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New Immigration System

Beginning on July 9, 2012, Japan will be adopting a new type of residence system for foreign residents. Instead of the current Alien Registration System, foreign residents will become part of a residence system that is similar to the system for Japanese residents, including a new Residence Card. The Residence Card will be given to new entrants, or given to current residents when they apply for a visa renewal. For the period immediately after the system changes, Alien Registration Cards will be acceptable in place of the Residence Cards.

This change will make it necessary to report changes to your name, passport number etc. to your local immigration bureau office instead of your local municipal office. (Changes of address should still be reported to your municipal office).

In addition, following this change resident with a Residence Card and a valid visa and passport will not need to get a re-entry permit as long as they leave Japan and return within one year.
For more information, visit the Immigration Bureau website:

Legal and Financial Assistance to Indian women deserted by their overseas Indian spouses

  • All Indians under the consular jurisdiction of Consulate are encouraged to register themselves with the Consulate by using the Registration Form
  • All Indians as well as Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) may like to visit the website of Ministry of Overseas Indians at to keep themselves abreast of the latest news.
  • For passport rules & forms, please visit All the forms from this site are acceptable in the Consulate General of India, Osaka-Kobe.
  • Links to external websites given herein are for the sake of convenience and believed to be authentic. However, this Consulate takes no responsibility for their contents.
  • Rates of fee may change any time. Fees are payable only in cash in Japanese Yen.
  • Acceptance of application and the prescribed fee for a service is for processing the application and does not amount to any commitment to provide the service requested for. The fee received/collected is non-refundable as it is towards processing of the application and not necessarily for providing the service.
  • Consular Officer may demand additional requirements than those listed herein.
  • Those applying by post should invariably give their e-mail IDs to facilitate intimation of any discrepancy in the application to the applicant.
  • For seeking information on consular/passport matters which are not covered hereunder, members of public should send e-mail inquiries to
  • Personal interviews by the Consular Officer with applicants, though not insisted in all cases, may be required in some cases.
  • Barring holidays and weekends (Saturdays and Sundays), applications are received at the Consular Wing of the Consulate from 10.00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.
  • Processed documents are ready for collection from 1600 hrs. to 1700 hrs. on the pick-up date printed in the receipt issued at the time of applying .
  • If the printed pick-up date falls on a holiday, then the delivery is on a subsequent working day .
  • The processed documents may also be collected, one or two days after the due date, if so desired by the applicant, but always on a working day during 1600 hrs. to 1700 hrs.

NRI Voting Rights

In response to common queries regarding voting rights of overseas Indians, it is clarified that every Indian citizen staying in a foreign country, who has not acquired citizenship of a foreign country and has completed 18 years as on 1st January of the year, can make an application in form 6 A for being registered in the roll for the constituency pertaining to the locality in which his place of residence in India as mentioned in the passport is located. The application in Form 6 A can be presented to the Electoral Registration Officer (ERO) concerned. Particulars and addresses of these EROs and form 6 A, along with guidelines for filling up the form, can be obtained from the official website of the Election Commission of India

The application forms should be sent directly to the Electoral Registration Officers(ERO)s of the constituency within which the place of ordinary residence of the applicant (as given in the valid passport) falls. Documents to be submitted with the fully filled in application forms include one recent passport size coloured photograph (with a light background and showing the full face of the applicant), self-attested photocopies of relevant pages of passport containing the photograph and all other particulars of the applicant as also the page containing a valid visa endorsement.

It is further clarified that once enrolled, an Indian national living abroad will be able to cast vote in the election in the particular constituency for which one would have to be physically present on the day of election at the polling station along with the original passport.

If the application is submitted in person before the ERO, the application should be accompanied by a photocopy of the relevant pages of the passport as mentioned above. The original passport should also be produced along with the application for verification by the ERO. The passport will be returned immediately after verification.

Guidelines and details in this regard can be seen on the home page of ECI’s website under the head “Frequently Asked Questions”,

The direct link is

Form 6a submission at NVSP portal of ECI for overseas electors

National Voter's Service Portal

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