The Consular Section Celebrates International Education Week

The consular section of the U.S. Embassy hosted directors and coordinators from Spanish and U.S. university programs in the Madrid area to celebrate International Education Week. Spain is the third most popular destination in the world for study abroad participants from the United States, with more than 32,000 students per year choosing to study in …

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Consular Agency Staff Meet with Balearic Regional Government

The U.S. Consular Agent and Assistant in the Balearic Islands met with the President of the Balearic Islands in a meeting hosted by the Balearic Consular Corps. They shared best practices on how they assist their citizens who live in or are visiting the islands. The number of U.S. citizens visiting the Balearic Islands is …

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Town Hall Meeting in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

The Consul General from the U.S. Embassy in Madrid, Liza Petrush, and the Consular Agent in the Canary Islands, Ana Maria Quintana, hosted a Town Hall Meeting in Santa Cruz de Tenerife where a group of US Citizens gathered to get the latest updates and information for American Citizens living or vacationing in Spain.  All …

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American Citizen Services Reaches out to U.S. Citizens throughout Spain

Representatives from the American Citizen Services unit met and spoke with U.S. students in Toledo and language assistants in Valladolid, Tenerife, and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. They explained consular services that are available to U.S. citizens as they embark on their semester or year abroad and encouraged everyone to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) . STEP …

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Upcoming Event – Consular Staff in Bilbao October 21 and 22, 2019

Location:  Bilbao, Spain  Event:  Consular staff from the U.S. Embassy will be in Bilbao on October 21 and 22, 2019, to provide consular services and assist U.S. citizens.  During the visit, consular staff will: Accept applications for U.S. passports and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad Provide notary services Answer general questions  Actions to Take: For …

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American Citizen Services at Carlos III University

On August 29th the American Citizen Services Chief and a Special Consular Services Assistant spoke at the Welcome event for U.S. students who will be attending Carlos III University this Fall. They explained what services the consular section offers, encouraged everyone to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) , and welcomed over 600 students …

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Consular Services in Palma de Mallorca

The Mallorca Consular Agency team met with members of the Rotary Club Palma Ramon Llull August 6.  Nearly 40 people attended, both Spanish and American citizens. The Consular Agent for the Balearic Islands discussed consular operations in Spain and the services we offer.  Attendees were grateful for the information, saying they were glad to know what …

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U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs Carl Risch Visits Spain

The U.S. Department of State’s Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs, Carl Risch, traveled to Spain July 16-17, 2019.  During his visit, Assistant Secretary Risch met with officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Justice, and the Ministry of Interior to discuss matters of mutual interest.  He also observed consular operations …

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American Citizen Services Connects with U.S. Citizens in Mallorca

The Consul General and the Consular Agent from the Balearic Islands hosted a town hall for U.S. citizens in Palma de Mallorca on June 5. Numerous U.S. citizens resident on the island attended the event, and enjoyed an evening of conversation with the Consul General, the Consular Agent, and consular staff. We talked about how …

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Embassy Connects with U.S. Citizens at Town Hall

On May 29 the Deputy Chief of Mission and the Consul General met with U.S. citizens in Madrid for a Town Hall meeting. The audience members hailed from many different parts of the United States and included students, long-time residents, tourists, young professionals, and even a uniformed boy scout. A wide range of issues were …

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Consular Staff Explain Student Visa Process

On May 22nd, consular staff visited the Polytechnic University in Madrid and the International Institute of Madrid to explain the visa process for students who will study in U.S. universities.  Consular staff explained the application requirements and encouraged students to apply for their student visa as early as possible to ensure they receive their visa …

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Consular Agent in Seville Raynold von Samson Met in Cádiz with Authorities

Our Consular Agent in Seville Raynold von Samson met in Cádiz with authorities to strengthen ties and learn about the city’s crisis plan. He met with the Mayor, José María González Santos and councilman Juan Antonio Navarro Vela. He also visited the local police headquarters where he met with public safety authorities (Protección Civil) Mateo Ollero and Gabriel Leo …

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The Consular Agent in Sevilla Meets with Emergency Services in the Region

The Consular Agent in Sevilla toured the area’s Empresa Pública de Emergencias Sanitarias (EPES) on April 4 to familiarize himself with emergency operations in the region.  He was accompanied by EPES Directors and Coordinators Jose Luis Pastrana, Francisco Bonilla, Inmaculada de Andrés, and Antonia Romero. The Consular Agency in Sevilla assists U.S. citizens in Sevilla, …

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Officers from the Consulate General in Barcelona Reach Out to U.S. Citizens

Officers from the Consulate General in Barcelona recently engaged in outreach with both students and study abroad coordinators. On April 5 the Consul spoke at the regional APUNE conference to study abroad coordinators who host U.S. citizens students. Meanwhile, the Vice Consul spoke to newly arrived students at ALBA study abroad on March 29. Our …

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American Citizen Services Connects with U.S. Citizens in the Madrid Area

On April 4 the Consul General spoke to a group of U.S. citizens and friends associated with the American Club of Madrid. The event was held at the Fundación Universitaria San Pablo CEU. Pictured are the President of the American Club, representatives from the International Relations Department of San Pablo CEU, the Consul General, and …

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The Consul General Liza Petrush Hosts a Town Hall for U.S. Citizens in Mijas

The Consul General, Liza Petrush, along with staff from the Consular Agency in Malaga and the Consular Section in Madrid, hosted a town hall for U.S. citizens in Mijas, Malaga on March 21.  American Costa del Sol residents asked questions about passport renewals, pensions, voting overseas, and other issues. Pictured are Roberta Aaron, Consular Agent …

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U.S. Consular Agent in Fuengirola Speaks to a Group of Liberty University Students

On March 10, the U.S. Consular Agent in Fuengirola spoke to a group of Liberty University students.  She explained Consular Services for U.S. citizens in Spain and encouraged everyone to enroll in STEP (The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program) by creating an account on its website: www.step.state.gov .

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Deputy Senior Commercial Officer Ricardo Peláez and Vice Consul Caroline Platt Attend the SelectUSA Investment Event

Deputy Senior Commercial Officer Ricardo Peláez, Vice Consul Caroline Platt, and ICEX General Director of Institutional Cooperation and Coordination Alberto Cerdán at a SelectUSA investment event at ICEX in Madrid on March 12, 2019 and at ACCÍO in Barcelona on March 14, 2019.  The U.S. Department of Commerce’s SelectUSA program brings Spanish investors together with …

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U.S. Consular Agent in the Canary Islands Met with Car Rental Company Representatives

The U.S. Consular Agent in the Canary Islands met with car rental company representatives and the Gran Canaria Tourist Board Representative, D. Pablo Llinares on March 11. They discussed collaboration among the different tourist offices, strengthening ties in an effort to better protect U.S. citizens visiting the Canary Islands.

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The Consul General Connected with Members of the American Women’s Club of Madrid

On February 15, 2019, the Consul General joined members of the American Women’s Club of Madrid at their clubhouse for an open session of questions and answers. She shared anecdotes about work in the Embassy and responded to a wide array of questions. Among the club members, pictured here with the Consul General was the …

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The Consul General Speaks at Carlos III University’s Welcome Event

The Consul General recently spoke at Carlos III University’s Welcome Event for a group of 400 U.S. citizens. The students, from a wide variety of universities from across the U.S., had just arrived and will be spending one semester studying abroad. She spoke about services provided by American Citizen Services, and encouraged them to enroll …

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The Consular Agent in Fuengirola Speaks to Students about the Consular Services Offered to U.S. Citizens in Spain

The Consular Agent in Fuengirola spoke to students from Dickinson College at the Centro Internacional de Español on January 31 about the consular services offered to U.S. citizens in Spain, and encouraged them to enroll in STEP (Smart Traveler Enrollment Program).  We strongly encourage all U.S. citizens abroad to enroll in STEP.  By enrolling they …

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U.S. Consular Agents Join Local Thanksgiving Celebrations across Spain

On Thanksgiving Day, November 22nd, U.S. Consular Agents joined local residents for Thanksgiving celebrations across Spain. Celebrating this special holiday with resident and visiting Americans is one of the most enjoyable parts of our effort to connect with U.S. citizens in Spain. In Marbella, U.S. Consular Agent Roberta Aaron gave the Thanksgiving message for the …

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Consul General Liza Petrush Joins the Seville-based Consular Corps

On Nov. 14, Consul General Liza Petrush and Consular Agent Raynold Von Samson-Himmelstjerna joined the Seville-based consular corps for a discussion of shared interests with Alfonso Rodríguez Gómez de Celis, Delegado del Gobierno in Andalucía, and Carlos Toscano Sánchez, Subdelegado del Gobierno, at Taberna del Alabadero in Sevilla.

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American Citizen Services Supervisor Honored with Cross of Merit by Guardia Civil

Earlier this month, the Embassy’s American Citizen Services Supervisor, Kim Wise, was honored with the Cross of Merit by the Guardia Civil. Ms. Wise was recognized for her commitment to strengthening security and judicial relations between the US and Spain. We thank the Guardia Civil for this award, which highlights the strong cooperation between our …

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American Citizen Services Meets with U.S. Citizens in Valladolid

On October 9, a representative from the American Citizen Services section of the U.S. Embassy spoke to U.S. citizens in Valladolid at an event hosted by CIEE and the Junta de Castilla y Leon. The group of Americans in the audience will be volunteering at bilingual schools throughout the Castilla y Leon region, encouraging the …

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Consular Agent Meets with U.S. Teaching Assistants in Canary Islands

Earlier this month, the regional government of the Canary Islands invited U.S. Consular Agent in Las Palmas Ana Maria Quintana to speak to a group of newly arrived U.S. citizens who will be working as teaching assistants in the region. The program, managed by the regional government, is designed to assist in bilingual education in …

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Consul General’s Visit to Canary Islands Highlights US-Spain Cooperation

Earlier this month, Consul General Liza Petrush conducted her annual visit to Consular Agency Las Palmas, Canary Islands. On October 11, she and Consular Agent Ana Maria Quintana conducted a visit to the Red Cross Emergencies Coordination Center hosted by Red Cross Vice President Jesus Mojota. Later that day, Consul General Liza Petrush and Consular …

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Consular Associate Susannah Roetlin Speaks to Participants on an International Internship Program

Consular Associate Susannah Roetlin spoke to participants on an international internship program with PINC International on May 30.  Susannah spoke to them about the role of the Consular Section and services provided for U.S. citizens in Spain such as passport renewals, reports of birth abroad and emergency services.

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Consular Agent Raynold Von Samson-Himmelstjerna Attends OPEN IBEROAMERICANO DE BEISBOL 6 NACIONES

The Consular Agent from the office in Sevilla, Raynold Von Samson-Himmelstjerna attended the first OPEN IBEROAMERICANO DE BEISBOL 6 NACIONES, held at the Amate sports complex in Sevilla on June 2-3. The participating teams represented the following countries: Spain, Cuba, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Honduras, Venezuela, the Dominican Republic and the United States. Pictured with …

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Consular Agent Kimberly Marshall Attends a Graduation Ceremony in Mallorca

Kimberly Marshall, Consular Agent for the U.S. Consular Agency in Palma de Mallorca, attended the graduation ceremony of the American International School of Mallorca / Rafa Nadal Academy on June 12. The Consular Agency in Mallorca, like our four other consular agencies in Spain, handles the full range of services for American citizens, including passport …

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US Consular Agent Kimberly Marshall Participates in a Mock Rescue at Sea Exercise

On March 23, the US Consular Agent in the Balearic Islands, Kimberly Marshall, participated as an observer in a mock rescue at sea exercise with the Balearic Islands’ Maritime Rescue aboard the Marta Mata. The activity provided the opportunity to see the work of the Maritime Rescue closely, and Ms. Marshall also had the opportunity …

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Consular Agent Kimberly Marshall Visits the Food Bank of Mallorca

On March 20, 2018, the Food Bank of Mallorca invited Consular Agent Kimberly Marshall to visit their operation. Ms. Marshall thanked them for their wonderful assistance to the Balearic community – the Food Bank serves many residents from other countries, including the citizens of the United States. They talked about future projects and volunteer opportunities …

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Workshop for Study-Abroad Program Coordinators

On March 14, Consular Mission Spain hosted a workshop for study-abroad program coordinators to learn about the assistance consular staff can provide to U.S. citizen victims of sexual assault.  Representatives from study-abroad and teaching-assistant programs from across Spain attended, as did staff from the U.S. Consulate General in Barcelona.  U.S. Embassy staff explained the protocol …

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American Citizen Services Representatives Explain Services Offered for American Citizens

Representatives from the American Citizen Services Section at the U.S. Embassy in Madrid met with members of various commercial and public service sectors from the Canary Islands in Las Palmas on February 22. They explained services offered for American citizens from the Consular Section in Madrid and the local office in Las Palmas. Guests included …

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