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Announcement of Typical Cases regarding the Status of Residence of Foreign IT Human Resources and the Points-based System for Highly Skilled Foreign Professionals

With a view to promoting the further utilization of foreign IT human resources in Japan, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) have announced typical cases regarding the status of residence of foreign IT human resources who are permitted to immigrate to Japan and the Points-based System for Highly Skilled Foreign Professionals, which is a system for providing highly skilled foreign professionals who meet certain requirements with preferential immigration treatment.
METI aims to revitalize Japan by attracting excellent foreign IT human resources through these announcements.

While the MOJ has flexibly handled the relationship between the duties in which foreign human resources desire to engage under the statuses of residence of Engineer and Specialist in Humanities / International Services and their majors at their universities, the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act was revised in June 2014, and the revised Act entered into force on April 1, 2015. The revised Act stipulates the consolidation of the statuses of residence of “Engineer” and “Specialist in Humanities / International Services” into the status of residence of “Engineer / Specialist in Humanities / Specialist in International Services,” which has clarified the status of residence for duties for which it has been difficult to distinguish whether such human resources are classified as Engineer or Specialist in Humanities / International Services.

Taking advantage of this opportunity, through disseminating this system, METI would like to promote the status of residence for foreign IT human resources as well as the utilization of the Points-based System for Highly Skilled Foreign Professionals by foreign IT human resources who are considered to be covered by this system in most cases.

1. Status of residence for foreign IT human resources and the Points-based System for Highly Skilled Foreign Professionals

In general, the status of residence of Engineer / Specialist in Humanities / Specialist in International Services is thought to be applicable to foreign IT human resources. Activities such as tasks requiring specialized knowledge or skills in the field of natural sciences or humanities are covered by this status of residence.
Furthermore, in cases where such human resources are classified as skilled professionals through evaluation based on factors such as academic background, professional career, and annual salary under the Point-based System, they may be eligible for preferential immigration treatment based on the status of residence of Highly Skilled Professional (i)(b) (see Appendix). The Point-based System is an effective system for attracting excellent foreign IT human resources to Japan, and METI would like this system to be used proactively.

(1) Engineer / Specialist in Humanities / Specialist in International Services

The applicant is required to meet all of the following requirements.

1) The applicant must meet at least one of the following requirements.

  • Having graduated from a university while majoring in a subject relevant to the skills or knowledge in the field of natural sciences or humanities, or having acquired an education equivalent thereto
  • Having completed a specialized course of study at a vocational school (senshu gakko) while majoring in a subject relevant to the skills or knowledge in the field of natural sciences or humanities (limited to those who have been conferred the title of specialist or highly-skilled specialist)
  • Having at least 10 years’ experience in practical duties (including the period during which he/she majored in relevant subjects in schools such as universities)

    Note: Applicants who have acquired qualifications regarding IT that are specified by the Minister of Justice in public notices (so-called IT public notices) or who have passed examinations regarding IT that are specified by the IT public notices are not required to meet the aforementioned requirements.

2) The applicant must receive no less remuneration than would a Japanese national for comparable work

(2) Highly Skilled Professional (i) (b)

In addition to the requirements described in item (1), it is necessary for the total of each score by factor to be evaluated such as academic background, professional career, and annual salary be at least 70 points (see Appendix).

2. Typical cases

(1) Examples of Engineer / Specialist in Humanities / Specialist in International Services

  • A foreign professional who has graduated from a faculty of economics of a university in another country while majoring in business administration and is engaging in the development of sales management systems as a systems engineer, receiving a salary of 250 thousand yen per month based on a contract with a Japanese IT-related company
  • A foreign professional who has graduated from a faculty of engineering of a Japanese university, while majoring in information processing engineering and is engaging in software development, receiving a salary of 300 thousand yen per month based on a contract with a Japanese software company.
  • A foreign professional who has passed one of the foreign examinations regarding IT that are specified in the IT public notices after graduating from a high school in another country and is engaging in duties such as the maintenance and improvement of systems as a systems engineer, receiving a salary of 200 thousand yen per month based on a contract with a Japanese IT-related company.
  • A foreign professional who has graduated from a faculty of engineering of a university in another country while majoring in business engineering and is engaging in computer-related services as a software engineer, receiving a salary of 350 thousand yen per month based on a contract with a Japanese software company

(2) Examples of Highly Skilled Professional (i) (b) (example persons whose total evaluation points reach 70 points)

  • A 30-year-old (10 points) foreign professional with 7 years of experience in an IT-related professional career (15 points), who has earned a master’s degree (professional degree in business management (Master of Business Administration)) at a university in another country (25 points), and is engaging in the development of management-supporting software, receiving an annual salary of 6 million yen (20 points)
  • A 23-year-old (15 points) foreign professional who has graduated from a Japanese university to earn a bachelor’s degree (10 points + 10 bonus points), attained Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) level N1 (15 points), passed two of the examinations that are specified in the public notices on IT (10 points), and now is engaging in IT-related duties, receiving an annual salary of 4 million yen (10 points)

In addition, concerning this news release, a notice with the same content has been released on the MOJ website.
{URL of the notice: MOJ website}
http://www.moj.go.jp/nyuukokukanri/kouhou/nyuukokukanri01_00006.htmlExternal Site Link (in Japanese)

Release date

December 25, 2015

Division in charge

Information Service Industry Division, Local Informatization and Human Resource Development Office, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau

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