If you are thinking about working in Japan as an engineer, programmer, specialist in certain field, or instructor of foreign language, translator, interpreter, the most common working visa for such activities is called Engineer/Specialists in Humanities/International Service Visa.
This status of residence is often called as “技人国ビザGIJINKOKU Visa”. This is the acronym of 技術Gijutsu (meaning Engineering), 人文知識Jinbunchishiki (meaning Specialist in Humanity) and 国際業務Kokusai Gyoumu(meaning International Service). For this status, Immigration Bureau decides your period of stay from 5 years, 3 years, 1 year or 3 months.
The number of GIJINKOKU Visa holders are increasing. As of June 2019, total 256,414 people are working under this status of residence.
Important Points About this VISA
This status of residence do not permit you to engage in simple labors. Your activities must fall into one of the 3 types described in the following section. For example, you can’t work as cooks or servers at restaurants, or do bed makings at hotels. In order to make sure you will not engage in such simple labors, Immigration bureau carefully checks you and the organization hiring you. They also closely examine the relationship with what you learned at school and what you are planning to do. Even if you graduated from high level university, your application may be denied if your major in university are apart from the works you are supposed to do at the company.
What kind of jobs are covered by GIJINKOKU Visa?
Then, what you can do under GIJINKOKU VISA? There are 3 types of activities which non-Japanese residents can engage by obtaining GIJINKOKU Visa.
This type covers activities which requires expertise in science, technologies and other natural science field.
Computer programmer, system engineer, project manager in IT field, engineer, mechanical design engineer, architecture, etc., fall into this category.
Specialist in Humanities (JINBUNCHISHIKI)
This type covers activities which requires expertise in humanities, such as accounting, economics, finance, Human resources, laws, business administration, etc.
Accountant, consultant, financial analyst, legal officer, business manager, etc., fall into this category.
For Engineers or Specialist in Humanities, 10 years experience in the activities is required but the period you learned the subject related to the activities in university, high school, vocational school, etc., can be included in the calculation of the ten years.
International Services (KOKUSAI)
This type covers activities which requires way of thinking and sensitivity based on foreign culture.
It sounds vague but it includes following jobs:
Teacher and instructor of foreign language, translator, interpreter, fashion or interior designer, person in charge of PR(public relations), advertisement, overseas transactions or product development, etc.
3 years career experience related to international services are required but if you have graduated from university, the 3 years career experience is not necessary to be a translator, interpreter or teacher of foreign language.
Required Documents for application to obtain a Certificate of Eligibility can be checked in the following page.
Required Documents for application to change your residential status to Engineers/Specialist in Humanities/International Service Visa can be checked in the following page.
Required Documents for application to renew Engineers/Specialist in Humanities/International Service Visa can be checked in the following page.
DISCLAIMER: The article has been written on October 2020. Immigration law changes quickly. So it is vitally important to be aware of the current situation.