An overview of the program:
Leaflet: Creation of "Specified Skilled Worker" Status of Residence - PDF (in Japanese)
This leaflet has been translated into 12 different languages and can be found on the "Explanatory documents" page.
Those wishing to be hired as a Specified Skilled Worker must first pass both a technical proficiency test and a Japanese language test.
(Foreign nationals who have successfully completed Technical Intern Training (ii) do not need to take these tests.)
List of Scheduled Tests - PDF (in Japanese) (The information for these tests has been taken from the webpages of the various government offices and organizations which offer the tests.)
The test schedule was current at the time of publication. For the latest updates, please refer to the "Test-Related Information" website. Specifically, the "Japanese Language Test (for all fields)", "Japanese Language Test (for nursing care)," and "Test Information" pages.
Depending on the country, procedures may need to be completed in the dispatching country.
Organizations accepting specified skilled workers must become a member of the council of their specific field.
See information by field.
Information by field
This document has been created for organizations which are considering hiring specified skilled workers and covers information such as the details of the Specified Skilled Worker Program, notes for employment, and application methods.