Foreign Software Engineers May Avail of Preferential Treatment for Foreign Professionals

With the aging population in Japan as a result of the country’s low birth rate and a vast decline in inward migration, there is also an increase in the number of senior citizens in the country. Meanwhile, the working age group is slowly declining. As a result, more and more domestic and international firms in Japan are in need of foreign nationals who are willing to work and reside in Japan on a permanent basis.


In order to address this issue on workforce setback, the Japanese government through its National Diet amended the previous immigration policies in Japan that used to provide stringent requirements for foreign nationals who seek to land a job in the country.


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Under the New Immigration Control Act, there is a new visa category available for specified skilled workers who are willing to engage in blue collar jobs in the Japan. This is basically aimed at addressing the chronic labor shortage in fourteen sectors or industries that are identified to suffer the worst labor problems such as but not limited to nursing, care giving, construction as well as food and service industry.


Another category that is in demand in Japan is the highly skilled professional visa. This working visa may be availed of by scientists, business executives, lawyers and engineers. In this day and age, one of the most sought after group of professionals are the Information Technology Engineers.


In recent years, Japan has opened a wide door of opportunities for foreign IT engineers who have sufficient experience and skills to be able to work in the Land of the Rising Sun. According to the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, there are about twenty eight thousand foreign information technology and software engineers in the country who are employed in big IT companies and international firms in Japan. These engineers may now avail of the preferential treatment extended by the new immigration policy to highly skilled foreign professionals.



A New Status of Residence has been created “Specified Skilled Worker”

Demand for non-Japanese engineers is growing, but know what you’re in for before you apply


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