New work visas in Japan

Japan has just opened new doors to foreigners interested in working in the country. The country estimates to receive up to 345,000 workers from other countries in the next five years.

We inform you that two new categories of work visas in Japan have been included during this April 2019. The visas aimed at accepting foreigners with knowledge or experience in the areas with the greatest lack of labor.

Certainly, it is no secret that the country faces difficulties in sustaining the economy, with the prospect of an increasingly aging population.

In addition, a Japanese Government survey indicates that the population should fall by 32.3% in 2060 and the workforce may suffer a 45.9% reduction, with a lower number of people of working age.

Also, concerns about meeting market demands and sustaining economic power led the country to loosen stringent laws to allow more foreigners to come to work in the country.

New visas

The new visas are the “Special Technical Skills” (Tokutei Ginou / 特定 技能) category 1 and 2, being the first one aimed at workers with more basic knowledge or experience. Anyway, this category does not allow the arrival of relatives and has a maximum term of five years.

Also, for foreigners with extensive knowledge or experience in some of the proposed areas, the authorization to stay in category 2 has advantages. For instance, the withdrawal of the maximum period of stay in the country and the possibility of living with the family.

After that, the Brazilian community in Japan (200 thousand people) is formed mainly by descendants of Japanese immigrants and their spouses. They receive special visas, without work limitations and carry out their activities, mostly in factories.

Certainly, the difference between the new visas is that they are not only for descendants. Above all, any foreigner who has experience or training in the areas of greatest need for labor can now register to work in the country.

Areas of work:

1. Caregiver of Elderly
2. Cleaning of buildings
3. Agriculture
4. Fishery
5. Food production
6. Restaurant service
7. Raw materials industry
8. Manufacture of machinery
9. Manufacture of electronics
10. Construction
11. Mechanical
12. Boats and shipbuilding
13. Aviation (airports and aircraft maintenance)
14. Hotels

Of these areas, elderly care, agriculture, civil construction, and hospitality stand out as areas in which Japan suffers from a greater lack of manpower at present.


Firstly, to obtain the new visas, the candidate will be subjected to a skills test in the desired area and another basic knowledge of Japanese. Also, the candidate must sign the employment contract for special skills with the company interested in hiring.

Secondly, if you meet the requirements and pass the tests, the visa can be applied for at an Immigration Office in Japan. Foreigners with greater difficulties with the bureaucratic part can also hire the services of an agency specializing in visas, which will take care of the formalities.