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

Fast Fact

J. William Fulbright, former U.S. Senator and Arkansas native, created the eponymous flagship U.S. international educational exchange program. More»

For about a 1% investment of the Federal budget, 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 for some specific ways that the Department worked to benefit this state’s citizens.


  • Business/Jobs/Trade

    • In partnership with agencies across the federal government, the Department of State advances U.S. trade policy objectives through trade agreements that open new export opportunities for American businesses and create jobs for American workers. International trade supports more than 325,000 Arkansas jobs with customers in 184 countries and territories buying Arkansas-grown and manufactured goods and services. This resulted in $8.9 billion in goods exports (2012) and $2.2 billion in service exports (2011). (EB) More»

    • The Arkansas Passport Center employs 196 government and contract employees. (CA) More»

    • Arkansas hosted 1,433 foreign physicians, teachers, camp counselors, au pairs, and others as part of Department of State work and study-based international exchange visitor programs. (ECA) More»

    • Under the Department of State’s Small Business Network of the Americas International Sister Center Program, three partnership plans with Arkansas organizations were created with the following countries: Brazil, Canada, and Jamaica. (WHA) More»

    • Click here for more information about Department career recruitment events in your state. (HR)

  • Education

    • Diplomat-in-Residence (Robert Andrew): Diplomats in Residence (DIRs) are career Foreign Service Officers located throughout the U.S. who provide guidance and advice to students, professionals, and the community about Department careers. (HR) More»

    • 103 exchange visitors from overseas visited Arkansas and 336 Arkansas residents travelled overseas, including 12 Scholars and Students who were awarded Fulbright Scholarships, as part of Department of State-funded exchange programs. (ECA) More»

    • 304 Arkansas citizens volunteered for the Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program through their local Council for International Visitors. (ECA) More»

    • 14 Arkansas families hosted Department-funded international exchange students. (ECA) More»

    • 73 Brazilian students studied at Arkansas State University and the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville through the Brazil Scientific Mobility Program. Funded by the Brazilian government and private sector, this program sends 101,000 Brazilian university students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to study and conduct research abroad. The U.S. is a priority destination for scholarship recipients, and the program strengthens U.S. and Brazilian institutional partnerships, develops a workforce prepared for 21st century opportunities, and contributes to long-term economic growth for both countries. (WHA) More»

  • Partnerships

    • Arkansas hosted 1 student from an allied and friendly nation for International Military Education and Training. (PM) More»

    • Arkansas welcomed 7 refugees. The Department works with nine domestic nongovernmental organizations and their 350 affiliated offices, to place refugees in over 180 communities in all 50 states. These offices work with communities, local volunteers and elected officials to provide a successful start for refugees rebuilding their lives. (PRM) More»

    • The Department of State facilitates the Arkansas National Guard State Partnership Program founded in 2002 with Guatemala. (PM) More»

    • Learn more about the trip of foreign Ambassadors to Arkansas as part of the Department’s “Experience America” partnership program. (S/CPR) More»

    • The Houston Regional Office of the Office of Foreign Missions serves Arkansas and assists with the Department of State’s regulation of foreign missions in the U.S. in a manner that is in accordance with both foreign policy and the national interests of the United States. Among other duties and responsibilities, OFM regional offices liaise with local, state, and federal government agencies in matters affecting foreign consular representation, immunities, and privileges. OFM regional offices also reinforce the Bureau of Consular Affairs’ message to law enforcement agencies regarding consular notification in the event of arrest, detention, or death of foreign nationals. (M/OFM)

  • Travel and Security

    • 57,629 passports were issued to Arkansas residents (CA) More»

    • The Department operates the Arkansas Passport Center. The Department also processes applications from 66 Passport Application Acceptance Facilities in Arkansas. (CA)

    • The Department facilitated 55 overseas adoptions for Arkansas families in 2012. The Office of Children's Issues (CI) plays an active role in the intercountry adoption process. Its work is dedicated to assisting parents as they seek to provide a home to orphans abroad. (CA) More»

    • Arkansas welcomed over 29,000 international visitors in 2012, comprising 0.1% of the U.S. market. (CA) More»

    • The Department of State Bureau of Diplomatic Security’s Miami Field Office serves Arkansas and has a Resident Office in Hot Springs: In the United States, the Bureau of Diplomatic Security protects the Secretary of State, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, and foreign dignitaries below the head-of-state level who visit the United States. The Bureau also develops and implements security programs to protect the more than 100 domestic State Department facilities as well as the residence of the Secretary of State. Domestically, the Bureau’s agents focus on investigating passport and visa fraud, conducting personnel security investigations, and issuing security clearances. The Bureau also assists foreign embassies and consulates in the United States with the security for their missions and personnel. (DS) More»

*Excluding Canada and Mexico, whose land border entries are not included in the methodology for establishing the number of international visitors by State.


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