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"Skilled Labor"

"Skilled Labor" or /gi-no/ in Japanese is one of "Status of Residence" defined by Japanese immigration law.


Persons qualified for "Skilled Labor"
- chefs specializing in the food of a foreign country
- sommeliers
- specialist of foreign architecture or civil engineering
- animal trainers
- pilots
- sports trainers
etc.



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 "Skilled Labor" 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


Immigration Assistance

As a registered immigration/visa specialist or "Gyoseishoshi", we can offer various services related to immigration procedures.


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 services, which require industrial techniques or skills belonging to special fields based on a contract with a public or private organization in Japan.


本邦の公私の機関との契約に基づいて行う産業上の特殊な分野に属する熟練した技能を要す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)

The applicant must fall under any of the following categories and must receive no less remuneration than would a Japanese national for comparable work.
技能
(i) A person who is to engage in the duties of preparing cuisine or producing foodstuffs that require skills which were devised overseas and that are foreign to Japan, and who falls under any of the following categories (except a foreign national as listed in item (ix)).
(a) A person with at least 10 years' experience using such skills (including the period of time spent studying at an educational institution in a foreign country while majoring in subjects related to the relevant preparation of cuisine or production of foodstuffs)
(b) A person to whom the provisions of Annex 7, Part 1, A, Section 5, subparagraph 1 (c) of the Agreement between Japan and the Kingdom of Thailand for Economic Partnership applies.
技能
(ii) A person with at least 10 years' experience using skills related to architecture or civil engineering characteristic of a foreign country (including the period of time spent studying at an educational institution in a foreign country while majoring in subjects related to said architecture or civil engineering) who is to engage in duties that require such skills. (If said person is to engage in duties under the guidance of a foreign national who has at least 10 years' experience, 5 years of experience will suffice.)
技能
(iii) A person with at least 10 years' experience using skills related to the manufacture or repair of products characteristic of a foreign country (including the period of time spent studying at an educational institution in a foreign country while majoring in subjects related to the manufacture or repair of such products) who is to engage in duties that require such skills.
技能
(iv) A person with at least 10 years' experience using skills related to the processing of gems, precious stones, or fur (including the period of time spent studying at an educational institution in a foreign country while majoring in subjects related to said processing) who is to engage in services that require such skills.
技能
(v) A person with at least 10 years' experience using skills related to animal training (including the period of time spent studying at an educational institution in a foreign country while majoring in subjects related to animal training) who is to engage in services that require such skills.
技能
(vi) A person with at least 10 years' experience using skills related to offshore drilling for oil exploration, drilling for geothermal development, or marine geological surveys for marine mineral exploration (including the period of time spent studying at an educational institution in a foreign country while majoring in subjects related to offshore drilling for oil exploration, drilling for geothermal development, or marine geological surveys for marine mineral exploration) who is to engage in services that require such skills.
技能
(vii) A person with at least 1,000 hours' flight experience using skills related to piloting an aircraft, who is to engage in duties as a pilot of an aircraft used for air transport as prescribed in Article 2, paragraph (18) of the Civil Aeronautics Act (Act No. 231 of 1952).
技能
(viii) A person with at least 3 years' experience using skills related to coaching a sport (including the period of time spent studying at an educational institution in a foreign country while majoring in subjects related to coaching said sport, and the period of time spent engaging in said sport for remuneration) who is to engage in duties that require such skills, or a person who has participated as a competitor in an international sporting event such as the Olympics or the World Championships and who is to engage in duties that require skills related to coaching said sport.
技能
(ix) A person with at least 5 years' experience using skills related to the appraisal, evaluation, and maintenance of a wine's quality, and to the supplying of wine (hereinafter referred to as "wine appraisal") (including the period of time spent studying at an educational institution in a foreign country while majoring in subjects related to wine appraisal) who falls under any of the following categories and who is to engage in services that require such skills.
(a) A person who has achieved excellent results in a wine appraisal skill competition held on an international scale (hereinafter referred to as "international sommelier competition").
(b) A person who has entered an international sommelier competition (limited to those that restrict the number of competitors to one per country).
(c) A person who has been certified by a national or local government (including a foreign government), or by a public or private organization, as being qualified in skills related to wine appraisal that have been designated in a public notice by the Minister of Justice.


申請人が次のいずれかに該当し、かつ、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ること。
技能
一 料理の調理又は食品の製造に係る技能で外国において考案され我が国において特殊なものを要する業務に従事する者で、次のいずれかに該当するもの(第九号に掲げる者を除く。)
 イ 当該技能について十年以上の実務経験(外国の教育機関において当該料理の調理又は食品の製造に係る科目を専攻した期間を含む。)を有する者
 ロ 経済上の連携に関する日本国とタイ王国との間の協定附属書七第一部A第五節1(c)の規定の適用を受ける者
技能
二 外国に特有の建築又は土木に係る技能について十年(当該技能を要する業務に十年以上の実務経験を有する外国人の指揮監督を受けて従事する者の場合にあっては、五年)以上の実務経験(外国の教育機関において当該建築又は土木に係る科目を専攻した期間を含む。)を有する者で、当該技能を要する業務に従事するもの
技能
三 外国に特有の製品の製造又は修理に係る技能について十年以上の実務経験(外国の教育機関において当該製品の製造又は修理に係る科目を専攻した期間を含む。)を有する者で、当該技能を要する業務に従事するもの
技能
四 宝石、貴金属又は毛皮の加工に係る技能について十年以上の実務経験(外国の教育機関において当該加工に係る科目を専攻した期間を含む。)を有する者で、当該技能を要する業務に従事するもの
技能
五 動物の調教に係る技能について十年以上の実務経験(外国の教育機関において動物の調教に係る科目を専攻した期間を含む。)を有する者で、当該技能を要する業務に従事するもの
技能
六 石油探査のための海底掘削、地熱開発のための掘削又は海底鉱物探査のための海底地質調査に係る技能について十年以上の実務経験(外国の教育機関において石油探査のための海底掘削、地熱開発のための掘削又は海底鉱物探査のための海底地質調査に係る科目を専攻した期間を含む。)を有する者で、当該技能を要する業務に従事するもの
技能
七 航空機の操縦に係る技能について千時間以上の飛行経歴を有する者で、航空法(昭和二十七年法律第二百三十一号)第二条第十八項に規定する航空運送事業の用に供する航空機に乗り組んで操縦者としての業務に従事するもの
技能
八 スポーツの指導に係る技能について三年以上の実務経験(外国の教育機関において当該スポーツの指導に係る科目を専攻した期間及び報酬を受けて当該スポーツに従事していた期間を含む。)を有する者で、当該技能を要する業務に従事するもの又はスポーツの選手としてオリンピック大会、世界選手権大会その他の国際的な競技会に出場したことがある者で、当該スポーツの指導に係る技能を要する業務に従事するもの
技能
九 ぶどう酒の品質の鑑定、評価及び保持並びにぶどう酒の提供(以下「ワイン鑑定等」という。)に係る技能について五年以上の実務経験(外国の教育機関においてワイン鑑定等に係る科目を専攻した期間を含む。)を有する次のいずれかに該当する者で、当該技能を要する業務に従事するもの
 イ ワイン鑑定等に係る技能に関する国際的な規模で開催される競技会(以下「国際ソムリエコンクール」という。)において優秀な成績を収めたことがある者
 ロ 国際ソムリエコンクール(出場者が一国につき一名に制限されているものに限る。)に出場したことがある者
 ハ ワイン鑑定等に係る技能に関して国(外国を含む。)若しくは地方公共団体(外国の地方公共団体を含む。)又はこれらに準ずる公私の機関が認定する資格で法務大臣が告示をもって定めるものを有する者



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) Certificate of matters entered in the registry and a copy of the profit and loss statement of the inviting organization.
(ii) Material certifying the contents of business of the inviting organization.
(iii) Curriculum vitae and a document issued by a public organization certifying the alien's background and qualifications pertaining to the activities.
(iv) Document certifying the contents and period of the activities and the alien's position and reward.


一 招へい機関の登記事項証明書及び損益計算書の写し
二 招へい機関の事業内容を明らかにする資料
三 経歴書並びに活動に係る経歴及び資格を証する公的機関が発行した文書
四 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 organization in Japan which entered into a contract with the alien.


本人と契約を結んだ本邦の機関の職員


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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