Assistance for Living in Japan

Moving to another country can be quite an adventure, especially if everything is new to you. You may not know how to pay bills, how to take the trains, or what to do in the event of an emergency. We are right behind you, every step of the way, with Japanese language assistance and a lending hand.

Visas

Visas

We sponsor instructor visas for successful candidates who will work as ALTs in Japanese public schools. From overseas, this process usually takes a couple of months, which is why the recruitment season is conducted so far in advance.

First, you complete the documentation for the Certificate of Eligibility (COE), necessary to obtain a visa. This document is issued by immigration to Borderlink. We send it to you in your home country, and you visit your closest Japanese embassy or consulate to obtain the visa.

Our visa expert and Human Resource staff is always available to help you through the process, either by phone or email. If you are hired domestically, we can help you extend your period of stay (visa renewal) or transfer your visa over to an instructor visa so that you are able to work legally as an ALT.
We strictly adhere to Japanese immigration law, and are updated about any developments in the system.

Relocation

Relocation

If you are moving from overseas, we have an affiliated realtor to assist in finding an apartment within comfortable commuting distance from your schools. Most ALTs are placed in LeoPalace apartments.
Usually these apartments are partially furnished with electronic appliances and Internet access,
making them a great option for those coming from overseas.

If you are hired from within Japan, and are coming from another area, our realtor will be able to assist you with this as well. Once you have moved and need help in purchasing items for the apartment, our staff will provide you with information.

Banking

Banking

We assist our ALTs open an account with a Borderlink-affiliated bank within Japan.
Most ALTs maintain an account in their home country, as it can sometimes be difficult for foreigners to obtain credit cards in Japan.

During your time in Japan, should you ever need to send money overseas, we can provide you information on how to do so. We do advise that you have a trusted contact in your home country with access to your account to facilitate this process.

Health Care

Health Care

The health of our ALTs is one of our top priorities. We require all of our ALTs to be insured, and we strongly recommend enrollment in National Health Insurance. National Health Insurance pays 70% of medical fees, including dental, and it is quite affordable in comparison to rates of other countries.

Everyone has a health examination prior to the start of school, and our staff can provide information on clinics with English-speaking doctors.

In the event of an emergency, our staff is available 24 hours a day to help you.

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