Specified Skilled Worker
Welcome to Japan!
A New Status of Residence
“Specified Skilled Worker”
has been established
The New Status of Residence is aimed at addressing the serious labor shortage in Japan by accepting experienced foreign human resources with specific expertise and skills.
The Acceptance of and Coexistence with Foreign Human Resources
The Government of Japan determined the Basic Policy and Field-Specific Operation Policies on Operation of the system of the new Status of Residence, “Specified Skilled Worker,” to be introduced in April 2019 by the Cabinet Decision based on the amended Immigration Control Act. It also decided Comprehensive Measures for the Acceptance and Coexistence of Foreign nationals residing in Japan.
The Government of Japan takes initiative in improving the infrastructure such as providing multilingual services by public institutions and in infrastructure of daily life in order to accept the rapidly increasing foreign nationals as “residents” in Japan.
and system for
foreign human resources
Specified Skilled Worker (i)
This is a status of residence applicable to foreign nationals who work in jobs that require a considerable knowledge of or experience in Specified Industry Fields
- Period of Stay
- Renewed annually, every 6 months or every 4 months, for a maximum stay up to 5 years in total
- Skill Standards
- Confirmed by exams (those who have completed Technical Intern Training (ii) are exempt from the exam)
- Japanese Language Level
- Proficiency in Japanese language used in daily life and at the workplace, confirmed by tests to measure proficiency
(those who have completed the Technical Intern Training (ii) are exempt from the tests)
- Basically not permitted
Support by Accepting Organizations or Registered Support Organizations
* Specified Skilled Worker (ii) is a status of residence for foreign nationals to engage in jobs that require proficient skills in Specified Industry Fields.