What are the procedures and necessary documents?

Degree of preferential immigration immigration treatment in the points-based system for highly skilled professionals

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What are the procedures and necessary documents?

1. What are the procedures?

  1. Foreign nationals who will be entering Japan:
  1.  
  2. ① Foreign residents who are currently residing in Japan;
  3. ② Foreign residents who are extending their period of stay in Japan as highly skilled foreign professionals:
Flow for application for issuance of a Certificate of Eligibility

Step 1: Apply at the counter at your nearest Regional Immigration Services Bureau

Apply for the issuance of a Certificate of Eligibility* for "Highly-Skilled Professional (i)" (either a, b, or c).

* The application can be submitted by the accepting organization of the foreign national who is planning to enter Japan.

Submit a points calculation sheet for the activity you intend to engage in along with materials to substantiate the points, and request to be certified as a highly skilled foreign professional.

Step 2: Inspection carried out by the Immigration Services Agency

The application will be examined for "compliance with the landing conditions" as stipulated in Article 7, Paragraph 1, Item 2 of the Immigration Control Act.
(Points will be calculated during this step.)

Eligible for the status of residence; qualify for landing permission

Ineligible for the status of residence; do not qualify for landing permission

Certificate of Eligibility issued

Certificate of Eligibility not issued



* If the landing conditions are met for another work-related status of residence, a Certificate of Eligibility for that status of residence will be issued if the applicant so wishes.

Step 3: Issuance of Certificate of Eligibility

Since it has already been determined that you meet the landing conditions with this application, presenting the Certificate of Eligibility when applying for a visa at the embassy or consulate abroad and having this certificate and visa in your possession at the time of the landing examination at the port of entry in Japan will ensure that visa issuance and landing examination procedures go smoothly.

Entry and residence

Flow of application for change of status of residence; application for extension of period of stay

Step 1: Apply at the counter at your nearest Regional Immigration Services Bureau

Applicants must submit the points calculation for the activities they plan to do and materials that substantiate the points for both the application for change of status of residence and application for extension of period of stay.

Step 2: Inspection carried out by the Immigration Services Agency

Inspection to confirm if the applicant qualifies as a highly skilled professional

Inspection points

The activities to be carried out are those of a highly skilled foreign professional

The total number of points they score comes to 70 or more

Good living conditions

The applicant meets the requirement of scoring 70 points or more

The applicant does not meet the requirement of scoring 70 points or more

Permission denied

(In the case of an application to change status of residence, if there is still time remaining on the period of stay under the current status of residence, the applicant may continue to stay under the current status of residence.)

Permission to change status of residence; permission for extension of period of stay

2. Application documents

(1) Highly skilled professionals residing in Japan and their associates
(2) Highly skilled foreign professionals residing under the "Designated Activities" status of residence and their associates

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