Teaching in Japan?
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Oct 14, 2012 1:51 PM Last Post By: katakanadian
Oct 9, 2012 10:19 PM
Teaching in Japan?Hi, I am US citizen headed to Japan with a CELTA and a couple years exp teaching English in Vietnam. I want to teach in Japan for the winter (I travel by bike and it's cold!) and I know I can't get a work permit without a Degree, so my questions are:
Is it possible to pick up temporary work without a work permit? (Like in VN & China?)
If so, does anyone have any cities to recommend?
Or better yet any schools I should apply to?
I know next to nothing about Japan but I will get there by ferry in 2 days time and it would be great to have a general idea of which direction to pedal and a plan for getting work!
Oct 9, 2012 10:28 PM
Hi, I am US citizen headed to Japan with a CELTA and a couple years exp teaching English in Vietnam. I want to teach in Japan for the winter (I travel by bike and it's cold!) and I know I can't get a work permit without a Degree,
You can get a Work Visa with at least three years relevant work experience though.
Might be too late now, although I guess theoretically you may be able to find somewhere that is willing to sponsor your Work Visa Application should you meet the criteria. I would not even attempt to work without that though.
Oct 10, 2012 12:36 AM
Oct 10, 2012 2:27 AM
Immigration are more than likely to do checks on your degree. The process for getting a work visa is not an over the counter or overnight thing.
You are probably eligible for an actual Work Visa due to your experience so if you really want to work there then I'd apply correctly.
Note that Japan tends to be a little more "by the book" than some other countries. Also, there is a relative oversupply of English teachers with the correct qualifications and visas (Spouse Visa, Working Holiday Visa - heaps of other countries just not if you are from the USA, or a full Working Visa), so there is no need for them to risk anything by hiring an illegal.
I'm sure exceptions do exist and maybe a Japan veteran will come and explain their story but I certainly wouldn't bank on it if I was you.
Oct 10, 2012 3:46 AM
More research sooner would have been a good idea.
Oct 11, 2012 4:44 AM
5From what I gather you do not have a degree, but you have 2 years of work experience in Vietnam. Is that right?
If so, that is NOT enough to get a work visa. To get a visa without a degree requires 3 years of experience, not 2.
Do NOT try to work with a fake degree. If caught, you will be deported, possibly fined heavily, and certainly blacklisted for 5 years from returning here. There is NO temporary or short term permit or visa for you, and trying to work with your current status is illegal.
Come to the ESL Cafe for more teachers to tell you information.
Oct 11, 2012 11:57 PM
Oct 14, 2012 1:51 PM
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