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, and visa and entry regulations can change at any time so please remain diligent and stay aware of any new changes.
As of November 30th, 2021 Japan has re-enacted its border control measures as a cautionary move in response to the Omicron variant of Covid-19. While information is limited at this time, we are looking into the impact this may have as we prepare for April 2022. For now, it seems that the measures mostly only affect the newer, easier entry process which was enacted on November 8th, 2021 and does not affect the special exceptional circumstances exemption for Instructor visas that we have been using to get people into Japan for the past 7 or 8 months. The new restrictions are in place until the end of December, when the government will re-evaluate the situation at that time and decide to end or extend them.
As of December 1st, Japan has further enhanced the entry restrictions. However, at this time these restrictions only affect those attempting to enter Japan during December.
So, as of this update on November 30th 2021, we are still accepting applications, setting up interviews, and approving applicants both in Japan and abroad. We can apply for COEs and visas for overseas recruits, but the processing and issuing of these visas will likely take a bit longer than normal, and if you haven’t already begun your interview process with us, it will be challenging to get you here in March 2022 in order to complete your quarantine procedures and start the new school year on time.