Consular Agent in San Miguel de Allende
We sat down with Ed Clancy to get to know a little more about him and his work in San Miguel. Keep reading to get to know Ed a little better.
Ed, tell us a little about yourself including childhood, studies, family, hobbies, etc.
Well, I was born in Mexico City and my family moved to San Diego, California when I was young. My mother's family was from Linares and Hualahuises, Nuevo Leon. After I graduated from college, I attended Stanford Law School and practiced tax and corporate law in San Francisco. I then moved to New York where I worked for a boutique investment bank in NYC. After NY I moved to Kansas City where I was the CFO for a chain of retail stores, and then worked for an internet-based publisher of trade magazines. I moved to San Miguel in February 2001 with my wife and two children.
What interested you in the Consular Agent position?
I began working as Consular Agent in April 2006. After three careers in the private sector, I wanted two things: 1) to work in the public sector and 2) to live in San Miguel de Allende. I find it very rewarding to be work for and be a part of my community.
What is your role as a consular agent in SMA?
About 40% of my time is spent on routine matters, such as passport applications, answering immigration questions, notarizations and the like. The rest of my time is spent helping Americans in trouble, to put it broadly. Sometimes this trouble is legal, other times it has to do with medical issues, education, death, disputes with others, etc.
Do you have any Interesting stories you’d like to share?
The summer before last two sisters (in their late 50's) ended up in jail here in San Miguel over something that began as a misunderstanding. I'm sure they look back on it now and laugh, but at the time it was frightening. In my first teenage runaway case, I had to promise Costco pizza to the girl to convince her to return to San Miguel with me.
Are there any special issues you would like the community to be aware of?
- We process many passport applications, so it is always best to come by in the morning. Our office hours are 9-1 Monday-Thursday. Fridays we are not open to the public. I always carry my cell phone for emergencies and the number is 415-113-9574.
- The Consular Agency is not involved with visas and can not apostille documents.
- There is a procedure for enforcing child support obligations, but it does not fall within the jurisdiction of the Consular Agent. Depending on the citizenship of the family and where the child support order was issued, the case would be handled by local authorities in Mexico or the United States.
- Hague Convention cases (international child abductions) can take a long time.
- Your passport application will be processed faster if you fill it out online, then print it and bring it with you to your appointment.
- Sadly, I don't have a Get Out of Jail Free card.