Japanese Government’s Plan About Seasonal Limits on the New Five-Year Residence Status for Foreign Workers
The government seems to be planning to impose seasonal limitations on foreigners working in Japan under one of the new types of visas that will allow to stay in the country up to five years. This step seems to be taken as a response to a request from the agricultural industry.
This is how it would probably work: If foreigners return to their countries after arriving in Japan under the first type of visa status and later come back to Japan under the same visa, the periods during which they have actually worked in Japan will be counted as the periods of their stays in the country under that status.
To understand precisely what “visa status one” and “visa status two” mean, please refer to our previous article here.
Under these new types of visa, the government plans to allow foreign workers to work in 14 industries that are facing serious labour shortage. If you want to know the kinds of industries, you can refer to our article here.
Together with the plan of counting the residence period in a flexible way, the business sector is expected to call on the government to expand the number of industries qualified to employ foreigners under the new statutes.
Article by Elena Laghi