Consular officers are Foreign Service Officers (FSOs) assigned by the United States Department of State that working at U.S. embassies and consulates abroad. They adjudicate immigrant and non-immigrant visas, and provide supports for U.S. citizens traveling or living overseas. While most consular officers' duties are known as issuing visas, they also provide other services include:
- Receiving, reviewing and adjudicating visa applications
- Facilitate adoptions
- Help U.S. citizens with family reunification, in medical emergencies and evacuate Americans
- Combat fraud and fight human trafficking
- Protecting American citizens, property or interests in a foreign country
- Monitoring security issues that helps American abroad to make decisions concerning travel and activities.