Highly Skilled Worker's Visas Japan


The Highly Skilled Worker's Visa is a long-term visa. It is for highly skilled foreign workers to find employment in Japan, also known as Japan Highly Skilled Professional Visa. The use of a point-based system evaluates individuals to see if they meet the criteria.

What is an example of a skilled worker?

Professionals, such as doctors and lawyers, may come under the umbrella of professionals rather than skilled labour. Computer operators, law enforcement officers, administrative assistants, financial technicians and electricians are examples of skilled labour occupations.

Over 90% of these visas were granted to Asian nationals. But the Japanese government is keen to expand the number of all highly skilled foreign professionals in the country.

Highly-Skilled Professional visas are divided into two categories:

  • Highly-Skilled Foreign Professional (i) and,
  • Highly-Skilled Foreign Professional (ii)

The "entry-level" status is the Highly-Skilled Foreign Professional (i) visa. 

After three years of activity under the Highly-Skilled Foreign Professional (i) visa, you may be eligible to apply for the Highly-Skilled Foreign Professional (ii) visa. 

The Highly-Skilled Foreign Professional (ii) visa includes all of the benefits of the (i) visa plus the ability to stay indefinitely.


The Highly Skilled Professional Visa is divided into three categories. To be eligible, you must fall into one of the following categories:

  • Advanced Academic Research Activities
  • Advanced Specialized or Technical Activities
  • Advanced Business Management Activities

You'll also be required to have at least 70 points and be employed solely with the company that sponsored your visa.


The documents required for this visa include.

  • Passport
  • Certificate of Eligibility
  • Japanese Work Visa Application Form.
  • Pictures
  • Documents detailing job description, salary etc.
  • Evidence of previous academic and professional history.
  • Any additional documents the embassy or consulate requires.


The application process has two main parts.

  • Obtaining a certificate of eligibility
  • Applying for the visa

Visa Processing Time
The processing time for the Japan Highly Skilled Worker's Visa is between 5 to 10 working days (although the actual time depends on the specific office in which you apply). But getting the Certificate of Eligibility can take up to 3 months.


The visa has a maximum duration of five years and is extendable.

A single-entry visa costs around 3,000 yen, while a double-entry or multiple-entry visa costs around 6,000 yen. The fees are paid in the currency of the country (region) where the Embassy / Consulate General is located. 

Payment may be indifferent, or it may depend on the purpose of your visit and your nationality. 

There are no fees if the visa is not issued. Suppose an approved agency makes the visa application by the Embassy / Consulate General of Japan. In that case, the processing fees are required in addition to the visa issuance fees.


You can extend your visa before it expires for a fee of 4000 Yen.


The visa is extendable.

You can bring your family members along with you.

You and your spouse can work. 

After three years, you can apply for permanent residency in Japan. If you get 80 points on the Point Evaluation Mechanism, you could apply after just one year.

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