"Engineer/Specialist in Humanities/International Services" or 'gi-jutsu/jin-bun-chi-shi-ki/ko-ku-sa-i-gyo-mu' in Japanese is one of "Status of Residence" defined by Japanese immigration law.
A foreign national who graduates from college or has equivalent practical experience can work in a Japanese company with the status of residence of "Engineer/Specialist in Humanities/International Services".
Activities that can be conducted under the status of residence of "Engineer/Specialist in Humanities/International Services" can be roughly divided into three areas.
Area of "Engineer" -- Activities engaged in work that requires skills or knowledge belonging to the fields of science, engineering and other natural sciences
Activities in the area of "Engineer" need to be "activities requiring specialized skills or knowledge beyond a certain level on the background of academic sophistication". Work that utilizes so-called university-level expertise applies.
Specific fields include "mathematical science, physics science, chemistry, biology, anthropology, geoscience, geography, geophysics, science education, statistics, information science, nuclear science, basic engineering, applied physics, machinery engineering, electrical engineering, electronics engineering, information engineering, civil engineering, architecture, metal engineering, applied science, resource development engineering, shipbuilding science, measurement and control engineering, chemical engineering, aerospace engineering, nuclear engineering, management engineering, agriculture, agricultural chemistry, forestry, fishery science, agricultural economics, agricultural engineering, livestock science, veterinary medicine, silk science, home economics, regional agriculture, agricultural general science, physiological science, pathology science, medical science science, surgical science, social medicine, dentistry, pharmaceutical Sciences " are exemplified in the immmigration manual.
Area of "Specialist in Humanities" -- Activities engaged in business requiring knowledge belonging to the fields of law, economics, sociology and other humanities
Activities in the area of "Specialist in Humanities" need to be "activities requiring expert knowledge beyond a certain level on the background of academic sophistication". Work utilizes so-called university-level expertise applies.
Specific fields include "Language, Literature, Philosophy, Education (including Physical Education), Psychology, Sociology, History, Area Studies, Basic Law, Public Law, International Relations Law, Civil Law, Criminal Law, Society Law, Political Science, Economic Theory, Economic Policy, International Economy, Economic History, Fiscal Studies, Financial Theory, Commercial Studies, Business Studies, Accounting, Economic Statistics " are exemplified in the immigration manaual.
Area of "International Services" -- Activities engaged in work requiring thought or susceptibility based on foreign culture
The activities in the area of "International Services" need to be "activities that require more than a certain level of professional abilities based on thought or susceptibility based on foreign cultures" acquired in a traditional culture of a foreign country, Interpretation, guidance of language, publicity, advertisement or overseas trading business, design related to clothing or interior decoration, product development and other similar activities are applicable.
Foreign nationals who wish to work in Japan under the status of residence of "Engineer/Specialist in Humanities/International Services" must fulfill one of the following requirements.
|"Engineer"||"Specialist in Humanities"||"International Services"|
|Work that requires skills or knowledge belonging to the fields of science, engineering and other natural sciences||Work requiring knowledge belonging to the fields of law, economics, sociology and other humanities||Work that requires thought or sensitivity based on foreign culture|
|Regarding the work to be engaged, it falls under any of the following, and you have acquired the necessary skills or knowledge for this||Regarding the work to be engaged, it falls under any of the following, and you have acquired the necessary skills or knowledge for this||Applicable to any of the following||Applicable to any of the following|
|University graduation||University graduation||Translation, interpreting, instruction of language, public relations, publicity or overseas trading business, design related to clothing or interior decoration, product development etc. Engage in work similar to these||Engage in work related to instruction of translation, interpretation or language|
|Completed the special course of vocational school in Japan||Completed the special course of vocational school in Japan||University graduation|
|10 years or more of work experience (university, college of higher education, high school, secondary education school late course or specialized course of vocational school Includes a period of majoring in subjects related to the technology or knowledge. )||10 years or more of work experience (university, college of higher education, high school, secondary education school late course or specialized course of vocational school Includes a period of majoring in subjects related to the technology or knowledge. )||
3 years or more of work experience related to work engaged in engagement
(Note: If studying in this field at university etc., it becomes the requirement on the left)
|3 years or more of work experience related to work engaged in engagement|
|Information processing technology qualification（ＩＴ告示）|
|To receive remuneration equal to or more than the compensation paid when Japanese work.|
(This is a brief representation of the requirements of the status of residence "Engineer/Specialist in Humanities/International Services". Be sure to check the exact requirements by the text of the law.)
Contract with public and private organizations in Japan
Foreigners who are staying in Japan under the status of residence of "Engineer/Specialist in Humanities/International Services" need to do business based on contracts with public and private institutions in Japan. It corresponds to cases such as working at a company etc. based on employment contract.
"Period of Stay" will be determined among one of the followings.
5-year, 3-year, 1-year or 3-month.
Spouse and/or Children of a person who is staying in Japan under the status of "Engineer/Specialist in Humanities/International Services" will be qualified for the status "Dependent".
List of "Status of Residence"
Table I (1)
||Diplomat Official Professor Artist Religious Activities Journalist|
|Table I (2)||Highly Skilled Professional Business Manager Legal/Accounting Services Medical Services Researcher Instructor Engineer/Specialist in Humanities/International Services Intracompany Transferee Nursing Care Entertainer Skilled Labor Specified Skilled Worker Technical Intern Training|
|Table I (3)||Cultural Activities Temporary Visitor|
|Table I (4)||Student Trainee Dependent|
|Table I (5)||Designated Activities|
|Table II||Permanent Resident Spouse or Child of Japanese national Spouse or Child of Permanent Resident Long Term Resident|
|Special Permanent Resident||Special Permanent Resident|
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Followings are extracted from the web site of Japanese government. However, some of them might be old and different from the present rule. Please use at your own risk.
Activities to engage in duties which require skills or knowledge in the field of physical science, engineering, or other natural science fields, or in the field of jurisprudence, economics, sociology or other humanities fields, or to engage in duties which require the ways of thinking or sensitivity founded on foreign culture (except for the activities listed in the right-hand column of the "Professor," "Artist," and "Journalist" sections in Table (1), and the activities listed in the right-hand column of the "Business Manager" through "Instructor" sections, "Intra-Company Transferee" and "Entertainer" sections in this Table), based on a contract entered into with a public or private organization in Japan.
The applicant falls under all of the following requirements; provided, however, that this does not apply to cases where the applicant seeks to engage in services related to agency associated with the proceedings in an international arbitration case provided for in Article 58-2 of the Act on Special Measures Concerning the Handling of Legal Services by Foreign Lawyers (Act No. 66 of 1986);
(i) if the applicant seeks to engage in services that require skills or knowledge in the field of natural science or humanities, the applicant falls under any of the following requirements, and has acquired the skills and knowledge necessary for the duties; provided, however, that this does not apply if the applicant seeks to engage in duties that require skills and knowledge pertaining to information processing and has passed the examination related to information processing or holds a qualification related to information processing technology specified by the Minister of Justice in public notice;
(a) the applicant has graduated from a university having majored in a subject related to the skills or knowledge, or has acquired an education equivalent thereto;
(b) the applicant has completed a specialized course of study at an advanced vocational school in Japan majoring in a subject related to the skills or knowledge (limited to cases where the applicant fulfills the requirements specified by the Minister of Justice in public notice regarding the completion);
(c) the applicant has at least 10 years of practical experience (including the period during which the applicant majored in a subject related to the skills or knowledge at a university, technical college, senior high school, the second semester course at a school for secondary education or a specialized course of study at an advanced vocational school);
(ii) if the applicant seeks to engage in services that require ways of thinking or sensibilities that have the foundation in a foreign culture, the applicant is to fall under all of the following requirements:
(a) the applicant is to engage in translation, interpretation, language instruction, public relations, advertising or overseas transactions, fashion or interior designs, product development, or other similar services;
(b) the applicant has at least 3 years of experience in the services related to the services it seeks to engage in; provided, however, that this does not apply if the applicant who has graduated from university is to engage in translation, interpretation, or language instruction;
(iii) the applicant is to receive a remuneration equivalent to or greater than that a Japanese national receives for the same work.
5 years, 3 years, 1 year, or 3 months
(i) Certificate of registered information and a copy of the profit and loss statement of the inviting organization;
(ii) materials demonstrating the content of business of the inviting organization;
(iii) certificate of graduation or a certificate for the period during which the foreign national majored in subjects pertaining to the activities, and a document proving the foreign national's work histroy;
(iv) document proving the content and period of the activities and the foreign national's position and remuneration.
(i) Document proving the content and period of the activities and the foreign national's position;
(ii) Certificate proving the foreign national's annual income and the amount of tax paid.
Staff member of the organization in Japan which signed a contract with the person themselves
Religious Activities 「宗教」
Business Manager 「経営・管理」
Legal/Accounting Services 「法律・会計業務」
Medical Services 「医療」
Engineer/Specialist in Humanities/International Services 「技術・人文知識・国際業務」
Intracompany Transferee 「企業内転勤」
Nursing Care 「介護」
Skilled Labor 「技能」
Highly skilled professional visa
Highly Skilled Professional 「高度専門職」
Cultural Activities 「文化活動」
Spouse or Child of Japanese national 「日本人の配偶者等」
Spouse or Child of Permanent Resident 「永住者の配偶者等」
Long Term Resident 「定住者」
Designated Activities 「特定活動」
Permanent Resident 「永住者」
Special Permanent Resident 「特別永住者」
Temporary Visitor 「短期滞在」