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2012/07/05Important Notice: The laws will change on July 9th 2012

The laws will change on July 9th 2012.

* Basic Resident Register

As of July 9th 2012, the Basic Resident Registration Act will also apply to foreign residents. Foreign residents who live with Japanese residents will also be listed on the Basic Resident Registration.
In May 2012, you will receive important documents from your local ward office to confirm the details of the Resident Register. Please check the contents and send back the necessary form to the ward office. Excluding those who are only in Japan for short periods (such as tourists), any foreign resident who lives in Japan for over 3 months and also possesses a valid address will be listed on the Basic Resident Register. Please note that those who have forgotten to apply for their Foreign Registration Card or have not updated their details will not be listed on the Basic Resident Register.

* Foreign Registration Card

The Foreign Registration Card will be abolished and new Residence Cards will be issued. Your current Foreign Registration Card will be exchanged to a Residence Card when you go to the Immigration Bureau to extend your Status of Residence or other procedures. You do not have to go to the Immigration Bureau right now to pick up your residence card. However, permanent residents need to make an application to get their Residence Cards at the Immigration Bureau within 3 years.

For more information, please refer to the following homepage.
* Resident Register (Minister of Justice)
* Immigration Laws (Minister of Justice)

<< Notice on Provisional Resident Records >>

As of July 9th 2012, the Basic Resident Registration Act will also apply to foreign residents. Foreign residents who live with Japanese residents will also be listed on the Basic Resident Registration but excludes those who are only in Japan for short periods (such as tourists). Any foreign resident who lives in Japan for over 3 months and also possesses a valid address will be listed on the Basic Resident Register.

During mid-May, all foreign residents who are eligible for Resident Records will receive important documents that concerns the Provisional Resident Records (karijyuminhyo kisaijiko tsuchisho)from your local ward office to confirm the details of Resident Records. When you fill out the documents, please write down your name in katakana and write the telephone number that you can be contacted at during the daytime.(If you cannot write katakana, it will not affect your eligibility for a Resident Record. ) You can use the enclosed example of description. After filling out the documents, please send back them to the ward office with the enclosed envelope by June 15th (Fri.). You do not need to put a stamp on it.

*If you change your address after July, please submit a notification of moving out to your ward office and receive a change of address certificate. After you complete your moving, please bring it to your new ward office, city hall or town office, and give notification of moving in.
If you change your address within Osaka City, you do not need to submit a notification of moving out. Please submit only notification of moving in to your new ward office.When you change your address, you need to bring either your Residence Card, your Special Permanent Resident Certificate or your Alien Registration Certificate to your ward office. When you move overseas, you need to submit a notification of moving out to your local ward office.

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* Provisional Resident Records
Your local ward office

* The Basic Resident Registration Act
Call Center (Osaka) (Until July 31st, 2012)
TEL: 0570-078087
TEL: 06-7633-1917 (IP telephone or a personal handy phone)
Monday - Thursday 9:00 - 17:30
Friday 9:00 - 19:00
The 4th Sunday 9:00 - 17:30
Available Languages: Japanese, English, Chinese, Korean

Call Center (Minister of Justice) (Until March 29th, 2013)
TEL: 0570-066-630
TEL: 03-6301-1337 (IP telephone or a personal handy phone)
Monday - Friday, except for National Holidays 8:30 - 17:30
Available Languages: Japanese, English, Chinese, Korean, Spanish and Portuguese
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