Note: The Alien Registration system was abolished in summer 2012 and has been replaced by a new Residency system. Please view the following Ministry of Justice pamphlet for more details: http://www.immi-moj.go.jp/newimmiact_1/pdf/NewResidencyManagementSystem-%28EN%29.pdf
Re-entry permits are no longer necessary, either for holders of the old Alien Registration Card or the new Residence Card. This page has been retained for reference.
If you leave Japan and don't have a re-entry permit, you will not be let back into the country. You can only obtain a re-entry permit in the same prefecture that your Alien Registration Card was issued, which, of course, is Hyogo.
How to Get a Re-Entry Permit:
- You can choose from two types of permits - single re-entry (¥3000) or multiple re-entry (¥6000).
- If you're after a re-entry visa, and live far from Kobe or Himeji, it's worth trying to sweet talk them into processing your application in one day. Otherwise you will have to return in a week or so. Ask a teacher to ring ahead and explain that you are traveling from a long way, so you need it done straight away.
- To pay for a re-entry permit or visa, you must purchase a special postage stamp from the post office, not from the immigration office. This is done to avoid corruption in the immigration service. On the ground floor of both immigration offices there is a post office where you can buy the stamps.
- Don't forget your passport and Alien Registration Card.
Where to Get a Re-Entry Permit:
The Immigration Offices in Kobe and Himeji.
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