Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida wants to assist job-hunting foreign students in Japan by allowing them to stay up to two years from the current 90-day stay rule.
The new rule will allow a growing number of talented foreign students to work in Japan after their graduation, raise the quality of the workforce, and contribute to the country’s economy. It will also allow graduates from elite overseas universities to seek employment in Japan.
One of the stipulations of the new rule states that graduates must come from schools that are in the two rankings of the top 100 universities recognized by the British and Chinese organizations. If they qualify, the families of graduates will also be allowed to live in Japan.
Another proposal is to ease the residency criteria for professionals, currently classified as either researchers, engineers, or business managers. Under the proposal, researchers and engineers will qualify as residents as long as they have a postgraduate degree and earn at least 20 million yen per year; or have worked for at least 10 years and earn at least 20 million yen per year.
As for business managers, they would need to have a work experience of at least five years and a salary of at least 40 million yen per year.
With the new guidelines, skilled workers can also gain permanent resident status in just one year, instead of three years. The new rules have received a lot of support from various cabinet ministers.