Japan to Grant Entry to Ukrainian Refugees Without Guarantor

Japanese officials said on Tuesday that the government is preparing to grant entry to Ukrainians fleeing the Russian invasion even if they have no relative or acquaintance in Japan who can act as a guarantor.

The government said it would issue a short-term stay visa on a case-by-case basis as an exception, and would also allow the visa to be changed to one that makes employment possible if the stay gets prolonged.

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said earlier this month that the government would first allow people who have fled Ukraine and have relatives in Japan. 

Now, Japan said it also opened its doors to those who do not, given the humanitarian crisis facing millions of Ukrainians due to the ongoing war.

Justice Minister Yoshihisa Furukawa said evacuees who have been granted short-term residency for 90 days when entering Japan would be permitted to change their visas to “designated activities” status for one year., which gives them residency and the legal right to engage in work.

“We will flexibly respond to the visa status, sufficiently taking into consideration the situation facing the evacuees,” Furukawa said.

There are around 1,900 Ukrainians with Japanese residency status in Japan.

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