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Date: 11/05/2013 Description: Arizona state seal © Public Domain
Date: 11/05/2013 Description: Arizona 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 700,000 Arizona jobs with customers in 208 countries and territories buying Arizona-grown and manufactured goods and services. This resulted in $17.9 billion in goods exports (2012) and $10.5 billion in service exports (2011) (EB) More»

    • Flights between Phoenix and Montreal, with an estimated impact of $3.6 million, were made possible by an Open Skies agreement negotiated by the Department of State’s Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs. (EB) More»

    • The Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs has three facilities in Arizona: the Tucson Passport Center, the Western Passport Center and the back-up site of the National Passport Information Center. The three facilities employ 325 government and contract staff. (CA)

    • The Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs contributed more than $8 million to Arizona’s economy with manufacturing opportunities that provided jobs and produced products and services that directly supported INL missions. (INL) More»

    • Arizona hosted 3,627 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»

    • Under the Department of State’s Small Business Network of the Americas International Sister Center Program, 10 partnerships with Arizona organizations were created with the following countries: Mexico, St. Lucia, Brazil, Belize, El Salvador, and Canada. (WHA) More»

    • The U.S. Department of State held a career event in Phoenix, Arizona, to recruit Americans for jobs at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). (ISN) More»

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

  • Education

    • Diplomat-in-Residence (Amb. Harry Thomas): 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»

    • The Department of State provided grant funding to Maricopa Community College to host a Community College Initiative (CCI) Program participant from Nairobi. The programs help raise the profile of U.S. community colleges as prime motivators and initiators of higher education globally. (AF) More»

    • 198 exchange visitors from overseas visited Arizona and 540 Arizona residents travelled overseas, including 41 Scholars, Students, and Teachers who were awarded Fulbright Scholarships, as part of Department of State-funded exchange programs. (ECA) More»

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

    • 29 Arizona families hosted Department-funded international exchange students. (ECA) More»

    • The University of Arizona received a $1 million grant to establish a university partnership in Journalism with a university in Afghanistan for three years; Arizona State University received a $1 million grant to establish a university partnership in American literature in Pakistan for three years. (SCA)

    • 230 Brazilian students studied at several educational institutions in Arizona 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 Arizona 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

    • Arizona hosted 75 students from allied and friendly nations for International Military Education and Training. (PM) More»

    • Arizona welcomed 3,052 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’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs partnered with the Arizona Administrative Office of Courts in sending a judge to Costa Rica to participate in a training exercise on DNA evidence. Also, through this partnership, the Clerk of the Arizona Supreme Court conducted an assessment to help Jamaica develop enhanced statistical capabilities. (INL) More»

    • The Office of Foreign Missions regional office in Los Angeles serves Arizona 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)

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

  • Travel and Security

    • 222,440 passports were issued to Arizona residents. (CA) More»

    • The Department has three passport facilities in Arizona: Western Passport Center and Tucson Passport Center and the National Passport Information Center (CA). In addition, the Department processes applications from 111 Passport Application Acceptance Facilities. (CA)

    • The Department facilitated 105 overseas adoptions for Arizona 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»

    • Arizona welcomed 804,000 international visitors in 2012, comprising 2.7% of the U.S. market. (CA) More»

    • The Department of State Bureau of Diplomatic Security’s Los Angeles Field Office serves Arizona and has Resident Offices in Phoenix and Tucson: 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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