The Current Support from the Japanese Immigration Bureau for Ukrainians

Financial support

The financial support for Ukrainian refugees offered by the Immigration Bureau can currently be separated into the following three categories:

  • ¥1,000 cash per day for those older than 12 years old
  • ¥500 cash per day for those younger than 11 years old
  • ¥160,000 for those older than 16 years old
  • ¥80,000 for those younger than 15 years old
  • ¥2,400 for those older than 12 years old (¥1,600 for family member)
  • ¥1,200 for those younger than 11 years old

Immigration Status

Japan is famous for not accepting refugees, but this time the Immigration Bureau announced a specific residential status type for Ukrainians fleeing their home country.

Designated Activity (1 year)

Designated Activity status is categorized into over 46 types. Each designated activity visa status has different criteria, but for Ukrainians coming to Japan

  • they can work
  • they can enroll in the national health insurance (70% of medical fees will be covered)

While waiting for your residence card — a special ID certificate

Acquiring a residence card could take a bit (1–3 months), and without having a residence card, financial institutions usually reject applications to open a bank account in Japan.

Bank Account — Japan Post Bank changing rules

Opening a bank account tends to be a headache for all people visiting Japan from abroad, and banks are very reluctant to open a personal bank account for those who recently arrived in Japan. For the past few years, the majority of financial institutions have been accepting applications for opening a personal bank account for those who

  • live in Japan for over 6 months with a residential status
  • have a residence card and its expiry date must be 3 months later than the date you submit the application to a bank
  • Japan Post Bank application
  • residence card (expiry date must be 3 months later than the date you submit the application to a bank)
  • copy of passport

Seek More Advice on How to Navigate the Complexities of Japan Visa Pathways

If you’re interested in other types of visas to enter Japan, check out this great article on how to obtain a work visa in Japan. Read on to learn how to find a good immigration specialist who can help you navigate the Japanese immigration requirements.

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