"Medical Services" or /i-ryo/ in Japanese is one of "Status of Residence" defined by Japanese immigration law.
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"
- 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" will be determined among one of the followings.
5-year, 3-year, 1-year or 3-month.
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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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.
Activities to engage in medical treatment services, which are required to be undertaken by physicians, dentists or those with other legal qualifications.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
3 or 1 year.
(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.
(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.
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.
Religious Activities 「宗教」
Business Manager 「経営・管理」
Legal/Accounting Services 「法律・会計業務」
Medical Services 「医療」
Engineer/Specialist in Humanities/International Services 「技術・人文知識・国際業務」
Intracompany Transferee 「企業内転勤」
Skilled Labor 「技能」
Cultural Activities 「文化活動」
Pre-College Student 「就学」
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 Resident 「永住者」
Special Permanent Resident 「特別永住者」
Temporary Visitor 「短期滞在」