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Various valleywide consulates available to help with citizenship

The Mexican Consulate in Las Vegas, 823 S. Sixth St., assists an average of 150 people a day and provides a variety of resources for the community, not just Mexican nationals.

The documentation department takes care of common issues for a fee, including:

— Visas

— Passports

— Marriage licenses

— Citizenship registration

The consulate’s protection department aims to protect the civil rights of Mexican nationals in the city, including issues such as:

— Civil cases

— Assistance in legal trouble

— Legal representation, where necessary

— Recommend certified lawyers

— Repatriation

The consulate’s community affairs department provides information to educate the public and offers information to non-Mexican nationals.

Funded by the Mexican government, the consulate deals with a large number of tourists, as Las Vegas is a main destination with an average of 500,000 Mexican visitors a year.

People looking to export a vehicle into Mexico need a permit to do so and can obtain one through the Mexican Consulate. Visas to travel to the country for business can also be obtained through the consulate.

For more information, call 477-2700.

There are other consulates across the valley. Hours of operation vary; call ahead. Consulates include:

— Austria – Honorary Consul M. Edwin Prud’homme, 314-9615

— Belize – Honorary Consul Lonnie Hammargren, 451-8444

— Brazil – Honorary Consul Luis Antonio de Souza e Silva, 463-3243

— Bulgaria – Honorary Consul Bob Miller, 240-8031

— Chile – Honorary Consul Paulina Biggs Sparkuhl, 456-9965

— Ecuador – Honorary Consul Gerardo Mejia Campodonico, 869-8524

— El Salvador – Consul General Tirso Sermeno, 437-5337; Honorary Consul Aner Iglesias, 626-357-5051

— France – Honorary Consul Eric Auger, 582-5476

— Germany – Honorary Consul Andreas Adrian, 873-6717; Honorary Consul Emerita Sigrid Sommer, 281-0422

— Guatemala – Honorary Vice Consul Aldo Aguirre, 412-5625; Honorary Consul Emerita Aracelica Paredes, 499-9442

— Ireland – Honorary Consul Terry Murphy, 889-2840

— Italy – Honorary Consul Stefano Ripamonti, 538-5162; Honorary Consul Emeritus Paul Carelli III, 365-1300

— Japan – Honorary Consul General Kathleen Blakely, 280-4858

— Lithuania – Honorary Consul Astra Michels, 892-0499

— Monaco – Honorary Consul Jonathan Warren, 948-4240

— Namibia – Honorary Consul Victor Perry, 870-2400

— Poland – Honorary Consul John Petkus, 368-7974

— Romania – Honorary Consul General Lia Roberts, 878-5534

— Sweden – Honorary Consul Lena Walther, 947-9955

— Switzerland – Honorary Consul Claudia Albrecht, 885-7947

— United Kingdom – Honorary Consul Jerome Snyder, 876-1963

— Uruguay – Honorary Consul David Henley, 775-426-0123

Contact Southwest/Spring Valley View reporter Nolan Lister at nlister@viewnews.com or 383-0492.

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