Does Japan actively deport foreigners?

Discussion in 'Japan Practical' started by vu7, Sep 20, 2018.

  1. vu7

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    Hi there, does Japan have the US style mass deportations of any illegal immigrants? Will Japan's version of ICE actively hunt down overstayed Gaijins, detain and deport them?
     
  2. Majestic

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  3. Glenski

    Glenski Just me

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    vu7,
    Are you concerned for yourself or a close one for any reason?
    I wouldn't worry if you have kept your nose clean and have a valid visa.
     
  4. mdchachi

    mdchachi Moderator
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    His question was about those that overstay a valid visa. I'm sure it's just a hypothetical scenario. ;-)
     
  5. Glenski

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    In that case, my answer is slightly different. Nothing from my earlier post changes, but I will add this. Japan will not hunt down an overstayer, but there can be serious problems when leaving the country, even if one is 1 day over the visa. Going into immigration beforehand has sometimes yielded softer repercussions. Sometimes.
     
  6. jt9258

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    #6 jt9258, Sep 22, 2018
    Last edited: Sep 22, 2018
    I would agree!!

    But I would add that with the new residents cards being issued by immigration and only being valid for a persons period of stay, should anyone over stay by just one day, it would be very easy for immigration to become aware of this.

    Also any deportation could result in a 10 year re-entry ban.
     
  7. Made in Japan

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    I have a former police officer as a friend and he told me there were days in a week that you weren't allowed to question foreigners because it usually was the case that they overstayed. So definitely they do so.
     
  8. mdchachi

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    Why? They didn't want to catch them?
     
  9. Made in Japan

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    Because they didn't have enough space. XD
     
  10. jt9258

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    Over stayers would be dealt with by immigration not the Police.
     
  11. Made in Japan

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    True, but the police does the gruntwork.
     

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