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Status of Residence of "Trainee"


Training that can be accepted under Status of Residence of "Trainee"

The activities for Status of Residence of "Trainee" are defined in the Ministerial Ordinance on Landing for "Trainee", but the requirements will be different depending on the following cases: 1. where the training is performed only by the off-the-job training not including the on-the-job training or 2. where the training includes the on-the-job training.

(1) Training that does not include on-the-job training (off-the-job training only)

As prescribed in the Ministry Ordinance for Landing of "Trainee", in the event training only consists of training that does not include on-the-job training, the following requirements for accepting trainees under the Status of Residence of "Trainee" after the amendments must be satisfied.

  1. Skills cannot be acquired by merely repeating the same work.

  2. The Trainee is 18 years of age or over and is scheduled to be employed in work that makes use of the Skills acquired in Japan after he/she returns to his/her home country.

  3. The Trainee plans to acquire Skills that are difficult to acquire at the location of the address of the Technical Intern Trainee.

  4. Instructors are full-time employees of the Accepting Organization with five (5) years or more of experience in the Skills to be acquired.

  5. In the event a Technical Intern Trainee is unable to continue training, the Accepting Organization must immediately report the relevant facts and response to the Regional Immigration Bureau.

  6. The Accepting Organization or Intermediary Organization must adopt measures such as securing the return travel expenses for Trainees.

  7. 1 Accepting Organization must create documents relating to the performance status of training and store them for one or more years following the completion of technical training.

 

In addition to the above requirements, there are regulations relating to improper conduct, and reasons for the dismissal of managing directors, managers and instructors, etc., of Accepting Organizations.
Furthermore, the definition of non-on-the-job training is clearly prescribed in this amendment. For example, except for training that is performed at a place that is separated in advance from places which manufacture products or at a time that is separated in advance from times when products are manufactured, training involving the manufacture of trial products is not considered non-on-the-job training.


(2) Training that includes on-the-job training

Training that includes on-the-job training is limited to training approved as public training. The Ministry Ordinance for Landing of "Trainee" No. 5 prescribes the following.

  1. Training conducted by national government organizations, local government organizations or independent administrative organizations

  2. Training conducted as a business of the Japan National Tourist Organization (JNTO)

  3. Training conducted as a business of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)

  4. Training conducted as a business of the Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Cooperation (JOGMEC)

  5. Training conducted as a business of international Organizations

  6. In addition to the training specified in 1. to 5., when Accepting Organizations that perform training as a business operated mainly by funds from the national government and local government organizations in Japan comply with each of the following.

    (a)

    Accommodation and training facilities for trainees has been assured.

    (b)

    A guidance counselor has been appointed.

    (c)

    Pre-cautionary measures have been adopted such as taking out insurance that covers the death and illness, etc., of Trainees.

    (d)

    Health and safety measures have been adopted in training facilities.

  7. Training consists of Trainees who are full-time employees of overseas national government organizations or local government organizations

    (a)

    Accepting Organizations must comply with all the additional requirements specified in the above Item 6.

  8. Training consists of Technical Intern Trainees who have been designated by overseas national government organizations or local organizations, receive government assistance and guidance from the Japanese government and comply with each of the following.

    (a)

    Applicants are engaged in work which widely utilizes Skills in the location of the address.

    (b)

    Accepting Organizations must comply with all the additional requirements specified in the above Item 6.

    

In addition, even in the event of public training, the requirements specified in the above Items 1.~7. in (1) and regulations relating to improper conduct, and reasons for the dismissal of managing directors, managers and instructors, etc., of Accepting Organizations also apply.


(1) (Reference) Content of "Training" activities after the amendments to the Immigration Control Act on July 2010

Status of Residence of "Technical Intern Trainee" category was newly established in the amendment of the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act on July 1, 2010, and Status of Residence of "Trainee" activities are prescribed as "Activities to learn and acquire Skills at a public or private organization in Japan (except for the activities listed in the right-hand column 1 of Table (1-2) "Technical Training" and "College Student" in the right-hand column of Table (1-4) in this Act).
By this amendment, the activities relating to "Technical Intern Training (i)" were newly excluded from the content of activities that could be performed under the former "Trainee", and activities that apply to "Trainee" following the amendments are limited to training such as that which does not involve any form of on-the-job training and public training performed as a business operated mainly by funds from the national government and local government organizations.
Furthermore, the residence period is defined as one (1) year or six (6) month with the current "Trainee," and no change was made from the previous act.