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Application Timeline
The application process for the JET Programme is long and competetive. Because an appointment on the JET Programme is a one-year commitment, applicants are advised to give serious consideration with input from family and friends to whether they want to live and work in Japan for at least one year or not.


The recruitment, application and selection of new JET participants is carried out by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs via its Japanese Embassies and Consulates General in participating countries. Click here for a list of participating countries including links to their Japanese embassy or consulate.


Although CLAIR is not directly involved in the application process, we provide the following general schedule of the application process. As dates vary by country, please contact the Japanese Embassy or Consulatein your country of citizenship for further information.


The timeline below applies to all countries except China, South Korea, Brazil and Peru.


October to Late November/Early December Paper applications accepted (deadline varies by country)
January First notice sent to applicants
February Interviews held at Japanese embassies and consulates
Late March to April Interview results sent to Tokyo
Applicants selected for April departure notified
April Second notice sent to applicants
Applicants selected for April departure depart for Japan and participate in Post-Arrival Orientation in Tokyo
May Submit health check and reply Forms
May-July Sucessful Applicants Receive Placement Information
June/July Pre-Departure Orientation
July/August Departure on Designated Day
Post-Arrival Orientation in Tokyo


Note: The timeline is simply a guideline and subject to change. Please contact the Japanese Embassy or Consulate General in your country of citizenship. for specific enquiries.