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What to Know Once You Have Entered Japan

Resident Registration

Foreign residents are required to register their residence. Please conduct procedures for resident registration at your local ward office.

1 Registration

Change to be Resported Deadline Documents Required
Moving to Osaka City Within 14 days
  • Residence Card or Special Permanent Resident Certificate
  • Moving-out certification (not required when coming from abroad)
  • Passport (when a residence card has not been issued yet)
  • When a member who is not the head-of-household and the head-of-household has non-Japanese nationality moves to Osaka City, a document to certify the relationship between the relevant member and the head-of-household (if it was prepared in a language other than Japanese, a Japanese translation with information on its translator is required)
  • Notification card or My Number card (Individual Number card) (if you have one)
  • Basic Resident Register card (if you have one)
Moving within Osaka City Within 14 days
  • Residence Card or Special Permanent Resident Certificate
  • If Head-of-House is not known, bring documents to confirm relationship
  • For how to obtain such a document, please contact your home country's embassy or consulate in Japan.
    If it was prepared in a language other than Japanese, a Japanese translation with information on its translator needs to be attached.
  • Notification card or My Number card (Individual Number card) (if you have one)
  • Basic Resident Register card (if you have one)
When moving out of Osaka City Before moving
  • Residence Card or Special Permanent Resident Certificate
  • My Number card (Individual Number card) (if you have one)
Non-address registration changes
Special permanent resident
Within 14 days of the change Contact the ward office in your district
Non-address registration changes
Other resident
Within 14 days of the change Contact Osaka Regional Immigration Bureau

2 Renewal of Residence Card or Special Permanent Resident Certificate Renewal

Renewal submission for Residence Card or Special Permanent Resident Certificate must be made before the day it expires.

Status of Residence Deadline Location
Special permanent resident Before your 7th birthday since your last application. (for those under 16, by your 16th birthday) Local ward office
Permanent resident Before 7 years have passed since you received your Residence Card (for those under 16, by your 16th birthday) Osaka Regional Immigration Bureau
Other resident Before the end of your visa period or before your 16th birthday if you are under 16, whichever is first Osaka Regional Immigration Bureau

3 When your Residence Card or Special Permanent Resident Certificate has been lost

Status of Residence Deadline Location
Special Permanent resident Within 14 days of noticing. Local ward office
Other resident Within 14 days of noticing. Osaka Regional Immigration Bureau

4 Returning your Residence Card or Special Permanent Resident Certificate

In any of the following cases, you must returnyour Residence Card or Special Permanent Resident Certificate.

Special permanent resident
Return Reason Deadline Return Location
  • When the Special Permanent Resident Certificate's validity period has expired
  • If you do not re-enter within the validity period of the re-entry permit
  • If the person in question passed away (family or others from the same household can return the item)
Within 14 days of the day of occurrence Contact Osaka Regional Immigration Bureau
  • When leaving the country (when you have no reentry permit)
Immediately Contact Osaka Regional Immigration Bureau
  • When you receive new Special Permanent Resident Certificate
Immediately Local ward office
Other resident
Return Reason Deadline Return Location
  • When your Residence Card expires
  • When the reentry permit has expired and you have not reentered
  • If the person in question passed away (family or others from the same household can return the item)
Within 14 days of the day of occurrence Osaka Regional Immigration Bureau
  • When leaving the country (when you have no reentry permit)
  • When you receive a new Residence Card
Immediately Osaka Regional Immigration Bureau

5 Requesting a copy of your certificate of residence

The person in question, or from the same household, must apply. If an attorney applies, please attach power of attorney paperwork.

Application
Ward Office
Branch Office
Osaka Service Counter
Osaka City Hall 1st Floor (Residency・Family Register Certificate Corner)

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Various Registrations

1 Marriage

In addition to the notification of marriage (which must have the required items filled in and have the seals or signatures of two adult witnesses) available at a ward office, etc., please prepare the following items and then notify the ward office. For information about reporting your marriage to your home country’s government, please contact your home country’s embassy or consulate in Japan.

The Osaka Regional Immigration Bureau procedures can be different, depending on your circumstances, so please contact the Immigration Information Center on your own.

1 When a non-Japanese citizen and a Japanese citizen get married

※If you have already been married in another country, the necessary documents and procedures are different. Please consult your ward office for details.

A Foreign National

If you have already been married in another country, the necessary documents and procedures are different. Please consult your ward office for details.
For how to obtain such a document, please contact your home country's embassy or consulate in Japan.
If it was prepared in a language other than Japanese, a Japanese translation with information on its translator needs to be attached.

B Japanese Nationals

Full family register or extract of family register
Proof of identity (driver's license, passport, etc.)

2 If the marriage is between two foreign nationals

Please prepare the same things when a non-Japanese citizen and a Japanese citizen get married a foreign national

2 Divorce

Divorce papers, which are available at the ward office, etc., must be filled out and submitted to the local ward office (seal or signature of two adult witnesses is required). In addition, proof of identity is also required (Residence Card, Special Permanent Resident Certificate , passport, etc).

Depending on the husband and wife's Family Register and Residency, Japanese public offices may not accept your divorce papers. Also extra documentation might be required, so please contact your local ward office.
Check with your country’s embassy or consulate in Japan for more information about reporting your divorce in your own country.

3 Birth

When a child is born, the father or mother must register the child at your local ward office. Procedure details please read For Expectant Parents.

4 Death

If a foreign national has died, within 7 days after learning of the death his or her family member or housemate must prepare the things below and notify the ward office of the place where the deceased person lived, stayed, or died.

Also the Residence Card or Special Permanent Resident Certificate must be returned to the Osaka Regional Immigration Bureau within 14 days.
For information about reporting the death to the deceased person’s home country government, please contact that country’s embassy or consulate in Japan.
※The procedures at the Osaka Regional Immigration Bureau may differ depending on individual circumstances, so please consult with the Immigration Office Information Center for foreign residents.

  • Report of Death (provided at the ward office)
  • Death certificate issued by a doctor.
  • Seal (or signature) of the person reporting the death.

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Driver’s License

If you will drive an automobile within Japan, it is necessary to have either a Japanese driver’s license or an international driver’s license. (Please note that there are some exceptive countries, etc.)

The Essentials for living in Osaka (V-3 Driver's License)

http://www.ofix.or.jp/life/hikkei/english/pdf/5-3.pdf

Osaka Prefectural Police Department Website

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