There are times when a “guarantor” when applying for a status of residence, but what is a guarantor anyways? In this article, we will explain what the role of a guarantor is in a status of residence application, the different cases in which a guarantor is required, and the responsibilities imposed on a guarantor.

  1. What is a guarantor?
  2. Cases in which a guarantor is required
  3. Responsibilities of a Guarantor
  4. Conclusion

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1. What is the role of a guarantor during an application for a status of residence?

A guarantor under the status of residence promises the following to the Ministry of Justice for a foreigner residing in Japan.

(1) Accommodation expenses
In the event that a foreigner is unable to secure funds for his/her stay in Japan, the guarantor will bear the expenses instead.

(2) Return travel expenses
If a foreigner is unable to pay for his or her own travel expenses when returning to Japan, the Ministry of Justice will cover the expenses for the foreigner as in (1) above.

(3) Legal compliance
Provide guidance to foreign nationals so that they do not violate Japanese laws and regulations.

2. Cases in which a guarantor is required

A guarantor is required when you apply for a status of residence based on blood or marriage, such as “Spouse or Child of Japanese National,” “Spouse or Child of Permanent Resident,” or “Long Term Resident,” or when you renew your period of stay.

3. Responsibilities of a Guarantor

Guarantors are not legally required to take responsibility for the commitments in item 1. For example, the guarantor will not be forced to bear the cost of staying in Japan or traveling back home, nor will the guarantor be punished for lack of guidance if the foreigner commits a criminal act. However, if you do not fulfill your promise, you will lose your credibility as a guarantor, and you may be judged ineligible if you try to take on the role of guarantor for another foreigner.

4. Conclusion

In this article, we have introduced what it means to be a “guarantor” under the status of residence. Even though you will not be asked to take legal responsibility, it is a good idea to take responsibility for your actions once you have accepted the position.

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