Specified Skilled Worker Nursing Care

The Specified Skilled Worker (SSW) visa for Nursing Care is designed to address the labor shortage in Japan’s nursing care sector by bringing in skilled foreign workers. This program ensures that foreign workers have the necessary skills and language proficiency to provide high-quality care in Japan.


Address Labor Shortages

Fill critical gaps in the nursing care workforce in Japan.

Enhance Care Quality

Ensure that foreign workers are equipped with the skills and language proficiency to provide quality care.

Cultural Integration

Facilitate the integration of foreign workers into Japanese work environments and communities.

Eligibility Criteria

Skills and Experience

  • Applicants must have relevant skills and experience in nursing care.
  • Passing the skills evaluation test for nursing care, such as the Nursing Care Skills Evaluation Test, is required.

Language Proficiency

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

Health and Character

  • Good health and character are essential. Applicants must pass a medical examination and provide police clearance certificates.

Program Structure

Basic Training:

  • Orientation: Introduction to Japanese culture, work ethics, and the healthcare system.
  • Language Training: Intensive Japanese language courses focusing on healthcare-related vocabulary and communication.

Skills Training

  • Basic Nursing Care: Training in fundamental nursing care techniques such as bathing, dressing, feeding, and mobility assistance.
  • Health Monitoring: Learning to monitor vital signs, report health changes, and assist with medical examinations.
  • Rehabilitation Support: Techniques for supporting physical therapy and rehabilitation activities.
  • Medication Administration: Training on assisting patients with taking medications as prescribed.

Practical Experience

  • On-the-Job Training: Hands-on experience in nursing homes, hospitals, and other healthcare facilities under the supervision of experienced staff.
  • Internships: Placement in healthcare settings to gain practical experience and understand the day-to-day responsibilities of nursing care professionals in Japan.

Assessment and Certification

  • Skills Evaluation Test: Completion of the Nursing Care Skills Evaluation Test to assess practical skills and knowledge.
  • Language Proficiency Test: Passing the JLPT or an equivalent test to demonstrate language proficiency.

Roles and Responsibilities

Personal Care

Assisting patients with daily activities such as bathing, dressing, eating, and mobility.

Health Monitoring

Regularly monitoring and recording patients' vital signs, observing their physical and mental condition, and reporting any changes to the healthcare team.

Rehabilitation Assistance

Supporting patients in physical therapy exercises and other rehabilitation activities.

Medication Assistance

Helping patients take their medications according to prescribed schedules.

Emotional Support

Providing companionship and emotional support to patients and their families.


Keeping accurate records of care provided and changes in patients' conditions.

Working Conditions and Rights

Employment Contract

A clear and detailed employment contract outlining job responsibilities, working hours, wages, and benefits.

Labor Rights

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

Support Services

Employers and support organizations provide assistance with housing, language classes, cultural orientation, and other integration services.

Career Path and Opportunities

Skill Development

Continuous professional development through additional training and certifications.

Career Advancement

Opportunities for promotion to supervisory or specialized roles within the nursing care sector.

Transition to Permanent Residency

Possibility of transitioning to a more permanent residency status, such as the SSW Type 2 visa, which allows for long-term stay and family accompaniment.

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 societal norms can be challenging but is crucial for successful integration.

Support System

Availability of support services for foreign workers, including legal assistance, housing support, and cultural orientation, is vital for smooth adaptation and well-being

The Specified Skilled Worker (SSW) Nursing Care Program provides a structured pathway for skilled foreign workers to contribute to Japan’s healthcare sector. By ensuring participants have the necessary skills, language proficiency, and cultural understanding, the program aims to enhance the quality of care provided to patients while addressing labor shortages in the nursing care industry. This program not only offers valuable employment opportunities for foreign workers but also plays a significant role in the sustainable development of Japan’s healthcare system.

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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