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Point based preferential immigration treatment for highly skilled foreign professionals

by Webmaster on 9/12/2012 | Comments | Viewed 6145 time(s) | Full Page View

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1. Overview of the policy

The points-based system that provides highly skilled foreign professionals with preferential immigration treatment is going to start.

This policy is going to be introduced in order to promote more acceptances of highly skilled foreign nationals who have advanced abilities since those foreign professionals are expected to contribute to economic growth and creation of new demand and employment in Japan.

Under the points-based system, foreign professionals who earn 70 points or more will be recognized as “highly skilled foreign professionals” and will be given preferential immigration treatment. 

2. Point evaluation

As requested by the applicants, the activities of the highly skilled foreign nationals will be classified into 3 categories:

  1. Academic research activities
  2. Advanced specialized/technical activities
  3. Business management activities

According to characteristic features of each category of the activities, evaluation will be made by setting points to such items as “educational attainment”, “period of professional experience”, “promised annual salary” and “research performance”.

Also, please note that the system operates within the current scope of accepting foreign nationals, so the applicants have to meet all requirements regarding working status of residence, prior to be scored in this system.

Public notices by the Ministry of Justice

Two public notices related to the system were published in March 30, 2012.(reserved on Jun 29th 2012)

Public notice on highly skilled foreign professionals: A public notice that stipulates the activities falling under the category of the residence status of “Designated Activities” for the foreign nationals who wish to enter Japan as highly skilled foreign professionals and their family members and domestic workers

Guidelines for highly skilled foreign professionals who have already been staying in Japan: A public notice that stipulates handling guidelines for procedures of renewing the period of stay and of changing the residence status of the foreign nationals who stay in Japan as highly skilled foreign professionals and their family members and domestic workers