Specified Skilled Worker Agriculture

The Specified Skilled Worker (SSW) visa program for agriculture is designed to address labor shortages in Japan’s agricultural sector by bringing in skilled foreign workers. This program allows foreign nationals to work in Japan’s agricultural industry, which encompasses various sub-sectors including farming, livestock, and horticulture. Here is a detailed description of the SSW Agriculture program:

Program Objectives

Alleviate Labor Shortages

Address the pressing labor shortages in Japan’s agricultural sector.

Enhance Agricultural Productivity

Bring skilled workers to improve productivity and introduce new techniques.

Cultural Exchange

Promote cultural exchange and understanding through international cooperation in agriculture.

Eligibility Criteria

Skills and Experience

  • Applicants must have practical experience or training in agriculture.
  • Skills and knowledge should align with the requirements of the specific agricultural sub-sector.

Language Proficiency

  • Applicants must pass the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) at N4 level or higher, or an equivalent language test.

Skills Assessment

  • Applicants must pass a specific skills evaluation test for agriculture, demonstrating their practical knowledge and abilities.

Types of SSW Agriculture Visas

SSW Type 1

  • Allows foreign workers to stay and work in Japan for up to 5 years.
  • Workers under this visa cannot bring family members.

SSW Type 2

  • Issued to workers with advanced skills and experience.
  • Allows for long-term residency and the possibility of bringing family members.
  • Currently, the SSW Type 2 visa is not widely available for the agriculture sector.

Sub-sectors in Agriculture


Rice cultivation, vegetable farming, fruit orchards, and other crop production.


Dairy farming, poultry farming, pig farming, and other livestock management.


Flower cultivation, greenhouse management, and nursery operations.

Application Process


Ensure all required documents are prepared, including proof of skills, experience, and language proficiency.

Skill and Language Tests

Pass the necessary Japanese language and agricultural skills tests.

Job Offer

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

Visa Application

Submit the visa application through Japanese immigration authorities.

Working Conditions and Rights

Employment Contract

Workers must have a valid employment contract outlining job responsibilities, wages, working hours, and other conditions.

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 assist with integration, including housing, language classes, and cultural orientation.

Challenges and Considerations

Language Barrier

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

Cultural Adaptation

Adapting to Japanese workplace culture and societal norms can be challenging for foreign workers.

Support Systems

Availability of support services for foreign workers, including legal assistance, housing support, and cultural orientation, is vital for successful integration.


Skill Development

Workers gain practical experience and new skills in advanced agricultural techniques and technologies.

Career Opportunities

The program provides a pathway for career advancement within the agriculture sector.

Economic Contributions

Foreign workers contribute to the local economy and help sustain Japan’s agricultural industry.

Impact on Japan’s Agriculture Sector

Increased Productivity

The influx of skilled workers helps to increase agricultural productivity and efficiency.

Technological Adoption

Skilled foreign workers bring new techniques and practices, promoting innovation in the sector.

Sustainable Growth

Addressing labor shortages helps to ensure the sustainable growth and stability of Japan’s agriculture industry.

The SSW Agriculture program is a critical initiative aimed at bolstering Japan’s agricultural sector by addressing labor shortages with skilled foreign workers. By providing opportunities for practical experience and skill development, the program not only benefits the Japanese agriculture industry but also enhances the career prospects of foreign workers. Through this mutually beneficial arrangement, the SSW Agriculture program contributes to the sustainable growth and productivity of Japan’s agriculture while promoting cultural exchange and international cooperation.

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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