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SALT LAKE CITY — Argentines in Utah and surrounding states are getting a second chance this year to receive consular services.
The Argentine Consulate of Los Angeles is returning to Utah after an overwhelming demand for services during a visit in October. It will be offering services, including passports and DNI (National Identity Documents), at the Salt Lake City Library from Dec. 6-9. The visit is held in collaboration with the Utah Argentina Alliance.
"In their October visit, the appointments were all taken just a few days after the announcement and the demand for additional appointments was so great that the consulate contacted the Utah Argentina Alliance to organize a second visit before the end of the year to continue the consular services needed by the many members of the Argentine community that weren't able to obtain an appointment last month," the alliance said in a press release.
Argentina has just two consulates in the Western U.S., with the Argentine Consulate of Los Angeles serving Argentines living in Utah, Alaska, Hawaii, California, Arizona, Nevada, Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana and Washington. This means renewing documents and obtaining other services requires a long and sometimes expensive trip for Argentines living in Utah.
"The mobile consulate to Salt Lake City is extremely important since the second-largest Argentine community in the consular jurisdiction of the Consulate in LA, after California, resides in Utah," deputy consul Ana Cristina Saino told KSL.com in October. "We estimate that around 7,000 Argentines live in Utah."
Argentines can schedule an in-person appointment with the consulate at the Salt Lake City Library by emailing email@example.com. More information is available at sitioazul.com.