Discover Japan’s new visa options for top talent
In order to expand the options for high-earners and international graduates from top colleges to work and reside in the nation, Japan is proposing two new immigration channels, the J-Skip and J-Find. Those who meet the requirements of the J-Skip pathway and have an annual income of at least 20 million ($148,000) or more than ten years of work experience will automatically be given highly skilled professional visas. This status allows highly trained people to work in their industry and stay for up to five years. They are qualified to move to Level 2 after three years of employment, which entitles them to permanent residency and unrestricted employment in Japan.
A job seeker visa called the J-Find track is designed for international graduates of prestigious universities. They will be able to stay in Japan for up to two years on this visa while looking for work. The graduate must come from a school that is rated among the top 100 by QS Top Universities, the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, or Shanghai Jiao Tong University’s Academic Ranking of World Universities, and they must have at least 200,000 ($1,480) in their bank accounts when they arrive. Instead of the current short-term stay status of 90 days, the J-Find visa will give graduates an extended period of time to stay in Japan and look for employment.
For high earners and international grads looking for work in Japan, the new J-Find and J-Skip avenues are a game-changer. They make it simpler for foreign graduates and talented professionals to find jobs by increasing the options for foreigners to live and work in Japan. The ability for J-Find visa holders’ families to relocate with them will increase the appeal of moving to Japan for recent graduates. These new career paths demonstrate Japan’s dedication to luring and keeping top international talent.
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