Mexican consulate to visit Marshalltown

Info on documents, birth certificates to be available by appointment

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Birth certificates and passports, among other documents, will be available to Mexican nationals this Saturday when the Consulate of Mexico from Omaha pays a visit to Marshalltown.

“Every year they make a few visits throughout Iowa,” said Tar Macias of Hola Iowa, a Spanish-language newspaper based in the Quad Cities.

The event is set for 8 a.m. Sept. 30 at Marshalltown Community College. Along with Hola Iowa and MCC, the Marshalltown Regional Partnership has worked to bring the event to Marshalltown.

“An opportunity like this is really important for our community,” said Regional Partnership CEO David Barajas. “One of our main strategic objectives is to engage and embrace an inclusive community.”

Macias said several types of documents can be ordered by Mexican nationals, both documented and undocumented, during Saturday’s visit. Along with passports, he said a document called a “Matrícula Consular” can also be obtained.

“The Matrícula Card is an official (Mexican) government ID, and a lot of the Mexican nationals that live in the United States … they can open a bank account with that ID, and they can serve as an official ID in many official aspects of their daily lives in America,” Macias said.

Also available will be Mexican birth certificates, and this year’s consulate visit is set to make the process of picking up that document easier than in years past.

“Before, you had to get copies of your birth certificates all the way from Mexico, from wherever you were from,” Macias said. “It was a little bit of a hassle … now you can get a certificate through [the consulate].”

When the consulate arrives at MCC, they will have access to official Mexican government documents.

“They’re going to set up at the college, and they’re going to start seeing people who have previous appointments,” Macias said. “You need to have an appointment to get a document from them.”

He added there are only 16 appointment slots left for the Marshalltown visit, with the rest of the 200 total slots already filled. To sign up, Macias said to visit https://mexitel.sre.gob.mex/citas/webportal/pages/login/login.jsf.

“You will have to open up an account with an email address,” Macias said, adding there are about 20 questions to fill out after signup. “Once you fill that out, they’ll allow you to make an appointment.”

Barajas said he’s happy to see the Regional Partnership work with the college and Hola Iowa to bring the event to Marshalltown.

“This will be good for a number of people, to be able to go to get some assistance and get some questions answered,” he said.

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