Babies born in Japan are not automatically given citizenship the way babies in America are. A baby born to two foreign nationals in Japan will need legal status to stay in Japan similar to any other foreign national. Therefore, the foreign parents of a baby in Japan should take the necessary steps to secure the baby’s legal status in Japan.
When information on a foreign national’s residence card becomes out-of-date, it is the foreign national’s duty to report the change to the local ward office or immigration office. Most information should be reported to the relevant office within 14 days, although there are some exceptions. Changes to address should be reported to the ward office, while other changes, such as nationality, name or gender should be reported to the immigration office.
If a Japanese visa application is denied, the applicant sometimes will not be told the specific reason for the denial. However, the denial means that one of the requirements for obtaining a visa was not adequately fulfilled so the applicant should re-examine his or her own application to determine which requirement was not met.
If a detained foreign national wishes to contest his or her detention, the foreigner may request a hearing to review whether the immigration inspector made any errors in deciding to detain. This hearing should take place within three days from the request. A special inquiry officer, designated from one of the senior class immigration examiners, will review the foreigner’s case for possible errors. This review can include examining witnesses and evidence to establish the necessary facts of the case.