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

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California is ranked #1 in the U.S. for the number of international students in its colleges and universities. 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.

California

  • 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 4.4 million California jobs with customers in 225 countries and territories buying California-grown and manufactured goods and services. This resulted in $158.4 billion in goods exports (2012) and $89.3 billion in service exports (2011). (EB) More»

    • California businesses Plantronics and Taylor Guitars were presented with the Secretary of State’s 2013 Award for Corporate Excellence (ACE), an annual award that recognizes U.S.-owned businesses that play vital roles worldwide as good corporate citizens in supporting sustainable development, respect for human and labor rights, environmental protection, open markets, transparency, and other democratic values. (EB) More»

    • Flights between Los Angeles and Shanghai with an estimated impact of $647 million were made possible by an air transport agreement negotiated by the Department of State’s Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs. (EB) More»

    • The Department of State’s Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs and the U.S. Embassy in Kuwait assisted with a deal worth approximately $693 million for Kuwait to purchase Boeing C-17 Globemaster III aircraft assembled in Long Beach. (EB) More»

    • The Consul General of the U.S. Consulate Shanghai joined the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Trade Office to welcome the first shipment of U.S. pears (valued at over $100,000) to China, representing new market opportunities for pear producers in California, Oregon, and Washington. (EB/EAP) More»

    • The Department of State’s Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs assisted with a deal worth approximately $12.5 million for TCI International of California to supply Macedonia’s Agency for Electronic Communications with a national spectrum monitoring system. (EB) More»

    • The Department supports the SelectUSA initiative, which facilitated Pacific Proton Therapy Regional Center’s $193 million investment in California adding 3,900 new jobs. SelectUSA is an initiative that promotes and facilitates investment in the United States as an engine for job growth and economic development. (EB) More»

    • The Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs operates three passport agencies in California: one each in Los AngelesSan Francisco, and San Diego. The three passport agencies together employ 176 government and contract staff. (CA)

    • California hosted 31,122 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»

    • The Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs contributed more than $5 million to California’s economy with manufacturing opportunities that provided jobs and yielded products and services that directly supported INL missions. (INL) More»

    • Under the Department’s Small Business Network of the Americas International Sister Center Program, six partnership plans with California organizations were created with the following countries: Colombia, Mexico, Peru, and Panama. (WHA) More»

    • Kahai SAS, a company founded by partners from California and Colombia, received the Best Established Business award through the La Idea Business Competition. Mi Aguila and Two to Tango, both also founded by partners from California and Colombia, were among the sixteen competition finalists. La Idea is a component of the Department’s Small Business Network of the Americas that connects Latin America diaspora in the U.S. with entrepreneurs throughout Latin America to help them cultivate and expand their businesses. Click here to learn about the semifinalists: Andean Guitars; Conekta; Distribuidora Marina Mazatlan S.A. de C.V.; e-Hunter Digital; Folgom; Innovation Coffee; i-Pay; Net Medical; Organic Plastic. (WHA/GPI) More»

    • The Asia Foundation, headquartered in California, received a $594,000 grant from the Department to launch and implement a South Asia Women's Entrepreneurship Initiative featuring a web platform, study tours, and national government-business policy workshops. (SCA) More»

    • The U.S. Department of State held career events in Sacramento and San Diego, to recruit Americans for jobs at the International Atomic Energy Agency. (ISN) More»

    • The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory received $140,192 from the U.S Department of State through the U.S. Program of Technical Assistance to International Atomic Energy Agency Safeguards, which funds the U.S. Support Program and provides budgetary assistance for research and development projects on technical safeguards. (ISN) More»

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

  • Education

    • Diplomats-in-Residence (Lewis Lukens – Northern California; Michelle Los Banos – Southern California): 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»

    • The Department supported academic partnerships with South African Universities for three California universities: California Institute of Technology (Geology); University of California Los Angeles (Chemical Technology); University of California San Diego (Physics). Partnerships with universities abroad help U.S. institutions strengthen their programs, promote opportunities for students and faculty, and enhance their global presence. (AF) More»

    • 1,413 exchange visitors from overseas visited California and 3,864 California residents travelled overseas, including 332 Scholars, Students, and Teachers who were awarded Fulbright Scholarships, as part of Department of State ECA-funded exchange programs. (ECA) More»

    • 4,639 California citizens volunteered for the Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program through their local Council for International Visitors. (ECA) More»

    • 87 California families hosted Department-funded international exchange students. (ECA) More»

    • The Department’s Office of Global Food Security has partnered with the University of California at Davis and University of California at Riverside as part of the Feed the Future Innovation Lab program, which offers U.S. universities and research institutions the opportunity to tackle global agriculture and food security challenges. (S/GFS) More»

    • The Department awarded two $1 million grants to San Jose State University to establish university partnerships in Journalism in Afghanistan for three years; two $1 million grants were also awarded to San Jose State University to establish university partnerships in Pakistan for distance education and linguistics/English education for three years. (SCA)

    • 482 Brazilian students studied at several educational institutions in California 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»

    • Several universities from California participated in the Department of State’s 2013 International Virtual College Fair to celebrate International Education Week and the $29 billion international student industry in the United States. This event featured colleges and universities from across the United States and had more than 22,000 potential students from numerous countries in attendance who completed nearly 55,000 visits to the virtual university booths. The following California schools participated: Alliant International University; California State University- Los Angeles; Mills College; Platt College San Diego Digital Media Design; University of California-Berkeley; University of California-Davis; University of California-Davis Graduate Studies; University of California-Irvine; University of California-Los Angeles; University of California-Merced; University of California-Santa Barbara; University of California-Santa Cruz; Westmont College; Columbia College Hollywood. (IIP) More»

    • The Department Awarded a Medical Education Partnership Initiative Grant to a Stanford University, the University of Colorado-Denver, and Howard University partnership to establish the Novel Education Clinical Trainees and Researchers (NECTAR) program at the University of Zimbabwe College of Health Sciences. (S/GAC) More»

    • The Department awarded a Medical Education Partnership Initiative Grant to a Stanford University and University of Colorado-Denver partnership with the University of Zimbabwe for a Cerebrovascular, Heart failure, Rheumatic heart disease Interventions (CHRIS) program. (S/GAC) More»

    • The Department awarded a Medical Education Partnership Initiative Grant to a University of California at San Diego and Universidad de Eduardo Mondlane partnership to increase the number of highly skilled medical school faculty in Mozambique. (S/GAC) More»

    • The Department awarded a Medical Education Partnership Initiative Grant to a University of California at San Diego and Universidad de Eduardo Mondlane partnership to improve surgical education in Mozambique. (S/GAC) More»

    • The Department awarded a Medical Education Partnership Initiative Grant to a University of California at San Diego, Emory University, Johns Hopkins University, and University of Wisconsin partnership to assist Ethiopia in improving medical education and retention. (S/GAC) More»

  • Partnerships

    • California hosted 256 students from allied and friendly nations for International Military Education and Training. (PM) More»

    • California welcomed 6,383 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 California National Guard State Partnership Program founded in 2006 with Nigeria and founded in 1993 with Ukraine. (PM)

    • A Pasadena Police Department officer was deployed to Jamaica as part of the Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs’ (INL) police partnership program. INL also partnered with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to create a corrections partnership program and offer training. (INL) More»

    • A member of the California Attorney General’s office traveled to Thailand as part of a Department of State Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs program to help the Thai Attorney General’s office develop a training division. (INL) More»

    • The Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs contributed more than $25,000 to the State of California on an education program for Iraqi police, in addition to awarding University of California-Los Angeles $770,000 for implementing a counternarcotics program to assist the Iraqi government. (INL) More»

    • Through the Department funded EcoPartnerships initiative, the University of California-Los Angeles and Peking University formed a partnership to conduct joint research on clean, efficient and secure energy. (Click here for more information on EcoPartnerships) (EAP/OES) More»

    • The Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs partnered with the American Alliance of Museums on the Museums Connect Cultural Exchange between SOMArts Cultural Center (San Francisco) and the Islamic Art Museum of Malaysia – Citizenship Unbound: Flag Stories. (ECA/EAP) More»

    • The Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs partnered with the American Alliance of Museums on the Museums Connect Cultural Exchange between the Zoological Society of San Diego, working with Three Mountain Alliance in Lihu’e, HI, and the Sican National Museum (Peru) – Forest Guardians. (ECA) More»

    • The Department of State’s Office of Global Food Security entered a public-private partnership with several major companies as part of the Feed the Future program, including Nestle and the Guittard Chocolate Company, both with U.S. headquarters in California. (S/GFS) More»

    • The Department invested $450,000 dollars in Fair Trade Fund, Inc. in California to advance the capabilities of Slavery Footprint with a focus on expanding its social media strategy and bettering incentives for consumers to reduce their footprints. (J/TIP) More»

    • The Office of Foreign Missions has regional offices located in Los Angeles, which covers Southern California, and San Francisco which covers Northern California. These offices assist 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

    • 1,793,399 passports were issued to California residents. (CA) More»

    • The Department has three Passport Agencies in California in Los AngelesSan Francisco, and San Diego. The Department also receives passport applications through 735 Passport Application Acceptance Facilities in California. (CA)

    • The Department facilitated 555 overseas adoptions for California 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»

    • California welcomed over 6 million international visitors in 2012, comprising 20.2% of the U.S. market share.* (CA) More»

    • The Department of State’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security’s Los Angeles and San Francisco Field Offices serve California and have Resident Offices in San Diego and West Los Angeles: 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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