So many immigrants are living in the area that the Salvadoran government is opening a second consulate, this one in Woodbridge. The other consulate, near Dupont Circle in the District, is so busy that lines form an hour before it opens each morning.

"The idea is to decongest" the District office, where about 200 Salvadorans apply for passports and visas and seek other help each day, said Ana Margarita Chavez, the Salvadoran consul.

Prince William was chosen for the new consulate because the Salvadoran population has been growing rapidly in the county as immigrants search for more affordable housing and find jobs as construction workers and maids and in business.

The office, at 14572 Potomac Mills Rd. No. 12, will open in mid-September, serving not only Salvadorans living in Virginia but also those as far away as Tennessee and North Carolina.

In addition to Salvadoran restaurants and grocery stores, Woodbridge has the county's first branch of a Salvadoran money wiring service operated by Bancomercio. The office opened in June and already serves 3,000 customers a month who wire money to El Salvador and other Latin American nations.

Bancomercio will open another branch in Manassas on Centreville Road next month and expects to serve as many as 10,000 customers a month there.

"You can't even predict how fast it will grow," said Daniel Cardenas, administrative manager of Bancomercio's U.S. operations.

Bancomercio now operates 10 branches in the region, said Cardenas.

In May, Canada's Scotiabank completed its purchase of El Salvador's Banco de Comercio, which had owned Bancomercio.