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POEA Now Accepting Applications for Japan Nursing Jobs Under JPEPA

Approximately a month after the controversial Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement (JPEPA) took effect, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) and the Japan International Corporation of Welfare Services (JICWELS) for the recruitment of Filipino nurses and caregivers to Japan.

Under the MoU signed Monday, the POEA will process applications through a special website and will endorse 200 nurses and 300 caregivers to JICWELS where they will undergo preliminary testing and interview for matching with Japanese employers.

Qualified candidates will then go through a medical examination as part of visa requirements. Fees for submission and authentication of documents, medical examination (Php1,500), and the visa fee (Php1,150) will be shouldered by the Filipino candidate. Airfare and on-site training costs will be paid for by the Japanese employer.

Once candidates arrive in Japan, they will undergo a six-month language and culture training while receiving a monthly allowance of approximately Php21,000 (40,000 Yen). Shortly thereafter, candidates will be working under the direct supervision of Japanese nurses until they pass the Japanese nurse licensure examination. A nurse candidate will have three chances to pass the Japanese nursing board exam in three years.

Filipino registered nurses with at least three years clinical experience are qualified to apply for the Nurse position. Fresh nursing graduates and registered nurses without hospital experience may apply for Caregiver positions.

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