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Japan: LDP Eyes Extending Foreigners' Work Visas to Five Years

In response to Japan's declining population, the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) might modify existing law to extend the term of foreign worker visas from three years to five years for certain professions, according to the newspaper Nihon Keizai Shimbun.

The LDP's special committee on foreign labor will reach a conclusion by the end of June and may submit proposed legislative measures to the Diet during the 2007 regular session. The committee will also mull extending the duration foreign students can stay in Japan after graduating from Japanese schools from 180 days to one year.

The aim is to provide more time for these students to look for jobs in Japan. Existing visa laws typically provide three-year visas to expatriates. People in information technology fields can obtain visas for five years, and students can get two-year visas. Visa renewal petitions must be made at a local office of the Justice Minister's Immigration Bureau. Expatriates have requested that the government make the renewal process easier.

Japanese companies are also urging that immigration rules be eased, but some fear that foreigners would take away jobs from Japanese citizens and pose a security risk. For this reason, the LDP may exclude some kinds of occupations from the five-year visa rule. Another proposal involves creating a green-card-type system for specialized professionals like attorneys.

Source: GlobalityGAI


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