by Ida Sameri
How diverse is Houston really? There are more than 90 consulates in the city (the third highest in the nation). Each consulate maintains their role to serve their communities by establishing and renewing passports as well as other official documents; report births, deaths, divorces, marriages, adoptions, etc., while abroad; to look after its own citizens whether they need a lawyer or a doctor; watch over the rule of law and fair trials; help businesses find partners and customers in foreign countries; promote educational and cultural exchanges; as well as establish entry visas to foreign citizens and inform them about all the rules and regulations such as immigration; and special permits. With over 2 million people in the Greater Houston area making it the 4th largest city in the United States, these 90+ consulates’ primary overall job is to project their community the best they can.
Albania, Angola, Argentina, Australia, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Bolivia, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, China, Cote d’Ivoire, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Estonia, France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Kazakhstan, South Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Lithuania, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Papua, New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Syria, Thailand, Trinidad, Ukraine, UK, Uruguay and Venezuela