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If the timing is right, private schools and recruitment agencies that hire native English teaching staff for them have no problem sponsoring full-time visas. But there are usually two important things to keep in mind.


First: timing. To work at a school at a position that starts in April, as most tend to do, you really need to get your visa documents turned in on time. That means getting the job offer well before the new school year starts. Mid-January is pushing it. We would really recommend getting things set in stone by November or December just to be sure.

A second thing to consider is whether your position is part-time or full-time. Schools and companies have almost no flexibility to offer visa sponsorship for part-time positions. You can sponsor your own visa but you will have to prove that you have enough salary with your part-time job (or multiple jobs) to support yourself while living in Japan.


There are other opportunities to get visa sponsorship, but these are the main two problems that pop up regularly toward the end of the school year when teachers are looking for visa support. They either waited too late to find sponsorship in time for the new school year deadline, or they run into trouble because they are applying for part-time jobs and can't find sponsorship.


Make sure you are always aware of your visa status and when you need sponsorship or renewal.  Good luck getting ready for the new school year!

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