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Ask the Consul

15 March 2017 [15:31] - TODAY.AZ

Kim Morales is the Consular Section Chief at the U.S. Embassy in Baku. She arrived in July, 2015 with her family.  Prior to her assignment in Baku, she served at the U.S. Embassies in Kuwait, Costa Rica, and the Philippines, as well as in Washington D.C.  After receiving degrees in Criminal Justice, she worked in the field of law enforcement before joining the U.S. Department of State in 2004.


It is my pleasure to take this opportunity to say hello to the great people of Azerbaijan as well as to the U.S. citizens living and working in this country.  Over this last year, I have had countless opportunities to meet many wonderful Azerbaijani people and to experience your warm hospitality and culture.  From Gobustan to Sheki, Nakhichevan to Ismailli, and to many places in between, my family and I have enjoyed exploring the beauty of your country. I am looking forward to expanding on those experiences in the coming months and hopefully will meet many of you. 

As the Consular Chief at the U.S. Embassy, I am dedicated to the U.S. Embassy’s goal of building an even greater relationship with the Azerbaijani people and government.  The Consular Section is often the face of the U.S. Government to the people in Azerbaijan and we strive to provide the highest levels of service to our customers while facilitating legitimate travel to the United States.  As part of that Mission, I am pleased to kick off this series of Ask the Consul articles to help you better understand the visa process.  This is a great opportunity to get to know you and your concerns about U.S. visas, as well as a chance to dispel the many myths and falsehoods that surround the process.  Please send your questions to  I will select the most interesting and valuable questions to answer in the upcoming series.  I am looking forward to hearing from you!


Future Topics:

What happens once I enter the U.S. Embassy for my visa appointment?

If I enter the DV lottery or have an immigrant petition, will I still get a tourist visa?

Why was I refused a visa?

Should I use a travel agency to prepare my visa application? 


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