The Immigration Bureau accepts your application for extension of period of stay from three months before the expiration of your current Status of Residence (Zairyu shikaku 在留資格). It is highly recommended to apply at least one month before the expiration date (For an applicant with status of residence of three months, extended application will be accepted approx. 1.5 month before the date of expiration).
In order to bring your family to Japan, they are required to undertake necessary legal procedures before entering Japan depending on the length of their stay and their nationalities.
Please refer to the webpages of Immigration Bureau of Japan.
Please refer to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' website below:
It is possible for your family live in Japan on a dependent family visa
To enable your family to enter and live in Japan for over 90 days as your dependent family, you should apply for a “Certificate of Eligibility for Status of Residence (CESR)” at the Osaka Immigration Bureau on their behalf. A CESR is a document which helps the applicant with their visa application process upon arriving in Japan.
After the CESR(s) has been issued, you need to send the CESR(s) to your family by post. Your family then needs to apply for a “Dependent family” visa at the Japanese embassy/consulate-general in their own country with the CESR(s).
Please refer to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website:
Application for Certificate of Eligibility (CESR)
CESR application steps
* Visit city hall (send application form to city hall by post) to make an application.
* Tax certificate is issued at the city where you lived as of January 1st of the year.
* If you have stayed in Japan less than one year, this certificate will not be issued.
When changing the activities you are engaged in based on your resident status, you must make application at local immigration office.
Application for change of status of residence
Passport, Residence Card
Certificate of Employment, Certificate of enrollment, etc.
Under a new residency management system which has started on July 9, 2012, a special re-entry system has been introduced. Under the system, foreign nationals in possession of a valid passport and residence card who will be reentering Japan within 1 year of your departure to continue their activities in Japan will not be required to apply for a re-entry permit. This system is called a special re-entry permit.
In Japan, there are systems to support parent in order to maintain child health and reduce medical expenses. If you are a member of health insurance system in Japan, you can receive medical subsidy for your child of mainly 0-6yrs old. When you submit notification of child birth/new address at your local city hall, please do not forget to make application for “medical card for child”, too. Medical expenses for children will be refunded when you show the card at hospital/clinic, etc. as well aa health insurance card. *Please note that ages of children and the amount covered will depend on the local government where you live.
Also, parent who has a child before finishing Junior high school, is able to receive monthly child allowance from local authority.
|Age0 - before 3 years old||¥15,000 (for all children)|
|Age3 - before finishing primary school||¥10,000 (first/second child)
¥15,000 (third child and above)
|Junior high school students||¥10,000 (first/second child)
¥10,000 (for all children)
|When income limit is exceeded||¥5,000 (for all children)|
In Japanese Educational system, compulsory education consists of 6 years in elementary school, 3 years in junior high school. Then, 3 years in high school and 4 years in university follow. It normally requires 2 years for master’s degree and 3 years for doctor’s degree in graduate school at university. Academic year starts in April and ends in March. Students have summer holiday, winter holiday and spring holiday.
There are private and public nursery schools and day care centers for children. Public institute normally asks you strict condition for enrollment, however, private institute requires relatively easy condition. It can be said that expenses for private school are usually more expensive compared with public school, however, private one has more various characteristics than public one.
“Takenoko nursery school” and “Makiba nursery school" are located in Suita Campus, Osaka University. They accept 0 to 5 year-old children. Staff of Osaka University is eligible to apply for these schools. However, as they are very popular among staff and convenient for the staff, you may not able to get a place for your child. There also are Fujishiro-dai Day Care Center (public school) ,Fujishiro Nursery School (private school) and Osaka International School (private school) in 25 minutes walk from IFReC.
Career Design Laboratory for Women, Osaka Universtiy
There are public and private elementary schools and junior high schools in Japan. If your child goes to public school, he/she must go to a certain school based on the area you live. Children aged at 6 to 12 must go to elementary school and 12 to 15 must go to junior high school. Elementary school and junior high school are compulsory education for Japanese children. In order to enroll your child in the school, you need to submit a certain document at the local city hall to put your child on the name list as a new student. If your child goes to private school, "Osaka International School(OIS)" would be one of your choices. The school provides education in English with children and students from overseas. There also is "Senri International School" next to OIS, providing education in Japanese. They are located in a 25 minutes walk from IFReC.
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