ume no hana wrote:I don't they are supposed to discriminate against applicants with dependents...
but, they might ask you a question regarding them during the interview....
andrewf wrote:Something to bear in mind is that there will be BOEs who specifically request single ALT, without dependents, so if you don't mention it in your application, and then show up with a dependent, then there could be problems.
On a similar note, if your BOE decides that they're dropping out of the JET programme as of the following year (as ours have just told us - less than five months into our first year!), you might find that your JET experience will only last a year, if they can't find a suitable BOE that will take an ALT with a dependent (which is our situation).
So, yes, having a dependent does limit your options, in a way. However, it shouldn't affect your application - just your placement.
ume no hana wrote:Why is it that some BOEs request a single ALT without dependents? Is that legal? I mean, it's not like the BOE has to pay anything extra for ALTs with kids/spouses, right? Is that what happened to you? Can you transfer to a different BOE then? I'm sorry to hear that...
Do they tend to place ALTs with dependents in the cities then?
Jen_KyotoPA wrote:I believe it mostly has to do with possibly giving them extra working--finding a larger place to live, needing more assistance with education/health care, visas etc.
I don't think it's necessarily that many BOEs though, and I doubt it's particularly more so in cities or in rural areas. And some BOEs may be happy to have someone with dependents if it means they are older/more reliable, etc.
The only possible financial burden would be if COs are contributing to health insurance for dependants--I'm not sure what the situation is there. But I doubt it would be enough to make a big difference.
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.
Eigen wrote:If it helps, my BoE placed me in a family sized apartment where my pred had a wife and kid. I learned later that my placement was helped along because I stated I was travelling with my girlfriend (not married, which was interesting and fun to explain). It sounded like the school wanted someone that had a dependant with them because of how isolated the town was.