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Date: 11/05/2013 Description: Montana state seal © 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.

Montana

  • 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 130,000 Montana jobs with customers in 171 countries and territories buying Montana-grown and manufactured goods and services. This resulted in $2.4 billion in goods exports (2012) and $998 million in service exports (2011). (EB) More»

    • Montana hosted 2,174 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»

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

  • Education

    • Diplomat-in-Residence (Lewis Lukens): 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»

    • 123 exchange visitors from overseas visited Montana and 270 Montana residents travelled overseas, including 10 Scholars and Students who were awarded Fulbright Scholarships, as part of Department of State-funded exchange programs. (ECA) More»

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

    • 19 Montana families hosted Department-funded international exchange students. (ECA) More»

    • The University of Montana received a $250,000 award through the Department from the Obama-Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative for climate change research with Kumaun University. (SCA) More»

    • 121 Brazilian students studied at Montana State University, Montana Tech University and the University of Montana 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

    • The Department of State facilitates the Montana National Guard State Partnership Program founded in 1996 with the Kyrgyz Republic. (PM) More»

    • The Department’s Middle East Partnership Initiative provided more than $298,000 to bring undergraduate students from the Middle East and North Africa to Montana State University for the Student Leaders Program, which aims to develop leadership skills and expand understanding of U.S. civil society and democratic processes that the students can apply in their home countries. (NEA/MEPIMore»

    • The Office of Foreign Missions regional office in San Francisco serves Montana 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

    • 34,472 passports were issued to Montana residents. (CA) More»

    • The Department receives passport applications through 67 Passport Application Acceptance Facilities in Montana. (CA) More»

    • The Department facilitated 45 overseas adoptions for Montana 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»

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

    • The Department of State’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security’s San Francisco Field Office serves Montana: 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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