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

Fast Fact

U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop, Utah House of Representatives Member Jen Seelig and former Utah House of Representatives Member Jackie Biskupski are all alumni of one of the Department’s flagship international educational exchange programs, the American Council of Young Political Leaders. 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, Utah-based companies received approval to export $400,913,358 worth of defense articles and services licensed by the Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls. (PM) More»
  • Utah hosted 4,110 foreign physicians, teachers, camp counselors, au pairs and others as part of work and study-based Exchange Visitor Program in 2016. (ECA) 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 $11.6 billion (2017) support approximately 51,267 Utah jobs (2016). Foreign direct investment into Utah supports an additional 42,200 jobs (2015). (EB) More»
  • Click here for more information about Department career recruitment events in Utah. (HR)
  • Education

  • Diplomat-in-Residence (Stewart Devine): 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»
  • 5 Scholars, Students and Teachers from Utah were awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, and 16 international students received a Fulbright to study in Utah in academic year 2017-18. (ECA) More»
  • 8,520 international higher education students studied abroad in Utah in academic year 2016-17. (ECA) More»
  • 245 exchange visitors from overseas visited Utah, and 148 Utah residents travelled overseas as part of the Department’s educational and cultural exchange funded programs in 2015. (ECA) More»
  • Snow College and SENA Centro Tecnológico del Mobiliario in Colombia developed an exchange in which Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) students from Snow College taught English immersion classes for SENA students, while SENA students taught Snow College students best practices for Agribusiness and Construction Management. 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»
  • Partnerships

  • Refugee Arrivals in Fiscal Year 2017: 714. 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»
  • 14 emerging leaders studied or participated in a fellowship in Utah on one of the Young Leaders initiatives in 2017. (ECA) More»
  • Utah residents in the Global Ties U.S. network volunteered 7,669 hours of their time in 2017 to host or support International Visitor Leadership Program and other exchange participants who visited the state. (ECA) More»
  • The Department of State facilitates the Utah National Guard’s State Partnership Program with the Morocco, founded in 2003. (PM) More»
  • The U.S.-China EcoPartnership between the State of Utah and Qinghai Province focuses on clean water and energy efficiency. (EAP/OES) More»
  • Travel and Security

  • Total Passports Issued in Fiscal Year 2017: 183,787. (CA) More»
  • 57 Passport Application Acceptance Facilities. (CA) More»
  • In Fiscal Year 2016, the Bureau of Consular Affairs (CA) issued visas to 71 children who were adopted by U.S. citizens from Utah. 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 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 San Francisco Field Office regularly work alongside federal, state, and local authorities throughout Utah. (DSS) More»