Law Offices of Leon J. Frommer
800-882-9832 Offices in Valencia and Los Angeles

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Leon J. Frommer has been licensed to practice law in California since 1977. With over... READ MORE

Immigration Newsletter

  • Extending Non-Immigrant Visits
    A non-immigrant is a foreign national who enters the United States temporarily for a particular purpose. Non-immigrants are allowed to enter the U.S. for a specified period of time, and during their stay, they are prohibited from... Read more.
  • The Alvarado Case and Gender-Based Asylum
    Rodi Alvarado is a Guatemalan woman. At age 16, she married Francisco Osorio, a Guatemalan soldier. For the next ten years, Osorio systematically abused Rodi in the cruelest of manners; she was beaten, threatened with death, and/or... Read more.
  • U.S. Citizenship of Children Based on Their Unmarried Parents' Citizenship
    Children born out of wedlock outside the United States to one citizen parent and one noncitizen parent face different requirements for acquiring U.S. citizenship, depending on the gender of the citizen parent. The Immigration and... Read more.
  • Marital Deductions & Non-Citizen Spouses
    A QDOT is a specific type of marital deduction trust that is designed to ensure that non-citizen spouses will eventually pay any taxes that may be due upon distribution of the principal from the trust, even if the surviving spouse... Read more.
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Assistance Provided by U.S. Consuls for U.S. Citizens Abroad

United States embassies worldwide all have a consular section. Consular officers serve primarily to assist U.S. citizens who are either traveling or residing abroad. In addition, consular officers issue visas to foreigners who would like to travel to and/or reside in the United States. For U.S. citizens abroad, the services that consulates provide can be a vital source of aid.

Emergency Services

Consuls provide a wide range of emergency services to U.S. citizens abroad, including:

  • Replacement of lost passports, generally within 24 hours
  • Help finding medical assistance
  • Help contacting family, bank or employer if money is lost
  • Finding citizens in case of a family emergency at home
  • Visiting citizens in jail should they be arrested, and providing a list of local lawyers
  • Notifying the family of a citizen who dies abroad
  • Issuing public announcements by the U.S. Department of State, warning citizens as to heightened security and cautioning them against traveling overseas during times of national crisis, such as threats of terrorism

Non-emergency Services

Some non-emergency services that consuls provide include:

  • Issuing a “Report of Birth Abroad of a U.S. Citizen” to a child born abroad whose parents are U.S. citizens, as proof of U.S. citizenship for that child
  • Issuing passports to those whose passports have expired
  • Assisting with absentee voting
  • Providing U.S. tax forms

Despite the latitude afforded a consul to assist U.S. citizens and their families, a consul is obligated under the Privacy Act to refrain from revealing any personal information regarding a U.S. citizen’s location, welfare or problems without the citizen’s express consent. As a result, concerned families of U.S. citizens abroad can often become quite frustrated upon inquiring as to the welfare of their family member.

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