Sections and Offices

Sue Saarnio
U.S. Consul General in Tijuana 

Sue Saarnio is a career Foreign Service Officer with more than 30 years of experience on international trade and economic issues in the U.S. State Department.  She started her Foreign Service career serving in the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City.   She most recently served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Energy Resources and Senior Advisor in the Bureau of Oceans, International Environmental and Scientific Affairs.  Prior to that, she served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Mexico, Canada, and Regional Economic Policy in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs.

She has served in the State Department’s Economic, Energy and Business Affairs Bureau as Deputy Special Representative for Commercial and Business Affairs and Director for Multilateral Trade Affairs. She was the U.S. Special Advisor for Conflict Diamonds.  She also has served at U.S. Embassies in Ottawa, Panama, and at the U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem.

Prior to her government service, Ms. Saarnio worked as a journalist in Montana and Minnesota. She is a graduate of Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, and attended the American University in Cairo, Egypt.  She has two children.

The American Citizen Services (ACS) Unit of U.S. Consulate General Tijuana provides a wide range of services to U.S. citizens visiting or residing in the Baja California region of Mexico.  The ACS Unit issues passports, registers U.S. citizens born in Mexico, performs notarials, and provides assistance to U.S. citizens arrested in Mexico and to the families of Americans who pass away in our consular district, which includes the Mexican States of Baja California and Baja California Sur.  Our Consular Agency in Cabo San Lucas handles services for U.S. citizens in the Cabo San Lucas/ La Paz region.

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The Citizenship and Passport Section of the U.S. Consulate General in Tijuana offers a varied menu of services. Please select the service you require, follow all instructions, and make an appointment if necessary.

The visa unit processes all categories of visa applications for temporary travel to the United States including travel for tourism, business and study.  Mission Mexico has ten visa issuing posts that combined process nearly 2 million visa applications a year.

The purpose of your intended travel and other facts will determine what type of visa is required under U.S. immigration law.  Click here to review the categories of visas available and to determine which visa category is most appropriate for your purpose of travel as well as the steps to apply.

Public Affairs Office

The Office of Public Affairs handles all press, cultural, information, and educational programs of the U.S. government in Baja California, Baja California Sur, Sonora and Sinaloa in order to build greater understanding of an appreciation for the United States and its policies.

Meghan McGill
Public Affairs Officer

For media related issues, please contact:
Lorena Blanco

For cultural and educational programs, please contact:
Iliana Zazueta
José María Noriega
Eyra Fernandez

The Political/Economic Section monitors political, economic, environmental, scientific, technological and health issues in the states of Baja California and Baja California Sur. Officers from the Political/Economic Section frequently represent the United States in meetings with local government officials. The section serves as the point of contact for official U.S. government delegations visiting the region. Officers brief visiting delegations and provide background information on the political and economic climate in Baja California and Baja California Sur.

Bridget Premont
Political and Economic Affairs Section Chief