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Japan: The purposes and circumstances of the Japanese authorities issuing a "Travel Document for Aliens" to Afghani citizens who possess valid Afghani passports (January 1998 - December 1998)

Publisher Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada
Author Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada
Publication Date 1 December 1998
Citation / Document Symbol JPN30674.E
Cite as Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Japan: The purposes and circumstances of the Japanese authorities issuing a "Travel Document for Aliens" to Afghani citizens who possess valid Afghani passports (January 1998 - December 1998), 1 December 1998, JPN30674.E, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/3ae6aae170.html [accessed 23 September 2014]
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A 3 December 1998 facsimile sent to the Research Directorate by the First Secretary of the Embassy of Japan in Ottawa states:

The Travel Document for Aliens is issued to a person who does not possess a valid travel document, for the purpose of facilitating his/her entry to Japan. It functions as a visa affixed to a valid travel document.

Currently, the Japanese Government does not recognize the Afghanistan Government; therefore, a visa cannot be affixed to an Afghani passport. Afghani citizens who wish to come to Japan, provided their visa applications are approved, would be issued the Travel Document for Aliens for a visa.

This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the Research Directorate within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum.

Reference

Embassy of Japan, Ottawa. 3 December 1998. Letter sent to the Research Directorate by the First Secretary.

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