Many people think that the consular officer just stays at a visa window interviewing and counseling people coming in and out of the United States. But the job is so much more than that. At a time of global interconnectedness, with tourism and international trade of the concern of many countries, the work of consuls and embassies are of prime importance.
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Businesses, private companies, and governments are now more invested than ever in the work consular officers do for legitimizing travel. Of course, the recent threats of terrorism must be taken seriously as well, and the consuls become the first line of defense in filtering out people who might want to do harm in the country.
Beyond any possible threat is maintaining the character of the United States as the land of the free, of embracing diversity whatever a people’s heritage and race are. In a big way, consular officers ensure that the country’s principles of freedom and rights are preserved and that the law is applied with fairness in mind.
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Again, the job of the consul officer is not just about adjudicating passport applications, visas, and reporting on the birth and passing of Americans abroad. They coordinate with all sorts of businesses and local officials as well as do other duties within the State Department. And, in a more ideal sense, they safeguard our hard-won freedom.