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Houston immigration attorney named vice dean of city’s consular corps

7 Mar

By Lomi Kriel, Houston Chronicle

Charles Foster, a Houston immigration attorney who advised President George W. Bush on the issue, was named vice dean of the city’s consular corps Thursday.

Houston has the third-largest consular corps in the nation, representing 93 countries accredited by the U.S. State Department. Consular officials develop economic, commercial, scientific and cultural relations between the countries they represent and the area in which they serve. The Consulate General’s jurisdiction in Houston often covers several states, and is one of the largest visa issuing posts for Thailand.

Foster has served as the Honorary Consul General of Thailand for 20 years and received four Royal Decorations from the nation’s king in recognition of his services.

“I’m honored to serve in this important position, the highest a non-career diplomat can hold,” Foster said in a statement. “I am committed to serving the international community and to advocating for maintaining our country’s and state’s global business, cultural and educational ties.”

Foster, the founder and chairman of the immigration law firm of the same name, has been at the forefront of immigration policy issues for more than 40 years and is recognized as a national expert.
He became famous for his role in helping ballet performer Li Cunxin stay in the United States over the objections of Chinese Communist Party officials. Cunxin’s autobiography, Mao’s Last Dancer, later became a film.