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Shunsuke Kagei

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Shunsuke Kagei

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Navigating Bank Accounts and Individual Number Cards During Visa Renewal

October 11, 2023

The process of renewing your visa in Japan involves considerations related to your bank account and Individual Number Card. Here are some important points to keep in mind:

Bank Account:

Upon renewing your address, expiration date, status of residence, or place of employment, promptly notify your bank to avoid potential disruption in services, particularly salary transfers and other payments.

When applying for permission to extend your stay or change your status of residence before the visa expiration, you’re legally allowed to stay for two months from the expiration date, even if the process isn’t completed by then. Ensure that your bank is aware of this special exception period.

Banks might have specific procedures for handling this exception period. Confirm these details directly with your bank.

Individual Number Card:

The Individual Number Card is linked to your visa’s expiration. If you hold this card, it will expire with your period of stay. To avoid a reissue fee of 1,000 yen, update your card before your visa expiration.

Upon renewing your visa, promptly visit your municipal office to update your Individual Number Card. Ensure you complete this procedure before the visa expiration to avoid extra charges.

Municipal governments might have specific procedures for handling the above said exception period. Confirm these details directly with your local authorities.

Residency Management Services:

Due to the potential issues with bank accounts and Individual Number Cards, it’s advisable to complete your visa renewal application before the expiration date.

Our company has been offering services to manage the period of stay providing advance reminders 4 months prior to the expiration date, and if required, initiating renewal processes 3 months prior to the expiration date.

These services were initially designed to prevent illegal work status but now can help address issues related to bank accounts and Individual Number Cards.

We offer advisory services assisting in immigration-related matters, similar to the outsourcing services. We can help manage various processes concerning foreigners’ visas, offering advisory services and support. Please feel free to contact us if you have any requests.

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