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Dec 9, 2016

What has been the quickest time anyone has received their immigration result?

This is mainly out of interest. I took my application for extension to immigration on November 29th, and I received my postcard today. It was barely even a week. I was really surprised. In the past, I've always waited a very long time. Obviously I don't know how many years I've got yet, but I'm just neterested to know.

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  • DaveJpn

    on Dec 9

    Probably about the same. 10 days sounds about right for a prompt 'immigration postcard'. I've also waited close to a month at other times.

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  • kcsantosh

    on Dec 10

    In my case, it was like 18 days.

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  • Kasajizo

    on Dec 11

    I wonder if November is the best season for getting an residency update. In Kanto, it was almost always the full 3 months. Even when my employer sent a letter saying they were in a rush, the Immigration still needed multiple phone calls to process everything (saying they never received the letter, and then saying it was there all along...) In Kansai, it was a lot quicker. But still took about 2 months...

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  • smallbigjapan

    on Dec 11

    @kasajizo I wondered that too. I remember going twice in September and it was crazy! It was so busy. Even at 8:45, when doing stage one of the application process. When I went it on Tuesday, November 29th it was nearly empty.

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  • YokoLostinJapan

    on Dec 12

    I wanted to get my visa as spouse of Japanese at Yokohama office. They told me I have to fly back to my homecountry and apply for a visa from there, because I entered Japan with a toursit visa. I got CoE from them a few weeks later by mail and another paper saying I should leave the country to get a visa. I then went to Shinagawa office in hope they don't send me back. And what happened: we waited for 30 minutes and I had a residence card. There was no problem.

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  • Saitama

    on Dec 13

    I've had to do it maybe 7 times already and I've always had to wait a long time. I think the quickest was 3.5 weeks. I am in Saitama, don't know if that makes a difference.

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  • Tomuu

    on Dec 13

    I think there is a seasonal element to this. I seem to remember one year being told (by immigration) to try and avoid just before (or after) Golden Week. I don't think I've ever had a visa done in less than 10 days.

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  • Jackson

    on Dec 13

    The local office tells me "3-6 weeks", but I often receive it in around 2 weeks. It really depends on how busy the branch is and most importantly, how busy the season is. It's awesome that you got your results so quickly!

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  • Kikaykhe

    on Dec 24

    I got mine about two weeks.

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  • Ashes

    on Feb 21

    I'm sure the time of year plays a big role in the wait time. Last year my husband applied for his extension in June and it took nearly three months. Yet mine was complete in under a month when I applied in November. Tokyo.

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  • ExploringJapan

    on Jun 11

    My aunt received her postcard in around 2 weeks for her extension application.

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