*There are two types of "Specified Skilled Worker" - (i) and (ii) - but the explanation here pertains to (i), which is applicable to most people.

One of the major features of "SSW" is the existence of a generous support system by the Japanese organization. It let a SSW work with confidence and no worries. The support that the employer could provide is the following:

1. Before coming to Japan, you will receive an advance guidance on living in Japan in a language that you can understand.
2. Transportaion from/to the airport will be arranged on your arrival/departure.
3. Help you to rent a house, open a bank account, sign contracts for a mobile phone and lifeline(electricity and gas,etc.) in Japan.
4. So that you can live comfortably in Japan, there will be an orientation session on the rules and manners of Japanese society, how to use transportation, and how to respond in the event of an earthquake or other disasters.
5. Accompany you to the city hall where you live, as well as help you with paperworks such as resident registration, tax payment, etc.
6. Support for further Japanese language study will be provided.
7. When you have any problems, you can receive consultations and advice in either your native language or English anytime.
8. Opportunities will be created to interact with Japanese people, to help you quickly become familiar with Japanese society.
9. Support for finding/switching a job if you are laid off or have to quit due to company circumstance.
10. Regular Meetings to discuss various matters between you and the manager in charge of SSW support in the company.

About the accepting
organizations

1. Criteria for accepting organizations to accept foreign nationals

  1. Employment contract entered into with the foreign national is appropriate
  2. The organization itself is appropriate (e.g., no violation of the immigration or labor-related laws within the past 5 years)
  3. There is a system in place to support foreign nationals (e.g., able to offer support in a language understood by foreign nationals)
  4. The plan to support foreign nationals is appropriate (e.g., includes general living orientation, etc.)

2. Obligations of the accepting organization

  1. Reliable fulfillment of the employment contract entered into with the foreign national (e.g., payment of appropriate remuneration)
  2. Provision of appropriate support for foreign nationals
    possible to outsource support to a registered support organization
    If all support is entrusted, 1. ③ has already been satisfied
  3. Submission of various notifications to the Immigration Services Agency

Note. Failure to do ① to ③ will result in permission being denied for acceptance of foreign nationals, and the organization may be subject to guidance and improvement orders from the Immigration Services Agency.

About the registered
support organizations

1. Criteria for registration

  1. The organization itself is appropriate (e.g., no violation of the immigration or labor-related laws within the past 5 years)
  2. There is a system in place to support foreign nationals (e.g., able to offer support in a language understood by foreign nationals)

2. Obligations of the registered support organization

  1. Implementation of appropriate support for foreign nationals
  2. Submission of various notifications to the Immigration Services Agency

Note. Failure to do ① and ② may result in registration being revoked.

The relationship between Immigration Services Agency, registered support organizations, accepting organizations, and foreign nationals is as follows.
Accepting organizations conclude an employment contract with foreign nationals and support them. Also, accepting organizations could delegate foreign nationals support to registered support organization.
Immigration Services Agency register or cancel the registration of registered support organization.
Immigration Services Agency issue on-site investigation/improvement order to the accepting organization.

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