Continue reading to learn about Embassies and Consulates.

What are Embassies and Consulates?

An embassy is the headquarters for a country’s diplomatic business and affairs within the borders of another nation. The embassy is usually located in the capital city of a foreign nation.

The consulate is headed by a Consul General who reports to the Ambassador. These individuals can generally do many of the same things as an Embassy. Consulates may be located in major cities or points of strategic interest.

Embassies and Consulates have a special status abroad. They remain the territory of the host state. However, an embassy or consulate represents a sovereign state. International policy does not allow representatives of the host country to enter an embassy without permission. This means that even for emergencies, they must have permission to enter.

Services at Embassies and Consulates

Embassies and consulates issue visas and offer some passport services.

Also, they serve as a way to help their citizens while abroad. Embassies and consulates work with local governments, businesses and nongovernmental organizations, and then seek to create positive experiences with U.S. policy and the United States in general.

Lastly, the embassy and consulate staff also report on political and economic issues that impact the United States.

Find the U.S. Embassies and Consulates Near You

Embassies and Consulates

Use the government site to search for an embassy or consulate near you. For more assistance, contact us via our Passport Help Desk.

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