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Establishment of residence status “specific skills”

What are specific skills (special skills for status of residence)?

Hotel Welding

Efforts to accept new foreign human resources and realize a symbiotic society

”On December 8, 2018, the “Amendment to Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act and the Ministry of Justice Establishment Act” was enacted at the 197th National Assembly (extraordinary session) and was promulgated on the 14th of the same month (Heisei 16 30 Year Law No. 102).

This revised law includes the establishment of residence status “Specific Skill No. 1” and “Specified Skill No. 2” and the establishment of the Immigration Control Office.”(From the Ministry of Justice website)


Even if efforts are made to improve productivity and secure domestic human resources, even small and medium-sized businesses that are difficult to secure human resources will have a certain level of expertise and skills in order to respond to the increasing labor shortage. Mechanism for accepting foreigners

Activity content

Specific skill No.1
Engage in work that requires skills that require appropriate knowledge or experience in specific industrial fields based on employment contracts with public and private institutions in Japan.
Specific skill No.2
Engaged in work that requires skilled skills in specific industrial fields based on employment contracts with public and private institutions in Japan.


Residence status examination for specific skills

Specific proficiency test information

Automobile maintenance (Philippines)

Test schedule
Manila Makati
April:21,22,23  May:11,12,13,14,15,19,20,21,27,28,29
Manila Pasig
April:18,19,25,26 May:16,17,23,24,30,31
April:None May:11,15,18,22,25
April:None  May:18,19,20,21,22,25,26,27,28,29
Exam fee
*Certificate of Issuance Fee 16000JPY

Nursing care department

*Updated on March 30, 2020 Nursing Care Department Exam Schedule(pdf)

Construction field

* Construction field (Philippines) Postpone test

Manufacturing test (Philippines)

* Manufacturing Test discontinued (Philippines)

Building cleaning Management skills evaluation test in Philippines

Agriculture field

Fishery sector (fishery)

Food and beverage manufacturing industry 2nd test

Restaurant Business test

Textbooks by department for specific skills

Construction field
Agriculture and livestock
Building cleaning field
Accommodation field
Restaurant business
Food production department
Fisheries sector
Nursing department
Aviation division