Specified Skilled Worker Building Cleaning

The Specified Skilled Worker (SSW) visa program for Building Cleaning is designed to address the labor shortage in Japan’s building maintenance and cleaning sector by attracting skilled foreign workers. This program allows eligible candidates to work in Japan and contribute to maintaining the cleanliness and hygiene of various buildings and facilities.


To recruit skilled foreign workers to fill the labor gaps in the building cleaning sector in Japan, ensuring that buildings and facilities are maintained to high cleanliness and hygiene standards.

Eligibility Criteria

Skills and Experience

Applicants must have relevant skills and experience in building cleaning.

Language Proficiency

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

Skills Assessment

Applicants must pass a skills evaluation test specific to building cleaning.

Key Responsibilities

General Cleaning

  • Surface Cleaning: Cleaning floors, walls, windows, and other surfaces in buildings.
  • Dusting and Polishing: Dusting furniture, fixtures, and fittings, and polishing them as needed.
  • Sanitization: Sanitizing restrooms, kitchens, and other areas to maintain hygiene standards.

Specialized Cleaning

  • Carpet and Upholstery: Cleaning carpets, rugs, and upholstery using appropriate cleaning equipment and chemicals.
  • Window Cleaning: Cleaning windows and glass surfaces, often requiring the use of specialized equipment and safety procedures.
  • Floor Care: Stripping, waxing, and buffing floors to maintain their appearance and durability.

Waste Management

  • Garbage Disposal: Collecting and disposing of trash and recyclables in designated areas.
  • Recycling: Sorting and managing recyclable materials according to local regulations.

Maintenance Tasks

  • Minor Repairs: Performing minor repairs and maintenance tasks as needed, such as changing light bulbs or fixing leaks.
  • Equipment Maintenance: Maintaining and cleaning cleaning equipment to ensure it operates efficiently.

Safety and Compliance

  • Safety Procedures: Following safety protocols and procedures to ensure a safe working environment.
  • Chemical Handling: Properly handling and storing cleaning chemicals and materials.
  • Compliance: Adhering to all local regulations and standards related to building cleaning and maintenance.

Training and Certification

Pre-Arrival Training

  • Basic Japanese Language: Training to improve Japanese language skills, focusing on vocabulary and phrases relevant to building cleaning.
  • Cultural Orientation: Introduction to Japanese culture and workplace etiquette.

On-the-Job Training

  • Technical Skills: Training in the use of cleaning equipment, chemicals, and procedures.
  • Safety Training: Comprehensive training on safety protocols, including the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) and emergency procedures.


  • Skills Test: Passing the designated skills test for building cleaning, which assesses practical cleaning skills and knowledge.
  • Language Proficiency: Demonstrating adequate proficiency in Japanese through recognized language tests.

Working Conditions

Work Environment

  • Locations: Working in various settings, including offices, schools, hospitals, hotels, and residential buildings.
  • Shift Work: Possibility of working different shifts, including early mornings, late evenings, and weekends.

Employment Terms

  • Contract Duration: Typically 1 to 5 years, with the possibility of renewal based on performance and employer needs.
  • Salary and Benefits: Competitive salary based on industry standards, including benefits such as health insurance and social security.

Support and Integration

Employer Support

  • Orientation Programs: Initial orientation to help workers adapt to their new roles and environment.
  • Language Support: Ongoing language support and training to improve Japanese proficiency.
  • Workplace Integration: Support with integrating into the workplace, understanding job expectations, and building relationships with colleagues.

Community Support

  • Housing Assistance: Help with finding suitable accommodation.
  • Cultural Integration: Programs to help workers integrate into the local community, including social events and cultural activities.
  • Legal and Administrative Assistance: Guidance on legal and administrative matters, such as obtaining a residence card and opening a bank account.

Career Development

Skill Enhancement

  • Advanced Training: Opportunities for advanced training and specialization in areas such as floor care, high-rise window cleaning, and carpet cleaning.
  • Certifications: Additional certifications in specialized cleaning techniques and safety procedures.

Career Progression

  • Supervisory Roles: Possibilities for promotion to supervisory or managerial roles within the building cleaning sector.
  • Long-Term Employment: Opportunities for long-term employment and potentially transitioning to a permanent resident status through continued employment and contribution to the sector.

Impact and Benefits

For Japan

  • Labor Shortage Solution: Addressing critical labor shortages in the building cleaning sector.
  • Quality Maintenance: Ensuring high standards of cleanliness and maintenance in public and private buildings.

For Workers

  • Employment Opportunities: Providing job opportunities and a pathway to work and live in Japan.
  • Skill Development: Enhancing skills and gaining valuable work experience in an international setting.
  • Cultural Exchange: Promoting cultural exchange and understanding between Japan and other countries.

The SSW Building Cleaning Program plays a vital role in maintaining Japan’s high standards of cleanliness and hygiene while offering valuable employment opportunities to skilled foreign workers. Through comprehensive training, support, and career development, the program ensures that workers are well-prepared to meet the demands of the industry and contribute effectively to their workplaces.

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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