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Engineers/Specialist in Humanities/International Service Visa

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 “GIJINKOKU Visa”.  This is the acronym of Gijutsu (meaning Engineering), Jinbunchishiki (meaning Specialist in Humanity) and Kokusai Gyoumu(meaning International Service).

The number of GIJINKOKU Visa holders are increasing.

As of June 2019, total 256,414 people are working under this status of residence.

In this article, we explain about this status of residence in plain English.

 

 

What kind jobs are covered by GIJINKOKU Visa?

 

There are 3 types of activities which non-Japanese residents can engage by obtaining GIJINKOKU Visa.

Engineer (GIJUTSU)

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.

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.

Period of Stay

Immigration Bureau decides your period of stay from 5 years, 3 years, 1 year or 3 month and of course, it is renewable.

 

Basic Requirements for Application

You need to satisfy certain requirements to apply for GIJINKOKU Visa.

The requirements for Engineer and Specialist in Humanities are different from the requirements for International Services. So we will explain them separately.

Basic Requirements for Engineer and Specialist in Humanities

1. The job you will engage in Japan truly requires expertise for Engineer or Specialist in Humanities

2. Graduation from University* where you majored in the subject related to the activities of Engineer or Specialist in Humanities which you are planning to engage in Japan.

OR

10 years experience* in the activities of Engineer or Specialist in Humanities which you are planning to engage in Japan.

*Graduation from professional school in Japan may be able to satisfy this requirements but in such case, their are additional requirements set by the Ministry of Justice.

*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.

3. Your salary is equal to or greater than that of Japanese employees who engage in the similar job in the organization accepting you.

4. You have a contract with the organization accepting you.

5. The organization accepting you has healthy financial condition.

6. You have no record of crime or violation of law.

Basic Requirements for International Services

1. The job you will engage in Japan truly requires expertise for International Services.

2.  3 years career experience* related to international services which you are planning to do in Japan

*If you have graduated from university, 3 years career experience is not necessary to be a translator, interpreter or teacher of foreign language.  So in this case, you can apply for this status of residence without career experience.

3. Your salary is equal to or greater than that of Japanese employees who engage in the similar job in the organization accepting you.

4. You have a contract with the organization accepting you.

5. The organization accepting you has healthy financial condition.

6. You have no record of crime or violation of law.

 

Thank you for reading this article.

If you have certain academic background or career experience, you may have chance to get Highly Skilled Professional Visa which has more preferential treatments. If you are interested in the status of residence, please check “What is Highly Skilled Professional Visa?“.

 

BY ATSURO TSUJINO (a Lawyer in Osaka)