- Ambassador Yuri Kim
- Sections & Offices
The Executive Office
The Executive Office consists of the Ambassador, Deputy Chief of Mission and staff that handles protocol issues. The Ambassador, assisted closely by the DCM, is responsible for the direction, coordination and supervision of all United States Government personnel and programs in Albania.
The Consular Section
The Consular Section provides services to both American and Albanian citizens. The American Citizen Services unit assists Americans with passport renewal, registration of Americans living in Albania, birth reports for children of American citizens born in Albania, voter registration, income tax forms, notarial services, federal benefits and emergency services.
The Visa Section processes applications for Albanian citizens wishing to travel to the United States with temporary, immigrant and diversity visas. These include visas for tourists, businesses, students and temporary work permits. (Consular Affairs)
The Public Affairs Section explains American foreign policy to a wide range of audiences (students, academics, media, NGOs, business and government officials) and promotes U.S. national interests through a variety of information, educational and cultural programs to increase mutual understanding between citizens of both countries.
The Political and Economic/Commercial Section
The Political and Economic/Commercial Section promotes U.S. policy interests, as well as commercial opportunities for American businesses. The top priorities are to support and strengthen U.S.-Albanian bilateral ties. The section works closely with Albanian officials, international organizations, corporations and private Albanian citizens on a wide variety of political, economic and commercial issues of interest to both our nations.
- U.S. Department of Commerce
- U.S. Trade and Development Agency
- Overseas Private Investment Corporation
- Export-Import Bank of the United States (Exim)
U.S. Agency for International Development
USAID’s programs in Albania strengthen democratic institutions, reduce corruption, promote civil society, promote gender equality, and, at the same time, create a more favorable environment for inclusive economic growth– all necessary to move Albania forward towards greater democracy while meeting criteria that are essential to achieving its European aspirations. For more information about USAID/Albania, please visit: http://www.usaid.gov/albania
Defense Attaché Office
The Defense Attaché Office (DAO) is the principal military-to-military liaison between the Albanian Ministry of Defense and the U.S. Department of Defense, as well as the countries’ respective military services. The DAO also sponsors exercises and practical training with Albania’s military forces. (Department of Defense)
Office of Defense Cooperation
The Office of Defense Cooperation (ODC) is located at the Albanian Ministry of Defense and manages a variety of security assistance programs. These programs provide training and equipment to support the modernization of Albania’s military as well as humanitarian assistance. (United States European Command)
Department of Justice
The Department of Justice sponsors two programs aimed at improving Albania’s criminal justice and law enforcement sectors — the Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training Program (OPDAT) and the International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program (ICITAP).
OPDAT’s central mission is to assist the Albanian Government to develop criminal justice and law enforcement structures, with particular emphasis on public corruption, organized crime and human trafficking. OPDAT is involved in reviewing criminal-justice legislation; training judges, police and prosecutors; providing law-enforcement equipment; and providing technical assistance aimed at establishing more effective law enforcement structures.
Since 1998, ICITAP has assisted the Albanian Government to develop the capacity to provide professional law enforcement services based on best policing practices, respect for human rights and the rule of law. ICITAP offers support to the Ministry of Interior and the Albanian State Police. This assistance comprises projects in border management and anti-trafficking; combating organized crime; police accountability and human resource management; academy and training development; and information management systems, including TIMS (Total Information Management System). (Department of Justice)
The Peace Corps sends Americans with a passion for service abroad on behalf of the United States to work with communities and create lasting change. It is an international service network of volunteers, community members, host country partners and staff who are driven by the agency’s mission of world peace and friendship. At the invitation of the Government of Albania, Peace Corps volunteers work alongside community members on locally-prioritized projects in the areas of organizational development. As well, volunteers co-teach in public schools, with their Albanian colleagues, subjects of English education, youth health and wellbeing. Through service, members of the Peace Corps network develop transferable skills and refine intercultural competencies that position them to be the next generation of global leaders. Since its establishment in Albania in 1992, more than 900 Americans have served in communities around the country. Following the evacuation due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Peace Corps Volunteers have returned to Albania to continue their peace and friendship mission. For more information, visit peacecorps.gov and follow us on Facebook, and Instagram.
Human Resources Office
The human resources office is responsible for a broad range of functions including recruitment and staffing, employee training and development, performance management and appraisal, employee relations, salary and benefits administration, employee policies and procedures, labor relations, position classification and career counseling. The HR Office also provides expert advice to managers and supervisors on human resources issues and facilitating problem resolution. (Embassy Job Vacancies)