Teach English in Japan With My Family

by Aundria

Hi, I was wondering what it would be like to bring my family with me to teach English in Japan. How difficult would it be to bring my daughter (3) and my spouse who works remotely?

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Apr 28, 2018

by: John

Hi Aundria,
The problem you will face in teaching in Japan and bringing your family with you is primarily solving the VISAS situation.

Because you are a U.S. citizen you will require a teaching visa or Specialist in Humanities Visa. This is only good for you and you alone to come to Japan. You can't apply this visa status to your husband and daughter. Each will have to go through all the paper work for acquiring the proper visa for their status. For example, you mentioned that your daughter is three years old. She can not apply for the same visa of a Specialist in Humanities as she clearly has not specialized in such studies.

Do you see what I mean? So it is not a one size fits all thing we are talking about.

A second issue that you need to keep in mind is this: If after getting a visa issued for everyone who climbs on that plane, you need to consider housing. This means probably that you will have to find your own housing as most entry level positions offer single or maybe 2 room apartments. Because of your solid experience, though you can go after higher paying university level positions. Some (not all) offer more generous sized housing for their teachers.

So to sum it up, yes, it is possible to do it. Not impossible, but it just will take a decent effort on your part to pull this whole plan together.

So it comes down to this: How bad do you want it? If you want it bad enough get the paper work done on the visas and start applying. Look around the sitemap for ideas and more information to questions that you may have in your mind.

Best of luck to you and e-mail if you have further questions and we'll try to answer.


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