[Tagging] visa offices tags

John Willis johnw at mac.com
Tue Nov 6 21:17:48 UTC 2018


Tourist visas are handled by different offices - usually at airports. 

While they may all be "visas" - tourist/guest 90 day visas or an 8h transit Visa are treated very differently than any other visa that allows you to reside in the country- work, student, spouse, etc visas require office visits to an office usually called "immigration" in Japan and the US. 

Usually, there is some office or building that locals know nothing about - and foreign residents have to visit. 

Sometimes it is part of a larger building, sometimes not. 

For example, 1/2 of this building is a prison transfer building. The other half is a a branch office of the main Tokyo immigration office. 

https://www.openstreetmap.org/node/1420709324#map=19/36.32312/139.00164

Every few years I have to go there to get my Visa renewed, get, my new foreign resident card, and eventually submit my application for permanent residence. 

My passport issues are still handled by the US embassy in Tokyo. 

No Japanese citizen ever has to deal with that office - only immigrants. They don't handle guest/tourist visas either - only people living there. 

I assume this amenity exists in most countries, in some form or fashion. 

Javbw

> On Nov 6, 2018, at 1:34 PM, Warin <61sundowner at gmail.com> wrote:
> 
> There is no OSMwiki on what government=migration is about. 
> If you simply use the common definition of  'migration' then tourist do not fit. 
> migration is the movement by people from one place to another with the intentions of settling
> 
> So a place that assist visas for tourist and business people would not 'fit'.
> 
> So I'd say .. office=government, government=migration does not handle this. 
> Particularly when the office is a commercial firm, and I think has no government funding. 
> 
> 
>> On 06/11/18 14:11, Allan Mustard wrote:
>> The office=government, government=migration tags already handle this, no?
>> 
>> Sent from my iPhone
>> 
>> On Nov 6, 2018, at 7:06 AM, Warin <61sundowner at gmail.com> wrote:
>> 
>>> Lots of people apply for tourist visas. They are not immigrants, so immigration does not fit all. 
>>> 
>>> 
>>> I don't know if that particular office only does immigration visas, tourist visas or does any type of visa. 
>>> I would prefer a tag suitable for an office that could do any type of visa, rather than having to find out which particular thing they do. 
>>> 
>>> 
>>>> On 06/11/18 12:37, John Willis wrote:
>>>> Amenity=immigration 
>>>> 
>>>> They handle visas and passports and other paperwork needs of legal residents. 
>>>> 
>>>> This is not something for guests/tourists, but people (like me) who need to handle paperwork to continue to live in the country. 
>>>> 
>>>> It is the inverse of an embassy. 
>>>> 
>>>> Javbw
>>>> 
>>>> On Nov 3, 2018, at 12:24 PM, Allan Mustard <allan at mustard.net> wrote:
>>>> 
>>>>> Definitely not an embassy, and not a consulate, either!  More like a specialized travel agency that focuses only on visa applications.
>>>>> 
>>>>> 
>>>>>> On 11/3/2018 6:22 AM, Warin wrote:
>>>>>> Hi, 
>>>>>> 
>>>>>> Node: Visalink Germany (4362535595) is tagged as an embassy. 
>>>>>> 
>>>>>> It is a commercial firm that arranges applications to the German Embassy/Consulate for a visa, see 
>>>>>> 
>>>>>> https://www.visa-germany.co.za/ 
>>>>>> 
>>>>>> I think tags could be office=visa, country=DE, website=https://www.visa-germany.co.za/ 
>>>>>> 
>>>>>> but not amenity=embassy, diplomatic=visa ... 
>>>>>> 
>>>>>> There are some 13 with the tag diplomatic=visa that may fall under this same cloud. 
>>>>>> 
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