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Utah Consular Corps

Who We Are

Utah Consular Corps is a professional organization consisting of members who are career or honorary Consuls General, Consuls, or Vice Consuls appointed by the Heads of State of their respective countries and duly accredited by the United States Government to perform consular duties. They are members of a country's Foreign Service or local residents who are appointed by the foreign government to perform consular duties. Once appointments are made, they must be formally accepted by the U.S. Department of State which then issues an exequatur allowing them to act in their official capacity in the United States.

What We Do

Founded in 2001, The Utah Consular Corps was formed to specifically address the demands of the 2002 Winter Olympics, but continues to serve the following purposes:

  • Foster relationships between the citizens of Utah and the foreign countries appointing consuls and/or honorary consuls to the state of Utah
  • Increase communication and fellowship among the foreign consular officers serving in Utah
  • Foster cooperation of Utah consuls with Utah-based international cultural, athletic, civic and economic events
  • Enhances the effectiveness of Utah consuls by distributing current consular practices and law to Utah consular officers and serving as a resource to the public to clarify consular duties and responsibilities

Primary Responsibilities of a Consular Officer

Develop economic, commercial, scientific and cultural relationships between their respective country of representation and the area in which they serve. This includes:

  • Promoting commerce through trade, technology transfer and bilateral investments
  • Facilitate scientific, academic, cultural, business and professional exchanges
  • Arrange official visits to their representative countries as well as respective visiting officials to the consular' s district
  • Provide useful economic, social, cultural and tourist information about their country of representation

Safeguard the interests of the country of origin and its citizens traveling or resident in their present consular district. Duties in relationship to this function include:

  • Issuing passports and other official documents
  • Issuing visas to the country of origin
  • Assisting travelers in distress, especially when facing problems with local law enforcement or immigration authorities
  • Signing death certificates
  • Legalizing or delivering official documents