Specified Skilled Worker Accommodation Industry

The Specified Skilled Worker (SSW) visa program for the accommodation industry is designed to address the labor shortage in Japan’s hospitality sector by allowing foreign workers with the necessary skills and experience to work in Japan. Here is a detailed description of the program as it applies to the accommodation industry:


Labor Shortage Mitigation

Address the significant labor shortages in Japan's hospitality sector, particularly in hotels and other lodging facilities.

Skill Enhancement

Bring in foreign workers with relevant skills to maintain and enhance service quality in the accommodation industry.

Economic Contribution

Support Japan's tourism industry, which is a vital part of the economy, by ensuring sufficient workforce availability.

Eligibility Criteria

Skills and Experience

  • Applicants must have relevant skills and experience in the accommodation industry, such as housekeeping, front desk operations, and customer service.
  • Prior work experience in hotels or other lodging facilities is highly beneficial.

Language Proficiency

  • Applicants must pass the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) at the N4 level or higher, or an equivalent language test to demonstrate their ability to communicate effectively in Japanese.

Skills Assessment

  • Applicants must pass a skills assessment test specific to the accommodation industry. This test evaluates practical knowledge and skills necessary for working in hospitality roles.

Job Roles in the Accommodation Industry

Front Desk Operations

Handling check-ins and check-outs, managing reservations, providing guest information, and ensuring a smooth guest experience.


Cleaning and maintaining guest rooms and public areas, ensuring hygiene standards are met, and handling laundry services.

Food and Beverage Service

Working in hotel restaurants and bars, serving food and drinks, managing orders, and ensuring guest satisfaction.

Customer Service

Addressing guest inquiries, resolving complaints, providing concierge services, and assisting guests with their needs.

Facility Management

Maintaining the overall functionality and cleanliness of the hotel premises, managing repairs, and ensuring safety standards.

Working Conditions and Rights

Employment Contract

Workers must have a valid employment contract that clearly outlines job responsibilities, working hours, wages, and other terms of employment.

Labor Rights

Foreign workers are entitled to the same labor rights and protections as Japanese workers, including fair wages, safe working conditions, and social security benefits.

Support and Integration

Employers and support organizations provide assistance with housing, language training, and cultural orientation to help foreign workers integrate smoothly into their new environment.

Application Process


Gather necessary documents, including proof of skills, experience, and language proficiency.

Skill and Language Tests

Pass the required Japanese language and industry-specific skills assessment tests.

Job Offer

Obtain a job offer from a Japanese employer in the accommodation industry willing to sponsor the visa.

Visa Application

Submit the visa application through Japanese immigration authorities.

Benefits for Workers

Career Opportunities

Gain valuable work experience in Japan’s hospitality sector, which can enhance future career prospects.

Cultural Experience

Experience living and working in Japan, gaining insights into its culture and customs.

Skill Development

Improve professional skills and language proficiency through hands-on experience and training.

Benefits for Employers

Labor Force Stability

Ensure a stable and skilled workforce to maintain high service standards in the hospitality sector.

Enhanced Service Quality

Employ workers with specialized skills and experience, contributing to better guest experiences and satisfaction.

Cultural Diversity

Enrich the workplace with diverse perspectives and cultural backgrounds, fostering a more inclusive environment.

Challenges and Considerations

Language Barrier

Continuous improvement in Japanese language skills is essential for effective communication and integration.

Cultural Adaptation

Adapting to Japanese workplace culture and hospitality standards can be challenging but is crucial for success.

Support Systems

Availability of support services, including language classes, cultural orientation, and legal assistance, is vital for the well-being of foreign workers.

The SSW program for the accommodation industry provides a structured pathway for foreign workers to contribute to Japan’s hospitality sector. By addressing labor shortages and enhancing service quality, the program supports the growth of Japan’s tourism industry. Both workers and employers benefit from this initiative, as it fosters skill development, cultural exchange, and economic stability.

How to Apply?

Tell us a little about yourself and we’ll help with the rest. Our convenient online application tool only takes 10 minutes to complete.

After you submit your application, an admissions representative will contact you and will help you to complete the process.

Once you’ve completed your application and connected with an admissions representative, you’re ready to create your schedule.


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