Under “Certified Administrative Procedures Legal Specialist Act”, it is forbidden that persons who are not administrative scrivener make documents to submit to government and public offices to make money.
Actually, administrative scrivener can be read as immigration lawyer.
So, to make money as a business, the person who does not have an immigration lawyer license can’t make documents to submit to immigration office by your request.
You should not use service from them.
One way to check if they are true immigration lawyer or not is telling them to show “pink card” to you.
It depends on the cases, but if you have to submit original copy of certificates or documents to immigration office but at the same time, if you want to keep them in your hand, you can request them to return them back to you.
This is called as “原本還付”, Genpon-kanpu or “Requesting of returning original copy of certificates or documents”.
Continued from yesterday. To avoid using fake lawyers, what should we do?
1. Meeting directly
If you are in Japan, you should meet him or her in person. You can check them, their office, and their attitude toward your questions.
If you are not in Japan, you should use faithful or reliable friends to find them. And through your friends, check above things.
2. Checking license card
We have an obligation to show our license card if we are asked to do so. So, don’t hesitate to ask them to show the card. On the card, you can see their license number and which association they belong to. By checking this, you can confirm it from association’s member search.
3.Receiving name card
Usually, when we meet our visitors for the first time, we will give them our name card. By checking the information on the card, we may get the clue if the lawyer is true or not.
4.Be careful for those who demand that you should pay them immediately
Actually, there is no rule as to the timing of receiving money, but usually, in my opinion, it is unbelievable that they ask you to pay money immediately after they meet you. In my case, after hearing information or situation from you, if I think I can help you, I will tell you the fee for process.
5.Confirming whether the lawyer can communicate with you in English or your language
Secondhand information might be the cause of misunderstanding. You should communicate with the lawyer directly, not through assistants or brokers.
Immigration Office asks us to submit "The certificate of municipal and prefectural inhabitant tax" and "The certificate of paying municipal and prefectural inhabitant tax".(Thank you. This is the only way to tell you my gratitude.)