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January 26, 2010

Japan likely to introduce a points system for work visas

japa_flag.jpgAn advisory group on immigration control has recommended the introduction of a points system for deciding who can get work visas. Points would be awarded for qualifications, skills, income and other factors. A bill based on this recommendation will be submitted to the Diet, maybe as early as next year. Similar systems have already been introduced in some other countries, including Britain and Canada.

The Asahi Shimbun reports: 'To prepare for the expected population decline, the Justice Ministry plans to welcome highly educated professional foreign workers, but it will make entry tougher for descendants of Japanese.'

'By grading would-be workers in Japan based on their education levels, professional skills, qualifications, work experience, incomes and other criteria, the Justice Ministry will recognize those above a certain level as highly skilled workers. Those recognized will receive preferential treatment, such as longer periods of stay in Japan, as well as permanent resident status after five years of living in Japan, instead of the usual 10.'

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