About Permanent Residency for Skilled Blue-Collar Workers
At the beginning, the government plan seemed to secure permanent residency for blue-collar workers, with possibility to bring also their families with them, under certain circumstances. However, in a recent declaration made by Justice Minister Takashi Yamashita, things will not be that easy. And most of all, permanent residency will not be offered. Let’s see what will happen from next April with visas for blue-collar workers.
The new system will involve two kinds of visas. Applicants of both residence status must have Japanese language proficiency and knowledge and experience in the field they want to work in. The possible fields are vast and comprehend nursing, construction, and farming.
First type: visa valid up five years that will be given to those with adequate knowledge and experience to work in a specific field. It does not allow to bring one’s family.
Second type: visa for “highly skilled laborers”, people who are needed in fields requiring much higher skills. It will be allowed to bring their family members to Japan.
Language proficiency for both types is conversational Japanese and the ability to pass exams conducted by ministries overseeing each industry. Those who old the first visa type can apply for the second one, while workers who are doing government-sponsored technical training programs can obtain the first status. People qualified for the first resident status will be then able not only to switch to the other, but also change jobs in the same industry and live anywhere in Japan. The same applies for the second status.
Companies who wish to hire foreigner workers need to treat them equally to Japanese citizens. That is, they have to pay them wages equal or in excess of those offered to Japanese workers.
What about the permanent residency then? The second type of visa seemed at first not to have limits for renewal, becoming then a permanent residency status. But as Justice Minister Takashi Yamashita emphasized, this second type visa does not grant permanent residency or promoting more immigration. Since Japan does not have a policy of permitting foreigners to enter the country without a set period of stay, also the new system is not an exception.
People who will obtain the second kind of visa will then be able to renew it, pending necessary checks, for as long as their employment contracts are renewed. Prediction say that not so many people will be eligible for this visa category, because the hurdles for this status are expected to be high.
Sources: Japantimes.com, Mainichi.jp
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Article by Elena Laghi