Consular Affairs

Consular Affairs (CA)
Consular Affairs (CA)

The mission of the Bureau of Consular Affairs (‘CA)’ is to protect the lives and interests of American citizens overseas and to strengthen U.S. border security.  Consular work is about touching people’s lives in a thousand different ways every day.  We deal with events and issues that have a personal impact: birth, death, marriage, adoption, child custody, citizenship, and relocation to another country.  CA provides the passports that enable Americans to travel internationally and stands ready to lend a helping hand when citizens fall victim to crime, accident or illness in other countries, or just want to vote absentee. Consular Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in London consists of the American Citizen Services section and the Visa section.

Our American Citizen Services section (‘ACS’) provides information and assistance to U.S. citizens in the United Kingdom. The ACS section consists of the Passport & Citizenship Unit, the Special Consular Services Unit, and the Federal Benefits Unit.

Our Visa section offers non immigrant and immigrant visa services.  A visa entitles the holder to travel to the United States and apply for admission; it does not guarantee entry.  An immigration inspector at the port of entry determines the visa holder’s eligibility for admission into the United States.

Internal Revenue Service & U.S. Taxes

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) office at the U.S. Embassy London closed in 2015 and no longer offers taxpayer assistance (mail, walk-ins or telephone).  Please see our list of IRS call center numbers and mailing addresses or see
Please do not send any IRS forms or tax correspondence to the U.S. Embassy.

Consular News & Information

Visit the State Department’s Office of American Citizens Services and Crisis Management website for: all Travel Advisories and United Kingdom-Specific Information.