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What if I have a police record for marijuana smoking?

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Jul 23, 2019
Gaijin Pot
by: John

As are so many of these questions that we get, it all comes down to the company that you decide to work for. Sorry to say it but it is a case by case issue.

For example, all JET program applicants get SLED checks or background checks. They do this mostly to ensure that the person in their employ will not cause reputational damage or damages of other kinds to the company/school.

Extensive background checks can be quite expensive mainly because of the time and effort necessary to explore every item in a person or entity's history. In short large companies and government run programs like The JET Program who piggyback tax money can afford this.

For your amusement take a little heart in Heart English School. This is straight off their website and in no way is a reflection of our staff opinions. Regarding their application rules they state that they need:

"A) A photocopy of your passport photo and ID # page(s)
B) 2 head shot photos taken on a plain, white background 4cm (down) by 3 cm (across).
C) Official Transcripts from each of your BA/BS or higher degrees. An official transcript will list the Type of Degree, and date awarded, and meets all requirements set by the awarding institution.
D) A copy of your BA/BS diplomas
E) Any additional degrees, certificates, or official records demonstrating experience, employment, or knowledge of Teaching or Japanese (language, or cultural studies)"

This is typical of private ALT dispatch companies like Interac, Borderlink, Altia Central etc. No where do they mention that they will do SLED checks. That doesn't mean they won't or don't.

Your average small time mom-and-pop English schools don't have the financial resources to check such things. Although they may have a clause in their contract that will say to the effect "have you or are you been involved in any illegal activity?" So it's basically up to you as to whether you devolve that information.

Hope this helps

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