All applicants must:
1. Be interested in Japan and be willing to deepen their knowledge and appreciation of Japan after their arrival; be motivated to participate in and initiate international exchange activities in the local community; make effort to study or continue studying the Japanese language prior to and after arriving in Japan.
2. Be both mentally and physically healthy.
3. Be a citizen of the United States by the application deadline. If you are a permanent resident of the U.S. (living in the U.S. but not a U.S. citizen) you are not eligible to apply for the JET Program in the United States. Please contact the Embassy of Japan in your home country for information. Those who possess dual citizenship with Japan and the U.S. must renounce their Japanese citizenship before accepting a position on the JET Program and submitting the Reply Form. Applicants who have dual citizenship in two countries (other than Japan) may only apply in one of those countries.
4. Hold at least a Bachelor’s degree or obtain such qualifications by the designated date prior to departure; (ALT applicants may alternatively hold a certification of completion of three-year course to teach at primary/elementary or secondary schools or obtain such qualifications by the designated date prior to departure).
5. Have the ability to adapt to living and working conditions in Japan, which could be significantly different from those experienced in the applicant’s home country, and be able to responsibly complete the term of appointment.
6. Have excellent standard pronunciation, rhythm, intonation in the English language and possess excellent language ability that can be applied accurately and appropriately; have voice projection skills and public speaking skills; have other standard language skills, including strong writing skills and correct grammar usage.
7. Have not previously participated in the JET Program for three (3) years as of the year of departure, or have participated on the program for more than five (5) years in total.
8. Have not declined a position with the JET Program in the last program year after receiving notification of placement.
9. Not have lived in Japan for a total of six (6) or more years in the past ten (10) years prior to the year of departure.
10. Have an interest maintaining some type of relations with Japan, even after completion of the Program.
11. Agree to reside in Japan under the status of residence stipulated in Article 2-2 of the Immigration Control and Refugee Act when entering Japan for the purpose of JET Program participation (this applies primarily to military personnel or their dependents in Japan).
12. Obey all Japanese laws.
13. Have finished any periods of legal probation and/or paid any fines by the application deadline if a jail term was suspended.