Technical Training Interns Exempt from Taking Industry Specific Exam for Skilled Worker Visa

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The Land of the Rising Sun is currently suffering from workforce setback which is a consequence of the country’s aging population, low birth rate and a decline in its inward migration. In order to address this issue, the Japanese government through the National Diet amended its stringent immigration policies so as to open more doors of employment opportunities for foreign nationals who aspire to land a job in Japan.


One of the remarkable changes introduced in the new immigration policy last April 2020 is the “Specific Skilled Worker” visa. Under this type of visa, applicants need not possess a higher educational attainment. It is not necessary for them to be university or college degree holders. Provided that they attained at least an N4 level in the Japanese Language Proficiency test and pass the industry specific exam that is conducted by the specific sector that they are planning to apply for, they may already be considered as qualified applicants under the “Specific Skilled Worker” visa.


Another way to acquire the visa without having to take and pass the industry specific exams is to successfully finish the Technical Internship Training Program. This way, applicants no longer need to worry about successfully passing the specific exam as long as they have considerable knowledge of the industry that they aim to apply for, they have a basic or N4 level of Japanese Language Proficiency.


However, this path is applicable only for the first category of Specific Skilled Worker Visa. The said category covers twelve out of fourteen identified sectors that are said to suffer the worst forms of labor issue. The list includes: nursing care, building cleaning, material processing industry, industrial machinery manufacturing industry, electric and electronic information related industry, automobile maintenance, aviation, lodging, agriculture, fisheries, food and beverages manufacturing industry as well as food service industry.


Reference: What is a “Specified Skilled Worker” Residency Status?


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