Blue Collar Workers for Machine Parts & Tooling Industry May Apply for New Visa Category

Japan has one of the most stable and progressive economies across the globe. In fact, Japanese products are highly recognized in the market trade in view of their excellent quality and efficiency. When it comes to the production of Machine Parts & Tooling Industry, the Land of the Rising Sun is the most reliable.


In this regard, a lot of foreign nationals are interested to work in Japan based manufacturing companies that product machine parts and tools that are useful in various industries. However, in the past, the Japanese government imposes a relatively strict immigration requirement on foreign nationals who aspire to work in the country especially for those who have low educational attainment without any college or university degree.


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However, last April 1, 2019, the Japanese government through its National Diet amended the immigration policies of Japan in order to accommodate more and more foreign nationals who would like to work and reside in Japan on a more permanent basis. This measure undertaken by the government is in response to the worsening labor problems in the country as a consequence of its aging population and low birth rate.


One of the most noticeable changes in the new immigration law is the introduction of a new visa category known as the Specified Skilled Worker visa which is intended to address the chronic labor shortage experienced by fourteen industries in Japan that are identified to suffer the most serious work force issues such as but not limited to Care worker, Building Cleaning Management, Machine Parts & Tooling Industry, Industrial Machinery Manufacturing Industry, Electric, Electronic and Information Industries and Construction Industry, among others.


Since the Machine Parts & Tooling Industry belong to the abovementioned sectors, foreign workers who are interested to apply for jobs belonging to said industry may avail of the relaxed requirements under the new visa category. They only need to pass the Specified Skills Evaluation test to be conducted by the relevant industry and obtain at least “N4” in the Japanese language proficiency test.


Reference: Specified Skilled Visa


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