Foreigners who are pressed for time and yet need to get a reentry permit or go through other such common immigration procedures now have one more option to choose from. It is possible to have an authorized agent do it in your behalf.
The Tsukuba Information Center has informed the Alien Times of the existence of an office in Hitachinaka that is licensed to handle such matters in behalf of foreigners for a modest fee. Itsushi Futagawa is licensed by the immigration office to take the necessary papers provided by the foreigner to the immigration office and complete all of the necessary procedures. The transactions he is allowed to complete are: Permission to engage in an activity other than that permitted by the status of residence previously granted; permission to change status of residence; permission to extend period of stay; permission for permanent residence; re-entry permission; certificate of authorized employment; and certificate of eligibility to a status of residence.
His advertisement indicates he can also act as an agent in naturalization, international marriage, establishment of a company, and business authorizations and approvals. He charges nothing for the initial consultation (to assess what he can do), and the fees for his services are determined depending on the complexity of the procedure. For instance, the common re-entry permit handling fee is Y5000 plus the cost of the revenue stamp (Y3000 single, Y6000 multiple, which you have to pay in any case).
For further information, contact his office at Hashikabe 2-10-28, Hitachinaka-Shi, Ibaraki 312; tel 029-273-9078, fax 029-273-4893.
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