Japan will Allow Myanmar Students, Interns, and Diplomats to Stay after Visa Expiration

Japan will allow Myanmar citizens to stay in the country even after their visa expirations, amidst escalating conflict in Myanmar.

Japan will exempt students and technical interns who may legally remain in the country to study or work for another six or 12 months and may be extended, according to the proposal of the Immigration Services Agency to lawmakers on Wednesday, Nikkei Asia reported.

Myanmar citizens applying for refugee status may also stay and work in the country even without said status.

Meanwhile, Japan also plans to allow the two Myanmar diplomats in Tokyo fired by the junta for joining the pro-democracy movement, to legally stay in the country.

The credentials of one of the diplomats, Aung Soe Moe will expire on July, and Japan is arranging for the two diplomats’ resident status to be valid even after expiry, sources told Kyodo News.

Last week, foreign minister Toshimitsu Motegi said their visa status was not revoked, after they requested that their diplomatic credentials be maintained.

The junta has now appointed new diplomats but Japan has yet to recognize their legitimacy.

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