For foreign nationals

Looking to work or hire someone
as a Specified Skilled Worker?

With our support, both workers and employers can benefit
from the Specified Skilled Worker program.

February 2, 2022

Test information related to the Specified Skilled Worker program has been updated.

About the Specified Skilled
Worker Program

Specified Skilled Worker is a status of residence created to give foreign nationals more opportunities to work in Japan. There are two types of Specified Skilled Worker status of residence: type (i) and type (ii). The type (ii) status of residence requires more specialized skills than type (i). For more details, see the menu below.

About the Specified Skilled
Worker Program

How to Obtain the Specified Skilled Worker Status of Residence

Videos Introducing the Program

Program Introduction Video

Videos about the 14 Occupational Fields of the Specified Skilled Worker Program

Learn about the advantages and key points of the 14 occupational fields of the Specified Skilled Worker program through videos.

Frequently Asked Questions

Guide to Support for Continuous Employment for Foreigners Who Have Been Dismissed, etc.

In order that foreign workers such as technical interns who have been dismissed, etc. and are having difficulties with continuing their training due to the spread of the novel coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) can be re-employed or continue employment, as a special measure for the time being, permission is being given for the “Designated Activities (Employment Permitted)” status of residence for a maximum of one year.

Immigration Information Center

Foreign nationals who want to work under a Specified Skilled Worker status of residence can telephone the call center if there is anything about the procedures they don’t understand. It can assist with filling out paperwork and other procedures. It can also handle inquiries by individuals who have difficulties entering Japan or returning to their home country due to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Tel: 0570-013904

(VoIP, PHS, and international calls: 03-5796-7112)
Business Days and Hours: Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–5:15 p.m.

As of March 2021, the SSWTSC (Specified Skilled Worker Total Support Center) has been closed.

Job-Matching Events

Job-matching events provide interview sessions between individuals who want to work in Japan under the Specified Skilled Worker program and Japanese companies. We encourage individuals who want to talk to Japanese companies to sign up. If a company wants to talk to you, we will inform you of the interview time. You can attend online from your home or another location.

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Sign up Status


Number signed up: 166

  • Nursing Care: 74
  • Building Cleaning Management: 4
  • Construction Industry: 27
  • Machine Parts and Tooling Industries: 8
  • Industrial Machinery Industry: 11
  • Electric, Electronics and Information Industries: 4
  • Shipbuilding and Ship Machinery Industries: 0
  • Automobile Repair and Maintenance: 2
  • Aviation Industry: 0
  • Accommodation Industry: 3
  • Agriculture Industry: 23
  • Fishery and Aquaculture Industries: 0
  • Food and Beverage Manufacturing Industries: 15
  • Food Service Industry: 8

Note: The numbers above are the total numbers for each industry.

Foreign Nationals

Number signed up: 9,896

Event Schedule

All job-matching events up to March 2021 have ended. Thank you for participating. Please wait until the next event.

Specified Skilled Worker Program Guidebook