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

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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 to learn how the work of the Department benefits this state’s residents.

  • Jobs and Diplomacy

  • In May 2017, Japan’s Topre America Corporation announced it will invest $21 million to expand production at its Cullman County auto components manufacturing plant, creating more than 50 jobs. (EAP) More»
  • 176 exchange visitors from overseas visited Alabama, and 124 Alabama residents travelled overseas as part of the Department’s educational and cultural exchange funded programs in 2015. (ECA) More»
  • The Alabama-Benin Trade & Economic Cooperative Forum promotes socio-economic ties, cultural exchanges, technical research, medical, educational and agricultural investment, trade, and more, between Sub-Saharan Africa and the State of Alabama. (AF) More»
  • In FY17, Alabama-based companies received approval to export $123,091,524 worth of defense articles and services licensed by the Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls. (PM) More»
  • Through Arista/OAS, based in Enterprise, Alabama, in FY17 the INL Bureau Air Wing conducted programmed depot maintenance of 3 UH-1 helicopters in the U.S. Department of State's Aviation fleet, employing 138 personnel. (INL) More»
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  • The Department of State, in partnership with agencies across the federal government, creates jobs for American workers by opening markets and eliminating trade barriers overseas and by attracting foreign direct investment to the United States. Goods exports of $21.7 billion (2017) support approximately 98,000 Alabaman jobs (2016). Foreign direct investment into Alabama supports 97,200 jobs (2015). (EB) More»
  • Education

  • Diplomat-in-Residence (Vallera Gibson, Northern and Amy Radetsky, Southern): Diplomats in Residence (DIRs) are career Foreign Service Officers or Specialists located throughout the U.S. who provide guidance and advice to students, professionals and the community about Department careers. (HR) More»
  • Alabama hosted 2,341 foreign physicians, teachers, camp counselors, au pairs and others as part of work and study-based Exchange Visitor Program in 2016. (ECA) More»
  • 27 Scholars, Students and Teachers from Alabama were awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, and 25 international students received a Fulbright to study in Alabama in academic year 2017-18. (ECA) More»
  • 9,549 international higher education students studied abroad in Alabama in academic year 2016-17. (ECA) More»
  • The Department of State's International Military Education and Training (IMET) program funds the education and training of international military students in Alabama, such as at the aviation school in Fort Rucker and the Air War College, Air Command & Staff College, and Squadron Officer School at Maxwell Air Force Base. These programs provide foreign students exposure to the culture and history of the United States and the State of Alabama while also supporting the local economy. (PM) More»
  • In 2015, U.S. Embassy Buenos Aires, along with the binational U.S.-Argentina Fulbright Commission, launched the Friends of Fulbright Undergraduate Student Exchange Program. This Public-Private Partnership sent 50 Argentine undergraduate students to study in the United States for six weeks in 2016. Another 145 students traveled in 2017, and there were 289 students in the 2018 cohort. Twenty students in the 2017-2018 cohort studied at the University of Alabama. (WHA). More»
  • The >University of North Alabama (U.S.) and Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola (Peru) received a grant to support a program focusing on the impact of physical activity and proper nutrition in combating obesity linked with negative behavior choices. This is a multidisciplinary, research-oriented, field study abroad program involving students in exercise, nutritional science and culinary arts. These exchanges form part of the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund, the dynamic public/private sector collaboration between the U.S. Department of State, Embassies, NGOs, companies, and foundations that inspires U.S. universities and colleges in the United States to team up with higher education institutions in the rest of the Western Hemisphere region. (WHA)
  • Partnerships

  • Refugee Arrivals in Fiscal Year 2017: 63. The Department works with nine domestic non-governmental organizations, which place refugees with more than 325 affiliates in roughly 190 communities around the country. These local affiliates work closely with community partners, congregations, volunteers, and state and local officials to provide a successful start for refugees rebuilding their lives. Refugee communities have historically enhanced the economic dynamism and cultural vitality of our nation. Refugees contribute to the United States in numerous ways, including by starting businesses and joining the U.S. military. This program helps the world’s most vulnerable refugees find permanent homes, and it demonstrates the immense generosity of the American people. (PRM) More»
  • 10 emerging leaders studied or participated in a fellowship in Alabama on one of the Young Leaders initiatives in 2017. (ECA) More»
  • Alabama residents in the Global Ties U.S. network volunteered 8,262 hours of their time in 2017 to host or support International Visitor Leadership Program and other exchange participants who visited the state.(ECA) More»
  • Travel and Security

  • Total Passports Issued in Fiscal Year 2017: 141.360. (CA) More»
  • Passport Application Acceptance Facilities: 89. (CA) More»
  • In Fiscal Year 2016, the Bureau of Consular Affairs (CA) issued visas to 137 children who were adopted by U.S. citizens from Alabama. Intercountry adoption is one CA's highest priorities. CA's Office of Children’s Issues plays an active role in the intercountry adoption process and works diligently to establish and maintain intercountry adoption as a viable option throughout the world. (CA) More»
  • The Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) is the law enforcement arm of the U.S. Department of State with field and resident offices in 24 states and the District of Colombia. These offices cover the entire United States and its territories, with regional responsibility for protecting the integrity of U.S. travel documents by investigating passport and visa fraud, serving on federal and state law enforcement task forces, combatting terrorism and human trafficking, as well as protecting the Secretary of State and other domestic and foreign dignitaries. DSS special agents and investigators assigned to the Miami Field Office regularly work alongside federal, state, and local authorities throughout Alabama. (DSS) More»