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4.1
How do I apply for the JET Programme?
The application and selection process for the JET Programme is handled by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs through its embassies and consulates in participating countries. For country-specific information, please contact or visit the homepage of the Embassy or Consulate General of Japan in your country of citizenship.
>> For a list of participating countries, click here.

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4.2
Where can I obtain an application form to apply for the JET Programme?
Contact the Embassy or Consulate General of Japan in your country of citizenship. Please note that application forms are not available in Japan.
>> Click here for embassy and consulate information.

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4.3
When is the application deadline?
Specific deadlines for applications vary by country. Please contact the Embassy or Consulate General of Japan in your country of citizenship to find the application deadline.

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4.4
Can I apply to be both a CIR and ALT and choose after I am accepted?
No, it is not possible to apply for both positions at the same time; you will have to evaluate yourself based on the eligibility criteria for each position and apply for the position that best suits you.

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4.5
I like sports. How do I apply to be an SEA?
SEAs are found following a special recruitment process; therefore it is not possible to apply to be an SEA. Please apply as an ALT or CIR, and use your love of sports within the curriculum or job framework that these positions provide.

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4.6
Are late applications accepted?
Late applications are not accepted. Furthermore, the applicant will be disqualified should he/she fail to meet any subsequent deadline at any stage in the application process.

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4.7
I have dual nationality with Japan and one of the countries participating in the JET Programme. Can I still apply for JET?
Yes, but you must renounce your Japanese citizenship before submitting your Reply Form (if accepted to the Programme). Please contact the Embassy or Consulate General of Japan in your country of citizenship for further information.

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4.8
I have dual nationality with two participating countries (eg. Canada and UK), can I apply from both?
No, you can only apply through one participating country. Please choose the country through which you would prefer to apply, keeping in mind that your interview and departure will be in that country.

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4.9
I am currently not living in my country of citizenship, but the country that I live in also participates in the JET Programme (eg. US citizen living in Australia). Can I apply from here?
Yes, you can apply from the country in which you currently reside. However, you must apply through the Embassy or Consulate General of Japan in the country in which you have citizenship, provided that country is one of the countries which participate in the JET Programme. Also, you will have to return to your country of citizenship for the interview if one is granted to you.

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4.10
I am not a citizen of a participating country, but I have permanent residency and speak English. Can I apply?
You cannot apply to the JET Programme through the Embassy or Consulate General of Japan in the country where you hold permanent residency. Those embassies/consulates general only accept applications from citizens of the country within which they are located. If you are a citizen of any of the participating countries, you may apply through the country in which you have citizenship. You must contact the Embassy or Consulate General of Japan in your home country to request an application.

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4.11
I currently live in Japan. Can I apply for the JET Programme from here?
Yes, you can apply from Japan. However, you must apply through the Embassy or Consulate General of Japan in the country in which you have citizenship, provided that country is one of the countries which participate in the JET Programme. Also, you will have to return to your country of citizenship for the interview if one is granted to you. Interviews are not held in Japan.

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How are married/engaged/companion couples treated in the selection process?
Couples are treated the same as every other JET Programme applicant: that is, each applicant is considered based on the strength of their application and their success at the interview.

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4.13
I have a criminal record. How will this affect my selection?
A criminal record will not necessarily disqualify you. However, the seriousness of the crime will be taken into consideration and a final decision will be made whether or not to offer you a position on the Programme.

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I am worried that a medical condition will prevent me from being accepted on the Programme. What should I do?
People with various medical conditions have been accepted on to the JET Programme in the past. Applications are judged on their individual merit. Providing that both you and your doctor believe you are fit to take part, then your medical condition should not preclude you from participating. It is important that you disclose any and all medical conditions as required in the application form, and failing to do so can result in disqualification. Disclosing medical information may also aid in placing accepted participants.

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4.15
I lived in Japan before. Can I go to the same place as a JET participant?
It is possible, but unlikely that you will be placed in the same area or in a nearby location. New JET Programme participants are placed after careful consideration of both their requests and the needs of the contracting organisation (host institution).

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I am applying with my spouse. Will we be placed together?
If both you and your spouse apply and are selected, efforts will be made to place both of you in nearby contracting organisations, however such placement cannot be guaranteed. Please fully consider that you may not be placed near each other. Although we will make every effort to place couples near each other, it is also important to note that Japan gives no legal recognition of same-sex marriages, common-law marriages or boyfriend/girlfriend relationships, and participants whose marriages are legally recognised in Japan will be given priority.

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4.17
I am worried about being placed in an isolated area. What are my chances of being placed in a big city?
The goal of the JET Programme is to enhance internationalisation in local communities in Japan, and there is a relatively low demand for JET participants by urban local authorities. Few JET participants are therefore placed in large cities. The majority of JET participants are placed in small to medium sized cites or in small towns and villages. For a look at current numbers, please visit the Current Statistics section.

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4.18
I applied to the JET Programme before but was not accepted. Can I apply again?
Yes, you can re-apply the following year, but you will have to re-complete and re-submit the entire application packet including getting new copies of all necessary supporting documents.

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4.19
I participated on the JET Programme before. Can I apply again?
Former JET participants can re-apply but only if they have not participated in the JET Programme in the last three years.

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4.20
If accepted, can I defer participation for one year?
No, if accepted on JET, applicants may not defer the position for any length of time.

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4.21
I would like to participate in the JET Programme for just six months. Is this possible?
No, JET Programme participants must agree to the terms and conditions which stipulate a one-year term of appointment.

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4.22
Can I change my departure date?
No, it is not possible for a new participant to change his/her date of departure for Japan. All new participants will arrive in Japan on a designated arrival date.

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Can I change my interview location?
No,it is not possible to change your interview location.

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Can I reschedule my interview?
Please contact the Embassy or Consulate General of Japan through which you applied. However, as a rule interviews will only be held during the scheduled interview period. Due to the large number of interviews conducted, individual schedules cannot be accommodated.

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I have been granted an interview but will be away traveling. What will happen?
You must interview in your home country at the Embassy or Consulate General of Japan that you designated on your application form. You will be disqualified if you cannot attend the interview.

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