ANCHORAGE - Mexico will open a full consulate office in Anchorage to provide services and promote trade.
Mexico in the past has assisted its citizens living in Alaska through traveling consular officials.
An office is under construction and will open this fall. The consulate is looking for temporary space, said consul Jose Luis Cuevas. It will employ 10 people.
A Mexican consulate provides services to people of Mexican descent and tourists, including visas, birth certificates and identification cards. American-born children with Mexican parents can be granted dual citizenship, Cuevas said.
One of the consulate's first activities will a celebration commemorating Mexico's independence from Spain from 7 to 10 p.m. Sept. 15 at an Anchorage park.
There are 50 Mexican consulates in the U.S.
Hispanics make up one of the fastest growing ethnic demographics in Alaska.
Nearly 40,000 Hispanics live in Alaska and about half are of Mexican descent, according to estimates from the U.S. Census and the consulate.