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"Medical Services"

"Medical Services" or /i-ryo/ in Japanese is one of "Status of Residence" defined by Japanese immigration law.


Activities that can be carried out under the status of residence of "Medical Services"

Foreign nationals staying in Japan with a status of residence of "Medical Services" can engage in activities related to medical treatment that is deemed to be done by doctors, dentists or other persons with legal qualifications.


"Medical Services" is the status of residence to do business that can not do business unless it is legally qualified. Therefore, for example, development research work at a medical device manufacturer usually corresponds to "Researcher" or "Engineer/Specialist in Humanities/International Services", and business that can be done regardless of qualification does not fall under the status of residence of "Medical Services".


Persons qualified for "Medical Services"
- physician
- dentist
- pharmacist
- public health nurse (hokenshi)
- birthing assistant (josanshi)
- registered nurse
- assistant nurse
- dental hygienist (shika-eiseishi)
- X-ray technician for medical examinations
- physical therapist (rigaku-ryohoushi)
- occupational therapist (sagyo-ryohoushi)
- eye specialist (shino-kunrenshi)
- clinical technician (rinsho-kogakugishi)
- artificial limb technician (gishi-sougushi).

It is important that an applicant must be qualified by Japanese laws.


Period of Stay

"Period of Stay" will be determined among one of the followings.
5-year, 3-year, 1-year or 3-month.



Spouse and Children

Spouse and/or Children of a person who is staying in Japan under the status of "Medical Services" will be qualified for the status "Dependent".



List of "Status of Residence"
Table I (1)
Diplomat Official Professor Artist Religious Activities Journalist
Table I (2) Business Manager   Legal/Accounting Services   Medical Services   Researcher   Instructor   Engineer/Specialist in Humanities/International Services   Intracompany Transferee   Entertainer   Skilled Labor  
Table I (3) Cultural Activities Temporary Visitor
Table I (4) Student Pre-college Student Trainee Dependent
Table I (5) Designated Activities
Table II Permanent Resident Spouse or Child of Japanese national Spouse or Child of Permanent Resident Long Term Resident
Special Permanent Resident Special Permanent Resident


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Services we can offer are

Consultation - to find out Status of Residence/Procedures that may best suit you and/or your family member, etc.
Documentation - to prepare and/or advice the documents you need to submit to the Immigration Bureau
Representation/Agency - to submit the documents and communicate with the Immigration Bureau on your behalf

and so forth.


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Followings are quotations from the immigration law/ordinance of the web site of Japanese government. However some of them were quoted before the revision in 2012. Therefore they might be old and different from the present rule.


Authorized Activities (Appended Table I (2), Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act)
本邦において行うことができる活動(出入国管理及び難民認定法 別表第一 二)

Activities to engage in medical treatment services, which are required to be undertaken by physicians, dentists or those with other legal qualifications.


医師、歯科医師その他法律上資格を有する者が行うこととされている医療に係る業務に従事する活動



Ministerial Ordinance to Provide for Criteria Pursuant to Article 7, paragraph (1), item (ii) of the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act
基準(出入国管理及び難民認定法第七条第一項第二号の基準を定める省令・省令第十六号)

(i) The applicant who intends to engage in duties as a physician, dentist, pharmacist, public health nurse, birthing assistant, registered nurse, assistant nurse, dental hygienist (shikaeiseishi), X-ray technician for medical examinations, physical therapist (rigakuryouhoushi), occupational therapist (sagyouryouhoushi), eye specialist (shinoukunrenshi), clinical technician (rinshoukougakugishi), or artificial limb technician (gishisougushi) must receive no less remuneration than would a Japanese national for comparable work.
医療
(ii) In cases where the applicant is to engage in duties as a dentist, said professional duties must fall under any of the following categories.
(a) Duties carried out as a trainee at a university hospital or hospital attached to a university's faculty of medical science, faculty of dentistry, or to a research institute of a university's faculty of medical science, at a hospital designated by the Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare pursuant to the provisions of Article 16-2, paragraph (1) of the Dentists Act (Act No. 202 of 1948), or at a hospital designated in a public notice given by the Minister of Justice as equivalent thereto, within a period not exceeding 6 years from the date of receipt of a license to practice dentistry in Japan.
(b) Duties related to treatment carried out at a hospital or medical clinic designated in a public notice given by the Minister of Justice in an area where it is difficult to secure the services of a dentist.
医療
(iii) In cases where the applicant intends to engage in duties as a public health nurse, birthing assistant, or assistant nurse, he/she must perform his/her duties as a trainee within a period not exceeding 4 years from the date of receipt of a license to practice as a public health nurse, birthing assistant, or nursing assistant in Japan.
医療
(iv) In cases where the applicant intends to engage in practice as a registered nurse, he/she must practice as a trainee within a period not exceeding 7 years from the date of receipt of a license to practice as a registered nurse in Japan.
医療
(v) In cases where the applicant intends to engage in duties as a pharmacist, dental hygienist, X-ray technician for medical examinations, physical therapist (rigakuryouhoushi), occupational therapist (sagyouryouhoushi), eye specialist (shinoukunrenshi), clinical technician (rinshoukougakugishi), or artificial limb technician (gishisougushi), he/she must be invited to engage in such duties by a Japanese medical institution or pharmacy.


一 申請人が医師、歯科医師、薬剤師、保健師、助産師、看護師、准看護師、歯科衛生士、診療放射線技師、理学療法士、作業療法士、視能訓練士、臨床工学技士又は義肢装具士としての業務に日本人が従事する場合に受ける報酬と同等額以上の報酬を受けて従事すること。
医療
二 申請人が歯科医師としての業務に従事しようとする場合は、当該業務が次のいずれかに該当すること。
 イ 本邦において歯科医師の免許を受けた後六年以内の期間中に、大学若しくは大学の医学部、歯学部若しくは医学部附属の研究所の附属施設である病院、歯科医師法(昭和二十三年法律第二百二号)第十六条の二第一項の規定により厚生労働大臣の指定する病院又はこれと同程度の機能を有する病院として法務大臣が告示をもって定める病院において研修として行う業務
 ロ 歯科医師の確保が困難な地域にある病院又は診療所で法務大臣が告示をもって定めるものにおいて行う診療に係る業務
医療
三 申請人が保健師、助産師又は准看護師としての業務に従事しようとする場合は、本邦において保健師、助産師又は准看護師の免許を受けた後四年以内の期間中に研修として業務を行うこと。
医療
四 申請人が看護師としての業務に従事しようとする場合は、本邦において看護師の免許を受けた後七年以内の期間中に研修として業務を行うこと。
医療
五 申請人が薬剤師、歯科衛生士、診療放射線技師、理学療法士、作業療法士、視能訓練士、臨床工学技士又は義肢装具士としての業務に従事しようとする場合は、本邦の医療機関又は薬局に招へいされること。



医療・告示197●




Period of Stay (Appended Table II)
在留期間(出入国管理及び難民認定法施行規則 別表第二)

3 or 1 year.


三年又は一年



Materials (Appended Table III)
資料(出入国管理及び難民認定法施行規則 別表第三)

(i) Material certifying the outline of the inviting organization.
(ii) Document certifying the qualifications listed in the right-hand column corresponding to "Medical Services" specified in Appended Table I (2) of the Immigration Control Act.
(iii) Document certifying the contents and period of the activities and the alien's position and reward.


一 招へい機関の概要を明らかにする資料
二 法別表第一の二の表の医療の項の下欄に定める資格を有することを証する文書
三 活動の内容、期間、地位及び報酬を証する文書



Materials (Appended Table III (2))
資料(出入国管理及び難民認定法施行規則 別表第三の二)

(i) Document certifying the contents and period of the activities and the alien's position.
(ii) Certificate of the alien's annual income and amount of tax paid.


一 活動の内容、期間及び地位を証する文書
二 年間の収入及び納税額に関する証明書



Agent (Appended Table IV)
代理人(出入国管理及び難民認定法施行規則 別表第四)

Employee of the medical organization in Japan which entered into a contract with the alien or to which the alien is to belong to engage in medical services.


本人が契約を結んだ本邦の医療機関又は本人が所属して医療業務を行うこととなる本邦の医療機関の職員


Working visa
Professor 「教授」
Artist 「芸術」
Religious Activities 「宗教」
Journalist 「報道」
Business Manager 「経営・管理」
Legal/Accounting Services 「法律・会計業務」
Medical Services 「医療」
Researcher 「研究」
Instructor 「教育」
Engineer/Specialist in Humanities/International Services 「技術・人文知識・国際業務」
Intracompany Transferee 「企業内転勤」
Entertainer 「興行」
Skilled Labor 「技能」

General visa
Cultural Activities 「文化活動」
Student 「留学」
Pre-College Student 「就学」
Trainee 「研修」
Dependent 「家族滞在」

Specified visa
Spouse or Child of Japanese national 「日本人の配偶者等」
Spouse or Child of Permanent Resident 「永住者の配偶者等」
Long Term Resident 「定住者」
Designated Activities 「特定活動」

Permanent Residency
Permanent Resident 「永住者」
Special Permanent Resident 「特別永住者」

Visiting visa
Temporary Visitor 「短期滞在」

Diplomatic visa
Diplomat 「外交」

Official visa
Official 「公用」

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