Highly Skilled Professional
Evaluating Eligibility for Highly Skilled Professional Status Many people are attracted to the advantages of obtaining Highly Skilled Professional (HSP) status in Japan. Accurate calculation of HSP points is crucial, as mistakes can lead to ineligibility. For those unsure about their qualification or points calculation, seeking expert guidance is recommended.
Self-Assessment for Highly Skilled Professional Eligibility It’s common to receive inquiries from those who have secured job offers or are already working in Japan on a Skilled Labor, Entertainer, or similar visa, wondering if they can qualify for HSP status. HSP offers several benefits, including a guaranteed 5-year visa, allowances for accompanying parents for childcare and Permanent Residency.
Employer’s Role in HSP Applications Often, Japanese employers are willing to assist with standard visa procedures but may not support HSP applications or provide necessary administrative costs. This leaves many applicants uncertain about their eligibility and the application process.
Key Criteria for HSP Point Calculation
- Academic Background: Final educational qualifications, such as bachelor’s, master’s, MBA, or doctoral degrees, are considered for points. Additional degrees in multiple fields can add points.
- Professional Career: Relevant work experience, excluding part-time jobs, is evaluated based on employment certificates indicating duration and job content.
- Expected Annual Salary: Anticipated earnings for the upcoming year, not past income, are assessed. Basic salary, work-related allowances, and bonuses are included, while commuting, dependent, and housing allowances usually are not.
- Age: The applicant’s age at the time of application is considered, with milestone ages like 30 or 35 requiring attention.
- Japanese Language Proficiency: Points are added for high-level proficiency (N1 or N2 on the JLPT or equivalent scores on the BJT Business Japanese Proficiency Test).
- School of Graduation: Graduates from Japanese universities or recognized foreign institutions receive additional points.
- Professional Qualifications: Points for IT qualifications, foreign legal qualifications, and other professional certifications are included.
Challenges in HSP Application Complications can arise in the HSP point calculation and documentation, requiring detailed preparation and submission of various evidential documents. The application process often involves a pre-check by the immigration office, differing from standard applications.
Continental’s Expert Services for HSP Applicants Continental offers comprehensive services to assist with the HSP application process. This includes listing necessary documents, explaining requirements to employers, and offering direct billing options to companies or individuals. For those seeking advice on point calculations and application strategies, paid consultations are available.
Specialized HSP Application & Consulting Services
- Application Assistance Fee: 150,000 yen, with free consultation included.
- One-Time Consultation for Point Calculation and Documentation: 10,000 yen (excluding tax) per 60-minute session.
Authored by an experienced immigration lawyer, this article provides invaluable insights for foreign nationals and companies navigating the complexities of HSP applications in Japan.