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The Resident Registration system for foreigners will change

To all foreign nationals <living in Japan>

The Resident Registration system for foreigners will change
(Starting from Monday July 9, 2012)

Starting July 9 (Monday), foreigners will be eligible to receive a Residence Record

Due to the amendment of the law, the Alien Registration Act will be abolished, and foreigners will be able to receive a Residence Record (juminhyo).
In a household where a foreigner and Japanese live together, you had to obtain an Alien Certificate of Registered Matters and Residence Record separately. However, after the amendment, the Resident Record will list everyone living in the same household.

Foreign Residents Who will be Eligible for a Resident Record

Resident Records will be made for foreigners who have a fixed abode and residing for over a 3 month period, other than temporary visitors like tourists.
The following are eligible:

1.  Medium to Long-Term Resident
2.  Special Permanent Resident
3.  Persons granted permission for temporary refuge or provisional stay
4.  Persons who may continue to stay transitionally in Japan by birth or those who have lost Japanese nationality

Provisional Resident Record will be sent to you

The Provisional Resident Record will be made to reflect your Alien Registration, and will be sent to you after May 9, 2012, so please review the contents. When the law comes into effect, the temporary document will automatically become the official Resident Record.

Request to foreign residents

The new Resident Record is made to reflect your Alien Registration.
To change registered contents such as residency, your status of residence and period of stay, please submit notification to the Resident Division Desk of the Ward Office you live in.
Once the new system goes into effect, copies of the Alien Certificate of Registered Matters will no longer be available. If you want a certificate that includes your prior address of residency, please request in advance.

For more information, please view the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications or the Ministry of Justice homepage.

Leaflet made by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications

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International Policy Division,
Planning and Coordination Bureau,
CITY OF KITAKYUSHU
1-1 Jonai, Kokurakita-ku, Kitakyushu 803-8501 JAPAN
Tel: 093-582-2146
(International Calling +81-93-582-2146)
Fax: 093-582-2176