“I did it” can be taken so many different ways, which is why I felt compelled to add that little frowny face up there… My “I did it” is not a happy one. Rather, it was one of the most difficult decisions I’ve had to make in a while. As of this morning, I am no longer a candidate for the JET Program. I officially submitted my withdrawal and will be going to Japan with Interac instead. I don’t know if it’s the right decision, but it’s the decision that I made and have to deal with.
Yes, Interac is super problematic (and I complain about them all the time). But if I continue with JET, I know there will be just as many problems down the line. I don’t think many of you care, but just in case, I’ve included my reasoning below:
- My FBI background check won’t arrive on time for JET. I submitted it about a month later than JET recommended. They said that they will try to work with people in that situation, but I don’t know how much leniency there is with this, especially since it wouldn’t be projected to arrive until September or so.
- I’d need to submit duplicate forms. Right now, it’s just the IRS form… Which I can really only submit accurately for one program, as the start dates are different. But what about later down the line, when I get my CoE and have to get a visa? I can’t apply twice with two different sponsors.
- My fiance is going with Interac. Hopefully, we can get placed together and share the cost of living, which would make things a lot easier. And if not, we can always request a new placement the year after.
Honestly, I could probably make a similar list as to why it would be more beneficial for me to go with JET, but oh well! I hope that all the new JETs on wordpress blog a bunch so I can still follow along!