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What embassies, consulates can and can’t do for expatriates

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What embassies, consulates can and can’t do for expatriates

Post Posted: Sat Mar 19, 2011 12:32 am

Useful info about why it's a good idea to register and what to do in an emergency.

Today's Zaman

 

Ikeepforgetting
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Re: What embassies, consulates can and can’t do for expatriates

Post Posted: Fri Apr 01, 2011 3:19 pm

Sadly, I think too many people expect too much from British Embassies. Generally, they expect the embassy to take up personal cases on their behalf. Cases surrounding the non-issue of Tapus and other fraud spring to mind.
The "Locate" programme is well worth joining despite many thinking that it's the big brother of the UK government wanting to keep an eye on them.
We registered in Qatar and it was a good job we did. When iraq invaded Kuwait we were immediately contacted and were kept up-to-date with what was happening. We were also issued gas masks and instructions within days.
The embassy have been very helpful in Turkey in arguing the cost of residence permits and on the issue of the 90 days in 180 tourist visas.
News is just breaking of the reduction in RP's for brits from the massive £370 per year to a $80 for the year. Cannot fault them on that one.

 

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Re: What embassies, consulates can and can’t do for expatr

Post Posted: Fri Apr 01, 2011 5:07 pm

Quite agree w/you Dweller.
Years ago I remember mentioning to the Brit Cons that in an emergency I wouldn't want to leave my TR other half behind and was informed that in dire circumstances they took non Brit spouses too! Smile Not sure if that still applies! Wink Hope it never comes to that!
It is well worth registering w/your nearest Consulate- wherever you are from and wherever you go. A lot can be done on-line nowadays too.


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Ikeepforgetting
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Re: What embassies, consulates can and can’t do for expatriates

Post Posted: Mon Jun 18, 2012 6:35 pm

Depends if you have a proper consul - we have an Honorary Consul (Turkish) whom I have heard described by many long-term expats here as "about as useful as a chocolate teapot" - turns up to all the parties and feel-good events but forget it if you have a problem - response "what do you expect me to do about it?" With over 5000 ex-pat Brits living here that is not good enough - almost same as no representation - how do we go about getting proper consular representation ie a Brit who undertands our culture and government/administration and our needs?

 

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