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  • Secretary John Kerry (Photo: Department of State)

    Weighing the Obama Administration's Response

    Secretary Kerry (Sept. 18): "By the time ISIL had launched its offensive in the north, President Obama began airstrikes to begin with on a humanitarian basis to protect American personnel and prevent major catastrophes."

  • Edward Keating and DCM Bruce Berton (Photo: U.S. Embassy)

    DCM Berton Оpens Edward Keating’s Photo Exhibit

    On September 17th, 2014, at the Photosynthesis Gallery in Sofia, Deputy Chief of Mission Bruce Berton opened the award-winning exhibition “NYC” of U.S. photographer Edward Keating.

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  • Regulatory Impact Assessment Conference (Photo: U.S. Embassy)

    Regulatory Impact Assessment Conference

    Organized by Global Markets, the American Chamber of Commerce and Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Regulatory Impact Assessment Conference took place on September 10, 2014.

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  • Ambassador Attends Thracian Eagle Exercises (Photo: U.S. Embassy)

    Ambassador Attends Thracian Eagle Exercises

    Ambassador Marcie B. Ries attended the 2014 Thracian Eagle exercises that took place in August at Graf Ignatievo Air Base. These bilateral exercises focused on maintaining joint readiness while building interoperability capabilities.

  • Night of Museums and Galleries in Plovdiv (Photo: U.S. Embassy)

    Night of Museums and Galleries in Plovdiv

    Ambassador Marcie B. Ries and Cultural Attaché Tammy Paltchikov attended the 10th anniversary of Night of Museums and Galleries in Plovdiv.

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  • Officers from Embassy Sofia at the Local Food Bank (Photo: Tsanka Milanova)
    Embassy Members Volunteer at Local Food Bank on 9/11

    Each year on the anniversary of September 11th, Americans unite in volunteer service to give back and help make a positive impact in their communities.  

  • Pilot flying over snowy landscape (NASA/Patrick Lynch)
    NASA Air Campaigns Focus on Arctic Climate Impacts

    Over the past few decades, average global temperatures have been on the rise, and this warming is happening two to three times faster in the Arctic. As the region’s summer comes to a close, NASA is studying how rising temperatures are affecting the Arctic. 

  • Depiction of aircraft mobile laboratories and satellites measuring greenhouse gases above Los Angeles (Photo: NASA)
    U.N. Recognizes U.S. Project that Measures Greenhouse Gas

    A greenhouse gas field measurement research program developed by scientists at the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and several collaborating institutions has been named a “Project to Watch” by a United Nations organization that focuses on harnessing big data for worldwide benefit. 

  • Secretary Kerry with Students (AP Images)
    Engage Young People in Building Democracy, Kerry Says

    The International Day of Democracy’s theme for 2014 — Engaging Young People on Democracy — “powerfully underscores the importance of youth in building and preserving democracy,” says Secretary of State John Kerry. 

news from consular section

  • New Consular Fees Effective on 12 Sep 2014

    The Department of State published some amendments to the Schedule of Fees for Consular services, effective on 12 Sep 2014. 

  • Technical Problems with Passport/Visa System

    The U.S. Department of State continues to experience technical problems with its visa system, which are affecting global operations. This issue is worldwide and is not specific to any particular country or visa category. At the U.S. Embassy Sofia, we have been able to approve many of the visas that were affected and we continue to work to process the others. We recognize and deeply regret the inconvenience to travelers. 

  • July 4th Voting Message

    Celebrate democracy this 4th of July by taking the necessary steps to vote in the 2014 U.S. elections!  

  • Message for U.S. Citizens: Attacks Against Foreigners

    U.S. Embassy Sofia informs U.S. Citizens that the Embassy has received several reports in the past few months regarding attacks in Sofia against foreigners. 

  • Worldwide Caution

    The Department of State has issued this Worldwide Caution to update information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against U.S. citizens and interests throughout the world. U.S. citizens are reminded to maintain a high level of vigilance and to take appropriate steps to increase their security awareness. This replaces the Worldwide Caution dated September 25, 2013, to provide updated information on security threats and terrorist activities worldwide.  

  • Message for U.S. Citizens: Voting in 2014

    Your vote counts! Did you know that many recent U.S. elections have been decided by a margin smaller than the number of ballots cast by military and overseas voters? All states are required to count every absentee ballot as long as it is valid and reaches local election officials by the absentee ballot receipt deadline.  

  • Message for U.S. Citizens: Seasonal Flu

    This message is to inform U.S. citizens that the Bulgarian Ministry of Health has declared a seasonal flu epidemic in Bulgaria. This may result in school closures and other public health measures to decrease the spread of the illness. 

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