Embassy Consular Conference 2020
Helping consuls help their citizens
The UK is one of the busiest consular posts in the world, with diaspora groups spread across the UK requiring travel documents, legalisation services, citizen services, immigration and international family legal advice and special consular assistance to their prisoners or nationals affected by major crises, crime, ill health or death. London is also a consular hub for many small missions, with consuls providing services to their nationals in neighbouring European countries.
Changes to UK immigration policy post Brexit require consuls to seek advice from legal practitioners who can offer assistance to their nationals involved in complex immigration and nationality cases.
Many migrant families living in Britain also mean more international family cases for consuls to handle which may become even more complex after Brexit. Consuls, police and legal attachés may also assist their nationals affected by cross-border crime, such as international slavery, as well as extradition cases and mutual legal assistance.
With third country nationals dispersed throughout Britain, visa staff are under pressure to issue high volumes of visas. Balancing the increasing demand for both security and service delivery means consuls are always on the lookout for companies who can provide cutting-edge consular tech from hardware and software as well as flexible outsourcing, mobile and digital solutions to help them issue secure documents speedily, at low cost and in remote locations across the UK.
Find out about:
- New UK immigration & asylum policy post Brexit
- International Family Justice issues post Brexit
- Consular assistance, including vulnerable migrants, victims and prisoners
- Consular crisis management
- Death, bereavement and repatriation
- Extradition, mutual legal assistance and red notices
- Welfare charities that can help nationals in distress
- Secure travel document and civil registration servicesConsular tech, including advancements in biometric travel documents, digital visas and passports, blockchain technology, case management tech and AI and algorithms in consular servicesKeeping consulates secure
Who you will meet:
- Senior officials from Whitehall and agencies, including the Home Office, Foreign Office, Ministry of Justice, HM Prisons and Probation, HM Passport Office, General Register Office, Metropolitan Police and more
- Travel document services
- Consular technology experts
- Consular assistance providers and charities
- Legal experts in immigration, family, extradition, litigation and personal injury
- Notary and legalization services
- Travel assistance companies
- Repatriation specialists
Who should participate
- Consular officers
- Visa officers
- Home affairs officers
- Administration officers
- IT managers and support staff
- Legal attachés
- Embassy security