What is the difference between Ginou-jusshuusei and Tokutei-ginou ?

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The difference between Ginou-jusshuusei and Tokutei-ginou is that the definition of Jisshuusei is an apprentice.

-The Ginou-jusshuusei is hence a trainee.

-TG skill is a special (apprentice) skill consisting of Tokutei-ginou No.1 and Tokutei-ginou No.2.

Tokutei-ginou or Specified Skilled Worker is a new visa program starting 1 April 2019.

What's the difference?

(1) A person on the Ginou-jusshuusei visa must go home after the contract expires.

With a Tokutei-ginou visa, one can change companies within the same industry freely, provided there is a clear contract; or can leave the Tokutei-ginou program if they move to another company to become a permanent employee (seishain). Hence it is possible to stay in Japan for more than five years (as long as he/she becomes a permanent employee of the company).

(2) A person on the Ginou-jusshuusei visa only has a maximum of 3 years to stay in Japan. They cannot switch companies.

The Tokutei-ginou visa has a maximum of 5 years. However, if you don't get a job in another company (with a contract), you will have to return to your home country. After 5 years, someone one a Tokutei-ginou No.1 visa can change it to No.2 visa if the contract is extended and can continue to be in Japan.

(3) People on Ginou-jusshuusei visa are not allowed to bring family into Japan. People on the Tokutei-ginou visa can bring their families with them when entering the Tokutei-ginou 2 system after 5 years (maximum) in Japan.

(4) The Ginou-jusshuusei visa is only given to nationals of only a few participating countries including Indonesia. Tokutei-ginou participants are from 8-9 countries and there has been a steady increase in participants according to the Japanese government budget and policy.

(5) Ginou-jusshuusei visa returnees to Indonesia can no longer come to Japan as a Ginou-jusshuusei anymore. Those on Ginou-jusshuusei visa can leave Japan however will return to Japan under a Tokutei-ginou visa. This would require the ex Ginou-jusshuusei visa holder to have lived no more than 5-years in Japan. Therefore, all ex Ginou-jusshuusei are allowed to join the Tokutei-ginou program.

(6) The current Ginou-jusshuusei system will be replaced by the Tokutei-ginou system.

Tokutei-ginou starts April 1, 2019, and so on for 9 countries including Indonesia. Those currently on a Ginou-jusshuusei visa can still continue to be in Japan with the visa until it expires although Japan no longer gives the visa. Those currently on the Ginou-jusshuusei visa are allowed to change to a Tokutei-ginou visa and those residing in Japan are welcomed to apply for a Tokutei-ginou visa. If the application is done soon, you are able to join the Tokutei-ginou system as soon as possible. The Tokutei-ginou visa has started to be distributed from April 15, 2019, especially for nurses (kangoshi) and elderly support (kaigoshi).

Those who have been in Japan or have submitted their Ginou-jusshuusei applications from last year are requested to switch to Tokutei-ginou systems. So far, the fastest Tokutei-ginou visa approvals have been given on April 15th 2019.

Different programs under different business fields start on their schedules respectively. Find out on the different businesses on the site's page if necessary.

So, What Are You Waiting For?

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