[Tagging] visa offices tags

Allan Mustard allan at mustard.net
Sat Nov 10 16:26:16 UTC 2018

John and Warin are correct.  These are not government offices.  They are
either contractors (private firms with a government contract) or
lawyers/paralegals offering visa application assistance.

When I was posted to Istanbul three decades ago, before computers took
over, some enterprising fellows with typewriters set up folding tables
and chairs on the sidewalk across the street from the American Consulate
General in Tepebashi.  For a fee they would type up visa applications in
English for Turks who spoke no English and had no access to a
typewriter.  They were certainly not U.S. government employees but they
provided visa application services.  A photo studio around the corner
specialized in visa photos that met U.S. requirements.  The offices you
want to tag are rather similar in terms of the services offered and
rendered.  They just have real offices, digital cameras, dactylographic
scanners, and desktop computers connected to the Internet these days.

On 11/8/2018 5:05 AM, John Willis wrote:
>> On Nov 7, 2018, at 7:12 AM, Warin <61sundowner at gmail.com
>> <mailto: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.
>> 5) it is not within the country where the visa is used
> if they don’t issue visas, they are immigration or travel
> paralegals/lawyers. this sounds like people assisting tourists. An
> office assisting people trying to get *residence* in a country is
> certainly an immigration lawyer.  
> This does sound like something completely different than the
> amenity=immigration I am thinking of. 
> I am unsure of a tag - but simply office=visa should be out.
> office=travel assistance or visa assistance or something. 
> Javbw
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