High Skilled Professional Visa-Japan
First introduced in According to the Ministry of Justice, Japan hopes these "highly skilled" individuals will be able to meet new demands to help spur on Japanese economic growth. Highly-skilled foreign professionals are individuals who have acquired a score of 70 or more points in a Japanese government-created point calculation table. These people are encouraged to come and live in Japan as part of a government strategy.
The Highly Skilled Professional visa is comprised of the following 3 sub-categories based on activities (positions/roles), and for each sub-category, the points are allotted differently.
· (A) Advanced academic research activities (pertaining to the activities permitted under the Researcher or Professor visa)
· (B) Advanced specialized / technical activities (pertaining to the activities permitted under the Engineer, Specialist in Humanities or Intra-company transferee visa)
· (C) Advanced business management activities (pertaining to the activities permitted under the Business Manager visa)
There are two levels of Highly-Skilled Professional visas:
Highly-Skilled Foreign Professional (i)
Highly-Skilled Foreign Professional (ii)
The Highly-Skilled Foreign Professional (i) visa is the “entry-level” status.
You can qualify to apply for the Highly-Skilled Foreign Professional (ii) visa after you have engaged in activities under the Highly-Skilled Foreign Professional (i) visa for three years or more. The Highly-Skilled Foreign Professional (ii) visa gives you all the benefits of the (i) visa, plus an indefinite period of stay.
The following preferential conditions apply if you are assessed as HSP No.1 by reaching the minimum of 70 points through the HSP point assessment system.
1. Duration of stay is granted for 5 years.
2. You can engage in multiple types of activities.
3. Your spouse can work.
4. You can invite your parents, if your annual income reaches a certain amount and your circumstances meet certain other requirements.
5. You can apply for a Permanent Residential visa after 3 years (1 year if your points are assessed as 80 or more).
6. You can bring your household worker, from your own country, if your annual income reaches a certain amount and your circumstances meet certain other requirements.
7. Immigration procedures, such as re-entry and others, are prioritized for HSP visa holders compared with other applications.
If you are already working in Japan on another visa or are a student in Japan, You can apply to change from another status-of-residence to the Highly-Skilled Foreign Professional visa. Submit a Point Calculation Form and supporting documents to the Regional Immigration Bureau for evaluation along with your application to change your status-of-residence
If you want to extend your period of stay, submit a Point Calculation Form and supporting documents to the Regional Immigration Bureau for evaluation. Submit these documents with your application to extend your period of stay