What is the change? Japan is debating changes to the work permit rules for Highly Skilled Professionals.

What does the change mean? Among the changes being debated are the easing of the points-based system and an expedited eligibility period for Highly Skilled Professionals to apply for permanent residency.

  • Implementation time frame: The changes could be implemented in the next several months.
  • Visas/permits affected: Residence permits under the Highly Skilled Professional category.
  • Who is affected: Foreign skilled workers.
  • Business impact: The easing of rules could make Japan a more attractive destination for companies to place skilled foreign employees and assignees.

Background: Currently, foreign workers in the HSP category may apply for permanent residency after 4 ½ years. The government is considering an expedited route that would reduce the wait time to three years or one year, depending on the number of points they earn.

BAL Analysis: Japan is seeking to improve the permanent residency process to better retain high-skilled foreign talent.

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