North Carolina

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

Fast Fact

International students at colleges and universities contributed an estimated $508.6 million to the North Carolina economy in the 2015-16 academic year. More»

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 FY17, North Carolina-based companies received approval to export $352,968,782 worth of defense articles and services licensed by the Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls. (PM) More»
  • North Carolina hosted 7,790 foreign physicians, teachers, camp counselors, au pairs and others as part of work and study-based Exchange Visitor Program in 2016. (ECA) More»
  • In February 2017, Japan’s Keihin Carolina System Technology, an automotive electrical components supplier, announced it will create more than 40 jobs through a $13 million expansion of its Tarboro manufacturing plant. (EAP) More»
  • 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 $32.6 billion (2017) support approximately 157,285 North Carolinian jobs (2016). Foreign direct investment into North Carolina supports an additional 251,800 jobs (2015). (EB) More»
  • Click here for more information about Department career recruitment events in North Carolina. (HR)
  • Education

  • Diplomat-in-Residence (Arnold Chacon): 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»
  • 52 Scholars, Students and Teachers from North Carolina were awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, and 101 international students received a Fulbright to study in North Carolina in academic year 2017-18. (ECA) More»
  • 20,112 international higher education students studied abroad in North Carolina in academic year 2016-17. (ECA) More»
  • 403 exchange visitors from overseas visited North Carolina, and 306 North Carolina residents travelled overseas as part of the Department’s educational and cultural exchange funded programs in 2015. (ECA) More»
  • Hosted 44 university faculty from Pakistan on a university partnership program administered by the State Department. The scholars were in residence on campuses up to a month taking courses, teaching seminars, drafting curriculum, and doing research. 8 American faculty completed the exchange by offering courses, seminars and mentoring in the partner institution abroad. The university partnership program supports the internationalization efforts of American universities and advances American influence, directly supporting the United States’ South Asia strategy. (SCA) More»
  • The U.S. Fulbright Commission and the Argentine Ministry of Education awarded scholarships to 400 Argentine school administrators and educators to travel to the United States to participate in three-week teacher-training programs at eight U.S. universities. The programs were designed to improve primary and secondary education programs. Fifty educators participated in a program at North Carolina State University. (WHA) More»
  • Pitt Community College, Eastern Carolina University, and Universidad Veracruzana partnered together to provide opportunities for students to engage in bi-directional study, focusing on water ecology through guided faculty research opportunities located in eastern North Carolina and Veracruz, Mexico. These exchanges were 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) More»
  • North Carolina State University and the Universidad de Costa Rica (Costa Rica) are developing a new course in sustainable agriculture while also addressing barriers of language proficiency, curricular inflexibility and credit transfers through a grant from the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund. (WHA) More»
  • Davidson County Community College (U.S.) with Universidad Nacional de Villa Maria, (Argentina), Forsyth Tech Community College (U.S.), and Guilford Tech Community College, (U.S.) are partnering together with assistance from the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund to create a Gilman scholarship-eligible, study abroad program. It will enable Pell grant recipients to take a Humanities course abroad examining and analyzing the history, geography, and distinctive cultural aspects of Argentina, along with basic Spanish language instruction. (WHA) More»
  • Saint Augustine’s University (U.S.), with University of Health Sciences-Antigua (Antigua and Barbuda) and Universite Episcopale D’Haiti (Haiti) are devising curriculum, prepare activities, and acquire equipment required to develop a service-learning program focused on the study of the unique attributes of French/Haitian Creole language and culture with the assistance from the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund. (WHA) More»
  • Partnerships

  • With State Department support, through the Department of Justice Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance, and Training (DOJ/OPDAT), federal prosecutors from various districts across North Carolina have been deployed to Bangladesh, Indonesia, Kuwait, and the Philippines to serve as Resident Legal Advisors responsible for providing specialized training and mentoring on terrorism-related investigations and prosecutions in those countries. (CT) More»
  • The Department of State’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, Office of State-Defense Integration has one Foreign Policy Advisor (POLAD) assigned to Marine Corps Special Operations Command (MARSOC) who works out of Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville. Another POLAD is assigned to U.S. Army Special Operations Command (USASOC) works out of Fort Bragg, adjacent to Fayetteville. 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»
  • 49 emerging leaders studied or participated in a fellowship in North Carolina on one of the Young Leaders initiatives in 2017. (ECA) More»
  • North Carolina residents in the Global Ties U.S. network volunteered 13,958 hours of their time in 2017 to host or support International Visitor Leadership Program and other exchange participants who visited the state. (ECA) More»
  • Refugee Arrivals in Fiscal Year 2017: 1,916. 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 U.S. Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons awarded $600,000 to Research Triangle Institute to strengthen and sustain Tanzania’s response to human trafficking by ensuring access to justice and fair treatment for victims of trafficking. (J/TIP) More»
  • The U.S.-China EcoPartnership between Duke Energy with the City of Charlotte and ENN/XIN’AO Group with the City of Langfang stimulated innovation on solar and energy efficient technologies. (EAP/OES) More»
  • OES/IHB participated in the 2017 Triangle Global Health Consortium annual conference in Raleigh, NC. The event featured a federal agencies’ panel, where EPA, NIH, NOAA, and DOS provided different agencies’ perspectives on global environmental health cooperation. (OES)
  • Travel and Security

  • Total Passports Issued in Fiscal Year 2017: 432,688. (CA) More»
  • Passport Application Acceptance Facilities 146. (CA) More»
  • In Fiscal Year 2016, the Bureau of Consular Affairs (CA) issued visas to 198 children who were adopted by U.S. citizens from North Carolina. 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/OCS) 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 Greensboro, North Carolina. 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 Greensboro Resident Office reports to the Washington, DC Field Office. (DSS) More»