Status of Residence in the Agricultural Sector 農業分野の在留資格

WORK’IN JAPAN

03.03.2021

Status of Residence in the Agricultural Sector

To work in Japan, a “status of residence” is required.
This article explains two types of status of residence required to work related to agriculture in Japan.

Status of residence required in the agricultural sector

1 Specified Skilled Worker
2 Project to Accept Foreigners for Agricultural Support in National Strategic Special Zones

1 Specified Skilled Worker

■Requirements to apply for status of residence
Applicants must meet one of the following requirements: either having more than three years of agricultural work experience in Japan; or passing both the National Chamber of Agriculture’s Agriculture Skill Assessment Test and the Japanese Language Proficiency Test.

■Employment Fields Covered by Specified Skilled Worker
General Agriculture
※It is also possible to engage in related work that Japanese workers usually engage in: manufacturing, processing, transporting and selling agricultural and livestock products, snow removal work in winter, etc.

■Required Japanese Language Skills
Daily Conversation Level

■Period of Stay
Maximum stay up to 5 years in total (it is possible to return to the home country during the stay)

2 Project to Accept Foreigners for Agricultural Support in National Strategic Special Zones

■Requirements to apply for status of residence
Overseas students who have graduated from an agricultural vocational school or who have at least one year of work experience in agriculture.

■Employment Fields
General Agriculture
※In addition to agricultural work, it is also possible to engage in manufacturing, processing, transporting, displaying, and selling agricultural and livestock products. (However, agricultural work must be the main work)

■Required Japanese Language Skills
Japanese language skills required for agricultural work

■Period of Stay
Maximum stay of up to 3 years in total (it is possible to return to the home country during the stay)

Currently, due to the COVID-19 situation, it is difficult to enter Japan.
However, Japanese farmers need foreign human resources.
We hope that this article helped those interested in working in Japanese agriculture.