Agricultural business industry is divided into two categories: 耕種農業 (Koushu nogyo,Cultivation agriculture) and 畜産農業 (Chikusan nogyo, Livestock agriculture). A skill test will be provided for each category.
Visa application will be accepted starting April 1, 2019.
・Either direct employment by farms or temporary employment by dispatching companies
・The term of temporary employment by dispatching companies should be longer than 6 months
・Those hired directly by farms can work only for their employers. Those hired by dispatching companies coud work for several farms designated by their dispatching companies.
・36,500 workers in total for 5 years
Those who have finished technical training in agriculture in Japan for three years successfully as planned do not have to take tests (skill or language).
・Will check two points:
① Basic knowledge about the job and skill to perform necessary work
② Perform necessary work according to instructions given in Japanese
・① is given in local languages
② is given in Japanese
・CTB (computer based testing) test
・Given about 2 to 6 times per year
・Given in Japan and countries outside Japan (ecept for Nepal and Mongolia for the time being)
・Will start sometime in 2019
1. The following people cannot take the skill test in Japan:
* students expulsed by schools
* trainees who ran away
* refugee applicants
* current trainees
You can choose ① or ② below:
①Japanese language check test (new and for all fields)
・CBT (Computer based testing)
・Given about 6 times oper year
・Given in and outside Japan (countries yet to be decided)
・Will start in autumn 2019
・Focus more on listening and speaking than on reading and writing
② JLPT N4 or above
Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF)
Based on "Operation guidelines" dated March 2019 on HP of Ministry of Justice
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