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prazza
January 8th, 2015, 08:24
I said in my application that I couldn't go before July, but my situation has changed. I can still wait that long, but it'd actually be easier now to go sooner rather than later - I'm just killing time otherwise.

Anyone know if it's too late to say otherwise? If I get an interview, should I bring it up? Will it improve my chances?

webstaa
January 8th, 2015, 08:30
For JET? Yes. AFAIK you have to have all the paperwork in by your interview AND have indicated availability for early departure on the application. Although my interviewers did ask about April, it was more of a 'Why didn't you indicate for Early Departure?' type questions. (I didn't have all the required paperwork and didn't think I'd be able to meet those deadlines...)

prazza
January 8th, 2015, 08:45
Thanks for the reply, I appreciate it.

It seems like they don't give you a lot of help about what the process is if you go for the early departure - what you need to give them when, how much notice you'll get, that kind of thing.

itsabird
January 8th, 2015, 09:29
Yeah. Definitely try to contact them to see what you can do to change that.

miamicoordinator
January 8th, 2015, 23:50
Thanks for the reply, I appreciate it.

It seems like they don't give you a lot of help about what the process is if you go for the early departure - what you need to give them when, how much notice you'll get, that kind of thing.

If you are a U.S. JET applicant, the information on the website about what you need to give them is very clear.

copypasta from The official website of the JET Program USA (http://www.us.emb-japan.go.jp/JET/apply.html)

EARLY PLACEMENTFor candidates who indicate an interest in Early Placement (placement with a contracting organization in Japan in April or any time between April and July 2015), additional guidelines and requirements are in place. For most candidates, due to the months of time between notification of selection and departure, there is time to gather the additional documents required for participation on the JET Program. For Early Placement candidates, the time between notification of selection/ placement and departure is typically 4-5 weeks, so these documents must be submitted ahead of time.

Please note that candidates who request Early Placement and are not selected for it will continue to be considered for the regular placements with the JET Program.

Proof of Graduation / Expected Date of Graduation
Early Placement candidates who have not yet completed a degree at the time of application must show proof that they will complete their degree on or before April 1, 2015. Applicants must provide this proof as soon as it is available.

Certificate of Health (http://www.us.emb-japan.go.jp/JET/pdf/2015certificateofhealth.pdf)
The Certificate of Health (COH) is a general physical form which all candidates will be required to fill out. Note that this is not the same as the Self-Assessment Medical Form or Physician's Form. The Certificate of Health must be completed by a physician or specialist with knowledge of your medical history. It should NOT be completed by a Physician’s Assistant, unless co-signed by the attending physician. The physician must not be a family member of the applicant. This form should be provided no later than January 31, 2015.

Individuals not applying for Early Placement should NOT fill out the Certificate of Health at this time. Though this form is eventually required for all applicants who are selected for participation on the JET Program, it will be considered out of date by the time of departure. For individuals not requesting Early Placement, please wait to fill out this form until instructed to do so by the JET Program Office after notification of selection for the JET Program.

FBI Criminal History Background Check
Applicants requesting Early Placement consideration must submit an FBI Criminal History Summary. The application form for requesting an FBI Criminal History Check (Applicant Information Form I-783) should be included with your JET application packet to show that it has been requested. The results should be provided to the JET Program Office no later than January 31, 2015.

Instructions for Requesting an FBI Criminal History Background Check


It is the responsibility of the candidate to submit an application for a background check directly to the FBI and pay any associated fees, and then provide proof of requesting the background check, as well as the results, to the JET Program Office.
Visit the FBI website and follow the instructions to submit a Criminal History Background Check (http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/identity-history-summary-checks/submitting-an-identity-history-summary-request-to-the-fbi)

Please note that you must request your FBI Criminal History directly from the FBI (Option 1) as the results will not be accepted by the JET Program Office if provided via FBI-Approved Channelers (Option 2).
Downloading the Applicant Information Form (I-783) will make it a fillable PDF.
You should direct the results of the Criminal History Summary to be delivered to your own address so that you can open the results, make photocopies, and submit them to the JET Program Office.
Be sure to select "Live, work, or travel in a foreign country" as the Reason for Request.
DO NOT provide your fingerprint card or payment information to the JET Program Office. We will not submit these to the FBI on your behalf.


Provide a photocopy of your signed and dated Applicant Information Form (I-783) with your JET Program application as proof of having requested the FBI Criminal History Background Check (the original should go to the FBI together with the fingerprint card and payment information).
It is important that you submit the request to the FBI as soon as possible, as it can sometimes take up to 12 weeks to receive the results.
Please note that if your FBI Criminal History Summary was completed before October 2014, it will be considered out of date for the purpose of the JET application and a new one should be requested.

Early Placement candidates may be selected for departure at any time between April and July 2015. Rescinding after selection for Early Placement creates a difficult situation for the contracting organizations. JETs selected for placement who rescind are not considered for further placement with the 2015 JET Program and may also be ineligible to apply for the 2016 JET Program. Please carefully consider this when requesting Early Placement.

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People who apply for early departure need to have their FBI record in by January 31st, so if you haven't applied for it yet, it is too late to get it.

prazza
January 9th, 2015, 04:12
Thanks for the reply, miamicoordinator. However, I'm in the UK, and I can't find any equivalent information on the UK site.

miamicoordinator
January 9th, 2015, 04:51
Thanks for the reply, miamicoordinator. However, I'm in the UK, and I can't find any equivalent information on the UK site.

Bah, thats what I was afraid of. Sorry prazza :(

prazza
January 9th, 2015, 05:05
I should probably have mentioned I was in the UK in my first post. That would have been useful, wouldn't it? D'oh.