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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Serices offered by the British Consulate


Services offered in Consular Section

 

Emergency Travel Documents

Assistance/Support for vulnerable and distressed British nationals. The attached link Support for British nationals abroad: a guide https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/317474/FCO_Brits_Abroad_2014.pdf illustrates what we can and cannot do for British nationals overseas.

·         We have Vulnerability Checklists that we use to assess the degree of vulnerability then decide if someone needs more consular assistance than what we would normally provide e.g home visits

Consular support includes:

-          Victims of crime

-          Prison detentions

-          Hospital visits

-          Welfare cases, especially for the elderly and vulnerable

 

UK State Pension queries

 

Crisis Response - we regularly test the Embassy Crisis Management Plan for a co-ordinated response in a crisis/emergency situation in assisting British nationals

 

Home Office Citizenship Ceremonies (swearing the Oath of Allegiance)

 

Congratulatory messages from the Queen - 100th birthday cards, 60th wedding anniversary

 

Telephone Service - for British nationals wishing to contact HMPO, Pension Service or other UK Govt Depts

 

Warden Network - consular representatives who are a source of local knowledge and information in the community.  They also assist in a crisis/emergency situation.

 

 

Services no longer offered in Consular Section, and date when stopped

 

UK Visas                                                                                                                                               2005

 

Nationality & Citizenship Determinations                                                                              2009

 

Repatriation Scheme                                                                                                                      2010

 

LOCATE Registration                                                                                                                       2010

 

Obtaining duplicates of lost Zimbabwe birth/death/marriage certificates                               2011

on behalf of BNs

 

Home Office Renouncing, Reclaiming Citizenship including Citizenship                    2012

Applications      

                                                                                                                               

Witnessing Signatures on Proof of Life Certificates for UK Pensioners                     2013

 

Documentary services – certifying documents including British passports              2013                                                                                                                                                                                      

War Pension Claims                                                                                                                        2013

 

Renewing Diplomatic Passports                                                                                                 2013

 

Passports applications/renewals                                                                                               1 January 2014

 

Historically, FCO Consular Sections processed passport applications/renewals overseas on behalf of HM Passport Office (formerly Identity & Passport Service).

 

In 2006 the National Audit Office recommended that the FCO and HMPO look at ways of reducing costs, reducing the security risks associated with transporting large volumes of passport books internationally and merging of the UK and overseas passport services. 

 

With passport fraud and identity theft on the increase, the way passports are issued had to change to safeguard personal identity and ensure that UK passports continue to meet both international security and quality standards.  All passports produced now have more sophisticated security features designed to reduce the likelihood of identity theft and passport fraud.  It is therefore not affordable to print these new passports overseas.

 

Following the 2006 audit, all passport books were removed from Consular Sections around the world and the service repatriated back to HM Passport Office in the UK.  Zimbabwe applicants now apply directly to the UK.

 

Issuing Consular Birth/Death Certificates                                                                              14 December 2014

 

 

 

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