Border control, Immigration legislation and policies

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Whilst respecting the Government’s efforts to restrict the spread of COVID-19 with its border controls, it is requested to ease priority business visa entry restrictions for foreign nationals. The ongoing entry restrictions are negatively impacting an increasing number of both Japanese and foreign businesses, that rely on the entry to Japan of key management and skilled personnel and engineers, vital for the Japanese economy. The Government needs to also continue to take an increasingly proactive approach to immigration policies and deregulation. Several sectors are currently restrained by the shortage of available labour. This holds true for both skilled labour and unskilled labour in the major urban centres and regional Japan.

Recommendations

  • Allow for the processing of priority business visas for entry to Japan of essential personnel.
  • Provide a greater level of immigration policy transparency for businesses and permanent residents.
  • Ensure that vaccination certificates, received overseas by Japanese nationals and foreign permanent residents, are recognized by the Government and planned digital vaccine passports.
  • Extend the scope of on-line visa applications and visa extensions.
  • Lower the requirement for industry experience from ten to five years for those without a university degree.
  • Formalise visa procedures for partners that are not married or are in same-sex partnerships.
  • Continue to review concrete measures to increase the uptake of the ‘specified skills visas’ to non-high skilled workers, and their integration in the workplace and society.