EMBASSIES AND CONSULATES
Embassy is normally a general term for the principal representative office of another country in the capital city of United Kingdom and primarily headed by the Ambassador.
Consulate or Consulate-General, in the case of United Kingdom, is a lower level diplomatic representative office of a foreign country, often located in a city outside of London and is typically headed by the Consul-General.
Honorary Consulate – A number of Consulates are normally headed by a independent business person who consents to execute limited consular duties in a city where the foreign country does not have a representative.
ROLE OF FOREIGN EMBASSIES IN THE UNITED KINGDOM
Embassy is normally a term for the main representative office of another country in the capital city of United Kingdom and primarily headed by the Ambassador.
Foreign Consulate General or Consulate is a lower level diplomatic representative office, often stationed in a city outside of London and is typically headed by the Consul-General official.
Honorary Consulate – This lower level office is normally run by a local business person who agrees to carry out limited consular duties in a city where the foreign country does not have a representative.
Diplomats of foreign countries deals in making agreements, attend state dinners, or organize or represent the policies and interests of foreign country. The duties and tasks of diplomats are significantly varied.
In an embassy, an ambassador is the highest-ranking representative of a foreign government to the United Kingdom. A good ambassador has to be a dynamic leader – a excellent manager, a good negotiator, and a highly regarded representative of the country. An important duty of an ambassador of is to coordinate the duties not only of the Overseas Service Officers and staff working under him or her in United Kingdom.
Diplomats are professionally trained representatives to represent the interests of overseas government with the direction of the ambassador. All diplomatic officers watch and listen to what is happening in United Kingdom and report to the ambassador and foreign ministry back in their home country. As a consequence, the country’s policy can be more responsive to the needs of other countries in addition to their people.
A foreign embassy normally has several types of diplomats:
Diplomatic administration officials are front runners of embassy, in charge of all embassy, consulate, or diplomatic mission operations from property to people to spending budget.
Economic Representatives in United Kingdom work with British government to secure businesses, protect the environment, or discuss fresh trade laws.
Political Officials of the embassy keep the ambassador up-to-date on events and changes happening in the United Kingdom.
Embassy Public Liasion Officers develop understanding and support for embassy’s policies by reaching straight to public in the United Kingdom; educational, cultural and sports programs; and all types of people-to-people exchange.
Consular Officers’ main duty is generally supporting and protecting citizens of their country in the United Kingdom. In the event a citizen of the country lose their passport, having problems with the law in Britain, or want to get married to a foreigner abroad, he or she will require the help of this officer.
Embassy consular officials also issue visas to visitors residing in Great Britain, who want to travel, work, study, or live in an overseas country.