Consulates are buildings designed to carry out the work of a consul. Consulates assist and protect citizens of the consul’s own country, and help foster trade and friendship between the two countries concerned. Consulates can be one common for several main cities. Consulates provide assistance with bureaucratic issues to both citizens of the consul's own country travelling or living abroad and to citizens of the country the consul resides in. Consulates also grant visas to those interested after careful examinations. A consulate also host parties and events to promote its home nation.