Carl C. Risch

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Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Consular Affairs
Term of Appointment: 08/2017 to present

Carl C. Risch was sworn in as Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs on August 11, 2017.

Mr. Risch most recently served as the Acting Chief of Staff at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). He was previously the USCIS Field Office Director at the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, South Korea. He also worked as an immigration officer for USCIS at the U.S. Embassy in Manila, Philippines. He started his career with USCIS as an immigration officer in the Administrative Appeals Office.

Mr. Risch is a former Foreign Service Officer with the Department of State, where he served as a consular officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Amsterdam. He had a highly regarded legal career in Pennsylvania in addition to his government service. Mr. Risch earned a BA from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania and a JD from Dickinson School of Law in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.