Japan could be next top favourite for Indian IT professionals as the country is looking to recruit around two lakh techies from the Indian land.
The good news came at a point when the country’s IT industry is facing serious concerns in the United States, which recently made it tougher for professionals to get the coveted H1B visas.
Even back at home, the career prospects of IT professionals are not too bright. In 2017-18, the net employee addition has been about 100,000 against the earlier projection of 150,000.
Japan wants to recruit highly skilled professionals, especially in life sciences, finance, services and agriculture. It said that it would also isue green cards to the hired individuals to help them receive permanent resident status within a time span of a year.
“Japan will open up its doors to about two lakh IT professionals from India, and issue green cards to settle down in Japan and support the country’s rapidly expanding IT infrastructure, said Shigeki Maeda, Executive Vice President at Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO)”.
“Currently there are around 9,20,000 IT professionals in the country and there is an immediate demand for more than 2,00,000 IT professionals from India which is likely to further swell to 8,00,000 professionals by 2030,” he said in his keynote address at the India-Japan Business Partnership Seminar, which was jointly organised by Bangalore Chamber of Industry and Commerce and Jetro on Thursday.
Japan has eased out its visa issuance to Indians, effective from January 2018. According to the new norms, the applicants do not require to submit their employment certificate and letters of explanation for multiple-entry visas. Also, the number of documents to be submitted has been considerably reduced to just three but if an individual has travelled to Japan more than once, he would be required to submit just his or her passport and the visa application form.
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