International Offices | Federal Office of Investigations (2023)

Crime and terror have a global reach. And so do we.

For more than eight decades, the FBI has sent special agents and other personnel overseas. We help keep Americans safe at home by building relationships with leading law enforcement, intelligence and security agencies around the world. Now, at a time when virtually every major FBI investigation has a significant international dimension, these partnerships have never been more critical.

Our legal attaché offices – commonly known as legates – and sub-offices are located in major cities around the world and provide coverage for over 180 countries, territories and islands. Approximately 250 special agents and support personnel are stationed at FBI locations around the world.

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International Operations

Our Legal Attaché program is administered by the International Operations Division at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. managed.

Through the Legal Attaché program and other efforts, the International Operations Division serves as a bridge to our foreign partners and as a channel to strengthen the global rule of law. He regularly collaborates with elements of the international law enforcement community such as Interpol and Europol and various working groups, task forces and training initiatives.

The office coordinates meetings with international leaders and maintains close liaison with other federal agencies, foreign law enforcement and security officials in Washington, D.C. and national and international law enforcement organizations.

authorities and place of jurisdiction

Several US federal laws give the FBI the power to investigate extraterritorial criminal and terrorist activity. However, the FBI conducts investigations abroad only at the invitation of the host country. In most cases, our international partners collect evidence and make arrests on behalf of or in close cooperation with the FBI.

Each legacy is established by mutual agreement with the host country and is located at that country's US Embassy or Consulate. FBI personnel abroad serve under the authority of the State Department, chief of missions of US embassies, at the discretion of ambassadors and host country governments.

International calls and information exchanges are made in accordance with executive orders, statutes, contracts, instructions from the Attorney General, FBI policies, and interagency agreements.

History of the Legal Attachés

The role of the legal attaché

The FBI agent who heads an international office is also known as a legal attaché or legatee. They act as personal representatives of the FBI Director in the country where they have regional responsibilities.

Legal Attachés are highly qualified and experienced investigators who work directly and openly with their international counterparts. They do not conduct foreign intelligence or counterintelligence investigations. Most legal attachés are assisted by an assistant or deputy legal attaché and other staff.

Typical duties of a legal attaché include:

  • coordinate requests for assistance from the foreign FBI or host country
  • Carry out investigations in coordination with the host government
  • Exchange of leads and investigative information
  • coordinate FBI training courses for officers in their geographic areas
  • Direct embassy colleagues from other agencies, including law enforcement and ambassadors
  • Country Permissions Management
  • Providing culture log status reports
  • Assessment of the political and security climate
  • coordinate humanitarian aid and victim support

How Legal Attachés help protect our nation

  • relationship building:Lacking traditional executive powers abroad, FBI agents must rely on strong, mutually beneficial relationships with their overseas counterparts. Legal attachés maintain regular, often face-to-face, contact with foreign authorities and security agencies, allowing for immediate and ongoing exchange of information and mutual assistance in investigations. the Department of Justice, the Department of State, Interpol and other law enforcement and security agencies.
  • Physical proximity:Legal attachés are positioned to allow agents to reach virtually anywhere in the world within hours, enabling the FBI to respond more quickly and effectively to terrorist attacks, cybercrime, casual sightings, emergencies, natural disasters and other global security matters.
  • Education/Rule of Law:ByInternational training facilitated by legal attachés, the FBI provides foreign law enforcement officers with skills in basic and advanced investigative techniques and principles that promote cooperation and aid in the collection of evidence. These efforts are helping to build more effective and democratic policing institutions around the world and strengthening the global rule of law. Significant training programs funded by the Department of State or Defense include the International Law Enforcement Academies in Budapest, Hungary; Bangkok, Thailand; Gaborone, Botswana; and San Salvador, El Salvador, as well as bilateral training programs on counterterrorism, weapons of mass destruction and terrorist financing.
  • Detection and Prevention:Legal Attachés monitor criminal activity, national security threats, and emerging trends in the countries and regions they serve, acting as an early warning system to prevent crime and terrorism from reaching our shores.

Our international offices

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Abuja, Nigeria

American Embassy: 011-234-9-461-4000
Nations Covered: Benin, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Nigeria

Subsidiary Lagos, Nigeria
American Consulate: 011-234-1-460-3400

Ghana Ghana

American Embassy: 011-233-30-2741-000
Nations Covered: Burkina Faso, Ghana, Togo

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

American Embassy: 011-251-11-130-6000
Nations Covered: Djibouti, Ethiopia, Eritrea, South Sudan, Sudan

Dakar, Senegal

American Embassy: 011-221-33-879-4000
Nations Covered: Cape Verde, Ivory Coast, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Senegal, Sao Tome and Principe, Sierra Leone

Nairobi, Kenya

American Embassy: 011-254-20-363-6000
Nations Covered: Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, Tanzania, Uganda

Pretoria, South Africa

American Embassy: 011-27-12-431-4000
Nations Covered: Angola, Botswana, Comoros, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mayotte, Mozambique, Namibia, Réunion, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Rabat, Morocco

American Embassy: 011-212-537-762-265
Nations Covered: Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Western Sahara


American Embassy: 011-216-71-107-000
Nations Covered: Algeria, Libya, Niger, Tunisia

Niamey, Niger extension
American Embassy: 011-277-20-72-26-61


Bogota Colombian

American Embassy: 011-571-275-2000
Nations Covered: Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela

Brasilia Brazil

American Embassy: 011-55-61-3312-7000
011-55-61-3312-7400 (out of hours)
Country Covered: Brazil

Bridgetown, Barbados

US Embassy: 1-246-436-4950
Nations Covered: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Dominica, French Guiana, French West Indies, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guyana, Martinique, Montserrat, Nassau (St. Barthelemy and French St. Martin Islands ), Netherlands Antilles (Bonaire and Curaçao islands, Saba, St. Eustatius and Dutch St. Maarten), St. Kitts, St. Kitts/Nevis (British West Indies), St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands

Extension Nassau, Bahamas
American Consulate: 1-242-322-1181
Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
US Embassy: 1-868-622-6371

Buenos Aires, Argentina

American Embassy: 011-5411-5777-4300
Nations Covered: Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay

Mexico City, Mexico

American Embassy: 011-52-55-5080-2000
Country Covered: Mexico

American Consulate: 011-52-662-289-3500
Guadalajara Office
American Consulate: 011-52-33-3268-2100
Subdesk Juarez
American Consulate: 011-52-656-227-3000
Monterrey office
American Consulate: 011-52-81-8047-3100
American Consulate: 011-52-664-977-2000

Ottawa, Canada

US Embassy: 1-613-238-5335
Country Covered: Canada

toronto sub office
American Consulate: 1-416-640-8650
vancouver suboffice
American Consulate: 1-604-685-4311

Panama City, Panama

US Embassy: 011-507-317-5000
Nations Covered: Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua

San Salvador, El Salvador

American Embassy: 011-503-2501-2999
Nations Covered: Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras

Guatemala City, Guatemala Branch
American Embassy: 011-502-2326-4000
Office of Tegucigalpa, Honduras
US Embassy: 011-504-2236-9320

Santiago, Chile

American Embassy: 011-56-22-330-3000
Nations covered: Bolivia, Chile, Peru

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

US Embassy: 1-809-221-2171 or 1-809-567-7775
Nations Covered: Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica


Bangkok, Thailand

American Embassy: 011-66-2-205-4000
Nations Covered: Laos, Myanmar, Thailand

Peking, China

American Embassy: 011-8610-6532-3831
Nations covered: Mongolia, People's Republic of China

Canberra, Australia

American Embassy: 011-61-2-6214-5600
Countries Covered: Australia, Christmas Island, Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia (including Austral Islands, Bora Bora, Marquesas Islands, Moorea, Society Islands, Tahiti), Kiribati (including Guangzhou, Caroline, Flint, Gilbert Islands, Malden, Phoenix, Starbuck , Vosttok), Nauru, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand, Niue, Pitcairn Island, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Wallis and Futuna Islands (French), Samoa

Branch in Sydney
American Consulate: 011-612-9373-9200
Wellington, New Zealand, extension
American Embassy: 011-64-4-462-6000


American Embassy: 011-65-476-9100
Countries covered: Bangladesh, Nepal

HongKong, China

American Consulate: 011-852-2523-9011
Nations Covered: Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan

Branch Office Taipei, Taiwan
American Institute: 011-2-2162-2000

Jakarta, Indonesia

American Embassy 011-62-21-3435-9000
Nations covered: Indonesia, Timor-Leste

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

US Embassy: 011-603-2168-5000
Nations Covered: Brunei, Diego Garcia, Malaysia, Singapore

Singapore Branch
American Embassy: 011-65-6476-910

Manila, Philippines

American Embassy: 011-63-2-301-2000
Country Covered: Philippines

New Delhi, India

American Embassy: 011-91-1-98-2419-8000
Nations Covered: Bhutan, India, Maldives, Sri Lanka

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

American Embassy: 011-85-23-728-000
Nations covered: Cambodia, Vietnam

Seoul, South Korea

American Embassy: 011-82-2-397-4114
Country Covered: South Korea

Tokyo, Japan

American Embassy: 011-81-3-3224-5000
Country Covered: Japan

Eastern Europe and Eurasia

Ankara, Turkey

American Embassy: 011-90-312-455-5555
Country Covered: Turkey

Istanbul branch
American Consulate: 011-90-212-335-9000

Athens, Greece

American Embassy: 011-30-210-720-2490
Nations Covered: Cyprus, Greece

Belgrade, Serbia

American Embassy: 381-11-7064000
Nations Covered: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia

Bucharest, Romania

American Embassy: 011-40-21-200-3300
Nations covered: Moldova, Romania

Budapest, Hungary

US Embassy: 011-36-1-475-4400
Country covered: Hungary

Kyiv, Ukraine

US Embassy: 011-380-44-521-5000
Nations Covered: Belarus, Ukraine

Moscow, Russia

US Embassy: 011-7-495-728-5000
Country covered: Russia

Only Sultan, Kazakhstan

American Embassy: 011-7-3172-70-2100
Nations Covered: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan

Riga, Latvia

US Embassy: 011-371-6710-7000
Nations Covered: Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania

Tallinn branch, Estonia
US Embassy: 011-372-668-8100

Sofia, Bulgaria

American Embassy: 011-3592-937-5100
Nations Covered: Albania, Bulgaria, Kosovo, Macedonia

Tbilisi, Georgia

American Embassy: 011-995-32-27-7000
Nations Covered: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia

Warsaw, Poland

American Embassy: 011-4822-628-3041
Country covered: Poland


Berlin, Germany

American Embassy: 011-49-30-238-5174
Country covered: Germany

Frankfurt office
American Consulate: 011-49-69-7535-0

Berne, Switzerland

American Embassy: 011-41-31-357-7011
Nations covered: Liechtenstein, Switzerland

Brussels Belgium

American Embassy: 011-32-2-512-5519
Nations Covered: Belgium, Luxembourg, US Mission to NATO and EU

Copenhagen, Denmark

American Embassy: 011-45-3341-7100
Nations Covered: Denmark, Faroe Islands, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden

Branch office in Stockholm, Sweden
American Embassy: 011-46-8-783-5488

London, England

American Embassy: 0-11-44-207-894-0007
Nations Covered: United Kingdom (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales), Republic of Ireland, Channel Islands (Guernsey, Jersey)

Madrid, Spain

American Embassy: 011-34-91-587-2200
Nations Covered: Andorra, Gibraltar, Portugal, Spain

Paris, France

American Embassy: 011-33-1-4312-2222
Nations Covered: France, Monaco

Lyon Service (INTERPOL)

Prague, Czech Republic

American Embassy: 011-420-2-5702-2000
Countries covered: Czech Republic and Slovakia

Rome, Italy

American Embassy: 011-39-06-4674-2710
Nations Covered: Italy, Malta, San Marino, Vatican City

The Hague, Netherlands

American Embassy: 011-31-70-310-2264
Nations Covered: Netherlands, US Mission to Europol

Vienna, Austria

American Consulate: 011-43-1-313-39-2155
Nations covered: Austria, Croatia, Slovenia

Middle East

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

American Embassy: 011-971-2-414-2200
Country Covered: United Arab Emirates

Office in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Amman, Jordan

US Embassy: 011-962-6-590-6000
Nations Covered: Jordan, Lebanon, Syria

Beirut, Lebanon branch
American Embassy: 011-961-4-542-600

Baghdad, Iraq

US Embassy: 1-240-553-0590
Nation Covered: Iraq

Erbil, field office in Iraq

Cairo, Egypt

American Embassy: 011-202-2797-3300
Nation covered: Egypt

Doha, Qatar

American Embassy: 011-974-4496-6000
Nations Covered: Kuwait, Qatar

Kuwait City, Kuwait Extension
American Embassy: 011-965-2259-1001

Islamabad, Pakistan

American Embassy: 011-92-51-208-0000
Nation covered: Pakistan

Karachi, Pakistan extension
American Consulate: 011-92-21-3527-5000

Kabul, Afghanistan

US Embassy: 301-490-1042
Nation Covered: Afghanistan

Masks, Oman

American Embassy: 968-2464-3400
Country Covered: Oman

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

US Embassy: 011-966-1-488-3800
Nations Covered: Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Yemen

Tel Aviv, Israel

American Embassy: 011-972-3-519-7575
Nations Covered: Israel, Palestinian Authority

Jerusalem Branch, Israel

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