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Take advantage of free professional consultation service for foreigners!

Ronald has found a new job and is leaving his current office. Maria finds Ronald and speaks to him.

Maria
Hi Ronald, I heard that you have found a new job.
Ronald
Right. I have been looking for a job in the area of my specialty.
Maria
I will miss you, but I am also happy for you that you found what you wanted.
Ronald
Thank you, Maria. Well, maybe you can help me with this.
Maria
What is that?
Ronald
I am not sure what I am supposed to do with my visa status when I change my work. Do you know anyone I can ask about this?
Maria
You should use the free professional consultation service for foreigners.
Ronald
What is that like?
Maria
It is a free consultation service for foreigners and is offered by a network of local governments, international exchange groups, and foreigners support groups. Legal specialists including lawyers and administrative scriveners will be available to answer various questions from foreign residents.
Ronald
How much does this legal consultation service cost?
Maria
The service is absolutely free of charge. Volunteer interpreters are also provided. Your Japanese is excellent, but you would probably still be more comfortable if you can ask questions in your native language.
Ronald
That's very true and is helpful. Do I need to make reservation for the service?
Maria
No, but you may still want to contact the organization offering the service in advance of the date of your choice and ask what types of specialists will be there at the service and in which languages the interpreters will be available. In addition to lawyers and administrative scriveners, the available professionals may include labor and social security attorneys, labor consultants, psychology counselors, educational counselors, and more.
Ronald
Thank you for the great information, Maria. I will go ahead and check the schedule of the service!

Ronald later reported to Maria about his experience at the consultation service.

Ronald
I was able to get answers to all my questions, and that made me feel really good. Some legal terms were difficult, but my interpreter was able to help me understand them well.
Maria
I am glad to hear that! When I came to Japan, my Japanese was not very good, and this consultation service was really helpful because I was able to speak to specialists without worrying about my language skills. I remember asking questions about many things like health insurance, pension, and so on.
Ronald
It is a relief to know that there is a place to go and ask for help when needed. I will make sure all my friends know about this great consultation service for foreigners.

Schedule of free professional consultation service
http://www.tokyo-icc.jp/english/relay_soudan/index.html