lose your status of residence although you have permanent residence.
Please be careful about this point;
You can’t apply for the extension of special re-entry permit in abroad, even if your stay exceeds over one year due to emergency such as sick in bed.
Solicitor & Immigration Lawyer Hitoshi Oishi