New FS Blog: The Consuls’ Files

I have added The Consuls’ Files in my blog index.Cassandra Was Right quietly started blogging in May 2009.Her blog is called The Consuls’ Files, ‘bringing humanity, common sense, realism and humor to the work of the US consul.’

Her blog is a place —

“Where U.S. consular officers can …
… ask questions, answer questions, question answers, express frustrations, tell their favorite consular stories, uncensored and anonymous.Sensible immigration attorneys and puzzled visa applicants, petitioners, and beneficiaries are warmly welcomed, as well.”

And she tells stories like this one:

A young man from a South Asian suburb had been refused visas at least six times before.[…] I reviewed the prior applications, interviewed him, then started on my refusal patter: “I’m very sorry, but you don’t qualify for a …”At that point he interrupted and cried, incensed, “But madam! This time I’m telling the truth!”


She has an Ask the Consul option in her side bar where readers canAsk a question, suggest a topic.” But she wants you to “Be nice; pretend you’re writing to your mother.”

Update: Unfortunately, this blog has gone missing since Friday, October 2, 2009. Read the Hunt for Madam le Consul here.