October 23, 2019 (Reiwa 1)
Immigration Services Agency
In 2018 (Heisei 30), a record high of 30,924 applications (Note) for change of status of residence submitted by students for employment at a Japanese company were processed. This was an increase of 2,998 compared to last year. Of these applications, 25,942 were approved, an increase of 3,523 compared to last year and a record high. Permission was granted for 83.9% of applications, which was an increase compared to the previous year.
(Note) The number of processed applications for change of status of residence is the cumulative number of applications.
- In 2018 (Heisei 30), 30,924 applications for change of status of residence submitted by foreign nationals with the "Student" status of residence (hereinafter referred to as "Students") for employment at a Japanese company were processed, and 25,942 were permitted. There was an increase of 2,998 (+10.7%) from last year's 27,926 processed applications, and an increase of 3,523 (+15.7%) from last year's 22,419 permitted applications.
- The top five for number of permitted applications by nationality/region were: (1) People's Republic of China at 10,886; (2) Socialist Republic of Vietnam at 5,244; (3) Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal at 2,934; (4) Republic of Korea at 1,575; and (5) Republic of China (Taiwan) at 1,065. Asian countries made up 95.3% of the total number.
- Of the permitted applications, 24,188 of the applications were to change to the "Engineer/Specialist in Humanities/International Services" status of residence, which made up 93.2% of the total number.
- The main types of work at the applicants' places of employment were "Translation/Interpretation" (9,884), "Sales/Business" (5,615), "Overseas work" (3,753), and "Technological development (information processing)" (2,717).
- By highest level of education, 11,285 students were university graduates, and 7,190 were vocational school graduates. In addition, 5,931 had graduated from graduate schools, making up 66.4% of the total number when combined with university graduates.