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It's possible that the answer will vary depending on the specific embassy/consulate, but to use the US Consulates in Australia as an example... No, you can not. Even as a US citizen you are required to make an appointment to visit the consulate for non-emergency services. As stated on the US Consulates Australian webpage : To be allowed entry into the ...


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An embassy's premises are "inviolable" by the authorities of the host country, so the host country couldn't prevent the embassy from detaining anyone there. The embassy would have a hard time getting someone out of the host country without the cooperation of host country authorities, however. Of course, even if the UK could protect your friend, there is no ...


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U.S. Embassy & Consulate in the United Arab Emirates Emergency Financial Assistance U.S. consuls can assist U.S. citizens abroad who are temporarily destitute due to unforeseen circumstances. U.S. citizens in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain who find themselves in these circumstances should contact the Embassy in Abu Dhabi. U.S. citizens in Dubai and ...


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Assuming that your friend is in a conflict with the bureaucracy of his home country, a much more likely problem is that the consulate will simply refuse to extend the passport and your friend would be forced to either leave the UK or apply for asylum there. Kidnapping, assaulting or killing someone at a foreign consulate is guaranteed to cause a diplomatic ...


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Man, these answers are confused. Which is understandable, because this is complex, but quoting Wikipedia isn't going to do it. Here's my understanding, based on holding a diplomatic passport for 18 years and seeing all this first hand & up close. So on a purely practical level, Doc's got it right: embassies and consulates are pretty much ...


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This is simply the name of the officer. The signature on the visa matches this name. Furtheron, as @hobbs remarked, his name accidentially means "Goat Willow", which is a certain kind of tree. In fact, Saule des Chèvres is another French name for this tree, which literally translates to "Goat Willow". See here. However, this is pretty common in France to ...


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From the perspective of a traveler, there is almost zero difference. Both embassies and consulates are representative departments of a foreign country/government within another country. Technically, an Embassy is where an "Ambassador" is based. As there can only be one Ambassador for a specific country, there can only be (at most) one Embassy. As the ...


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Contact the US embassy. Here is a list of what they will do. They will give you a loan to travel home if there is no other source of money, and they will insist of getting repaid.


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@Doc provided a very good overall answer. I'll add my own experience in the US embassy in London, UK. I have entered the US embassy a number of times as a US citizen for non-emergency situations and I did have to make appointments every time, stating the intended purpose. Security is high, however it felt that it's not as bad as is sometimes implied. For ...


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The level of support offered by embassies will vary widely from each foreign embassy / consulate to another. A couple of standard support measures provided though are: Contact family members to pass messages along Provide details on contact information on local lawyers, and interpreters if needed. Depending on whether such a support system is available for ...


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Short answer: No, not for ordinary mortals. In the 1990's they hosted a wonderful 4th of July party, but 9/11 took care of that in short order. It is hard enough to get in when you want to discuss something... As we have very limited counter space and no private area where we could discuss your case I would discourage you from coming in to the ...


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Embassies and consulates will only assist their own citizens. For example, the section of the US embassy that performs this function is called "American Citizen Services". You and your spouse would have to contact your respective countries' embassies. As your children are dual citizens they could get assistance from either embassy. Only in exceedingly rare ...


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Here are some airlines that mention refund upon visa refusal: UIA KLM Air France China Southern "Most Russian airlines" Looking at the fare rules for a sample of airlines, I see the following text in a sample Air China fare regarding refunds: WAIVED FOR TICKETS ISSUED AND ORIGINATING IN CHINA IN CASE OF REJECTION OF VISA. And a sample Qantas fare: ...


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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. This does not usually apply to people who are on a visit visa in the country they wish to apply from. Every country has different residency requirements for ...


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The two highly voted answers are not entirely correct. Embassies represent the interest of their home country, consulates serve the public (EDITED, see comments below). Of course, each country has some freedom in how to organize their diplomatic network but that's the general idea and it's regulated by international treaties. To take an example I have first-...


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I am most familiar with the US Embassy in Delhi, India, since I was there for an extended period of time (several months). You can always visit the website for the US Embassy wherever you are traveling; they post a complete list of services for American citizens. To summarize some of the big ones, US Embassies will help American citizens with the following: ...


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This was in 1991, but the U.S. Embassy in Sri Lanka encouraged American ex-pats to go there and register with them. So that's technically, "a serious reason", but it also seems like a reasonable excuse for just visiting.


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During the Cold War (and probably continuing to this day), Russian spies were taught to say, "Call the the Soviet Consulate," or "Call the Soviet Embassy," when caught. While undergoing training, they were tortured to induce them to say more than that. If they said "more," they flunked the course, were kicked out of the program (and lost their main chance to ...


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Quite often there are agencies that can deal with the problem for you (you see a problem, they see a solution!). For example, it's quite likely that you may live in a country that doesn't have an Uzbekistan embassy or high commision. Or Tajikstan. Or Kazakhstan. If you're headed to central Asia, that either means dealing with them at the borders (you can ...


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If your friend is a Syrian citizen, then I have a thing or two to say regarding this since I live in a country with more than 2 million Syrian refugees, they're not called refugees here, they have special treatment allowing them to move freely, work and study. However, having many Syrian colleagues who have been through the same exact issue as your friend, ...


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The address is mostly a convenience (in case the passport gets lost). In my country, reporting an address change is not mandatory and Canada even advises you to change it yourself. It might be a problem as far as the Indian authorities are concerned so I wouldn't recommend doing that but there is no way a third country could verify it or rely on it for any ...


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According to Schengen Visa rules if applying for tourist visas: “you should apply where you would be staying maximum number of days. If you are spending equal number of days in Schengen countries, then you will have to apply where you will be entering first." Which Embassy to apply for a Schengen visa? The number of days is the same for Netherlands ...


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US embassies are probably among the most difficult to access but since your question suggests you might be interested in other embassies too, note that there are many options to visit one. For example, in London, some embassies participate in the annual “Open House” event (e.g. Czech Republic, Belgium), host occasional cultural events (North Korea!) or have ...


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When applying for a UK visitor visa you are required to show evidence that you can support yourself for the entire duration of the trip. The purpose of the bank statements is also to verify your employment status: it would be suspicious if you claimed to be employed but don't receive a salary. To this purpose you usually submit recent bank statements (the UK ...


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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 British consulate. A quick call to them and they were able to give some initial advice, but then connect me with the NZ consulates in Chile and Argentina, who ...


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I did the obvious thing and called the embassy in DC this morning, and was advised that my wife can accompany me into the area where passport renewals are done and remain there when I go to the service window while I renew my passport.


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Embassy represents country dealing with the host's government. There is always only one embassy per country, it's lead by an ambassador. Consulate represents country dealing with individuals. There may be numerous consulates per country, there may be numerous consuls. Confusion arises from the fact, that most often the building housing an embassy (...


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You apply at the country where you will be either: Staying the longest. First port of entry. In your case, as you are staying equal amount of days in multiple countries it is Germany as that is your first port of entry. For reference, here is the text from the The Netherland's embassy: You must apply for the visa at a mission of the Schengen country ...


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