What’s Going On At The U.S. Consulate?

Not very damn much

The United States government is trying to hire someone to staff our local consular office, but until they get that figured out, they will have shortened hours. As in practically non existent hours.

 If you need notary services, passport applications or registrations of births abroad, they will be processed on an appointment schedule when somebody travels down from the consular office in TJ.

vacay sam.jpgEmergency assistance for crime victims, hospitalized citizens, jailed Americans and other mayhem, is always available by the Mexican staff which is on duty round the clock. Sort of.

But the other services require American personnel who will travel here from Tijuana on the following schedule, but they will only be available from 9 am to 2 pm, and then only if you wrote ahead for an appontment,

And after 2 pm they hide inside the office. You can see them but no matter how hard you pound on the damn door, they will not open it. Makes you wonder what it would take to become a Canadian citizen. Sigh.

To request an appointment for a document service, write to appointmentsloscabos@state.gov with your name and the type of service you require, and they double pinkie promise you will be contacted to arrange an appointment on the next available date. Maybe.

For further details on requirements for each of these services, visit their webpage:

Passports: www.tijuana.usconsulate.gov/tijuana/passports.html

Consular Reports of Birth Abroad: www.tijuana.usconsulate.gov/reporting_of_birth_abroad.html

Notarial Services: www.tijuana.usconsulate.gov/public_services.html

For after-hours emergencies, call the Duty Officer at the U.S. Consulate General up in Tijuana and see what good that’s going to do you. From Mexico, dial 001 (619) 692-2154, from the U.S., call (619) 692-2154. Local number is 624 143 3566 conagencyloscabos@state.gov.

Here are the dates there might be someone in town to help you. Remember, write for an appointment for these dates.