Foreign Nationals Granted an Extra Three Months to Extend Period of Stay in Japan
This is Yuka of IMS.
Due to strict travel restrictions being implemented globally in an attempt to control the spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19, many foreign nationals have found themselves unable to return home from Japan. Many news agencies report that immigration counters in Japan are currently flooded with applications from foreigners to renew their period of stay in Japan.
To reduce the congestion at these counters, the Immigration Services Agency has officially announced that they will accept applications to extend one’s period of stay for an extended period of three months from the expiration date of the period of stay from foreign nationals whose period of stay expires in March, April, May, or June. In other words, this means that applicable foreigners will legally be allowed to stay in Japan for three months after the expiration date of their visas.
In addition, foreign technical trainees are permitted to extend their period of stay if they are unable to take skills tests, required for visa renewals, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Further announcements regarding the status of foreign nationals in Japan may be made on the following site: http://www.moj.go.jp/EN/nyuukokukanri/kouhou/m_nyuukokukanri01_00003.html