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Points-based Preferential Immigration Treatment for Highly Skilled Foreign Professionals

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Processes and Required Application Documents

1. Application process

  1. For (i) foreign nationals who intend to enter Japan and (ii) foreign nationals who stay in Japan and need a certificate of eligibility
  1. For (i) foreign nationals stay in Japan and (ii) foreign nationals who stay in Japan as highly skilled professionals and seek to extend the period of stay
Application process for issuance of a certificate of eligibility

STEP1: Submission of an application to the Regional Immigration Bureau

The applicant must file an application for issuance of a certificate of eligibility for status of residence for Highly Skilled Professional(i).

Note : The application may be filed by a person representing the organization accepting the relevant foreign national.

The applicant must submit a point calculation form pertaining to the activities he/she intends to engage in and documentary evidence of the points and apply for recognition as a highly skilled foreign professional.

STEP 2: Examination by the Regional Immigration Bureau

Examination of compliance with the conditions for landing set forth in Article 7, paragraph (1), item (ii) of the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act (“Immigration Control Act”)
(Including calculation of points)

Confirmation of the applicability of the status of residence and compliance with the conditions for landing

Denial of the applicability of the status of residence or lack of compliance with the conditions for landing

Proceed to examination of the applicability of highly skilled foreign professional status

A certificate is not issued.



Note:If the activity of the foreign national conforms to the conditions for landing of another Status of Residence for employment purpose, a certificate of residence for that Status of Residence will be issued to the foreign national who hopes to be issued it.

STEP 3: Issuance of a certificate of eligibility

Examination of compliance with the conditions for landing has already been completed with regard to this application. Therefore, the foreign national can smoothly acquire a visa and permission for landing by presenting the certificate of eligibility when filing an application for a visa at a diplomatic mission abroad, or by presenting the certificate and visa at the time of the landing examination at a seaport or airport in Japan.

Entry and stay in Japan

Application process for permission to change the a status of residence or for permission to extend the period of stay

STEP1: Application at a Regional Immigration Bureau

In the case of an application for permission to change the status of residence or for permission to extend the period of stay, an applicant must submit a point calculation form pertaining to the activities he/she intends to engage in and documentary evidence of the points.

STEP 2: Examination by the Regional Immigration Bureau

Examination of the applicability of highly skilled foreign professional status

[Key point]

The activities in which the applicant intends to engage are those of a highly skilled foreign professional.

The final point calculation score is at least 70.

The applicant has stayed in Japan in a satisfactory manner.

Scoring at least 70 points and satisfying the other requirements

Scoring fewer than 70 points or failing to satisfy the other requirements

Not permitted

(In the case of an application for permission to change the status of residence, if time remains in the applicant’s period of stay permitted under his/her current status of residence, he/she may stay in Japan under said status of residence.)

Permission to change the status of residence and permission to extend the period of stay