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Does Japan actively deport foreigners?

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?
 

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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.
 

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

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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.
 

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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.
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.
 
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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.
 

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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.
Why? They didn't want to catch them?
 

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