SEC. 2222. CONSULAR OFFICERS.
(a) Persons Authorized To Issue Reports of Births Abroad.--
Section 33 of the State Department Basic Authorities Act of
1956 (22 U.S.C. 2705) is amended in paragraph (2) by adding
at the end the following: ``For purposes of this paragraph,
the term `consular officer' includes any United States
citizen employee of the Department of State who is designated
by the Secretary of State to adjudicate nationality abroad
pursuant to such regulations as the Secretary may
(b) Provisions Applicable to Consular Officers.--Section
1689 of the Revised Statutes (22 U.S.C. 4191) is amended by
inserting ``and to such other United States citizen employees
of the Department of State as may be designated by the
Secretary of State pursuant to such regulations as the
Secretary may prescribe'' after ``such officers''.
(c) Persons Authorized To Authenticate Foreign Documents.--
(1) Designated united states citizens performing notarial
acts.--Section 1750 of the Revised Statutes, as amended (22
U.S.C. 4221) is further amended by inserting after the first
sentence: ``At any post, port, or place where there is no
consular officer, the Secretary of State may authorize any
other officer or employee of the United States Government who
is a United States citizen serving overseas, including any
contract employee of the United States Government, to perform
such acts, and any such contractor so authorized shall not be
considered to be a consular officer.''.
(2) Definition of consular officers.--Section 3492(c) of
title 18, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end
the following: ``For purposes of this section and sections
3493 through 3496 of this title, the term `consular officers'
includes any United States citizen who is designated to
perform notarial functions pursuant to section 1750 of the
Revised Statutes, as amended (22 U.S.C. 4221).''.
(d) Persons Authorized To Administer Oaths.--Section 115 of
title 35, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end
the following: ``For purposes of this section, a consular
officer shall include any United States citizen serving
overseas, authorized to perform notarial functions pursuant
to section 1750 of the Revised Statutes, as amended (22
(e) Definition of Consular Officer.--Section 101(a)(9) of
the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(9)) is
(1) inserting ``or employee'' after ``officer'' the second
place it appears; and
(2) inserting before the period at the end of the sentence
``or, when used in title III, for the purpose of adjudicating
(f) Training for Employees Performing Consular Functions.--
Section 704 of the Foreign Service Act of 1980 (22 U.S.C.
4024) is amended by adding at the end the following new
``(d)(1) Before a United States citizen employee (other
than a diplomatic or consular officer of the United States)
may be designated by the Secretary of State, pursuant to
regulation, to perform a consular function abroad, the United
States citizen employee shall--
``(A) be required to complete successfully a program of
training essentially equivalent to the training that a
consular officer who is a member of the Foreign Service would
receive for purposes of performing such function; and
``(B) be certified by an appropriate official of the
Department of State to be qualified by knowledge and
experience to perform such function.
``(2) As used in this subsection, the term `consular
function' includes the issuance of visas, the performance of
notarial and other legalization functions, the adjudication
of passport applications, the adjudication of nationality,
and the issuance of citizenship documentation.''.