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Departing the JET Programme *Please follow along with your copy of the Fukuoka JET Returners Handbook 2011 April 18, 2011 Fukuoka ALT Meeting Presented by Alexander Blamberg
Visa (pp. 17-18) • You must leave Japan before your visa expires • 1st & 2nd years – likely valid beyond contract • 3rd years – likely expiring this summer • 4th & 5th years –probably valid beyond contract
Visa pt. 2 • Valid visa ≠ OK to stay • Automatic 90 day sightseeing allowance • Expiring visa → Apply for temporary visa • Must leave within 30 days to receive airfare
Insurance (p. 9) • National Health Insurance • Expires same day as contract • Must submit insurance card to CO • JET Accident Insurance Policy • Valid until you leave Japan or August 31
Salary • Final paycheck in July • July 21 for most JETs • Includes salary for days worked in August • Return airfare • Final Statement of Earnings • (gensen choushuuhyou 源泉徴収表) • Necessary for filing taxes in home country
Return Airfare (p. 15) • CO will provide your return airfare if: • You complete current contract • You don’t enter into a new contract in Japan within 30 days • You leave Japan within 30 days • Flight should be as direct as possible with minimal transfers
Pension Refund (pp. 11-14) • Detailed info in Handbook and GIH • Designate Tax Representative before leaving • Apply after returning home • First receive 80% • Tax rep will help retrieve remaining 20% • Whole process takes 6-18 months • Turn in Alien Registration Card at airport!
Sending Stuff Home (pp. 24-26) • Several options listed in Handbook • Average cost 1-man per box • Slower methods = cheaper • Special services for books, etc. • Start packing now
Utilities (pp. 27-28) • Contact utilities companies 1 month before • Make appointment to come on moving day • School/BOE may be able to assist • Cell phone, internet, bank account • Don’t forget about memberships!
Clean-up • Clean apartment before leaving • Make comfortable for successor to move in • Pay for any damages • Apartment check on last day
Successor (p. 5-6) • Decided between late-May and late-June • Ask supervisor for contact details • Selling apartment items • Be fair, account for depreciation • Successor not obligated to buy • Provide information • Be helpful and objective • See Handbook and GIH for suggestions
Additional Resources • Post-JET Employment/Education (pp. 30-38) • Also: Conference for Returning JETs files online • Saying Goodbye (pp. 39-43) • Checklist (p. 48)
Final Advice Start planning now! You don’t want to rush the end of your JET experience.