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What is difference between an Embassy, Consulate and a High Commission.


Date: 14 Dec 2015    Group: Opinion About    Category: Miscellaneous   

The offices of foreign countries in India have various types of nomenclature. The US mission at Delhi is described as Embassy whereas its office at Mumbai is known as a Consulate. The missions of Australia and UK etc. are known as High Commissions. What is difference between an Embassy, Consulate and a High Commission? Awaiting responses from experts.

Wondering about the difference between various offices of foreign countries? On this page experts will resolve your query.


Author: Partha Kansabanik    15 Dec 2015      Member Level: Diamond     Points : 2  (Rs 2)    Voting Score: 0

Embassy is the representative office of one country in another country. The top boss of an Embassy is Ambassador. He/She represents the country in the host country.

High Commission is the representative office one one Commonwealth country in another Commonwealth country. The top boss of the High Commission is High Commissioner. Example: India and Australia are Commonwealth countries. So, Indian High Commissioner is posted in Australia and vice-versa.

Consulate is the Branch Office of Embassy in other major cities of the host country. As for example, the USA has Consulates in Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai.


Author: [Anonymous]    16 Dec 2015      Member Level: Diamond     Points : 4  (Rs 4)    Voting Score: 0

The above author has given prompt and brief answer to your question on the difference between an Embassy, Consulate and a High Commission.

Embassy and Consulate offices would be in another foreign country just to assist all official documents matters and talks between these two countries on various subject, which could be ambassador level, ministry level, and citizen level. Only one embassy will be there in other foreign country whereas there could be many consulate offices around in that foreign country's well known cities. For example, only one Indian Embassy will be there in the USA whereas many Indian Consulates will be there in the same USA in different cities.

High commission is, as said above, they are between commonwealth countries. For more detail on this subject, you may refer the link given here http://www.indiastudychannel.com/experts/38758-What-is-the-function-of-an-embassy.aspx.





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