Age 27: a Zambian Student

Age 27: a Zambian Student

Assessing Highly Skilled Foreign Professionals at Age 27: Evaluating a 27-year-old Zambian student’s Eligibility for Japan’s Points-Based System


Meet Audry: a 27-year-old zambian student with a Bachelor’s in Economics from Zambian university and a Master’s degree in Economics from a Kyushu University in Japan, 0 years of experience, and zero Japanese language skills.

After obtaining a Master’s degree from a Japanese university and gaining 4 years of work experience as a professional in his home country, he is planning to pursue a Doctorate degree in Japan Uni.

let’s calculate his points after gaining four 4 professional experience

Point Calculation

Academic Background: Master’s degree : 20points

Education at a Japanese university : 10points

Attending a university eligible for additional points based on the world University Ranking : 10points (Kyushu University)

Age: 30-34 years old: 10 points

Japanese Language Ability: points

Work Experience: 4 or more years of experience as an engineer: 5 points

Experience in advanced field : The qualification to understand Japanese used in everyday situations is held. 10

Financial jobs are not included in the list of advanced businesses that are expected to grow and develop in the future. Additionally, there is a separate category for “special points for financial professionals” under the points-based system, but it does not apply to this category. I will explain more about this later.

Annual Income: 400万円 or more: 10 points

Total points: 75 points

Point Breakdown

Audry is a student who obtained a bachelor’s degree in Economics from her home country’s university and is currently pursuing a doctoral degree at Kyushu University in Japan.

he received a scholarship to come to Japan, so he can expect some additional points for that.

he has taken six months of Japanese language classes and hopes to obtain some kind of qualification. At 27 years old, he has decided to work for a company in her home country for four years after obtaining his doctoral degree, so he can also expect points for that.

In this blog post, we’ll explore Audry’s eligibility and the HSFP points system in more detail.

categorizes applicants into three types

The Highly Skilled Foreign Professional (HSFP) system in Japan categorizes applicants into three types:

  1. Advanced academic research activities – Highly Skilled Professional (Highly Skilled Professionals)
  2. Advanced specialized/technical activities – Highly Skilled Professional(Those with advanced knowledge or skills)
  3. Advanced business and management activities – Highly Skilled Professional(Those who are in demand by Japanese industries)

For a over 30-year-old Zambian who has obtained a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree and has worked as an economics for 4 years, he falls under the category of those with advanced knowledge or skills.
However, since the person cannot speak Japanese fluently, he does not qualify as a Highly Skilled Professional or a candidate in demand by Japanese industries.

Therefore, the over 30-year-old Zambian will be evaluated based on the points system as an applicant with advanced knowledge or skills(2.Advanced specialized/technical activities – Highly Skilled Professional).
The points system determines whether an applicant will be granted preferential treatment under the HSFP system.

There is a point system for highly skilled individuals that includes preferential treatment for expanding the realization of a globally open international financial center.

Among the foreign nationals who fall under the two categories on the right side of the table,

those engaged in financial product trading, investment advice, and investment operations can receive a new special point allocation (10 points) under the highly skilled point system.

However, since Audry is in the field of economics but not in the investment industry, he is not eligible for this special point allocation.

For further details, please refer to the following website.

point system for a globally open international financial center

Details regarding preferential Immigration Control and Residency Management treatment

  1. Multiple activities allowed under one status of residence
  2. A maximum duration of stay of 5 years
  3. Relaxation of requirements for permanent residency based on duration of stay
  4. Permission for spouse to work
  5. Permission for parents to accompany the applicant under certain conditions
  6. Permission for domestic workers to accompany the applicant under certain conditions
  7. Priority processing for immigration and residency procedures