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Career talk: What does a consular officer do?

 

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.

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What are diplomatic missions for and why are they still important?

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A diplomatic mission is a key aspect of international relations, representing a country, state, or a governmental organization like the United Nations in another country. These resident or non-resident embassies are crucial in maintaining healthy social, cultural, and economic ties between two countries.

When missions are established between commonwealth nations, this is called high commissions, with their heads named high commissioners. The premise here is that commonwealth nations are not foreign to one another. The high commissioner is, for all intents and purposes, still operates like an ambassador. However, they are accredited by the government of the receiving Commonwealth country, not to the head of state.

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There are other forms of mission officials, like the Vatican’s envoy and the consulate, which focuses on dealing with individuals and businesses. But all diplomatic missions are guided by the need to intercede in issues related to trade, war, and peace-making. Diplomatic missions used to strictly deal with the issues mentioned, but a growing global world has required such relations to include other concerns like culture, diaspora, human rights, and the environment.

The idea behind diplomacy is to find mutually beneficial and acceptable solutions for common national challenges, in a non-confrontational manner. In short, diplomacy is needed to maintain the ideals of civility, the root term that defines our modern civilizations.

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Diplomacy 101: A beginner’s guide to diplomatic missions

 

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The ability to practice diplomacy is an integral aspect of any state. It has been practiced since the formation of the first city-states. Also called a foreign mission, a diplomatic mission refers to a group of people from one state or organization existing in another state. The group represents the sending state officially in the receiving state. It is usually embodied by the embassy: the main office of a country’s diplomatic representatives located in the capital city of another country.

Consulates are smaller diplomatic missions often located outside the capital of the receiving state, but can still be in the capital, usually when the sending country has no embassy in the receiving state. Diplomatic missions can likewise be non-resident permanent missions to more than one country.

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Diplomats were originally sent only for specific negotiations and come back home when the mission is finished. These people were often either relatives of a state’s ruling family or high-ranking officers, giving them legitimacy during negotiations.

The beginning of modern diplomacy can be traced to the states of Northern Italy during the early Renaissance period, with the first embassies having been established in the 13th century. Soon all the major European powers were exchanging representatives. Spain was the first to send a permanent representative when it appointed an ambassador to the Court of England in 1487. By the late 16th century, permanent missions were common in Europe.

The Congress of Vienna of 1815 established an international system of diplomatic rank, after the fall of Napoleon. Disputes on precedence among nations and the appropriate diplomatic ranks used continued for over a century until after World War II, when the rank of ambassador became the norm.

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