Specified Skilled Worker Visa Paves Way for Less Educated Foreigners to Work in Japan

With the current labor problems that Japan is dealing with as a consequence of its aging population and low birth rate, the Japanese government is aiming to implement measures to address the shortage of manpower in their country. One of the most important steps that the National Diet or Legislature undertook last April 2019 was the amendment of the existing immigration policies in the country that used to provide stringent requirements for foreigners who aspire to migrate or work in the Land of the Rising Sun.


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In this regard, there are a lot of revisions in the new law that are intended to open more and more doors of employment opportunities for foreign nationals who are seeking to land a job in Japan. One of the most notable changes are the provisions that pertain to the “Specified Skilled Worker” status. Under this visa type, foreign nationals who are over eighteen years of age obtains a Japanese language proficiency level of N4 and passed the specified skills test conducted by various specified industry fields that they intend to to work at, are qualified.


The introduction of the “Specified Skilled Worker Visa” is aimed at attracting foreign workers particularly in fourteen industries that are identified to have suffered the worst form of labor crunch in Japan. These sectors include the food and service industry, construction, agriculture and nursing or caregiving field, among others.


To qualify under the above mentioned visa, one of the most common questions among potential foreign applicants is the whether or not having a high educational attainment is necessary. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan clarified that there is no particular educational requirement needed as long as the foreign national is of legal age or above eighteen years old. Hence, this new visa type enables less educated foreign nationals to work in Japan as a skilled worker.


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


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