Japan is about to welcome more Immigrants in 2019. It is a part of their new Immigration program. It was launched in the first week of April. Immigrants had to sit for a qualification exam held across the country.
The exam for Work Visa took place on April 14, 2019. The exam was meant for checking the following two aspects in the Immigrants –
- Required skills
The Work Visa is aimed at filling the vacant positions in the accommodation industry. Immigrants seeking jobs in the nursing care business sat for the exam on April 13, 2019. Trough these multiple exams, Japan hopes to ease its employee shortage across the country.
Japan created a new Immigration Program on April 1, 2019. It marked a huge policy change from its traditional stricter Immigration Rules. The country is in dire need of labors across various sectors. In the next 5 years, Japan aims at welcoming nearly 3,50,000 Immigrants to the country.
Japan has created a new Resident Visa called Specified Skilled Worker No. 1. This Program hopes to ease the labor shortage in 14 different sectors such as nursing, construction, and accommodation. Immigrants acquiring this Work Visa can stay in Japan for up to 5 years.
Nearly 400 Immigrants took the exam for attaining the Work Visa, as quoted by The Mainichi. Total 7 tests were held in cities like Tokyo, Osaka, etc. Japan will declare the results on May 25. The exam comprised a written test for evaluating the following skills –
- Customer Service Skills
- Knowledge of Service Industry
Most of the applicants were students. They usually hold a good experience of working as part-time workers at hotels. Many applicants expressed their views after the exam. A 24-year-old Indonesian Immigrant said that the knowledge test was difficult.
Immigrants had to take the Japanese Language Test as well. It is a must to acquire the Work Visa. If cleared, they will receive the Work Visa in the summer itself. Another exam for the food service industry is to be held later this month. The exams will take place in Tokyo and Osaka. Japan’s decision to loosen the strict Immigration Rules is likely to help the country’s economy.
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