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U.S. Consulate General Guadalajara


The United States Government has had representation in Guadalajara since 1881 in the form of a Consular Agency. In 1908, the post was elevated to a Consulate, and in 1960 the post became a Consulate General.

The Consular Agency was primarily concerned with the protection and promotion of U.S. commerce and industry and, of course, the welfare of United States citizens in the area. The United States’ trade, commercial and industrial interests in the area were quite extensive and included: sugar, mining, agriculture, banking, cattle, leather, electric and telephone installation and operation, and railroad development and operation.  In addition, many U.S. corporations established wholesale and retail outlets in the area.

There are no figures available to indicate the size of the U.S. citizen community in the late 1800s or early 1900s.  However, based on the number of births and deaths reported in a 1908 miscellaneous record book, it must have been relatively large – large enough, at least, to support an American Club and several church ministers.

In 1916 Guadalajara was the seat of the de facto Government of Mexico that cooperated with the United States in capturing the lawless bands of Mexican armed men led by Francisco Villa who were raiding and destroying towns and villages on both sides of the border.  During this period, Consul Silliman (then-principal officer at this post) and Secretary of State Lansing exchanged many telegrams about the instructions to be given to the de facto government.   The United States Southern Pacific Railroad owned and operated the railroads from California to Guadalajara until 1952 when the Mexican Government purchased the part of the railroad within the territory of Mexico.

This long, official U.S. presence in Guadalajara was filled with many positive developments, but three serious events stood out for the Consulate General.  These include the kidnapping and subsequent liberation of Consul General Terrance Leonhardy in 1973, the kidnapping and murder of DEA agent Enrique Camarena in 1985, and the 1991 announcement by John Jurecky (then-Consul General) and John Negroponte (then-Ambassador to Mexico) that the Consulate General in Guadalajara as well as Consulates and Embassies in many other countries around the world might be closed due to a U.S. Government budget crunch.  With this news the business community, the American Chamber of Commerce, and city and state officials began to lobby forcefully in Washington.  Finally, the U.S. Government made an announcement that filled tapatíos with joy: the Consulate General in Guadalajara would not close.

In spite of these critical situations, the relationship between Mexico and the United States grows stronger and more complex each day. Now both governments have a permanent consultative agenda at all government levels, not to mention the many commercial, academic, tourist and family exchanges that exist between the two countries.

Sections & Offices

Consular Affairs

The Consular Section provides assistance to American citizens and issues visas to Mexican citizens.

Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)

The DEA is the lead federal agency in enforcing narcotics and controlled substances laws and regulations.  DEA works closely with Mexican law enforcement agencies on issues of common concern.

Federal Benefits Unit

The Federal Benefits Unit (FBU) processes claims, accepts applications for Social Security cards for U.S. citizens and Mexican nationals who are entitled to work in the United States, and provides assistance in resolving any problems about entitlements.

Legal Attaché

The Legal Attaché Office works with their counterparts in the Mexican law enforcement community to locate, capture, and bring to justice criminals who have committed crimes in the United States.

Human Resources

The Human Resources Office is responsible for administering the personnel functions of the U.S. Mission. The Mission in Mexico may hire American citizens and Mexican citizens within the limitations set forth in U.S. government regulations.

Management/General Services Office

The Management Section of the Consulate provides logistical support (e.g. housing, transportation, facility management) for Consulate employees.

Public Affairs

The Office of Public Affairs handles all press, cultural, information, and educational programs of the U.S. government in Mexico in order to build greater understanding of the United States and its policies.

Regional Security

The Regional Security Office is responsible for the security of the Embassy, Consulates and their employees. It also works with local security officials to try toimprove security for U.S. visitors to Mexico.

Animal Plant Health Inspection (APHIS)

APHIS’ mission in Mexico is to facilitate trade between Mexico and the United States while preventing the spread of exotic pests and diseases of plants and animals, and to participate in cooperative efforts to control or eradicate pests of concern to Mexico and American agriculture.  The APHIS offices are located at Circuito Madrigal 4095, Fracc. San Wenceslao, Zapopan 45110. The telephone and fax number is 3641-8310.

U.S. Commercial Service

As part of the Department of Commerce, the mission of the U.S. Commercial Service is to promote the export of U.S. products and services to facilitate investment from foreign sources into the United States, and to protect U.S. commercial interests abroad.  The U.S. Commercial Service has offices at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City, and at the U.S. Consulates in Guadalajara and Monterrey.

The U.S. Commercial Service in Guadalajara is responsible for activities in Jalisco and across much of Western Mexico.  The agency’s offices are located on the 4th. Floor of the Torre Pacífico at the World Trade Center, on Av. Mariano Otero No. 1249, Col. Rinconada del Bosque, 44530 Guadalajara, Jalisco.

Please visit the webpage of the U.S. Commercial Service in Mexico for further details and contact information:


Student Intern Program

The U.S. Consulate in Guadalajara is an equal opportunity employer.  All applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, social status, or political ideologies/affiliation.

Interested applicants must submit as an attachment through e-mail, a filled DS-174 form (Universal Application for Employment as Locally Employed Staff or Family Member) along with the required paperwork to hrgdl@state.gov. Please make sure to fill out the form DS-174, print, scan and send it to the above mail as an attachment.  DO NOT try to complete the form on-line and send it directly. The system does not allow this.

All ordinarily resident applicants must have the required work and/or residency permit to be eligible for consideration.

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