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Last Updated September 28th, 2022

The ongoing pandemic has left a massive impact on a global scale and continues to affect us all. In order to assure your safety and the safety of all our applicants and interviewers, ALTIA CENTRAL has adopted a web-only interview system using Google Meet for both in-country and overseas applicants until further notice.

For all overseas applicants, please understand that due to travel restrictions caused by the coronavirus our ability to bring people over to Japan as planned does remain challenging, especially when visa and entry regulations can change at any time, so please remain diligent and stay aware of any new changes.


As of June 1st, 2022, Japan continues to slowly ease restrictions making it easier for new residents to enter Japan. This means that, with the addition of some extra paperwork, anyone with a COE for an Instructor’s visa will be able to apply for a visa at that point and enter Japan. There are still a few measures related to quarantine and testing, but that is greatly affected by where you are departing from, vaccination status and more, so please be aware.

For our current overseas recruits, we will be in touch with you by email for how this affects you. Please be sure you check regularly to ensure no communications get lost into junk or spam filters along the way. It will be important as things will move fairly quickly going forward.

Updated September 28th, 2022, For COE holders, timing might be a little tight when applying for your visa so it’s good to stay informed. Please review visa application procedures with your local consulate, as well as the information you get from us so that you can apply as soon and as smoothly as possible.

The government has once again changed the conditions for validity periods of COEs. While they are adjusting back to the normal validity period, some COEs will still have an extended validity period. Please be aware of which condition applies to you.

*All COEs issued from 1st August 2022 onward will be valid for 3 months

Please be aware of the date your COE was issued and contact us if there is an issue.

So, as the update on July 5th 2022, we are thrilled that conditions continue to improve and it is getting easier to bring people from overseas, but remain cautious as we have learned that conditions could always change at any time.

We will continue to work with all our overseas candidates that have completed the interview process, but please understand that options could be limited and depending on how conditions change from here, positions may ultimately be reliant on sudden, unexpected openings or last-minute contracts in some cases. This means that it’s possible it could take a bit more time before we can bring you here, but we will continue to work with you and do what we can for the foreseeable future.

And finally, we would like to remind you that if you are overseas and have not yet begun your interview process with us, it is unlikely we will be able to consider you for anything in August or September 2022 due to COE processing times, restrictions and so on, and for many it could be as late as April 2023 before we have openings we could feasibly consider you for. Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.

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