MOJ releases statistics of residential status (visa) revocations during fiscal year 2018 on August 21, 2019. According to the statistics, number of revocations was 832, nearly doubled from 2017 or tripled from 2016. This increase should be considered due mainly to more stringent law enforcement by Immigration Office, rather to increase of cases themselves that would warrant revocation.
In terms of home countries of whose status was revoked, Vietnam, China and Nepal are the top 3 in this order. The largest Vietnam accounts exactly for 50%, 416 revocations, leading by far the second largest China of 152 revocations. Given that Chinese residents are around twice as many as Vietnamese, ratio of revocations of Vietnamese should be six times as much as Chinese.
In terms of reason of revocations as in Immigration Law Article 22-4, the following two are the most common. It is important to remember that a status does not permit residency unconditionally until expiration date, and that it permits residency as along as activities are within scope of the status granted.
- (vi) Not performing the activities designated for the status, for three months or longer (six months or longer in case of Highly Skilled Professional)
- (v) Not performing the activities designated for the status, or performing activities designated for other statuses, or staying in Japan to perform activities designated for other statues.
Once status is revoked, deportation process starts off. There are two types of deportation, Forced Deportation and Departure Order (voluntary deportation). Your re-entry to Japan will not be permitted for five years in case of Force Deportation, and for one year in case of Departure Order. To avoid such a situation, a world talent in Japan should contact an employer, a school, Immigration Office or an immigration lawyer consultation whenever s/he has immigration questions.