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What's the smallest non-capital city with a foreign consulate?

Russian Consulate General in Barentsburg, Norway. The settlement has a population of 470 people. Even if you assume that is also serves Longyearbyen, the capital of Svalbard (not connected by any ...
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Will a British consulate abroad assist a person who has indefinite leave to remain in the UK?

British consulates and embassies cannot provide support for non British nationals unless they fit into categories below, even if they legally reside in the UK. Support for British Nationals Abroad: ...
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What if passport is lost and home country has no diplomatic presence?

No country has a diplomatic presence in every other country; in some cases politics prevents it, but in other cases it is simply impractical. Your home country will take care of its citizens' needs in ...
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What's the smallest non-capital city with a foreign consulate?

México has a consulate in Presidio, TX, which has a population of around 4500.
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Do embassy workers have access to my financial information?

Take it from somebody working in enterprise IT: there is no one set of "the information". Even in a single country, there are thousands of databases maintained by dozens of government ...
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Do embassies give you your documents back?

Each embassy or consulate may have its own procedures for exactly what will and won't be returned, so we can't give you a firm answer without knowing where your documents are going. But in my ...
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Where do I apply for my visas?

You apply from your country of residence mostly. If you are residing in Germany with a work visa you apply from there, you don't have to go back to your home to apply for a visa for any 3rd country. ...
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Travel visa appointment - What exactly is passport photocopy?

Although you could check with the consulate etc. the answer is almost certainly "yes". There is pretty much no difference, physically, between a printout of a scan of something and a ...
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What are the practical implications of limited consular support in Russia?

The practical implications are, that if you get in any kind of trouble that would usually ruin your vacations, they might now ruin your life. You have been warned NOT to visit Russia and informed, ...
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Does my passport go to a foreign country to get the visa or is it issued in the consulate of ones own country?

The entry clearance officers are in the British embassy and consulates (known as high commission and deputy high commission in India). Your passport and supporting documents will be sent to the high ...
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Why are mobile phones prohibited at many consulates?

You can take pictures, which: Show the internal layout, where people sit, etc.; Show the people that work there, which allows to identify them, It could be a remote bomb - you just leave you cell ...
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What's the smallest non-capital city with a foreign consulate?

The city of Airar in the island nation of Palau hosts the embassy of the United States of America, even though it is not the capital of Palau. Airar had a population of 2455 in 2015. The embassy ...
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Which consulate should I contact when my country doesn't have one in the destination country?

Directive 2015/637 doesn't set any rules regarding who you should contact and doesn't constrain Poland's ability to assist you in any way. What it does is create an obligation for Portugal not to turn ...
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Could someone please share a link to book appointment for Spain visa in San Francisco

It would seem that an online booking is not possible. Based on the text shown below, you must request an appointment per eMail: [email protected] From: Ministerio de Asuntos exteriores, Unión ...
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What if passport is lost and home country has no diplomatic presence?

Without knowing your nationality, this is very much a hypothetical. In addition to the answer by Choster, if you are an EU citizen you can receive consular assistance from any other EU representation ...
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I have multiple citizenships, and somehow landed in legal trouble while travelling abroad. Which embassy should I contact for consular services?

I had to do this in Bolivia. South African and NZ citizenship. Needed to contact my country and Interpol. Neither has a presence in Bolivia. So I went to the 'closest' I could think of - the ...
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What's the smallest non-capital city with a foreign consulate?

The town of Puerto Obaldía in Panama has a Colombian consulate (not an honorary consulate). There are some photos of the consulate here. Puerto Obaldía only host 672 people according to Wiki. This ...
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Dealing with bully/rogue consular official

I don't have a great solution for you, but here are some options, too long for a comment: There's SOLVIT. I suspect that the timeframe of 10 weeks may be longer than you have, but they may be able ...
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What are the practical implications of limited consular support in Russia?

Since helping and assisting their nationals is one of the many functions of a consulate, many people will assume that it exists and is functionable. Article 5 CONSULAR FUNCTIONS Vienna Convention on ...
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I have multiple citizenships, and somehow landed in legal trouble while travelling abroad. Which embassy should I contact for consular services?

The answer is going to depend wildly on the citizenships you hold, and the country where you get in trouble. My personal advice would be to choose the consulate or embassy with the most useful ...
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Can I expedite Schengen visa at Italian consulate in San Francisco

Answering if someone is looking for answer. Italian consulate website adds new slots (I guess these slots are a result of automatic cancellations in their system) everyday at 12 midnight Italy time. ...
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Can I get a new U.S. passport sent to a U.S. consulate overseas after leaving the US with a different passport (dual citizenship)?

In case anyone else ever has this sort of problem, here's what happened: The National Passport Center in Portsmouth managed to produce a passport for my kid in less than 24 hours, I could pick it up ...
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What's the smallest non-capital city with a foreign consulate?

This is tentative because I can't find proof it... A couple of years ago I saw a documentary about the research bases on Antartica. (Probably on Discovery or Natiopnal geograhic Channel, I don't ...
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Do embassies give you your documents back?

It may depend on the embassy. But usually, if they do not ask for original document explicitly, no they will not return documents to you. Check on visa documentation (for your specific country/embassy/...
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Is ais.usvisa-info.com site a scam visa site for US consulate in Canada?

On its "Entering the US" page, the US Embassy in Canada links to https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-ca/niv with the text "Click here to start your non-immigrant visa application", so I ...
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Which consulate should I contact when my country doesn't have one in the destination country?

"Countries in the territorial competence" means the countries in which the consular services are provided. I.e.: this diplomatic post provides services in these countries. So if you're a ...
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US Consulate visa interview appointment scheduling

So - to answer my own question: Yes this does happen. I've been checking interview appointment availability on the consulate web site twice a day since I made the original appointment, and today saw ...
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Can a US citizen skip the line to the US embassy on foreign soil by showing her passport even if she or he has come with a group of people?

I’ve been to embassies where there was one (long) line for visa applicants, and US citizens (who would generally either have an appointment, or be there because of an emergency) would be admitted ...
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Indian passport threads coming off, India travel in 2 weeks

You have a number of different questions there, but I'll answer the main one: passports can not be repaired, the only option is to replace it. Given your timeframe, it will likely be difficult to ...
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Travel visa appointment - What exactly is passport photocopy?

I successfully went through multiple USA visa applications providing print-outs of (smartphone) photographs of my passport pages, which I believe is what you are describing. In my case, I took the ...
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