In July 2020 as a part of its growth strategies, Japanese government sets a KPI target to increase Highly Skilled Professionals (HSP) and its cumulative permissions up to 40,000 by end of 2022. This means that HSP permissions for the next 1.5 years should be 16,000 or more to meet the target as cumulative number of HSP permissions as of end June 2020 is around 24,000. It is rather aggressive since it requires to nearly double pace of the permissions, up to 5,000 to 6,000 permissions every 6 months which is currently around 3,000.
Of course, this does not mean that Immigration Office would make it easier to grant HSP permission. It is however possible that the office may revise HSP point criteria or shorten time to review HSP applications in order to facilitate HSP applications and permissions. It would be therefore a good idea to consider applying for HSP to enjoy its advantages.
Details on HSP can be found at the following page in this web site.
- Ministry of Justice (MOJ) Immigration of Highly Skilled Foreign Professionals – Status Update as of August 2020 (in Japanese)
HSP: Cumulative number of Permissions (as of end June 2020)高度人材ポイント制の認定件数の推移
HSP: Number of Residents with home country breakdown (as of end Dec 2019)国籍・地域別高度外国人材の在留者数の推移