After accepting the position of a lifetime in Barcelona, you get nervous. You and your family have only ever lived in suburban America and moving to a popular metropolis halfway across the world will be a big change.
How can you combat those nerves? Connecting with a consulate or embassy in your host country is a good start!
How do you register with an embassy or consulate?
To get the most out of consular services while abroad, register with your nearest embassy or consulate. Different countries have different registration processes, but, a lot of countries offer a simple, online travel registration.
It’s vital to know if your country of origin requires registration. For example, India requires citizens living in Washington, D.C. to register, while Australia and the U.S. just recommend expatriates register with embassies.
How can consulates help?
1) Most consulates will renew and replace passports
2) Consulates will assist you in finding legal help
3) Consul agents will assist with tax return and absentee voting logistics
4) Babies born abroad may hold national citizenship
5) Consulates will notify citizens when they suggest an evacuation from a certain country
6) Embassies and consulates might host gatherings for holidays and events
7) Some consulates have a Community Liaison Officer
How do you contact the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate?
Before traveling, determine where the nearest U.S. consulate or embassy is to your destination. The U.S. maintains more than 285 embassies and consulates in cities around the world. The travel section of the State Department’s website has contact information for U.S. embassies and consulates. The State Department announces travel warnings on the website, and also provides useful information about specific visa requirements, safety and security, and local laws.
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