Employment status of international students in Japanese companies in 2018 (Heisei 30)

Press release

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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).
  5. 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.

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