Specified Skilled Worker

Welcome to Japan!

Japan welcomes
foreign human
resources

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.

The new status
of residence
and system for
receiving
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)
Accompaniment
by Family
Members
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.