Free Consultation Services for Foreign Residents

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The Nagoya International Center has several free consultation services available.


  1. Free Legal Consultations 外国人法律相談
  2. Free Civic Advisory Service for Foreign Residents 外国人行政相談
  3. Free Personal Counseling 外国人こころの相談
  4. Free Educational Counseling Services 教育相談
  5. Free Counseling Service for Refugees and Asylum Seekers 難民相談

★Free Legal Consultations 外国人法律相談 Go to Top

  • When: Saturdays 10:00 – 12:30
  • Reservations: To make an appointment, please leave your name & phone number on the answering machine at 052-581-6111. A counseling staff member will call you back to schedule an appointment with you.

★Free Civic Advisory Service for Foreign Residents 外国人行政相談 Go to Top

The Nagoya International Center has a free civic advisory service to provide information and advice to foreign residents on issues related to government administration such as labor laws, immigration, divorce, and taxation. The NIC offers free over-the-counter guidance on these types of matters to help foreigners who may be having difficulty with certain procedures or paperwork or simply need a few queries cleared up.

      • When:

Japanese, English, Spanish, & Portuguese – Tuesday to Sunday (10:00 – 12:00 & 13:00 – 17:00).
Korean (Thu., Sat. & Sun. 13:00 – 17:00)
Chinese (Tue. to Fri. 13:00 – 17:00; Sat. & Sun. 10:00 – 12:00 & 13:00 – 17:00)
Filipino (Thu., Sat. & Sun. 13:00 – 17:00)
Vietnamese (Wed., Sun. 13:00 – 17:00)
Nepali (Wed. 13:00 – 17:00)

This service is also available on national holidays. Reservations not required.

      • Where: The Nagoya International Center 3F
      • Tel: 052-581-0100

Nagoya International Center also has a Gyoseishoshi (行政書士 / Certified Administrative Procedures Legal Specialist) available on Tuesdays and Sundays (10:00 – 12:00 & 13:00 – 17:00) to answer questions regarding immigration procedures such as certificate of eligibility applications, change of status of residence applications, extension of period of stay applications, permanent residence applications, and certificate of authorized employment applications. They can also assist with international marriage procedures, business establishment and incorporation procedures, documentation of inter-corporate contracts, and consultations related to inheritance, wills and related matters.


★Free Personal Counseling 外国人こころの相談 Go to Top
Professional native English-speaking counselors are available to provide support to foreign residents who have difficulties with their lives in Japan. Counseling is also available in Portuguese, Spanish, Chinese.

      • When: By appointment only
      • Reservations: Call the NIC 3F Info Counter (052-581-0100) for more information.


★Free Educational Counseling Services 教育相談 Go to Top
Professional counselors are on hand to provide advice and information on education. We can help you with information regarding schools, admissions, daily life, and potential issues. If you fall into one of the below categories, we may be able to assist you with your enquiries.

      • Foreign nationals and their children.
      • Japanese returnees and their children.
      • People who plan to relocate to Japan.
      • People who are leaving Japan, and returning to their country.

Counselors can also answers questions via e-mail, fax, or letter. Fax: 052-571-4673 e-mail

      • When: Wednesdays, Friday, & Sundays 10:00 – 17:00
      • Where: NIC 3F Counter
      • Reservations: Required and can be made at 052-581-0100 (09:00-19:00 Tue to Sun)


Free Counseling Service for Refugees and Asylum Seekers 難民相談 Go to Top
In conjunction with the Kobe-based Refugee Assistance Headquarters (RHQ), the Nagoya International Center provides a counseling service for refugees, convention refugees, their family members, and asylum seekers. The counseling service is for free of charge. Confidentiality is guaranteed.

      • When: Thursday (10:00 – 16:00).
      • Languages: English and Japanese only.
      • Where: Nagoya International Center 3F Information Counter
      • For more information call RHQ at 078-361-1700 (website

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