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Specified Skilled Worker is a status of residence created to give foreigners more opportunities to work in Japan.
Specified Skilled Worker is one of the working visas established by the Japanese government in April 2019. The New Status of Residence is aimed at addressing the serious labor shortage in Japan by accepting experienced foreign human resources with specific expertise and skills.
When you work on a Specified Skilled Worker status, you will receive the same monetary salary that a Japanese person would.
There are 2 types of Specified Skilled Worker status of residence: type1 and type2. The type2 status of residence requires more specialized skills than type1.
For more details, see the introduction below.
The Specified Skilled Worker type1 is a status of residence applicable to foreign nationals who work in jobs that require considerable knowledge of or experience in the Specified Industry Field.
The Specified Skilled Worker type1 status of residence allows you to work in Japan for a total of five years with renewals every four months, six months, or one year.
Under the Specified Skilled Worker type1, you cannot bring your family.
You cannot have permanent residency unless you change Specified Skilled Worker type1 status to Specified Skilled Worker type2.
The Specified Skilled Worker type2 is a status of residence applicable to foreign nationals who work in jobs that require expert skills belonging to the specified industrial field.
The Specified Skilled Worker type2 status has no five-year limit, and you can also bring your family.
For a Specified Skilled Worker type2 status renewals are done every six months, one year, or three years.
In order to get Specified Skilled Worker type2, you need to finish Specified Skilled Worker type1 for up to five years.
You need to get Specified Skilled Worker status in order to work in Japan. There are 2 exams that you need to pass for the Specified Skilled Worker.
Firstly, you need to pass a Japanese Language test.
Japanese Language Proficiency Test(known as JLPT) was developed to evaluate and certify the Japanese proficiency of non-native learners of Japanese.
To work on a Specified Skilled Worker, you need N4 or higher level on JLPT. N4 measures the level of understanding of basic Japanese mainly learned in class.
It is the second easiest exam after N5, and it tests the reading and listening abilities of Japanese.
The Japan Foundation Test for Basic Japanese(JFT) measures the level of Japanese language proficiency needed by foreign nationals about to live in Japan mainly for work. To work on a Specified Skilled Worker, you need to pass the JFT.
The JLPT and JFT measure the Japanese language communication skills required for daily life situations in Japan.
Here is the website of JLPT(Japanese Language Proficiency Test), click here to get information.
Here is the website of JFT(Japan Foundation Test), click here to get information.
Secondly, you need to pass the skill exam.
This test is used to measure and evaluate the ability of the candidate to perform the duties. Some industries conduct the exam in two parts, which are the theoretical and practical exams. The difficulty of the skill exam depends on which industry you desire to work in.
Relatively easy to pass are the skill exams for Building Cleaning Management and Food Service Industry.
The Specified Skilled Worker status of residence allows people to get jobs in the following 14 fields.
２.Building Cleaning Management
３.Machine Parts & Tooling Industries
４.Industrial Machinery Industry
５.Electric, Electronics and Information Industries
７.Shipbuilding and Ship Machinery Industry
８.Automobile Repair and Maintenance
12.Fishery & Aquaculture
13.Manufacturer o food and beverages
14. Food Service Industry
There are 9 steps to obtain a Specified Skilled Worker status in Japan.
For more details, please refer to the following.
１.Pass a Japanese Language test.
２.Pass a proficiency test.
３.Sign a contract with a company which you are willing to work for.
４.Submit a status of residence application to Immigration.
５.Apply for a visa at the Japanese embassy or consulate in your home country.
６.With a visa and Certificate of Eligibility will arrive from the Japanese company.
７.Submit a status of residence application to Immigration.
８.You will be ready to move to Japan.
Workers who have a Specified Skilled Worker type 1 status of residence can receive 10 forms of support from their company for living and working in Japan.
You can receive the following 10 forms of support from your company.
・Receive an explanation from your company before you obtain the status of residence.
・Pick you up when you arrive in Japan and drop you off when you leave Japan.
・Help you prepare the houses you live in and sign contracts for electricity and gas.
・Help you with life support such as contracts for opening a savings account and using mobile phones.
・Receive an orientation session on living in Japan.
・Help you study Japanese.
・Assist by holding meetings to solve your problems and complaints.
・Accompany you to city hall and other offers for various procedures.
・Help you communicate with Japanese people.
・Help you switch jobs.
Specified Skilled Worker is a status of residence created to give foreign nationals more opportunities to work in Japan. In order to get a Specified Skilled Visa, you need to pass the Japanese language test and skill exam of the desired industries. If you have Specified Skilled Worker type2 through the Specified Skilled Worker type1, you will be able to work in Japan for a long term.
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