So, the time has come to start preparing an application for a language school.
The application process starts from the end of March to the beginning of May, in which the school will apply for a Student Visa on my behalf.
For the financial section of the application, I need two years worth of tuition saved–one for the language school, itself, and another for the technical school I plan to attend. I’m applying for a year because I really want a solid language base before going into higher learning, and it will give me time to prepare for the next round of applications. Thanks to “enyasu”, a cheap yen exchange rate, this part is solid, so now I just need to make sure I don’t get fired, haha.
Speaking of which, I also must provide proof of employment and something showing annual salary. I asked for the verification of employment for my job, but that doesn’t list salary, so I will also mail the school last year’s W-2s. I am a little curious as to how this will play out because if they contact my job that could be grounds for termination putting me in a very tough situation. Hmm.
Another thing I’m worried about is that the school asks if you have committed any criminal offenses. I have two traffic violations, one resulted in a prayer for judgment and the other one was dismissed in court. I’m not sure if either these count, or if they only want to know about felonies. Since the application doesn’t ask for a background check or explanations into the nature of the offenses, I’m probably going to put ‘No’ and move on. I’m not sure how that is gonna play out, but we’ll see.
Although it’s still early in the application process, I have already gathered a lot of documents. In particular a certified copy of my diploma and birth certificate. I tackled these last year because they would have taken a while to get, due to the red tape involved. JLPT test results are also required, but this too is taken care of.
Nevertheless, there are documents that must be gathered and dated after the start date like, an official bank statement, a doctor’s note, and the written essay portion (in English). Oddly, the doctor’s office stated that since I already had a physical, they would just write a note and e-mail it to me on the application start date. I think that’s weird because a health condition could develop between now and then, but oh well.
Lastly, I have to wire the school approximately $200 before they will even start the visa process. Most likely I’d want to do this the week before I mail the documents so that the funds will clear on or immediately after they receive the paperwork.
So that sums up the application process. Fingers crossed.