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Japan relaxes visa rules in favour of international students

11:01 PM | 29 Feb, 2024
Japan relaxes visa rules in favour of international students

TOKYO - Responding to appeals from both business and academic sectors, the Japanese government announced a relaxation of visa regulations, aimed at broadening opportunities for foreign students to remain in Japan and secure employment.

The Immigration Services Agency of Japan revealed on Thursday that students completing studies at state-designated technical schools would now have the flexibility to work in fields not necessarily directly related to their majors.

This significant alteration is anticipated to increase the annual count of foreign students opting to stay and work in Japan by approximately 3,000 individuals, as stated by the agency.

Previously, a substantial number of foreign students, despite acquiring technical skills and proficiency in the Japanese language during their tenure at technical schools, found it difficult to secure employment that aligned with their acquired skills or knowledge, often resulting in their return to their home countries.

To address this issue, state-designated technical schools will implement specialized programs, including practical training opportunities at various companies, the agency confirmed.

Moreover, the government has also expanded the eligibility criteria for foreign students eligible to remain in Japan for employment under the "designated activities" visa, a residential status permitting employment across a broader spectrum.

Previously reserved for graduates of universities or graduate schools, this visa category now encompasses students demonstrating advanced Japanese language proficiency and educational accomplishments equivalent to a bachelor's degree, including those completing a four-year program at designated technical schools.

According to a survey conducted by the Japan Student Services Organization in fiscal 2021, approximately 75 percent of the 2,000 foreign students enrolled in technical schools expressed their desire to pursue employment opportunities within Japan.

These regulatory amendments come in the wake of recommendations by a government panel in April of the preceding year, advocating for simplified pathways for foreign students to secure employment in Japan.

"We hope that students possessing specialized skills and a profound understanding of Japan will contribute to the workforce in the country," remarked an official from the agency, underscoring the government's aspirations behind the policy adjustments.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk


Pakistani rupee rate against US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal - Check 14 April forex rates

Pakistani currency remains unchanged against US dollar and other currencies in open market on April 14, 2024.

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

On Sunday, the US dollar was being quoted at 277.5 for buying and 280.5 for selling.

Euro was quoted at 299.95 for buying and 302.9 for selling while British Pound stands at 349.5 for buying, and 353 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.45 and Saudi Riyal's new rates was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 14 April 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 08:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.5 280.5
Euro EUR 299.95 302.9
UK Pound Sterling GBP 349.5 353
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.45
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 182.7 184.5
Bahrain Dinar BHD 739.38 747.38
Canadian Dollar CAD 204 206.2
China Yuan CNY 38.45 38.85
Danish Krone DKK 40.45 40.85
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.57 35.92
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 903.91 912.91
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.92 59.52
New Zealand Dollar NZD 167.63 169.63
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.38 25.68
Omani Riyal OMR 722.1 730.1
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.35 77.05
Singapore Dollar SGD 206 208
Swedish Korona SEK 25.72 26.02
Swiss Franc CHF 307.11 309.61
Thai Bhat THB 7.61 7.76


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