Basic Requirements to Obtain In order to Acquire the Specified Skills Visa Status

One of the most pressing social concerns that Japan has to deal with in this day and age is their problem on workforce setback which is a consequence of the country’s aging population, low birth rate and a decline in inward migration.


In order to address the chronic labor shortage in the Land of the Rising Sun, the Japanese government through its National Diet or Legislature has revised its immigration policies that used to provide stringent requirements for foreign nationals who wish to work and reside in the county.


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Among the remarkable changes introduced in the Revised Immigration Policy is the introduction of the Specified Skills Visa which is intended to open more and more doors of employment opportunities for foreign nationals who are seeking for jobs in Japan. The government of Japan seeks to welcome more than three hundred forty thousand foreign workers in their country over the next five years.


To be able to obtain the Specified Skills Visa, it is necessary for the foreign applicant to pass the industry specific exam to be conducted by the sector that they intended to apply for. They need not possess a high educational attainment or a college / university degree provided that they have a considerable knowledge and working experience in relation to the specific industry that they want to land a job in.


Furthermore, it is very important to achieve at least an N4 level in the Japanese Language Proficiency Test. It is the second level of the JLPT which means that the test taker must have knowledge of at least three hundred kanji words and one thousand five hundred vocabulary words. Basic knowledge of the Japanese language is the key to successfully immerse in the Japanese society considering that there is a language barrier experienced by foreigners in Japan.



Japan’s New Specified Skills Visa in April 2019

Preparing for the JLPT N4 Test


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