Solicitation Announcement

Packing and Shipping companies with prior Embassy experience, good local staff, and warehouse facilities are invited to provide their response to the solicitation set out by the Embassy of the U.S.A, Sofia. Please send an e-mail to: by 16:00 local time, March 07, 2023 if interested in obtaining the solicitation package. Read More»

Ambassador Mustafa Opens American Corner in Burgas

October 24, 2022 Last week at the Peyo Yavorov Regional Library in Burgas, Ambassador Mustafa, Burgas Regional Governor Prof. Maria Neikov, Burgas Mayor Dimitar Nikolov, and Library Director Yana Karshiiska held a ribbon cutting to officially open our new American Corner. The Embassy is thrilled to open this new space and add to the resources ... Read More»

Free Concerts on the Black Sea Coast

October 17, 2022 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE During U.S. Embassy Sofia’s Black Sea Month, the U.S. Air Forces in Europe’s Band, “Five Star Brass” ensemble will be visiting the Bulgarian coast. The musicians will perform authentic American music for the people of Varna, Burgas, and Nessebar. The concerts are free and open to the public. Join ... Read More»

Diversity Visa (DV) Program – 2024

October 5, 2022 Diversity Visa (DV) Program – 2024 The Department of State announced the beginning of the Diversity Visa 2024 Program (DV-2024). The Diversity Immigrant Visa Program makes available up to 55,000 diversity visas (DVs) each year, drawn from random selection among all entries, to persons who meet strict eligibility requirements from countries with ... Read More»

Worldwide Caution: Al-Qa’ida Leader’s Death

On July 31, 2022, the United States conducted a precision counterterrorism strike in Afghanistan that killed Ayman al-Zawahiri, Osama bin Laden’s deputy and successor as leader of al-Qa’ida. Al- Zawahiri was one of the masterminds of the attacks against the United States on September 11, 2001, and had continued to urge his followers to attack ... Read More»

Press Release on United with Ukraine Job Fair in Varna

May 5, 2022 To: All media The following is a joint press release by the United States Embassy, the America for Bulgaria Foundation, the American Chamber of Commerce, the American University of Bulgaria, The American College of Sofia, Nu Boyana Film Studios, and Muzeiko Children’s Museum. The partners in the United with Ukraine initiative are ... Read More»

New International Air Travel Policy

On October 25, the Biden Administration released details of its new international air travel COVID-19 policy that is stringent, consistent across the globe, and guided by public health. This new global travel system replaces the existing country-by-country restrictions, putting in place a consistent approach worldwide. As of November 8, foreign travelers to the United States ... Read More»

Diversity Visa (DV) Program – 2023

October 6, 2021 Diversity Visa (DV) Program – 2023 The Department of State announced the beginning of the Diversity Visa 2023 Program (DV-2023). The Diversity Immigrant Visa Program makes available up to 55,000 diversity visas (DVs) each year, drawn from random selection among all entries, to persons who meet strict eligibility requirements from countries with ... Read More»

Ambassador Mustafa Visits Bulgarian Black Sea Coast

U.S. Ambassador to Bulgaria Herro Mustafa met today with mayors from the Association of Black Sea Municipalities to discuss cultural and energy initiatives, and prospects for cooperation and development in the spheres of business, ecology, tourism, and boosting people-to-people ties. The meeting was part of a broader visit by the Ambassador to the Bulgarian coast ... Read More»

Security Alert: September 28, 2021 Protest Activity in Bulgaria

Security Alert: September 28, 2021 Protest Activity in Bulgaria Location: Between 0930 and 1230 on Tuesday, September 28, 2021, various groups will demonstrate against COVID restrictions imposed by the government on businesses and transportation. The demonstration activity will be concentrated in downtown Sofia on “Oborishte” Street, “Vasil Levski” Boulevard, and “Tsar Osvoboditel” Boulevard and will ... Read More»

Security Alert: January 27, 2021 Demonstration Activity in Downtown Sofia

Security Alert: January 27, 2021 Demonstration Activity in Downtown Sofia Location: Various political groups are expected to demonstrate in the vicinity of government offices in downtown Sofia on Wednesday, 27 January 2021. The demonstration activity is expected to occur in the area located around the Council of Ministers building and Eagle Bridge in downtown Sofia. ... Read More»

Security Alert: U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria

Security Alert: Demonstration Activity in Progress in Downtown Sofia, January 24, 2021 Various political groups are demonstrating in the vicinity of government offices in downtown Sofia, currently around the Council of Ministers building. U.S. citizens are recommended to avoid the areas impacted by demonstration activities for the duration of the events. According to media reports, ... Read More»

Virtual Judicial Exchange

On September 16, U.S. Embassy Resident Legal Advisor Jessica Kim facilitated a virtual judicial exchange between Bulgarian judges and U.S. judges. Chief United States Magistrate Judge Elizabeth Preston Deavers and United States District Judge Edmund A. Sargus, Jr. provided an overview of the U.S. federal criminal process, with the Bulgarian judges sharing similarities and differences ... Read More»

Meet Our YES Alumni – Tsvetomil Ivanov

Tsvetomil Ivanov is one of our first Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) program alumni. He spent a year in the United States, and, as an exchange student, where he represented Bulgaria to his host school and family. He’s keeping up the good work even today: while museums were closed due to the health crisis, ... Read More»

International Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition

On Sunday Bulgaria’s next top lawyers presented arguments on highly contentious issues of public international law at the Supreme Court of Cassation and we are impressed! Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, University of Plovdiv “Paisii Hilendarski”, and American University in Bulgaria teams participated in the international Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. “Each team put ... Read More»

Ambassador Herro Mustafa Visits Haskovo

Ambassador Herro Mustafa visited Haskovo on February 21 to speak at the school where Nelly Genova, our “Ambassador for a Day” competition winner, studies. Ambassador Mustafa met with the Nelly’s friends and teachers, the school’s principle Deyan Yanev, and our Fulbright English Teaching Assistant at the school, Deena Whitwam. The Ambassador also took Nelly to ... Read More»

Ambassador Herro Mustafa Visits Graf Ignatievo Air Base

Ambassador Herro Mustafa visited the future home of Bulgaria’s F16 fighter jets. The Ambassador toured Graf Ignatievo Air Base where she met with Major General Tsanko Stoykov, Commander of the Bulgarian Air Force. The Ambassador also met some of the newly selected candidates for F-16 flight training in the United States. Read More»

Statement by the Embassy of the United States in Bulgaria

The U.S. Embassy commends recent actions of the Bulgarian government to defend the country’s independence and sovereignty from malign influence, including the January 24 announcement of the expulsion of two Russian Embassy officers for espionage and the January 23 announcement of charges against three Russian citizens for attempted murder. We support the long-term efforts of ... Read More»

Protest Activity in Sofia: September 11th -13th

Location: Protests are expected to occur in downtown Sofia throughout the remainder of the week at the following locations: · On Wednesday, September 11, beginning at 5pm, demonstrations are expected in the city center, near the Council of Ministers (Independence Square), by protestors supporting the election of the new Chief Prosecutor. · On Wednesday, September ... Read More»

U.S. Withdrawal from the INF Treaty on August 2, 2019

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State August 2, 2019 On February 2, 2019, the United States provided its six-month notice of withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty due to the Russian Federation’s continuing violation of the treaty. The U.S. withdrawal pursuant to Article XV of the treaty takes effect today because ... Read More»

Statement of Herro Mustafa Ambassador-Nominee to Bulgaria Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Tuesday, July 30, 2019 Chairman Johnson, Ranking Member Shaheen, and distinguished Members of the Committee, I am honored to appear before you as the President’s nominee to serve as Ambassador to the Republic of Bulgaria. I am thankful to the President and Secretary Pompeo for the confidence they have placed in me to undertake this ... Read More»

Sale of F-16 Aircraft to Bulgaria

Press Statement Morgan Ortagus, Department Spokesperson July 30, 2019 The United States welcomes the Bulgarian Government’s decision to purchase eight F-16 multirole fighter aircraft, munitions and related equipment. We salute Prime Minister Boyko Borissov and the Bulgarian Government on its commitment to modernize its military through the acquisition of these highly capable, NATO interoperable aircraft. ... Read More»

IMET graduates visit US Embassy

On 28 June 2019, 11 Officers and Non-Commissioned Officers from the Bulgarian Air Force, Navy, and Land Forces arrived at the US Embassy Sofia in order to meet the US Ambassador to Bulgaria. These 11 officers recently graduated from US Military educational institutions as part of the International Military Education and Training program. Ambassador Rubin ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Sofia Renovates Plovdiv Primary School  

November 30, 2018 U.S. Ambassador to Bulgaria, Eric S. Rubin and Deputy Mayor of Plovdiv Stefan Stoyanov inaugurated the renovated building of Dusho Hadjidekov Primary School during a ribbon cutting ceremony today. The United States Government invested USD 94,000 to renovate the Primary School which is one of the oldest in Plovdiv and accommodates 883 ... Read More»

Ambassador Rubin’s Remarks – F-16 Promotional Event

Hotel Arena Di Serdica 21 November 2018  Deputy Defense Minister Zapryanov Deputy CHOD Eftimov AmCham Executive Director Petar Ivanov Lockheed Martin James Robinson Members of the media Ladies and Gentlemen Good morning I want to first say, “thank you” to the American Chamber of Commerce for hosting this event and for welcoming me to this ... Read More»

Outlaw Regime: A Chronicle of Iran’s Destructive Activities

This report documents the magnitude of the Islamic Republic’s destructive activities at home and abroad. Many of the activities highlighted have occurred recently, while others date back to the early days of the revolution. As this report makes clear, the one constant is that the Iranian regime will do whatever it takes to maintain its ... Read More»

Job Announcement – Student Intern in the U.S. & Foreign Commercial Service

Note:  This program is entirely on a volunteer basis; there is no compensation attached to this internship and no benefits, nor any future employment rights. Service is not creditable for leave accrual. Open to:                                  Foreign National Students, non-U.S. citizens Position:                                 ... Read More»

Community Solutions Program

Application Deadline: October 31, 2018! Are you working to support positive change in your home country? Helping preserve your community’s biodiversity for the next generation? Working to create job opportunities for at-risk youth? Bridging ethnic and cultural divides in your community? If so – come join the next generation of global leaders and apply for ... Read More»

Statement by the U.S. Embassy

The U.S. Embassy in Sofia expresses shock and outrage regarding the murder of journalist Victoria Marinova.  We call for a thorough investigation which results in the perpetrator/s being held accountable.  We are ready to offer assistance to authorities if needed to help bring the perpetrator/s to justice. Read More»

Bulgarian National English Spelling Bee Competition 2018

Registration for the Bulgarian National English Spelling Bee Competition is from October 5 to October 25, 2018! Bulgarian National English Spelling Bee aims to strengthen the English language skills of Bulgarian students and to share innovative and interactive teaching methods with teachers. More than 6500 students from 304 schools participated in 2017 Spelling Bee. Similar to ... Read More»

Bulgarian Creative Writing Competition 2018

Bulgarian Creative Writing Competition is open to all Bulgarian public and private school students from 6th to 12th grades who are excited to express themselves creatively…in English! The writing days are on November 27 -28, 2018. The results will be announced in the end of January 2019. The registration will be open from October 5th to October ... Read More»

EducationUSA Opportunity Funds-Bulgaria Program

For high school students in grade 11 Deadline for submitting applications: January 2, 2019 Opportunity funding, provided by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, supports talented international students with the application process to U.S. higher education institutions. Opportunity Funds provides support to talented international students who are highly competitive for ... Read More»

90th Anniversary of Department of English and American Studies at Sofia University

The Department of English and American Studies at the Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski celebrates its 90th anniversary . The event coincided with the celebrations of the 130th anniversary of the University’s founding. Initially, Sofia University offered training in English Studies within its German Studies department before establishing a separate English and American Studies major in ... Read More»

Job Announcement – Access Control Guard (LGF) – Revised

APPLICANTS WHO RESPONDED TO VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENTS #33-2018  NEED NOT APPLY AS THEIR APPLICATION WILL BE CONSIDERED REVISION:                                         Revised closing date. U.S. Mission                                      U.S. Embassy Sofia Announcement Number:                 2018–Sofia-33A Position Title:                                    ... Read More»

U.S. Universities Deliver at Worldwide Branches

ShareAmerica By Mary Jane Maxwell Sep 27, 2018   Hassan Al-Jahani of Qatar is getting an American-style education without having to leave his country. Students at Northwestern University in Qatar (© Northwestern University in Qatar) “Studying at a high-caliber university like Northwestern is a badge of honor I wear proudly,” said Al-Jahani, who is majoring in communications from ... Read More»

Groundbreaking Ceremony for a Children’s Playground at the Bishop’s Basilica in Plovdiv

“I applaud the America for Bulgaria Foundation and Plovdiv Municipality for their partnership to restore and display the rich mosaics of the Bishop’s Basilica – the largest early Christian temple found in Bulgaria, and thus a critically important part of the country’s religious history. Bulgaria’s cultural sites are reminders of the incredible history of this ... Read More»

Job Announcement – Chauffeur (On-Call)

U.S. Mission                                      U.S. Embassy Sofia Announcement Number:                 Sofia-2018-34 Position Title:                                    Chauffeur (On-Call) Opening Period:                               September 26, 2018 – October 25, 2018 Series/Grade:                                    LE 1015 3 For More Info:                                   Human Resources Office Mailing Address: U.S. ... Read More»

26th Anniversary of the United States Security Assistance Program in Bulgaria

This year 9 Bulgarians graduated from American professional military education courses.  Ambassador Rubin personally congratulated this year’s graduates today on the 26th anniversary of the United States Security Assistance program in Bulgaria. Since 1992, the U.S. Government has invested over $285 million in programs to train and equip the Bulgarian military. Tonight, Deputy Chief of Mission Friedman and ... Read More»

Amcham Business Breakfast with Government

“Bulgaria – U.S. Transatlantic Relations in the Contest of the Global Economic Changes” U.S. companies in Bulgaria have invested millions of dollars in community centers, in environmental conservation, in education, and in healthcare. These companies are not only providing jobs and building the economy, but they are directly investing in Bulgarian communities, families, and children. ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Sofia Constructs A 3-Floor Extension For Pomorie Kindergarten Detelina

September 17, 2018 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE “Children are part of the heart and soul of a community.  This kindergarten – now full of laughs, love, and life – will nurture the children carrying the torch of Bulgaria’s future, bringing the light of hope and prosperity to Bulgaria’s tomorrows.  It is our sincere hope that this ... Read More»

High-speed Vessel U.S. Navy Ship Carson City Docks In Varna For The First Time

Technically known as a Spearhead-class expeditionary fast transport ship, the USNS Carson City entered the Black Sea for the first time on August 15, and docked in Varna Port for the first time on August 27.   Captain Jonathan Keffer welcomed Bulgarian media onboard and led a tour of the ship.    Carson City is part ... Read More»

Voting in 2018 Elections

Your Vote Counts!  Did you know that many U.S. elections for House and Senate seats have been decided by a margin smaller than the number of ballots cast by absentee 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. Follow ... Read More»

Job Announcement – Heating,Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Mechanic (Revised)

APPLICANTS WHO RESPONDED TO VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENTS #23-2018  NEED NOT APPLY AS THEIR APPLICATION WILL BE CONSIDERED REVISION:                                         Revised closing date. U.S. Mission:                                     U.S. Embassy Sofia Announcement Number:                 2018–Sofia-23 Position Title:                                    HEATING, ... Read More»

Closing Ceremony for Platinum Lion 2018 Security Exercise

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov and Bulgarian Chief of Defense GEN Andrey Botsev today attended the closing ceremony for Platinum Lion 2018, a multinational security exercise held at Novo Selo Training Area in Bulgaria. Soldiers from eight countries – including NATO members Bulgaria, the United States, Albania, Montenegro and Romania – as well as members ... Read More»

“Platinum Lion 2018” Security Exercise Is Taking Place at Novo Selo Training Area

The multinational security exercise Platinum Lion 2018 brings together 700 soldiers and up to 100 units of combat and transport from July 31 to August 10 in Bulgaria. Allies and partners from Bulgaria, the United States, Albania, Georgia, Moldova, Romania, Serbia and Montenegro demonstrated various tactics today at Novo Selo Training Area (NSTA) that include ... Read More»

$2 Million U.S. Boat Donation Will Protect Bulgarian Coast

Bulgaria’s coastline will be patrolled beginning today using 4 boats the U.S. donated to the Bulgarian Navy.  Among other tasks, the 3 RHIBs (Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats) and one patrol boat will help the Bulgarian Navy intercept drug and human traffickers.  Today Ambassador Rubin and Navy Commander RADM Pеtev celebrated the Bulgarian Navy sailors graduating ... Read More»

English Language Camp for Roma Students

Public Affairs Intern Steven Newman met with high school students from Roma communities in the towns of Kyustendil and Pazardzhik who participated during the past school year in an English language program. The students were invited to attend a summer English language camp in Bansko, organized by the Bulgarian NGO Trust for Social Achievement (TSA) ... Read More»

Remarks by Vice President Pence at Ministerial To Advance Religious Freedom

Harry S. Truman Building Washington, D.C. Thank you, Secretary Pompeo.  To the Secretary, to Ambassador Brownback, to Administrator Green, Director Mulvaney, to the representatives of more than 80 nations gathered here, and especially to the survivors of religious persecution who honor us by their presence here today: It is my great honor to address this ... Read More»

Job Announcement – Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Mechanic

Position Title:                                   HEATING, VENTILATION AND AIR CONDITIONING (HVAC) MECHANIC Opening Period:                               July 27, 2018 – August 9, 2018 Series/Grade:                                   LE 1210 06 For More Info:                                   Facility Management Office Mailing Address: U.S. Embassy Sofia, Human Resources Office 16 Kozyak, 1408 Sofia E-mail Address: Who May Apply:                              All Interested Applicants /All Sources For USEFM actual FS salary determined ... Read More»

Crimea Declaration

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC July 25, 2018 Russia, through its 2014 invasion of Ukraine and its attempted annexation of Crimea, sought to undermine a bedrock international principle shared by democratic states: that no country can change the borders of another by force. The states of the world, including Russia, ... Read More»

The Eight-day Program of the “Balkan Youth Forum” Wraps Up

The Press Attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Bulgaria Samantha Smith congratulated students as they completed an 8-day Balkan Youth Forum, which ended last Friday with a final presentation of project ideas. Students interested in working together on Western Balkan political and social issues came from 11 countries to the American University in Bulgaria. The closing ... Read More»

Spelling Bee Camp 2018

On July 13th, U.S. Embassy Sofia Public Affairs Intern Steven Newman met with a group of thirty Bulgarian high-school students and their teachers, who are participating in an English language learning, U.S. culture and sport youth camp in the town of Bansko. The students are finalists in the 2018 national Spelling Bee competition organized annually ... Read More»

Ambassador Rubin at Marshall Center Alumni Conference

“Founded in the spirit of the Marshall Plan and the endeavor for closer Euro-Atlantic integration, the Marshall Center’s excellent ongoing work over the past quarter century has been one more vital contribution to the underlying capacity for resilience of our nations. I am thus especially pleased to be here with all of you to support ... Read More»

A To Jazz Festival

It is a pleasure for me to join with colleagues and friends from the America for Bulgaria Foundation and the Sofia municipality to welcome you here tonight to another fantastic A To Jazz Festival in South Park. I hope you have a fantastic weekend of music and friendship. Jazz is a unifying force and a ... Read More»

Job Announcement – Student Intern Computer Programmer

Note:    This program is entirely on a volunteer basis; there is no compensation attached to this internship and no benefits, nor any future employment rights.  Service is not creditable for leave accrual. Open to:                                 Foreign National Students, non-U.S. citizens Position:                                Student ... Read More»

Job Announcement – Student Intern in the U.S. & Foreign Commercial Service

Note:   This program is entirely on a volunteer basis; there is no compensation attached to this internship and no benefits, nor any future employment rights.  Service is not creditable for leave accrual. Open to:                                 Foreign National Students, non-U.S. citizens Position:                                Student ... Read More»

Ambassador Rubin’s Remarks at U.S. Independence Day Celebration

(July 3, 2018) Dear Madam President of the Parliament, Dear Madam Vice President, Deputy Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ministers, Members of Parliament, Members of the Diplomatic Corps, Members of the Military Attaché Corps, Thank you for joining us this evening. Ladies and Gentlemen, honored guests, dear friends.  Nicole and ... Read More»

Ambassador Rubin Visits Panagyurishte

June 28 – U.S. Ambassador Eric Rubin toured Panagyurishte today. The Ambassador noted the many ties Panagyurishte has with the U.S. – from U.S. company Freeport-McMoRan’s investment in local copper company Assarel-Medet, to UNI Hospital’s purchase of new, innovative medical equipment from U.S. manufacturers. UNI Hospital is an excellent example of public-private partnership in Bulgaria. ... Read More»

Job Announcement – Human Resources Assistant

U.S. Mission:                                     U.S. Embassy Sofia Announcement Number:                 2018–Sofia-21 Position Title:                                    HUMAN RESOURCES ASSISTANT                                                             (Local Social Security and Tax Administrator) ... Read More»

Ambassador Rubin’s Remarks at Security Resilience Seminar

Marshall Center June 26, 2018  (as prepared) Good morning, ladies and gentlemen, and thank you for welcoming me to this venue today. Herbert Salber, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to the Republic of Bulgaria, Dr. Matthew Rhodes, Director of Programs in Central and Southeast Europe, Distinguished Participants, Security Resiliency is a critical issue ... Read More»

Security Resilience in the Black Sea Region Seminar

About 40 local and foreign professionals discussed in Sofia issues related to security resilience in the Black Sea region during an international seminar organized by George C. Marshall Center for Security Studies. The ambassadors of the United States and Germany opened the event, as representatives of the two partnering countries which established the Marshall Center ... Read More»

“Diplomacy in the Kitchen”

We introduce you a short video that we called “Diplomacy in the Kitchen” with the participation of the U.S. Embassy’s Agricultural Attaché Jonn Slette in partnership with the HRC Culinary Academy in Sofia’s Head Chef Henry Donneaux. In this video you will find very interesting and useful information on how to prepare delicious meals with ... Read More»

Ambassador Rubin Visits Rakovski Military Academy

On June 13 Ambassador Eric Rubin visited G.S. Rakovski Military Academy to deliver a lecture on Bulgaria’s important role in the NATO alliance. While at the Academy, Ambassador Rubin was invited to tour the recently renovated King‘s Halls, which are filled with masterpieces of ceramics, wood, and crystal. Tsar Boris III made extensive use of ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Rubin – Rakovski Military Academy

Rakovski Military Academy June 13, 2018 Greetings, all, and thank you for welcoming me to the Rakovski Military Academy today. I would like to thank Major General Angelov for hosting me at this institution and for allowing me to speak with all of you today. I greatly appreciate this important opportunity for Allies to speak ... Read More»

Job Announcement – Gardener (Grounds Keeper)

Position Title:      GARDENER (GROUNDS KEEPER) Opening Period:  June 14, 2018 – June 27, 2018 For More Info:      Human Resources Office Mailing Address: U.S. Embassy Sofia, Human Resources Office 16 Kozyak, 1408 Sofia E-mail Address: Who May Apply:                            All Interested Applicants /All ... Read More»

U.S. Donation to Bulgaria’s Cyber Investigation Unit Greatly Increases Investigation Capabilities

“We move forward together to combat transnational cyber-crime.” – Attaché Jason Clickner, U.S. Secret Service Resident Agent in Charge Yesterday, June 12, Bulgaria’s General Directorate for Combatting Organized Crime Cyber Unit received from the United States Secret Service advanced computer equipment and storage media that will greatly increase the Cyber Unit’s investigative capabilities.   The new ... Read More»

Job Announcement – Building Engineer

VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT # 17 – 2018 U.S. Embassy Sofia Announcement Number:                 2018–Sofia-17 Position Title:                                    BUILDING ENGINEER| Opening Period:                               June 11, 2018 – June 24, 2018 For More Info:                                   Human Resources Office Mailing Address: U.S. Embassy Sofia, Human Resources Office, 16 Kozyak, 1408 Sofia E-mail ... Read More»

Sofia Pride 2018

The U.S. Embassy supports Sofia Pride event on June 9.  Embassy officers officially represented the U.S. Embassy at the event and joined Embassy employees, friends, and families participating in the parade. Secretary of State Pompeo recently said: “Dignity and equality are core American values underpinned by our Constitution. We will continue to stand up for ... Read More»

Roundtable Discussion “Cultural Bridge – Talking About Landscape Photography”

U.S. Ambassador Eric Rubin and Nicole Simmons hosted a roundtable discussion at their residence in Sofia today titled “Cultural Bridge – Talking About Landscape Photography.”   Guests of honor photographers Deborah Bright (USA) and Alexander Ivanov (Bulgaria), as well as other well-known Bulgarian photographers, discussed their thoughts and experiences photographing the world around us. The discussion ... Read More»

Bulgarian and American Airmen Celebrate June 1, Children’s Day

Bulgarian and American airmen celebrated for the first time together June 1, Children’s Day, with 150 Bulgarian children of different ages from Bulgarian schools and kindergartens which have received humanitarian assistance in projects, funded by the Embassy’s Office of Defense Cooperation. The American pilots and airmen from the Oregon National Guard are in Bulgaria for ... Read More»

Opening of Coca Cola’s Newest IT Development Center

Coca-Cola’s choice to build a Development Center for Intelligent Technology in Bulgaria reflects the optimism that the U.S. Mission also feels about Bulgaria’s future. Today we mark the opening of Coca Cola’s newest IT Development Center, and note that Coca-Cola’s continued investment in Bulgaria supports Bulgaria’s economy and workforce. – Ambassador Rubin at today’s launch ... Read More»

Job Announcement – Custodian (On-Call)

VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT # 16 – 2018 U.S. Embassy Sofia    U.S. Mission                                      U.S. Embassy Sofia Announcement Number:                 Sofia-2018-16 Position Title:                                    Custodian (On-Call) Opening Period:                               May 25, 2018 – June 9, 2018 Series/Grade:                                   LE 1305 1 For More Info:                                   Human Resources Office Mailing ... Read More»

U.S. Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Claire Grady Visits Bulgaria

U.S. Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Claire Grady toured the Bulgarian National Museum of History yesterday where she marveled at renowned artifacts depicting centuries of Bulgarian history. Bulgaria’s Minister of Interior Valentin Radev added personal insight into the fascinating tour. Deputy Secretary Grady is in Bulgaria to participate in an EU-U.S. Justice and Home Affairs ... Read More»

Ambassador Rubin Speaking at the 2018 Graduating Class of American College of Sofia

You are the backbone of Bulgaria’s National Debate Team, you won a national cyber security competition, you earned awards from the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences for computer science, you were awarded Presidential medals by two presidents, and you are admitted to some of the world’s top universities, such as Dartmouth, NYC, Tufts, Columbia, Brown, Yale, ... Read More»

“The Cracks” in Bulgaria

The music duo “The Cracks” – Dylan Vaughn and Stephen Kavanagh – with guitars and song, harmonica and percussion will take you on a magical journey of the best of American music: blues, folk, jazz, gospel, ragtime, swing, soul, funk, bluegrass, country and much more. This will be a real celebration at which you’ll want ... Read More»

New America for Bulgaria Campus Center at the American College of Sofia

May 18 – Ambassador Rubin assisted in opening the new America for Bulgaria Campus Center at the American College of Sofia this morning.  This beautiful new building, funded by the America for Bulgaria Foundation and the U.S. Agency for International Development, continues approximately 150 years of American-Bulgarian educational ties. Read More»

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Elizabeth Millard in Bulgaria

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Elizabeth Millard participated in the conference “Democracy That Delivers: Unlocking the Potential of the Western Balkans,” organized by the Center for the Study of Democracy. “We value our relationship with Bulgaria and see your country as a leader, including in ensuring European energy security and in contributing to collective ... Read More»

New Build and Renovation of the Chief of Mission Residence – U.S. Embassy, Sofia, Bulgaria

The requirement is for works and construction activities including furnishing all labor, material, and equipment required for the alterations, improvements and additions to the residential building in order to accommodate requirements for the residence to serve as the new Chief of Mission Residence (CMR) for U.S. Embassy Sofia. Pre-Solicitation Notice (PDF 30.4 KB) Read More»

National Conference – Roma Educational Integration in Bulgaria

Ambassador Rubin, as a member of the Roma Inclusion Ambassadors Group (RIAG), attended a national conference today focused on Roma educational integration in Bulgaria.  AMB Rubin joined many other attendees discussing this important topic, including:  Swiss Ambassador Denis Knobel; Ambassadors from Italy, Netherlands, and the UK; The German Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission; Bulgarian Deputy ... Read More»

“Space” Food?

Yesterday, May 10, we were visited in the Embassy by the Bulgarian Institute of Cryobiology and Food Technology which develops contemporary technologies for cryopreservation of biologic materials. Bulgaria is one of the biggest manufacturers of “space” food, with the Bulgarian “space” menu being currently in use by many space programs across the world. Not only ... Read More»

Participants in the National English Spelling Bee Contest Visit the Embassy

The U.S. Embassy in Sofia was honored to host more than 30 high school students and their teachers on April 27, just one day before the CorPlus National English Spelling Bee. These students were from all parts of Bulgaria, and advanced to the national finals due to their hard work, determination and spelling skills. During ... Read More»

Ambassador Eric Rubin Visits Razgrad

Ambassador Eric Rubin travelled to the town of Razgrad where he met with Razgrad mayor Valentin Vassilev, visited poultry production company “Ameta,” joined Bulgarian Prime Minister Borissov, DPM Donchev, Minister of Agriculture Porozhanov, ADM President for Europe, Middle East, and Africa Pierre Duprat, and local Razgrad officials in a ceremony marking the groundbreaking of an ... Read More»

19th Varna International Music Academy and 7th Varna International Opera Academy

This year the production company “Varna International” has prepared an interesting program with premiere performances and an intriguing international music team. The 19th Varna International Music Academy will be held from May 27th to June 6th and the 7th Varna International Opera Academy in the period May 20th – June 17th. Once again, the Bulgarian-American ... Read More»

Job Announcement – Computer Programmer (Revised)

R  E  V  I  S  E  D APPLICANTS WHO RESPONDED TO VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENTS #13-2018 NEED NOT APPLY AS THEIR APPLICATION WILL BE CONSIDERED  REVISION:                 Revised closing date.  OPEN TO:                  All Interested Candidates/All sources POSITION:                  COMPUTER PROGRAMMER, FSN-10 ERR*, FP-5** (Applications Development and Support ... Read More»

Job Announcement – Human Resources Clerk

Position Title:                                    Human Resources Clerk Opening Period:                               April 18, 2018 – May 7, 2018 Series/Grade:                                    LE 305 6 For More Info:                                   Human Resources Office Mailing Address: U.S. Embassy Sofia, 16 Kozyak St., 1408 Sofia E-mail ... Read More»

20 BulgarianTeenagers Who Are Studying English Visit the Embassy

On April 17 the Embassy was visited by 20 teenagers from across Bulgaria who are studying English through the project “A Step Toward Success.” Funded by the U.S. Department of State and implemented by the Bulgarian NGO Trust for Social Achievement, “A Step Toward Success” offers English language and leadership development classes and camps to ... Read More»

Digital Communication Network Еxchange Program in the U.S. for Digital Media Professionals

Funded by the U.S. Department of State and implemented by World Learning, the new Digital Communication Network exchange program in the U.S. for digital media professionals created and supports a collaborative network of communication professionals from across Europe and Central Asia, working together to strengthen communication skills through the development and dissemination of digital content. ... Read More»

U.S. Defense Attache Col. Johnson Visits Smolyan

“I am grateful to Bulgarian service members for their professionalism and dedication, and we’re here tonight to support their families as well during their deployment.”  – U.S. Defense Attache Col. Shannon Johnson honored Bulgaria’s 101st Alpine Regiment, which is deployed to Afghanistan, on Saturday night at Smolyan’s Garrison Military Club.   Col. Johnson and several U.S. ... Read More»

Voucher Examiner (Temp) – FSN-8

OPEN TO:                  All interested candidates /All sources NOTE:                       This is a temporary replacement appointment for approximately 13 months. The applicant hired for this temporary position should not expect to be hired into permanent Embassy position when his/her limited-duration contract expires. POSITION:                Voucher Examiner (Temp) – FSN-8 (Accounts Payable Specialist) OPENING DATE:      April ... Read More»

Ambassador Eric Rubin Visits “the energy heart of Bulgaria” – Stara Zagora and Galabovo

U.S. Ambassador Eric Rubin paid a visit to Stara Zagora and Galabovo on March 28-29. The Ambassador toured two of the largest American investments in Bulgaria – AES Maritsa East 1 and ContourGlobal Maritsa East 3 and visited some of their community programs that assist hundreds of thousands of Bulgarians. The two thermal power plants ... Read More»

IT Hub Connect Conference

Ambassador Rubin delivered opening remarks at the IT Hub Connect Conference today at Sofia Tech Park. The Ambassador reiterated that the U.S. is committed to partnerships promoting technological innovation, cyber security and privacy. “When government, industry, and academia work together our achievements are truly remarkable.” Read More»

March Music Days International Festival

(With the support of the U.S. Embassy in Bulgaria) March Music Days International Festival is one of the oldest and most reputed festival stages in Bulgaria, a festival of modern program strategy and high public rating. Founded in 1961 and organized by Ruse Municipality, every year the festival turns the city of Ruse – the biggest and ... Read More»

Spotlight USA/One Dance Week

“SPOTLIGHT: USA,” a platform of American dance in Bulgaria, will feature U.S. dance companies in performances in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, from March 26-28, 2018. SPOTLIGHT will introduce American dance companies to international dance professionals, increase cultural exchange and appreciation between the U.S. and Bulgaria, provide opportunities for American dance to be seen and embraced by international ... Read More»

Ambassador Rubin Honors Macedonian Jews Who Perished in Holocaust

Today, Ambassador Eric Rubin joined U.S. Special Envoy for Holocaust Issues Tom Yazdgerdi, U.S. Ambassador to Macedonia Jess Baily, Paul Shapiro and Radu Ioanid of the U.S. Holocaust Museum, Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov, Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, Bulgarian Deputy Prime Minister Krasimir Karakachanov and members of the Bulgarian and Macedonian Jewish communities for the March of the Living ... Read More»

75th Anniversary of the Salvation of Bulgarian Jews During World War II

Bulgarians celebrate March 10 as the Day of Salvation, by which they honor and remember the actions taken by Bulgarian leaders and civilians that ensured no Jewish Bulgarians were deported to Nazi concentration camps during WWII.  Ambassador Rubin joined many others in this year’s ceremony at the Monument of Salvation in Sofia recognizing the 75th ... Read More»

2018 Fall Residency with the International Writing Program

Are you an aspiring writer who would like to attend a special 12-week residency program in America? Consider applying for the International Writing Program Fall Residency at the University of Iowa. This program brings 35 writers together from around the world for an intensive 12-week program designed to spur creativity, support professional development, and promote freedom ... Read More»

Job Announcement – Access Control Guard (LGF) (Revised)

R  E  V  I  S  E  D APPLICANTS WHO RESPONDED TO VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENTS #08-2018 NEED NOT APPLY AS THEIR APPLICATION WILL BE CONSIDERED REVISION:                 Revised closing date. OPEN TO:                  All interested candidates / All sources POSITION:                 Access Control Guard (LGF) Full performance level: FSN-03 Trainee level:               FSN-02 OPENING DATE:         March 7, ... Read More»

22nd International Sofia Film Fest

SOFIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL is the biggest film festival in Bulgaria. It began in 1997 and attracts more than 85 000 spectators annually. The festival aims to present the best of the contemporary cinema to local audiences and regional Bulgarian and Balkan cinema to international audiences, as well as to encourage cooperation between local and ... Read More»

Job Announcement – Access Control Guard (LGF)

 OPEN TO:                  All interested candidates / All sources POSITION:                Access Control Guard (LGF) Full performance level:           FSN-03 Trainee level:                          FSN-02 OPENING DATE:      February 21, 2018 CLOSING DATE:      March 6, 2018 WORK HOURS:        Full-time, 40 hours/week ALL ORDINARILY RESIDENT (OR) APPLICANTS (See Appendix ... Read More»

Statement from the United States Mission to Bulgaria

The U.S. Embassy to Bulgaria is saddened and troubled to see the display of intolerance represented by the Lukov March.  General Hristo Lukov was a Nazi supporter who promoted hate and injustice, and is not someone deserving of veneration. We reiterate our appreciation for the dedicated efforts of the Government of Bulgaria and Sofia Mayor ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert: U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria

Event 1: A counter protest on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 12:00 pm, to counter the Lukov March in the evening. Location 1: Meeting at “Tsentralna Banya” Park and proceeding to Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, downtown Sofia. Event 2: A protest on Saturday, February 17, 2018 between 5:30 pm and 8:30 pm. This will be the annual Lukov March. Location 2: Meeting ... Read More»

Ambassador Rubin Praises Bulgaria’s History of Tolerance at International Forum

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 15, 2018 “Bulgaria has a history of tolerance worthy of emulation.  A history that evokes national pride and international respect.  Bulgaria’s history of tolerance and inclusivity, as well as more recent progress, should not be distorted by those who seek to divide Bulgarians along racial, political, and social divides.  Let me ... Read More»

Chess Event at the Embassy

U.S. Embassy Sofia was delighted to welcome Bulgarian Grand Master Veselin Topalov for friendly chess games with 14 lucky embassy employees and foundation members. The Embassy proudly works closely with Topalov Foundation to promote and support young, talented Bulgarian and American chess players.   One employee managed to play our Grand Master to a draw! Read More»

Chargé D’Affaires Martina Strong Visits Kardzhali

Starting her visit to the city of Kardzhali, Chargé D’Affaires Martina Strong visited the regional museum in town to learn more about the history of the region. Mrs. Strong is in Kardzhali on the occasion of the traditional “Month of America,” organized by the local Friends of America Society. Charge d’Affaires Martina Strong launched the ... Read More»

Solicitation Announcement

The Employee Association at the U.S. Embassy in Sofia is offering a solicitation for a Concessionaire Agreement to operate the cafeteria at the Embassy compound, located in the Lozenets neighborhood. Experienced companies are invited to register by calling Val Petrov at +359 2 937-5129 or emailing   by  February 7, 2018, 4:00 pm, if interested ... Read More»

The U.S. Embassy in Bulgaria Supports the Power of the Bulgarian Spirit

The U.S. Embassy in Bulgaria Supports the Power of the Bulgarian Spirit Sanya Zhekova, Petar Stoychev and Prof. Pimpirev are among the new ambassadors of “The Power Is in You” campaign On Jan 10, 2018, U.S. Ambassador to Bulgaria Mr. Eric Rubin announced the continuation of “The Power Is in You” campaign, which congratulates Bulgaria ... Read More»

Call for Applications for the 2018 Study of the United States Institutes (SUSI) for Scholars

The U.S. Embassy in Sofia, Bulgaria is now accepting applications for six Study of the U.S. Institutes for multinational groups of experienced university faculty, scholars, and other professionals. The program will take place at various colleges, universities, and institutions throughout the United States over the course of six weeks beginning in June 2018 or later.  ... Read More»

Professional Fellows Program 2018

Are you working to improve your community? We invite you to apply for the Professional Fellows Program. Participants spend six weeks in the United States learning and sharing what they know about citizen advocacy, NGO development and community organization. The program is completely free, and the deadline to apply is November 30. Read More»

Renowned American Cartoonist Daryl Cagle Visits Bulgaria

Renowned American cartoonist Daryl Cagle was on a visit to Bulgaria October 5-10. Cagle opened an exhibit at the House for Humor and Satire in Gabrovo and delivered lectures at Sofia University, New Bulgarian University, and the Red House in Sofia. Daryl Cagle talked about the importance of the editorial political cartoons for the freedom ... Read More»

Virtual College Fair – International Students Day

Need help getting started with university admissions? Join us for CollegeWeekLive’s International Students Day, a free online college fair on August 30th. Plus, get expert advice on starting your applications, writing essays, and getting the best scores. This is your chance to chat with Notre Dame, NYU, and 85+ other schools, as well as EducationUSA ... Read More»

“United States-Bulgaria Cooperation: The Way Ahead”

Speech by Ambassador Rubin As prepared for delivery Atlantic Club of Bulgaria Central Military Club, Grand Concert Ballroom July 7, 2017 Honorable guests, Ambassadors, members of the diplomatic corps, members of the Bulgarian government. Thank you all for coming.  Let me add a special note of thanks to Solomon and Gergana Passy, as well as ... Read More»

Summer Work Travel Academy Cultivates Entrepreneurship

From June 18-23, the Summer Work and Travel Regional Entrepreneurship Academy brought together 30 alumni of the Summer Work Travel J-1 Visa Program (SWT) from Bulgaria, Macedonia and Serbia to learn about how to design and launch businesses. Taking place in the village of Dolna Banya, the participants took part in workshops, team-building activities, role-playing games and networking opportunities over the ... Read More»

U.S. Sergeants Donate to the Zelenikovo Orphanage

TSgt Rosanne McConnell (Washington DC Air National Guard) and TSgt Rose Selko (Oregon Air National Guard) – 159th Fighter Squadron Louisiana Air National Guard, deployed to Graf Ignatievo Air Base, raised 1200 BGN and donated shoes and a dishwasher to the Zelenikovo orphanage in Brezovo Municipality. The children surprised them with reciting Bulgarian poems and ... Read More»

Sofia Pride 2017

On June 10 Acting Deputy Chief of Mission David McCormick attended the 10th Annual Sofia Pride Parade, standing onstage with other Ambassadors as a Statement of Support to Sofia Pride was read to the crowd.  This year the Statement was signed by an unprecedented 19 Chiefs of Mission, along with UNICEF and UNHCR. As part ... Read More»

Statement of Support to Sofia Pride 2017

We would like to convey our support to all participants of this year’s Sofia Pride on 10 June 2017. Promoting equal treatment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people is an important aspect of a tolerant and respectful civil society. For ten years now, Sofia Pride has promoted essential democratic values such as ... Read More»

U.S. Cadets and Officers Help Renovate “The Golden key” Kindergarten in Burgas

A team of 25 U.S. cadets along with three U.S. officers have repainted the fence and playground of “The Golden key” kindergarten in Burgas. The U.S. cadets are taking part in the CULP (Culture and Language Proficiency Program) supported by the Office of Defense Cooperation, Sofia. The community relation project was part of their cultural ... Read More»

AUBG Commencement Ceremony

Former Ambassador Beyrle was the keynote speaker at the AUBG commencement ceremony that took place in Blagoevgrad on May 21st . One hundred ninety-four graduates from 17 countries received a world-recognized diploma. “I believe that AUBG is the most important and the most enduring legacy of the partnership between Bulgaria and the United States over ... Read More»

Ambassador Eric Rubin Congratulates Class 2017 from the American College of Sofia

Ambassador Eric Rubin was the keynote speaker at the American College of Sofia (ACS) Graduation Ceremony for Class 2017, which took place at the ACS campus on May 20th. One hundred forty one graduates received their diplomas from one of the oldest American educational institutions outside the United States. “I congratulate all of you for ... Read More»

U.S. and Bulgarian Military Organize Eyeglass Distribution Event

May 15 – Last week, the U.S. Civil Affairs Team deployed at NSTA, the Bulgarian Civil Military Cooperation (CIMIC) Tactical Group and medical staff from the Bulgarian Military Medical Academy assisted residents of the Padarevo village, Kotel Municipality, Bulgaria with the fitting of eyeglasses. Ninety-two Padarevo residents received new eyeglasses, donated by the U.S. based NGO ... Read More»

International Space Camp

Have you ever dreamed of travelling to outer space? Here is your chance to experience what it is like to be an astronaut and scientist on a space mission! The U.S. Embassy in Sofia is accepting applications for International Space Camp, which will bring together educators and students from all over the world to build ... Read More»

Embracing Life after Hate

He has a kind look and a soft voice. Both are contrary to the massive amount of tattoos covering his arms. He looks at people in the eyes in the attempt to start a talk and often he ends the conversations with a hug. This is Christian Picciolini, a former neo-Nazi, who has embraced a ... Read More»

International Festival of Masquerade Games in Pernik

January 30 – Over the weekend Amb. Eric Rubin visited Surva, the International Festival of Masquerade Games in the town of Pernik. This event is one of the most emblematic folklore festivals in Bulgaria. Every year thousands of visitors from all around the world enjoy the magic of this unique festival, whose main goal is ... Read More»

Roma Children Wished Ambassador Rubin a Happy New Year

On January 13th, Amb. Eric Rubin welcomed Roma students from the Hristo Botev school in the Bulgarian city of Stamboliyski to celebrate the coming Roma New Year, also known as Vassilitsa, with them. The students performed for the Embassy community, sharing their Roma traditions and wishes for a happy life and a better world. The ... Read More»

OneBeat 2017

OneBeat returns for its sixth year, convening innovative musicians from every region of the world in the U.S. for an exhilarating month of performances, discussions, interactive music-making events, and more. OneBeat grew out of a notion that musical collaboration is a uniquely powerful way to connect people across political and cultural barriers. OneBeat fellows are ... Read More»

15th Annual McHappy Day

Ambassador Eric Rubin joined famous Bulgarian TV stars, musicians, and athletes at the opening of the 15th annual McHappy Day charity initiative that took place at McDonald’s Restaurant at Slaveykov Sq. on November 23rd. This initiative helps children with oncology diseases in Sofia, Plovdiv and Varna hospitals. The funds that have been raised so far ... Read More»
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