[Tagging] visa offices tags

John Willis johnw at mac.com
Thu Nov 8 05:15:51 UTC 2018

Is the office full of people who you pay to help you apply? Or are they contracted to be the front-otfice of the agency (acceptance & distribution)?  

It seems to be the latter. 

Think of taxes. 

The office where you submit taxes, and an office where a professional helps you prepare the forms are two different places. 

Office=tax_preparation and office=tax are different. 

If this is some office (public or private) with an official mandate to accept applications and distribute visas (whether approved onsite immidately or approved elsewhere and mailed to the office for distribution), that does sound like office=visa. 

If it is some private business who you pay to help you prepare the form, and you mail it to the government and get your visa directly, it sounds like office=visa_preperation or office=immigration_lawyer. 

I am unfamiliar with the situation you described - so please choose the best tag that suits your needs. 


> On Nov 8, 2018, at 11:37 AM, Eugene Alvin Villar <seav80 at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On Thu, Nov 8, 2018 at 9:29 AM Warin <61sundowner at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>> On Nov 7, 2018, at 7:12 AM, Warin <61sundowner at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>> 1) this is a commercial firm - not a government authority/branch/department/etc
>>>> 2) it 'assist' people to obtain a visa
>>>> 3) it is not at an airport/seaport/boarder
>>>> 4) the visa is obtained before travel commences.
>> It is an office you go to. You present documents, they ask questions, you answer, you pay a fee, 
>> the office fills out forms using that information provided (and they then send it off to an embassy/consulate) 
>> and then some time later you get a visa back from the office (but the visa itself is actually from the embassy/consulate). 
>> In the above situation, what is wrong with office=visa ? You apply to the office, they (usually) get you a visa. 
> Here, the Japanese consulate never accepts direct visa application and instructs people to only submit visa applications through accredited travel agencies.
> On the other hand, many European consulates here contract a 3rd-party visa processing company such as the aforementioned VFS Global to handle all visa applications. These companies even have equipment to collect biometric data such as photographs and fingerprints that will be forwarded to the consulates together with the visa applications.
> I would think that the first case should be tagged like other travel agencies because visa handling is just one of their services (they also arrange tours and purchase airline tickets). For the second case, they do nothing else besides processing visa applications on behalf of the contracting consulates. So they are not travel agencies. I think they should indeed be tagged with something like office=visa or better yet office=visa_processing so it is clearer.
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