Extension Procedure for Residence Period (Visa)

Extension Procedure for Residence Period (Visa)

This is an application process to extend the period of stay for foreign nationals residing in Japan under a specific residence status, who wish to continue their stay without changing their residence status. The application is made to update the period of stay.

The renewal procedure can be initiated three months prior to the expiration date. Please be aware that exceeding the deadline will result in illegal stay, so it is advisable to consult early.

Points for Permission of Renewal

  • The intended activities must correspond to the residence status under the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act.
  • Good conduct: Specifically, actions leading to criminal penalties similar to deportation or engaging in acts facilitating illegal employment will be considered as having poor conduct.
  • Sufficient assets or skills to support an independent livelihood: The applicant must possess assets or skills sufficient to sustain an independent livelihood without being a public burden in daily life. Additionally, stability in future living conditions is expected based on these assets or skills (sufficient at the household level if recognized).
  • Adequate employment and labor conditions: If employed (or intending to be), it is necessary that the employment and labor conditions, including part-time work, comply with labor-related regulations.
  • Payment of taxes: The applicant must be up-to-date with tax payments.
  • If you stay in Japan beyond the permitted period of stay, it will be considered illegal residence.


Procedure NameResidency Status in JapanFeeStatutory FeeTotal Fee (excluding tax)

Application for Period of Stay
Employment Category ※ (No Job Change)55,000円~

Employment Category ※ (With Job Change)77,000円~85,000円~
Status Category ※44,000円~52,000円~


  • The fees are approximate.
  • The fees may be lower than the above estimates depending on non-permissible cases and difficulty.
  • Consultations and quotes are free.
  • “Employment category” refers to individuals permitted to stay under a work visa.
  • “Status category” refers to individuals staying under permits other than a work visa.
  • Actual expenses (such as postage) may be added to the total fee.

Overview of Procedures

Procedure NameApplication for Extension of Period of Stay
Target IndividualsForeign nationals who want to extend their stay without changing their residence status
ApplicantApplicant himself/herself, legal representative, or proxy
(1) Those who have received approval for proxy application from the Regional Immigration Bureau Director and have been entrusted by the applicant: A.

Employees of the institution managed or employed by the applicant B. Employees of the institution where the applicant is undergoing training or education C. Organizations overseeing activities to acquire skills, technology, or knowledge performed by foreigners D. Employees of public interest corporations aiming to facilitate the smooth acceptance of foreigners

(2) Lawyers or administrative scriveners who have notified the Regional Immigration Bureau Director and have been entrusted by the applicant

(3) If the applicant is under 16 years old or unable to appear in person due to illness, a relative, cohabitant, or a person deemed appropriate by the Regional Immigration Bureau Director
Application DestinationRegional Immigration Office with jurisdiction over the place of residence
Application PeriodFrom 3 months before the expiration of the period of stay (Normal processing time: 2 weeks to 1 month)
Statutory Fee¥4,000
※ Paid with revenue stamps
※ Required when permission is granted

Required Documents

Varies depending on the residence status.
※ Please inquire for details during the consultation.

Procedure for Your Request


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Initial Consultation (Free)

We will discuss your situation and propose the most suitable solution.

  • In-person or online consultations are available.
  • We can also accommodate appointments on weekends, holidays, weekday evenings, or early mornings with prior reservation.
Quotation Presentation

We will provide information on the estimated costs.

Contract Agreement + Payment

Once you agree to our proposal, we will send you an invoice. Please make the payment by the specified date.

Document Preparation + Application

We will promptly prepare the necessary documents and proceed with the application. Certain documents will be required from you during this process.

Receipt of Application Results

We will promptly inform you of the results, marking the completion of our services.