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

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The State Department benefits 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

  • 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 $20.9 billion (2017) support approximately 95,074 Arizonan jobs (2016). Foreign direct investment into Arizona supports an additional 103,400 jobs (2015). (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 Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs. (EB) More»
  • In FY17, Arizona-based companies received approval to export $233,405,227 worth of defense articles and services licensed by the Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls. (PM) More»
  • 415 exchange visitors from overseas visited Arizona, and 251 Arizona residents travelled overseas as part of the Department’s educational and cultural exchange funded programs in 2015. (ECA) More»
  • 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»
  • The U.S. Department of State invested $17,320 toward a career event in Phoenix, Arizona to recruit Americans for International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) jobs. (ISN-MNSA) More»
  • The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) contributed more than $26 million to Arizona’s through contracts and federal grants that directly supported INL missions. (INL) More»
  • The New York Foreign Press Center hosted a press briefing for business and state government officials from the Tucson and Southern Arizona region to discuss regional economic development in the Southwest, job creation, domestic and international investment, and ways to attract new business. (PA/FPC) More»
  • Ten partnerships were created in Arizona under the Small Business Network of the Americas International Sister Center Program with Brazil, Belize, Canada, El Salvador, Mexico, and St. Lucia. (WHA) More»
  • Click here for more information about Department career recruitment events in Arizona. (HR)
  • Education

  • Diplomat-in-Residence (Kenneth Chavez): 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»
  • Arizona hosted 3,935 foreign physicians, teachers, camp counselors, au pairs and others as part of work and study-based Exchange Visitor Program in 2016. (ECA) More»
  • 26 Scholars, Students and Teachers from Arizona were awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, and 74 international students received a Fulbright to study in Arizona in academic year 2017-18. (ECA) More»
  • 22,670 international higher education students studied abroad in Arizona in academic year 2016-17. (ECA) More»
  • Diplomat-in-Residence: (Kenneth Chavez): 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»
  • Arizona State University has participated in every high-level Science & Technology Joint Committee Meeting (JCM) with Vietnam since 2011. These meetings, facilitated by the Department of State, raise the profile of the university’s collaboration with S&T communities in both countries, leading to research and education partnerships. (OES) More»
  • The Department of State's International Military Education and Training (IMET) program funds the training of international military students at the Intelligence School at Fort Huachuca. These programs provide foreign students exposure to the culture and history of the United States and the State of Arizona while also supporting the local economy. (PM) More»
  • The Department of State provided grant funding to Maricopa Community College to host a Community College Initiative (CCI) Program participant from Nairobi. The program helps to raise the profile of U.S. community colleges as prime motivators and initiators of higher education globally. (AF) 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 attended several educational institutions in Arizona through the Brazil Scientific Mobility Program. This program is funded by the Brazilian government and the private sector and sends 101,000 Brazilian university students of 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

  • The Department of State’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, Office of State-Defense Integration has one Foreign Policy Advisor (POLAD) position assigned to U.S. Air Forces Southern (AFSOUTH) based out of Tucson. POLADs are U.S. diplomats that serve typically two-year tours at U.S. military commands and provide foreign policy advice to senior military leadership. (PM) More»
  • Refugee Arrivals in Fiscal Year 2017: 2,250. 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»
  • The Department of State facilitates the Arizona National Guard State Partnership Program with Kazakhstan, founded in 1993. (PM) More»
  • 95 emerging leaders studied or participated in a fellowship in Arizona on one of the Young Leaders initiatives in 2017. (ECA) More»
  • Arizona residents in the Global Ties U.S. network volunteered 1,258 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: 259,214. (CA) More»
  • Passport Application Acceptance Facilities: 111. (CA) More»
  • The National Passport Information Center, the Tucson Passport Center, and the Western Passport Center combined employ 161 government and 164 contract staff. (CA) More»
  • In Fiscal Year 2016, the Bureau of Consular Affairs (CA) issued visas to 56 children who were adopted by U.S. citizens from Arizona. 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»
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site: Grand Canyon National Park. (IO) More»
  • The Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) is the law enforcement arm of the U.S. Department of State and maintains one of 21 domestic resident offices in Tucson, Arizona. Regional responsibility includes 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. The Tucson Resident Office reports to the Los Angeles Field Office. (DSS) More»