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Guideline 8 Officially Deleted

If you haven't heard by now, the Immigration Bureau has officially deleted Guideline 8 and replaced it with:

New Immigration Law Passes

While I'm on the subject of immigration, the Lower House passed a bill on new residency rules last Friday.

The big changes:

New Location for Yokohama Immigration Office

As of June 1st the Yokohama Immigration Office has moved from the goudou chousya building in Ishikawa-cho to a new facility [PDF] near Shin-Sugita Station on the Keihin-Tohoku Line.

Revised Visa Renewal Procedures Starting in 2010

According to the Ministry of Justice, effective April 1, 2010, you will have to show your health insurance card--either kenko kokumin hoken (National Health Insurance) or shakai hoken (Company Health Insurance)--when you apply to renew your visa or change your visa status. If you do not belong to one of these plans, you will be encouraged (forced?) to join or your visa could possibly be revoked.

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