I suggest anyone looking for an immigration lawyer to meet and talk with her/him before signing for their service.
I am sure that her/his reputation, pricing, experience, etc. are key aspects to choose.
However, since you need to share lots of your personal information with an immigration lawyer, I believe the most important aspect for a selection is whether you can feel comfortable to work with her/him.
Before contacting us …
The Immigration Service Agency and their affiliated organisation offers a free information service.
Immigration Information Center
In Japan: 0570-013904
From overseas: +81-3-5796-7112
Please also refer to our “Useful Information : Immigration procedures and Visa (Status of Residence)” page.
Consultation fee (spending up to 1 hour or giving equivalent advises) starts from 5,500 yen including tax.
We recommend to complete the comment form on this web page prior to make a consultation appointment.
If your visa application was unsuccessful, but you are considering to try again…
I recommend you visiting the Immigration office where you filed your PR application, and meet the officer in charge of your application. Officers will kindly answer what was wrong with your application.
Yet, it is not so easy for many people to withdraw a good advice from them because of lack of knowledge about immigration procedures. In addition, you can’t expect that English-speaking officer is available all the time.
In this case, I offer a consultation package of 1) reviewing previous application, 2) accompanying clients to visit the immigration (for helping communication), 3) giving advice for re-apply for 16,500 yen (including tax).
According to the Gyoseishoshi Lawyers Association’s survey about fees (Japanese only), the average fee for visa application support is as follows (including a consumption tax but not including miscellaneous fees such as revenue stamp, translation, postage, etc.);
- Working visa (new): 113,881 yen
- Working visa (change): 95,378 yen
- Working visa (renewal): 54,447 yen
- Business Manager visa (new): 183,929 yen
- Business Manager visa (change): 159,258 yen
- Business Manager visa (renewal): 70,837 yen
- Spouse visa (new): 112,372 yen
- Spouse visa (change): 94,385 yen
- Spouse visa (renewal): 46,546 yen
- Permanent Residency: 131,527 yen
Since each applicant is unique, your fee can be much different from above mentioned average fees. Because of this, it is better to provide details about yourself when you quote your fee.
What I can do for you applying for a visa?
Please note that no one can guarantee 100% visa appreciation success since the Immigration Service Agency has broad discretion and their decision making process can’t be disclosed.
What I can do for clients is, based on my knowledge and experience, to increase a chance of success. It can be from 20% to 50%, or from 50% to 80%. To maximize your chance of success, my support consists of 3 parts;
- consultation and coaching;
- drafting explanatory statements (especially to supplement weak points), and;
- filing an application documents to and liaising with the Immigration.
Sometimes people considers Immigration Lawyers as a cheap outsource or so called “Sensei (someone superior)” in Japanese, but I consider myself as a workmate of client’s project (such as visa applications, company setups, etc.).
Even if you hire someone to help your PR application, you still need to spend your valuable time a lot. So it is important to make sure that you have a time to commit it and most importantly an enthusiasm to do it.
Whether we can trust each other and feel comfortable to work together or not is very important to me. Please note that I am running my office as a social business.
About Yuichi (please also see “About” page)
Administrative Solicitor (Gyoseishoshi Lawyer)
Immigration Lawyer (registered with Tokyo Regional Immigration Bureau)
“Helping your visa and beyond (business and others)” is my motto. I lived in Australia for over 14 years as an oversea student, hotel concierge and eventually Japanese diplomat. Based on my unique experience, I am sure I can support your stay in Japan!
1-17-4 Buzo, Minami-ward,
Saitama-city, JAPAN 336-0025