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GREEN CARD IN JAPAN: Relief for H1B Visa Holders

Updated: Jul 16, 2021

US President Donald Trump’s decision on reducing the number of H1B visa holders in the US has come as a rude shock to not only Indians but also to immigrants from other parts of the world who work in the US. But Japan has actually decided to make this an opportunity to provide relief to its immigrants.

Permanent Residency

Japan – The Land of the Rising Sun, has a noticeable amount of migrants. This includes doctors, engineers, teachers, software experts etc. The usual practice for a migrant to get permanent residency in Japan is 5 years. They are evaluated based on certain criteria, this includes annual income, academic background and language skills. Points are given based on these criteria. People with more than 70 points are given permanent residency.


Japan seeing that its own working population is in threat in the US has decided to work on its in house permanent residency policy. This is actually good since this would also provide a boost to foreign companies to look for new pastures to invest in. Plus the current migrant workforce in japan also can breathe easy.

Relief for Visa holders

The new policy would come into place only in April 2017. According to the new policy, instead of waiting for 5 years, permanent residency can be got in 2 years. This would ensure that highly skilled professionals get their green cards at a faster pace. Well this no doubt provides relief but also opens a whole lot of opportunities.

IT Investment

With a change in policy, Japan is hoping to attract more number of Indian IT companies. Since Japan believes that its own IT sector does not have the talent that is available in India. IT companies and IT professionals in India no doubt are waiting for such an opportunity.

Legislation and policy about immigration in any country change quite often. Please make sure that you check the website of the immigration department of that particular country for changes that may be applicable to you.

We at Fortune Immigration and Education provide updates on immigration and much more to prospective immigrants and international students. Please contact us for more details.

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