Hey Travelers! Ever wondered about the role of Foreign Service Consular Officers? Today, we’re diving into their responsibilities and shedding light on what they do in the Foreign Service.
The primary mission of U.S. diplomats is to represent the interests and policies of the United States overseas and provide assistance to American citizens abroad. According to the State Department’s website, a U.S. diplomat in the foreign service works to promote peace, support prosperity, and protect American citizens while advancing the nation’s interests abroad.
So, what exactly do consular officers do in the Foreign Service? When you come to a U.S. Embassy or Consulate, you will most likely meet a consular officer. A consular officer’s main duty is to help U.S. citizens abroad who find themselves in unfortunate situations. These situations can include losing their passport or being placed in jail. These services for American Citizens are emergency or non-emergency.
Consular Officers also issue visas to non U.S. citizens who wish to come to the United States to work, travel, study, or live.
An interesting fact about U.S. Department of State diplomats is that they usually spend their first two to four years in the Foreign Service doing consular work.
In the Foreign Service, diplomats have the opportunity to specialize in different career tracks, often referred to as “cones.” These cones define the roles and responsibilities they will carry out during their diplomatic careers. Here are the five main career tracks or cones in the U.S. Foreign Service:
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