Tokutei Visa

Tokutei Ginou 特定技能 (Specified Skilled Worker Visa) is a new visa type introduced as recently as April 2019 by the Japanese government for foreign nationals coming to Japan.

What is Tokutei Ginou

This visa helps employers hire foreigners trained under 14 specific industries.

The industries currently identified under this policy are



Building cleaning


Electronics & Electrical equipment


Food & drink manufacturing


Industrial machinery

Materials industry


Restaurant catering/banqueting

Ship building

Vehicular maintenance

Apart from these, some other industries are also under discussion to be included in this umbrella.

Unlike other work visas, where the applicant must hold a university degree or prior experience, Specified Skilled Worker visa DOES NOT require a degree, and the visa holder is given a chance to upgrade to Permanent Resident status in Japan

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