Highly skilled professional visa
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(Note) “Highly skilled foreign professional” means the person who has been admitted into Japan on or before March 31, 2015 with a status of residence of “designated activities (highly skilled foreign professionals)”. The person with outstanding abilities and credentials who enter Japan on or after April 1, 2015 will be granted the status of residence as “Highly skilled professional”. A spouse or child of the Highly skilled professional can apply for a General visa as dependent. A spouse who intends to work in Japan, parents or house servants of the Highly skilled professional can apply for a Designated activities visa.
(Depending on the nationality of applicants, other documents may be necessary in addition to the below. For details, please refer to the website of the Japanese Embassies or Consulates where the application documents are submitted.)
Chinese nationals must also submit the following documents:
(Note) A Certificate of Eligibility is issued by a regional immigration bureau under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Justice as evidence that the foreign national meets the conditions for landing in Japan.
Foreign nationals who want to obtain the visa for highly skilled professionals have to get a Certificate of Eligibility with the notation of total points and type of activities as a highly skilled professional from a regional immigration bureau in Japan. Without the Certificate of Eligibility, the visa for highly skilled professionals cannot be applied.
Members of family and house servants of highly skilled foreign professional also need the Certificate of Eligibility in order to apply for the visa. (Application for the Certificate of Eligibility by a proxy in Japan is allowed. For details, go to the website of the Immigration Bureau of Japan. )