king wrote:I've decided not to renew this year (worst decision ever ) though I think I want to stay in Japan for a little while after my contract is up. I have another year on my visa and all is fine there, but does anyone know, how long do you have after the end of your contract to claim your flight home?
sykoscout wrote:It depends on how your CO chooses to handle your return flight arrangements. If they take the responsibility of booking your flight for you, then you'd obviously have to abide by their terms (for example, within a one-month window like was already stated). However, if you're given the option to do your own booking, you might be able to get around this... some COs just ask for a quote from a travel agent and cut you a cheque for that amount, in which case you could spend the money however/whenever you please...
Siyris wrote:Legally, this is not true. IF your CO found out about that, they would have every right to sue you for the money they gave you for the flight. It is in the contract that you must leave within 30 days if the CO is paying for your flight home. Would they find out? Probably not.... but legally, you would be stealing their money if you did it that way.
Technically you may have to leave within 30 days, but assuming you don't specifically inform them of your itinerary, your CO has no way of knowing when you leave Japan.
ScottPC wrote:Technically you may have to leave within 30 days, but assuming you don't specifically inform them of your itinerary, your CO has no way of knowing when you leave Japan.
I advise against this. Every year there are cases in which JET participants do not inform their contracting organisations and leave Japan after one month, only to be later asked by the contracting organisation for a copy of the boarding pass, or to be contacted by the contracting organisation later because somebody in the town, from the BOE, etc. saw them still in Japan after one month had passed. In cases like this, a contracting organisation will usually ask the JET participant to reimburse them the funds they spent on the flight.
If you would like to stay a few days or a week longer than the one month that is allowed, please ask your contracting organisation well in advance. Some contracting organisations might show some leniency. However, keep in mind that they are under no obligation to do so. If they aren't, at least you will know in advance and will be able to plan accordingly.
sykoscout wrote:Huh. Fair enough! I guess if you don't want to burn bridges with your coworkers, perhaps it's not worth the risk.