Consular Archive

Bereaved families demand more help from FCO

Families whose loved ones have died abroad in unexplained circumstances staged a small protest outside the Foreign Office demanding more assistance from British consulates abroad.

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Schengen Visa Information System goes live in UK

From Friday 20 November all Schengen visas issued in the UK will be biometric. Those applying for a Schegen visa will have to appear in…

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Consuls need pandemic plan – expert

The world needs to prepare better for pandemic flu, a top global health expert urged at a Consular Corps meeting. Professor Peter Piot, who discovered…

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Consuls attend Custody Conference

Record numbers of consuls attended the recent Foreign Nationals in Custody Conference hosted by HM Prison Service, a sign that the issue of foreign nationals…

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Huge ‘Books for Prisons’ response

It’s the season for giving and this Christmas foreign national offenders at Maidstone Prison will receive the gift of a foreign language library donated by…

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Consuls are key in crisis response

Christian Decobecq, Sue Ackerman and Howard Way In the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks and other mass fatality incidents, consuls in London attended a…

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CCL Committee 2016 elected

At the Consular Corps AGM Christiaan Sys, Belgian Vice Consul, was elected for a second term as President. Re-elected on to the executive committee was…

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Support for visitor victims in London

The holiday period is a busy time for consuls who may be called on to aid their citizens visiting London, so they welcomed the opportunity…

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Frontline consular service for FCO

Tracking down a Scottish chef in Belgium who can cook haggis was one of many outlandish requests fielded by British consuls last year, the Foreign…

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Immigration Bill 2016

A new Conservative government was elected in May with a mandate to bring migration down to sustainable levels. Alicia Ioannou of the Home Office gave…

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