Under the new grading system, up to 30 points will be awarded to migrants with doctoral or masters degrees and up to 25 points for migrants with specialised skills, depending on the level and length of their work experience.
Immigrants who gain 70 points on the grading system will receive additional benefits, e.g. the ability to secure a permanent Japanese visa (provided they have been living in Japan for around five years, which is shorter than the current 10 year requirement). Furthermore, under the new system, spouses will be allowed to work.
According to a government report in 2008, Japan's workforce will shrink by a third or more by 2050, citing declining birth rates and an ageing population as chief reasons. The Japanese government is hoping that the new migrant grading system will provide the country with an influx of high-skilled and highly educated immigrants to counteract the effects of a shrinking local workforce
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