Highly skilled professional visa
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(Note) “Highly skilled foreign professional” is someone who has been admitted into Japan on or before March 31, 2015 with a status of residence of “designated activities (highly skilled foreign professionals)”. Those are with outstanding abilities and credentials who entered Japan on or after April 1, 2015 were granted a 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, additional documents may be necessary in addition to those listed below. For details, please refer to the website of the Japanese Embassy or Consulate where the application documents are submitted.)
Chinese nationals are requested to also submit the following documents:
(Note) A Certificate of Eligibility, which is issued by a regional immigration authority under the jurisdiction of the Immigration Services Agency of Japan, certifies that the foreign national conforms to the conditions for landing in Japan (which means the activity stated in the application is not false and it is one of the activities (except Temporary Visitor) stipulated in the Immigration Control Act).
Foreign nationals who wish to apply for a visa for highly skilled professionals have to obtain 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 application for highly skilled professionals will not be accepted.
Foreign nationals who wish to apply for a visa for special highly skilled professionals must satisfy the conditions for the special highly skilled professionals and obtain a Certificate of Eligibility from regional immigration service bureau in Japan. Without the Certificate of Eligibility, the visa application for special highly skilled professionals will not be accepted.
Member of family and house servants of highly skilled foreign professional also need to obtain a Certificate of Eligibility in order to apply for a visa. (Application for the Certificate of Eligibility by a proxy in Japan is accepted. For details, go to the website of the Immigration Service Agency of Japan.)