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Date: 11/05/2013 Description: Alabama state seal © Public Domain
Date: 11/05/2013 Description: Alabama state flag © Public Domain

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For about a 1% investment of the Federal budget, the State Department yields a large return for the American people by advancing U.S. national security, promoting our economic interests, providing services, and reaffirming our country’s exceptional role in the world. Read on for some specific ways that the Department worked to benefit this state’s citizens.


  • Business/Jobs/Trade

    • In partnership with agencies across the federal government, the Department of State advances U.S. trade policy objectives through trade agreements that open new export opportunities for American businesses and create jobs for American workers. International trade supports more than 540,000 Alabama jobs with customers in 195 countries and territories buying Alabama-grown and manufactured goods and services. This resulted in $19.7 billion in goods exports (2012) and $4.3 billion in service exports (2011). (EB) More»

    • The Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs contributed nearly $10.5 million to Alabama’s economy with manufacturing opportunities that provided jobs and produced products and services that directly supported INL missions. (INL) More»

    • Alabama hosted 2,382 foreign physicians, teachers, camp counselors, au pairs, and others as part of Department of State work and study-based international exchange visitor programs. (ECA) More»

    • Click here for more information about Department career recruitment events in your state. (HR)

  • Education

    • Diplomat-in-Residence (Mark Powell – Northern AL), Diplomat-in-Residence (Michael Thurston – Southern AL): Diplomats in Residence (DIRs) are career Foreign Service Officers located throughout the U.S. who provide guidance and advice to students, professionals, and the community about Department careers. (HR) More»

    • Medical Education Partnership Initiative Grant: University of Alabama-Birmingham and Vanderbilt University partnership expands innovative multidisciplinary medical education in Zambia. (S/GAC) More»

    • 44 exchange visitors from overseas visited Alabama and 197 Alabama residents travelled overseas, including 14 Scholars, Students, and Teachers who were awarded Fulbright Scholarships, as part of Department of State-funded exchange programs. (ECA) More»

    • 615 Alabama citizens volunteered for the Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program through their local Council for International Visitors. (ECA) More»

    • 16 Alabama families hosted Department-funded international exchange students. (ECA) More»

    • The University of Alabama-Birmingham hosted a Fulbright Foreign Student Program participant from Nairobi. As a flagship U.S. exchange program, the Fulbright Foreign Student Program brings the best and brightest foreign graduate students to U.S. institutions. These students enhance the international orientation of U.S. campuses and bring a wealth of diversity to share with students, faculty, and U.S. communities at large. (AF) More»

    • 128 Brazilian students studied at several educational institutions in Alabama through the Brazil Scientific Mobility Program. Funded by the Brazilian government and private sector, this program sends 101,000 Brazilian university students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to study and conduct research abroad. The U.S. is a priority destination for scholarship recipients, and the program strengthens U.S. and Brazilian institutional partnerships, develops a workforce prepared for 21st century opportunities, and contributes to long-term economic growth for both countries. (WHA) More»

    • The University of Alabama-Birmingham participated in the Department of State’s 2013 International Virtual College Fair to celebrate International Education Week and the $29 billion international student industry in the United States. This event featured colleges and universities from across the United States and had more than 22,000 potential students from numerous countries in attendance who completed nearly 55,000 visits to the virtual university booths. (IIP) More»

  • Partnerships

    • Alabama hosted 181 students from allied and friendly nations for International Military Education and Training. (PM) More»

    • Alabama welcomed 129 refugees. The Department works with nine domestic nongovernmental organizations and their 350 affiliated offices to place refugees in over 180 communities in all 50 states. These offices work with communities, local volunteers and elected officials to provide a successful start for refugees rebuilding their lives. (PRM) More»

    • The Department of State facilitates the Alabama National Guard State Partnership Program founded in 1993 with Romania. (PM) More»

    • The Miami Regional Office of the Office of Foreign Missions serves Alabama and assists with the Department of State’s regulation of foreign missions in the U.S. in a manner that is in accordance with both foreign policy and the national interests of the United States. Among other duties and responsibilities, OFM regional offices liaise with local, state, and federal government agencies in matters affecting foreign consular representation, immunities, and privileges. OFM regional offices also reinforce the Bureau of Consular Affairs’ message to law enforcement agencies regarding consular notification in the event of arrest, detention, or death of foreign nationals. (M/OFM)

  • Travel and Security

    • 87,717 passports were issued to Alabama residents. (CA) More»

    • The Department processes applications from 82 Passport Application Acceptance Facilities in Alabama. (CA) More»

    • The Department facilitated 171 overseas adoptions for Alabama families in 2012. The Office of Children's Issues (CI) plays an active role in the intercountry adoption process. Its work is dedicated to assisting parents as they seek to provide a home to orphans abroad. (CA) More»

    • Alabama welcomed over 89,000 international visitors in 2012, comprising 0.3% of the U.S. market. *. (CA) More»

    • The Department of State’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security’s Miami Field Office serves Alabama: In the United States, the Bureau of Diplomatic Security protects the Secretary of State, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, and foreign dignitaries below the head-of-state level who visit the United States. The Bureau also develops and implements security programs to protect the more than 100 domestic State Department facilities as well as the residence of the Secretary of State. Domestically, the Bureau’s agents focus on investigating passport and visa fraud, conducting personnel security investigations, and issuing security clearances. The Bureau also assists foreign embassies and consulates in the United States with the security for their missions and personnel. (DS) More»

*Excluding Canada and Mexico, whose land border entries are not included in the methodology for establishing the number of international visitors by State.


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