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Japan immigration

Japan eyes long-term stays for wider range of skilled foreign workers

Proposal allows visa renewals for industries beyond construction, nursing

A crew member on a long-term specified skilled worker visa operates a concrete pump in Japan's Gifu prefecture. (Photo by Yuki Nakao)

TOKYO -- Japan looks to expand the range of foreign workers eligible to stay in the country longer under visas for skilled labor, aiming to stem a potential exodus under the current program.

The "specified skilled worker" visa implemented in 2019 grants residence status to foreigners employed in 12 fields. Nine of those fields have a maximum residency of five years. Those in construction, shipbuilding and nursing care may receive visas that can be renewed indefinitely.

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