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Points-based Preferential Immigration Treatment for Highly Skilled Foreign Professionals

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Availability of Preferential Treatment

The following preferential immigration treatment is granted to foreign nationals recognized as highly skilled foreign professionals.

「Highly Skilled Professional(i)」

1. Permission for multiple activities during the stay in Japan

Usually, a foreign national is only allowed to engage in the activities permitted under a single status of residence. However, a highly skilled foreign professional may engage in activities covered by multiple statuses of residence, such as simultaneously engaging in research activities at a university and in the management of a business organization related thereto. 複合的な在留活動の許容

2. Grant of the “5 years” period of stay

The longest period of stay legally permitted (5 years) is granted uniformly to highly skilled foreign professionals.在留期間「5年」の付与

* This 5 year period may be extended.

3. Relaxation of requirements for grant of the permission for permanent residence concerning the period of stay in Japan

In principle, a foreign national needs to stay in Japan for at least 10 years in order to obtain permission for permanent residence. However, foreign nationals who have engaged in activities as highly skilled foreign professionals for approximately 5 years are eligible to obtain permission for permanent residence. 入国・在留手続の優先処理

* When a foreign national has continuously engaged in activities as a highly skilled foreign professional for at least 4 years and 6 months, his/her application for permanent residence will be accepted.

4. Permission for the spouse of the highly skilled foreign professional to work

When a foreign national staying in Japan under the status of residence of “Spouse” intends to engage in activities covered by statuses of residence for work, such as “Instructor,” “Engineer,” or “Specialist in Humanities/International Services,” he/she must satisfy certain requirements with regard to academic background, work experience, and the like, and obtain the relevant status of residence. A spouse of a highly skilled foreign professional may engage in these activities even if he/she does not have the required academic background or work experience, etc.一定の条件の下での親の帯同の許容

5. Permission for bringing the parent(s) to accompany the highly skilled foreign professional to Japan under certain conditions

Under the current system, parents of foreign nationals staying in Japan under a status of residence for work are not allowed to enter in Japan. However, the parent(s) (including a non-biological parent) of a highly skilled foreign professional or his/her spouse is allowed to enter and stay in Japan subject to conditions detailed below:

(i) where the parent will take care of a child younger than 7 years of age of the highly skilled foreign professional or his/her spouse; or

(ii) where the parent will take care of a pregnant highly skilled foreign professional or to a pregnant spouse of a highly skilled foreign professional

一定の条件の下での親の帯同の許容

Major requirements

(i) The highly skilled foreign professional’s household annual salary* is 8 million yen or more.

* Total annual salary of the highly skilled foreign professional and his/her spouse

(ii) The parent(s) lives with the highly skilled foreign professional.

(iii) Limited to the parent(s) of either the highly skilled foreign professional or his/her spouse

6. Permission for a domestic worker to accompany the highly skilled foreign professional to Japan under certain conditions

Only foreign nationals who stay in Japan under statuses of residence such as “Investor/Business Manager,” “Legal/Accounting Services,” etc., may employ foreign domestic workers. However, a highly skilled foreign professional may bring a foreign domestic worker to Japan subject to certain conditions.一定の条件の下での家事使用人の帯同の許容

Major requirements

    (i) When the highly skilled foreign professional continuously employs a domestic worker who has been employed by him/her in a foreign country.

    • ・The highly skilled foreign professional’s household annual salary is at least 10 million yen.
    • ・The highly skilled foreign professional may bring only one domestic worker.
    • ・The highly skilled foreign professional plans to pay the domestic worker at least 200 thousand yen per month.
    • ・The relevant domestic worker has been employed by the highly skilled foreign professional for at least one year before entering Japan.
    • ・The relevant domestic worker is expected to leave Japan with the highly skilled foreign professional.

    (ii) When the highly skilled foreign professional employs a domestic worker not falling under (i)

    • ・The highly skilled foreign professional’s household annual salary is at least 10 million yen.
    • ・The highly skilled foreign professional may bring only one domestic worker.
    • ・The highly skilled foreign professional plans to pay the domestic worker at least 200 thousand yen per month.
    • ・The highly skilled foreign professional has certain family circumstances (i.e., where he/she has a child under 13 years of age or a spouse unable to do housework due to illness or for other reasons).

7. Preferential processing of entry and residence procedures

Applications for entry and stay of highly skilled foreign professionals are processed more quickly than others.

Applications for preliminary immigration examination (issuance of a certificate of eligibility) are scheduled to be processed within 10 days of receipt.

Applications for the examination the status of residence are scheduled to be processed within 5 days of receipt.

配偶者の就労

Highly Skilled Professional(ii)

a. In conjunction with the activities "Highly Skilled Professional(i) permitted to engage in almost all of the activities of statuses of residence based on employment

b. Granted an indefinite period of stay

c. Eligible for the preferential treatment of the abovementioned (3)to(6)

* "Highly Skilled Professional(ii)" is for foreign nations who have engaged in astivities of "Highly Skilled Professional(i)" for three years or more.