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    FAQ on the Points System for Highly Skilled Foreign Professional

    Question 1: What is the Points System for Highly Skilled Foreign Professional?-------------- 1Question 2: What kind of person is covered by the Points System?------------------------------ 1

    Question 3: What are the benefits of being allowed to enter Japan as Highly Skilled Foreign

    Professional?---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2

    Question 4: What is the procedure for entering Japan as Highly Skilled Foreign Professional?---

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    Question 5: Why do people admitted into Japan as Highly Skilled Foreign Professional need to

    have a Certificate of Eligibility for Residence Status?------------------------------5

    Question 6: If a person attempting to be admitted into Japan as a Highly Skilled Foreign

    Professional applies for a visa at a Japanese diplomatic mission abroad, will s/he

    be issued a visa?-------------------------------------------------------------------------6

    Question 7: Can the families of people admitted into Japan as Highly Skilled Foreign

    Professional accompany them?-------------------------------------------------------- 6

    Question 8: Can the spouses of Highly Skilled Foreign Professional work in Japan?---------- 6

    Question 9: If I am admitted into Japan as a Highly Skilled Foreign Professional, can I bring

    with me a domestic worker I employ in my own country?-------------------------7

    Question 10: Can I be admitted into Japan first as a Highly Skilled Foreign Professional and

    send for my family and/or domestic worker later?---------------------------------- 7

    Question 11: I am currently in Japan with a status of residence of "Engineer." Can I have my

    status of residence changed to "Highly Skilled Foreign Professional"?---------- 8

    Question 12: I am currently in Japan attending a Japanese university as an international student.

    I would like to work in Japan after graduating. Can I have my status of residence

    changed to "Highly Skilled Foreign Professional"?-------------------------------- 8

    Question 13: I am married to a Japanese national and currently live in Japan with a status

    of residence of "Spouse of Japanese national, etc." I understand that Highly

    Skilled Foreign Professional can bring their parents to Japan. Can I have my

    status of residence changed to "Highly Skilled Foreign Professional"?--- 9

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    Question 14: What documents must be submitted in order to apply for a Certificate of Eligibility

    for Residence Status for admittance into Japan as a Highly Skilled Foreign

    Professional?-----------------------------------------------------------------------------10

    Question 15: What documents must be submitted in order to receive a Certificate of Eligibility

    for Residence Status for admittance into Japan as a family member of a Highly

    Skilled Foreign Professional?--------------------------------------------------------- 10

    Question 16: What documents must be submitted in order to receive a Certificate of Eligibility

    for Residence Status for admittance into Japan as a domestic worker of a Highly

    Skilled Foreign Professional?--------------------------------------------------------- 12

    Question 17: What kinds of activities are Highly Skilled Foreign Professional engaged in

    advanced academic research activities allowed to perform?-----------------------13

    Question 18: What kinds of activities are Highly Skilled Foreign Professional engaged in

    advanced specialized/technical activities allowed to perform?--------------------14

    Question 19: What kinds of activities are Highly Skilled Foreign Professional engaged in

    advanced business management allowed to perform?------------------------------14

    Question 20: Under the status of residence "Investor/manager," only business management of

    so-called foreign-capitalized firms is permitted. Are Highly Skilled Foreign

    Professional engaged in advanced business management activities also permitted

    to perform business management only of foreign-capitalized firms?------------- 14

    Question 21: Are only executives of large firms approved as Highly Skilled Foreign

    Professional engaged in advanced business management activities?-------------14

    Question 22: Is a spouse or child supported by a Highly Skilled Foreign Professional allowed to

    work?-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------15

    Question 23: If a working spouse living with a Highly Skilled Foreign Professional separates

    from that person, can the spouse continue working?-------------------------------15

    Question 24: Conditions for employers include annual income of at least 15 million yen. Can

    this include income other than that from my place of employment?------------- 15

    Question 25: Conditions for employers include annual income of at least 15 million yen. If my

    income drops below 15 million yen, will my domestic worker have to leave

    Japan?------------------------------------------------------------------------------------16

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    Question 26: As a Highly Skilled Foreign Professional who is an employer, when I applied to

    renew my period of stay, I fell below 70 points and my status of residence

    changed to a different qualification for employment. Will the domestic worker I

    employ be allowed to remain in Japan?----------------------------------------------16

    Question 27: I entered Japan as a domestic worker as specified in The public notice of Highly

    Skilled Foreign Professional TO. My employer's child was under 13 when I

    entered the country. When the child turns 13, will I still be allowed to remain in

    Japan?------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 16

    Question 28: If a parent of a Highly Skilled Foreign Professional living with him/her begins

    living separately, can the parent remain in Japan? -----------------------------17

    Question 29: Conditions for a Highly Skilled Foreign Professional to bring (or send for) a

    parent include annual income of at least 10 million yen. Can this include income

    other than that from my place of employment?-------------------------------------17

    Question 30: If the child of a Highly Skilled Foreign Professional or his/her spouse turns three,

    can the parent of the Highly Skilled Foreign Professional who came to assist with

    childcare remain in Japan?------------------------------------------------------------- 18

    Question 31: Are graduates of junior colleges, technical colleges, or upper level courses at

    vocational schools (technical schools) eligible for points for academic

    background?----------------------------------------------------------------------------- 18

    Question 32: A Highly Skilled Foreign Professional engaged in advanced academic activities

    entered Japan with an annual salary of 6.5 million yen. His/her salary

    subsequently fell to 5.5 million yen. This cost him/her 5 points and dropped

    him/her below 70. Can s/he still remain in Japan?--------------------------------- 18

    Question 33: What categories of payment are included in "remuneration"? For example, does

    overtime payment count as remuneration for point calculation?------------------19

    Question 34: A Highly Skilled Foreign Professional engaged in advanced academic activities

    entered Japan at age 29. S/he subsequently turned 30, costing him/her 5 age points

    and dropping him/her below 70. Can s/he still remain in Japan?----------------- 19

    Question 35: What are "databases of academic papers"?------------------------------------------ 19

    Question 36: What kinds of qualifications are given points?-------------------------------------- 20

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    Question 37: What does "Ability to understand Japanese used in a wide variety of situations"

    mean?------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 20

    Question 38: Why do conditions for renewing the period of stay of a parent of a Highly Skilled

    Foreign Professional include "expected to provide at least three consecutive

    months of childcare" for the person's child under the age of three?-------------- 20

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    Question 1: What is the Points System for Highly Skilled Foreign Professional?

    Answer: The Points System for Highly Skilled Foreign Professional is a points-based

    system that provides Highly Skilled Foreign Professional with preferentialimmigration treatment. In other words, it is a system that uses the mechanism of

    "points" to promote the acceptance of foreign nationals recognized as "highly skilled

    foreign professional" by giving them preferential treatment in matters of immigration

    control.

    In Japan, statuses of residence (qualification for employment) for foreign nationals

    who work in Japan are stipulated by the Immigration Control and Refugee

    Recognition Act under a basic policy of actively accepting foreign-national workers

    in specialty and technical fields. Qualification for employment is classified by type of

    activity. Status of residence is decided for foreign nationals who meet stipulated

    conditions. Out of the foreign nationals allowed to enter a