What does a consular officer do?

Consular Officers are Foreign Service Officers working for the United States Department of State. Consular Officers are assigned to U.S. embassies and consulates around the world. They most often receive, review and adjudicate visa applications. Consular Officers may also provide a wide range of services for U.S. citizens traveling or living overseas including maintaining their welfare, assisting in locating missing citizens, helping US citizens get appropriate health care, and assisting with legal matters such as imprisonment. Other duties may include analyzing the country's public opinion and attitudes, developing policies, evaluating a foreign country's economic or political conditions and trends, analyzing a foreign country's specific forces, protecting American citizens, property or interests in a foreign country and related duties. Consular Officers are expected to be efficient in processing visas, be knowledgeable of current U.S. foreign policy objectives and programs and be able to communicate well with others.