Record Number of Revoked Japanese Visas Last Year

This is Stephanie of IMS.

Following increased scrutiny of suspected visa violations, Japanese immigration authorities announced in a report this summer [Japanese] that they had revoked a record number of 832 visas in 2018, a noticeable increase from 385 revoked in 2017 and 294 in 2016.

Some of these numbers breakdown as follows:

  • 100 visas revoked due to misrepresentation or fraud
  • 393 visas revoked due to overstaying the period of stay or failing to change status within three months of changing activities
    • This number includes students who dropped out of school but did not leave the country, as well as people married to a Japanese national who divorced but failed to change their status.
  • 218 visas revoked due to engaging in activities that were not permitted under their visa category

In total, 412 students had their visas revoked for working part-time without permission. A visa cancellation due to fraud unsurprisingly results in immediate deportation and can prevent future entry to Japan. It goes without saying that overstaying a visa, or engaging in part-time work as a student without taking the necessary steps, can lead to serious consequences.

As the number of foreign visitors and residents in Japan continues to increase, so too does the scrutiny and investigations of suspected violations.