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

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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.

Missouri

  • 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 770,000 Missouri jobs with customers in 199 countries and territories buying Missouri-grown and manufactured goods and services. This resulted in $14.9 billion in goods exports (2012) and $7.7 billion in service exports (2011). (EB) More»

    • Missouri hosted 3,695 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’s Small Business Network of the Americas International Sister Center Program, a partnership plan with a Missouri organization was created with Canada. (WHA) More»

    • Chiapas Bazaar, a company founded by partners from Missouri and Mexico, was among the sixty semi-finalists through the Department-sponsored La Idea Business Competition. La Idea is a component of the 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. (WHA/GPI) 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»

    • The Department supports an academic partnership between the University of Missouri-Rolla (civil engineering) and Washington University (geology) and the University of Johannesburg in South Africa. Partnerships with universities abroad help U.S. institutions strengthen their programs, promote opportunities for students and faculty and enhance their global presence. (AF) More»

    • 172 exchange visitors from overseas visited Missouri and 703 Missouri residents travelled overseas, including 37 Scholars and Students who were awarded Fulbright Scholarships, as part of Department of State-funded exchange programs. (ECA) More»

    • 1,054 Missouri citizens volunteered for the Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program through their local Council for International Visitors. (ECA) More»

    • 59 Missouri families hosted Department-funded international exchange students. (ECA) More»

    • 213 Brazilian students studied at several educational institutions in Missouri 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»

    • Saint Louis University 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. (IIP) More»

  • Partnerships

    • Missouri hosted 183 students from allied and friendly nations for International Military Education and Training. (PM) More»

    • Missouri welcomed 1,268 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 Missouri National Guard State Partnership Program founded in 1996 with Panama. (PM) More»

    • The Chicago Regional Office of the Office of Foreign Missions serves Missouri 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

    • 159,867 passports were issued to Missouri residents. (CA) More»

    • The Department receives passport applications through 174 Passport Application Acceptance Facilities in Missouri. (CA) More»

    • The Department facilitated 188 overseas adoptions for Missouri 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»

    • Missouri welcomed over 178,000 international visitors in 2012, comprising 0.6% of the U.S. market.* (CA) More»

    • The Department of State’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security’s Chicago Field Office serves Missouri and has a Resident Office in St. Louis: 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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