Learn How to Become a Consular Officer

To be considered or eligible, applicants must be U.S. Citizens, at least 20 years of age and no older than 59 years of age when applying, and be willing to work anywhere in the world (it is not looked upon very highly if a new hire or junior officer declines an assignment). These are the basic eligibility requirements. Learn more about the application process and additional requirements in this article: Foreign Service Officer Careers

Though there are no education requirements for applicants, many Foreign Service Officer (FSO) applicants are coming in with advanced degrees. In the past, applications for Consular Officers have been down and not nearly as competitive as the Political Officers and Public Diplomacy Officers career tracks. Now, competition for jobs has increased and those with advanced degrees and foreign language skills are finding the best opportunities.

A bachelor's degree is a good place to start and based on the Consular Officer pay scale, may be more financially rewarding sooner than becoming a Consular Officer without a bachelor's degree. An example the State Department website gives is that a FSO with a bachelor's degree and 5 years work experience will make the same amount as an FSO with no degree and 11 years experience.(1)

Bachelor's degrees that current Consular Officers hold include political science, economics, history, sociology, geography, anthropology, law, criminal justice, business, accounting, statistics, international relations or another liberal arts area of study. Colleges and Universities offering these and related programs are listed below. Use the provided information to contact these schools and learn more about their programs.

What Does a Consular Officer Do?

Consular Officers are Foreign Service Officers working for the United States Department of State. Consular Officers are assigned to U.S. embassies and consulates around the world. They most often receive, review and adjudicate visa applications. Consular Officers may also provide a wide range of services for U.S. citizens traveling or living overseas including maintaining their welfare, assisting in locating missing citizens, helping U.S. citizens get appropriate health care, and assisting with legal matters such as imprisonment. Other duties may include analyzing the country's public opinion and attitudes, developing policies, evaluating a foreign country's economic or political conditions and trends, analyzing a foreign country's specific forces, protecting American citizens, property or interests in a foreign country and related duties.(2)

Consular Officers are expected to be efficient in processing visas, be knowledgeable of current U.S. foreign policy objectives and programs and be able to communicate well with others.
(Sources: (1) - U.S. State Department website - FSO career, (2) - American Foreign Service Association website)

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California Criminal Justice Schools

Campuses: Reseda, Gardena, Santa Ana, La Puente

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Florida Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Orlando

Degrees Offered:

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Missouri Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Kansas City

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Ontario Criminal Justice Schools

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Online Criminal Justice Schools

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  • Bachelor's - Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement (Online)

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  • Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement (Online)

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  • Bachelor of Arts - Law Enforcement Administration (Online)

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