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APPLICATION/PLACEMENT

7.1

7.2

COMING TO JAPAN

7.3

7.4

7.5

VISA/WORKING IN JAPAN

7.6

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INSURANCE/OTHER

7.10

7.11

7.12

7.13

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7.1
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 his/her application and success in the selection process.

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7.2
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 recognition of common-law marriages or boyfriend/girlfriend relationships, and that legally married participants will be given priority.

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7.3
Is it possible for family members to travel with me to Japan?
It is possible for JET participants who inform their Embassy or Consulate General of Japan well in advance to have family members travel with them. However, because all JET participants must attend an orientation in Tokyo immediately on arrival and also an orientation at the prefectural level, we recommend that family members depart for Japan after you have arrived and housing arrangements have been settled.

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7.4
Can accommodation arrangements be made for accompanying family members during Tokyo Orientation?
With advanced notice, accommodation can be arranged for accompanying family members through designated travel agents. However, please be aware that the hotels used for the Tokyo Orientation are expensive (from 13,000 yen per person per night). If no advanced notice is given, new participants will be assigned a roommate for the duration of Tokyo Orientation.

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7.5
Who pays airfare for family members accompanying a JET participant?
All family members will be responsible for their own airfare to and from Japan.

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7.6
What kind of visa is provided for the family members of a JET participant?
Family members are issued a single entry, three-year, gDependenth visa.

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7.7
What kind of visa can my fiancee, partner, or de facto (common-law) spouse obtain?
Dependent visas are only issued to those dependents (spouse or children) with whom a legal relationship to the JET participant can be verified (as defined under Japanese law). Fiance(e)s, partners, or de facto (common-law) spouses are not eligible for this kind of visa and will need to make alternative visa arrangements. Please inquire at the Embassy or Consulate General of Japan through which you are applying to the JET Programme.

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7.8
Are non-JET spouses able to legally work in Japan?
Non-JET spouses are not legally able to work on a Dependent visa. However, if a non-JET spouse applies for and is granted "Permission to Engage in Activity Other Than That Permitted Under the Status of Residence Previously Granted", he/she may work within the following two limitations.
1) Work hours are a maximum of 28 per week (i.e. part time)
2) The job should already be confirmed
Note that this permission to engage in other activities is limited within the conditions of the original Dependent visa, so any application for full-time work will require a change in Status of Residence.

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7.9
Is it possible for spouses to find work?

In some areas it would be difficult for spouses to find work. In order to work full time, a spouse must have a valid working visa. Spouses coming to Japan on a Dependent visa cannot work without prior permission from the nearest Regional Immigration Bureau. If permission is granted, spouses may work up to 28 hours per week, however this permission is not guaranteed. Applicants should not count on their spouses being able to work.

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7.10
Will insurance be provided for family members?
Dependents can be entered under the JET participant's Japan Health Insurance Association-administered Social (Health) Insurance (costs to be borne by the JET participant), but they cannot be entered into the JET Accident Insurance. You can read more about insurance here.

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7.11
Is there any allowance provided for JET participants with family?
No, there are no special allowances for JET participants with family members.

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7.12
Is it possible for my children to attend public schools?
Yes it is, but it is recommended that you confirm education opportunities in the region where you will live with your contracting organisation before coming to Japan.

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7.13
Is the remuneration enough to support a family?
Although the needs and considerations of each family differ, there are many JET participants with families who are living in Japan solely on this remuneration.

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