Specified Skilled Worker Airport Ground Handling

The Specified Skilled Worker (SSW) visa program for Airport Ground Handling is designed to address labor shortages in the aviation sector by allowing skilled foreign workers to work in Japan. This program covers various roles involved in the operations and maintenance of airport services, ensuring smooth and efficient airport operations.



To fill labor gaps in airport ground handling services with proficient foreign workers.


Includes a range of tasks from passenger service to aircraft maintenance.

Eligibility Criteria

Skills and Experience

Applicants must demonstrate relevant skills and experience in airport ground handling.

Language Proficiency:

Must pass the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) at N4 level or higher, or an equivalent test.

Skills Evaluation

Pass an industry-specific skills assessment test.

Roles and Responsibilities

The SSW Airport Ground Handling program encompasses various roles, including but not limited to:

Passenger Services

  • Check-In and Boarding: Assisting passengers with check-in procedures, boarding passes, and luggage.
  • Customer Service: Providing information, handling inquiries, and assisting passengers with special needs.

Ramp Services

  • Aircraft Marshalling: Guiding aircraft during arrival and departure.
  • Baggage Handling: Loading and unloading luggage and cargo from aircraft.
  • Aircraft Refueling: Managing and conducting refueling operations.

Maintenance and Support

  • Aircraft Cleaning: Cleaning the interior and exterior of aircraft.
  • Equipment Maintenance: Ensuring ground service equipment is operational and well-maintained.

Training and Certification

  • Cargo Management: Loading, unloading, and securing cargo.
  • Documentation: Managing cargo documentation and ensuring compliance with regulations.

Roles and Responsibilities

Pre-Arrival Training

Language and cultural training to prepare for work in Japan.

On-the-Job Training

Practical training provided by the employer to ensure understanding of specific job requirements.


Successful completion of the skills assessment test and any additional certification as required by the job role.

Working Conditions

Employment Contract

A clear contract outlining working conditions, wages, and job responsibilities.

Working Hours

May include irregular hours, weekends, and holidays depending on airport operations.

Safety and Compliance

Adherence to safety regulations and compliance with airport and airline standards.


Career Development

Opportunities for career advancement and skill enhancement within the aviation industry.

Cultural Exchange

Experience working in a multicultural environment, enhancing personal and professional growth.

Economic Contribution

Contributing to the efficiency and effectiveness of Japan's aviation sector.

Application Process

Eligibility Check

Ensure you meet the language, skills, and experience requirements.

Skills and Language Tests

Pass the necessary language proficiency and industry-specific skills tests.

Job Offer

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

Visa Application

Submit the visa application with all required documentation through Japanese immigration authorities.

Support and Integration

Orientation Programs

Initial orientation covering workplace practices, cultural norms, and job-specific training.

Ongoing Support

Access to support services including housing assistance, language classes, and cultural integration activities.

Networking Opportunities

Engage with other SSW workers and industry professionals for support and career advice.

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.

The SSW Airport Ground Handling program provides a structured pathway for skilled foreign workers to contribute to Japan’s aviation sector. It offers valuable employment opportunities while addressing critical labor shortages. By ensuring comprehensive training and support, the program aims to facilitate smooth integration and effective performance in the demanding environment of airport ground handling.

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.


Are you ready to take the next step toward your future career?