3rd Year JETs: The end of your contract also marks the end of the three year visa you receive at the beginning of JET. You must make a trip down to the closest Immigration bureau. You should double check the exact date by looking at the Period of Stay (Date of Expiration) on your Residence Card.
If you are a re-contracting 3rd Year JET, extend your period of stay before the end of your contract (you can apply up to three months prior although you will not be able to begin the process until your BOE finishes with the paperwork regarding your next contract). Your supervisor will help you with your paperwork to extend your visa.
If you are not re-contracting with JET and leaving Japan, you should switch to a 90 day Temporary Visitor Visa. This is especially crucial for not re-contracting 3rd year JETs as you cannot stay even one day past your visa, without likely having trouble at the airport.
Pro-tip: This now allows you access to the JR Rail Pass if you are planning on traveling.
If you are not re-contracting with JET and staying in Japan with different employment: You must inquire with your new employer and the Immigration Bureau of Japan about if you need to make changes to your visa.
If you are continuing as an ALT in a different company, it is likely you can keep your current Instructor visa if it doesn't expire with your contract.
If you are a third year JET who will be working as an ALT/instructor for a different company, you must ask your new employer for the paperwork to extend your period of stay.
If you are no longer teaching English, you will need to change your visa to reflect your new job.
Find your closest immigration bureau and their operational hours here (Gifu, Nagoya, Toyama)
Written by Shane F (CIR PA 2013-2016)
Taken from the previous Gifu JET Website
If you are leaving JET and you are running low on yen but want to stick around because you’ve a couple of years left on your visa and you are really holding out for that job as a manga artist that you’ve always dreamed of yet you're you sick of living off of the 29円 croquettes from Valor..
Well no need because you have been paying unemployment insurance. Similar to the system operated in both the US and Canada, employers and employees in Japan themselves pay into a pot of money on behalf of the employee in the event that they become unemployed and need assistance. The employer’s portion is greater than the employees portion and is usually deducted at source from your salary.
So you mean I can just sit and enjoy the more expensive croquettes in my underwear at home watching Naruto and dreaming of my cup ramen dinner?
Not so fast! In order to claim unemployment benefits you must:
Points to Note:
If you have broke contract and willfully left your place of employment you will not receive benefits for three months.
If you get hired by a foreign government to work in Japan post JET, you are not liable to pay this insurance.
The amount you receive is somewhere between 50-80 percent of the wages you received over the last 6 months of your employment. Workers who had been working on lower salaries get a higher percentage of the previous earnings.
Subsequent to leaving JET you must register your unemployment status with immigration also. Failure to do so will void subsequent attempts to obtain visas.
If you are a JET on your second/first year of a 3 year visa, staying in Japan is acceptable and you can engage in work freely within your field of work (Having notified immigration of your status) .
However, if you wish to do a job in a field of work outside of that on your visa you must either obtain sponsorship from your new company or request permission to carry out アルバイト (arubaito) while in the process of looking for work. This status can be granted by immigration. Of course if you are not in full time employment by the end of the period of your visa then you will not be granted another visa (regardless of entitlement to unemployment benefits)