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U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop, Utah House of Representatives Member Jen Seelig and former Utah House of Representatives Member Jackie Biskupski are all former alumni of a Department flagship international educational exchange program, the American Council of Young Political Leaders. More»

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.

Utah

  • 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 350,000 Utah jobs with customers in 195 countries and territories buying Utah-grown and manufactured goods and services. This resulted in $18.9 billion in goods exports (2012) and $5.1 billion in service exports (2011). (EB) More»

    • Flights between Salt Lake City and Paris with an estimated impact of $90 million were made possible by an Open Skies agreement negotiated by the Department of State’s Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs. (EB) More»

    • Utah hosted 2,937 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»

    • The Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) contributed more than $90,000 to the Utah economy by providing jobs and manufacturing opportunities, yielding products and services that directly supported INL missions. (INL) 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»

    • 123 exchange visitors from overseas visited Utah and 552 Utah residents travelled overseas, including 13 Scholars and Students who were awarded Fulbright Scholarships, as part of Department of State-funded exchange programs. (ECA) More»

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

    • 11 Utah families hosted Department-funded international exchange students. (ECA) More»

    • 57 Brazilian students studied at the University of Utah and Utah State University 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»

  • Partnerships

    • Utah welcomed 1,189 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 facilitates the Utah National Guard State Partnership Program founded in 2003 with Morocco. (PM) More»

    • Through the Department funded EcoPartnerships initiative, the State of Utah and Qinghai Province partnered on clean water and energy efficiency. (Click here for more information on EcoPartnerships) (EAP/OES) More»

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

    • 109,282 passports were issued to Utah residents. (CA) More»

    • The Department receives passport applications through 53 Passport Application Acceptance Facilities in Utah. (CA) More»

    • The Department facilitated 133 overseas adoptions for Utah 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»

    • Utah welcomed 476,000 international visitors in 2012, comprising 1.6% of the U.S. market share.* (CA) More»

    • The Department of State’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security’s San Francisco Field Office serves Utah: 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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