What we do

This is where you’ll find information on all our key roles from supporting British nationals overseas to promoting British business to legalising documents.  

Supporting British nationals overseas

Every hour of every day, staff across our worldwide network of Embassies, High Commissions and Consulates are helping British nationals.

Helping keep Britain safe

These pages set out our policy goals for the coming years.

Funding programmes

Our funding programmes help deliver our policy goals. Find out about the different funding programmes we organise.

Building strong relationships

We're building strong relationships, making progress towards common goals with formal and informal stakeholder groups and communities in the UK and overseas.

Documents and legal services

Information about the various services we offer, from legalisation to searching for legal documents.


Details of the honours awarded each year by the Queen.

what we do - visa workers in Beijing

Departmental report 2008

Read about our achievements over the past year.

departmental report 2008

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