This week, Texarkana College will welcome to campus the Mexican Consulate, the official branch of the Mexican government that operates in the United States. Their focus while visiting Northeast Texas is to help Mexican citizens living or traveling in the U.S. The Consulate issues identification cards, passports and Mexican voter registration cards, officially stamps and notarizes legal documents to be used in Mexico, and assists with double nationality, among many other services.
The Consulate will be on TC campus October 23-28 and will be set up in the Pinkerton Fitness Center in the gym area located at 2500 N. Robison Road, Texarkana, TX. Appointments are required and can be made by calling 1-877-639-4835, online at mexitel.sre.gob.mx, or through the free iPhone and Android app, MiConsulMex. Appointments will be available during the following dates and times:
- Tuesday, Oct. 23 – 9:30 am until 3:30 pm
- Wednesday, Oct. 24 through Saturday, Oct. 27 – 8:30 am until 3:30 pm
- Sunday, Oct. 28 – 8:30 am until 1:00 pm
“The primary job of the consulate is to protect Mexican citizens while they are abroad,” said Millie Serrano, Education Specialist with Texarkana College’s Educational Opportunity Center (EOC). “They also offer advice and support in the case of an accident, serious illness or death.”
This is the Mexican Consulate’s second visit to the area this year. In June, Texarkana College, Texas Independent School District and Texas A&M University-Texarkana joined forces to bring them here for the first time in over a decade. The event was held in the gym at Highland Park Elementary School.
“Consulate officers sat at a long table with laptops and printers and processed documents on the spot,” Serrano said. “They serviced around 1,100 people for the entire week.”
People came from the Texarkana area, but also from as far as Tyler, Dallas, Fort Worth, Oklahoma, and Nashville, TN.
“Hosting this event will benefit TC by showing more visibility to the Hispanic community and being more involved with them,” Serrano said. “I’m thrilled to have them come to our campus and more thrilled to have them in our city twice this year already.”
On the Border Mexican Grill & Cantina will have a food truck open during Consulate hours for families that have longer waiting periods.
“I am very pleased with this team of consulate members that we are working with,” Serrano added. “They understand the needs of our community. It’s really a wonderful service all the way around.”