Filipinos With Low Educational Attainment May Apply For Specified Skilled Worker Visa

Every year, hundreds of thousands of Filipinos go to different foreign countries across the globe in order to look for a greener pasture. Quite a number of overseas foreign workers go abroad in order to land a blue collar job. However, despite this, they are expected to comply with stringent documentary requirements in order to qualify for the standards abroad.


These strict requirements imposed on foreign nationals who aspire to land a job in a foreign country are often the reason why Filipinos are hesitant to apply for working visa in a particular country like Japan. Aside from the language barrier, what actually hinder Filipinos and other foreign nationals from looking for work in Japan is the strict immigration policies in the country.


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In this regard, the Japanese government through its National Diet amended its immigration policies that used to provide for stringent requirements on foreign nationals who apply to work and reside in Japan. This New Immigration Control Act was enacted effective April 1, 2019.


One of the most notable changes introduced in the amended immigration law is the new visa category known as the “Specified Skilled Worker Visa” This category may be availed of by foreign nationals with low educational attainment. It is not necessary for them to have a college or university degree as long as they have considerable knowledge and experience in the specific industry that they intend to work in.


This new visa category is particularly intended to address the chronic labor shortage suffered by the fourteen industries in Japan that are identified to experience the worst forms of workforce setback. These fourteen sectors include Care worker, Building Cleaning Management, Machine Parts & Tooling Industry, Industrial Machinery Manufacturing Industry, Electric, Electronic and Information Industries, Construction Industry, Shipbuilding and Ship Machinery Industry, Automobile Repair and Maintenance, Aviation Industry, Accommodation Industry, Agriculture Fishery and Aquaculture as well as Food and Beverage production.


In this visa category, foreigners who want to work in the abovementioned categories need not be college graduates as long as they pass the industry specific and possess at least an “N4” level in the Japanese Language Proficiency Test.


Reference: Specified Skilled Visa


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