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

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The University of Nevada-Las Vegas is ranked #1 in Nevada for having the highest number of enrolled foreign students. 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 Nevada jobs with customers in 186 countries and territories buying Nevada-grown and manufactured goods and services. This resulted in $10.2 billion in goods exports (2012) and $8.6 billion in service exports (2011). (EB) More»

    • Flights between Las Vegas and Seoul with an estimated impact of $120 million were made possible by an Open Skies agreement negotiated by the Department of State’s Bureaus of Economic and Business Affairs and East Asian and Pacific Affairs. (EB/EAP) More»

    • Nevada hosted 1,160 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 held a career event in Las Vegas, Nevada, to recruit Americans for International Atomic Energy Agency jobs. (ISN) More»

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

  • Education

    • Diplomat-in-Residence (Amb. Harry Thomas): 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»

    • 53 exchange visitors from overseas visited Nevada and 388 Nevada residents travelled overseas, including 12 Scholars and Students who were awarded Fulbright Scholarships, as part of Department of State-funded exchange programs. (ECA) More»

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

    • 6 Nevada families hosted Department-funded international exchange students. (ECA) More»

    • The University of Nevada, Las Vegas and the National Institute of Technology, Trichy, India received a $250,000 award through the Department from the Obama-Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative for developing a curriculum development tool for computer engineering studies. (SCA) More»

    • 18 Brazilian students studied at the University of Las Vegas Nevada 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

    • Nevada hosted 4 students from allied and friendly nations for International Military Education and Training. (PM) More»

    • The Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs partnered with the Las Vegas Metro Police Department to conduct domestic violence investigation training in Budapest, Hungary in November 2012, and sex crimes investigation training in the East Caribbean in June 2013. (INL) More»

    • Nevada welcomed 563 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 Office of Foreign Missions regional office in Los Angeles serves Nevada 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

    • 97,057 passports were issued to Nevada residents. (CA) More»

    • The Department receives applications through 59 Passport Application Acceptance Facilities in Nevada. (CA) More»

    • The Department facilitated 15 overseas adoptions for Nevada 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»

    • Nevada welcomed over 2.7 million international visitors in 2012, comprising 9.3% of the U.S. market share.* (CA) More»

    • The Department of State’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security’s Los Angeles Field Office serves Clark County while the San Francisco Field Office serves the rest of Nevada: 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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