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Points-based Preferential Immigration Treatment for Highly Skilled Foreign Professionals

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Point Evaluation Mechanism

1. Three categories of activities

The activities of the highly skilled foreign professionals are classified into the following three categories:

  1. (i) Advenced academic research activities
  2. (ii) Advanced specialized/technical activities
  3. (iii) Advenced business management activities

According to characteristic features of each category of the activities, points will be set to each item, such as “academic background,” “professional career,” “annual salary,” and “research achievements.” Applicants are evaluated by adding up their points and making reference to the category of activity that they intend to engage in.

The Three Categories of Activities of Highly-Skilled Foreign Professionals
Advanced academic research activities
Activities of engaging in research, research guidance or education based on a contract entered into with a public or private organization in Japan.
高度学術研究活動
Advanced specialized/technical activities
Activities of engaging in work requiring specialized knowledge or skills in the field of natural sciences or humanities based on a contract entered into with a public or private organization in Japan
高度専門・技術活動
Advanced business management activities
Activities of engaging in the operation or management of a business organization in Japan.
高度経営・管理活動

2. Point calculation table

(For (i) foreign nationals who intend to enter Japan and (ii) foreign nationals who stay in Japan and need a certificate of eligibility(students.etc))

(For (i) foreign nationals stay and work in Japan and (ii) foreign nationals who stay in Japan as highly skilled professionals and seek to extend the period of stay)

For details on the point calculation forms.

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