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New Hampshire


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

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The Treaty of Portsmouth, negotiated in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, formally ended the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-05. 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.

New Hampshire

  • 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 180,000 jobs with customers in 180 countries and territories buying New Hampshire-grown and manufactured goods and services. This resulted in $3.4 billion in goods exports (2012) and $2.6 billion in service exports (2011). (EB) More»

    • The Department of State’s National Visa Center, located in Portsmouth, employs 479 individuals and handles centralized pre-processing and scheduling of immigrant visas (IV). Combined with the National Passport Center, which employs 777 government and contract staff and during the busy spring and summer travel season maintains 24/7 operations, the Department is the largest employer in the Portsmouth area. (CA)

    • New Hampshire hosted 3,330 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’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs contributed nearly $90,000 to the New Hampshire economy by providing jobs and manufacturing opportunities, yielding products and services that directly supported INL missions. (INL) More»

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

  • Education

    • Diplomat-in-Residence (Mary Beth Leonard): 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»

    • 148 exchange visitors from overseas visited New Hampshire and 455 New Hampshire residents travelled overseas, including 17 Scholars and Students who were awarded Fulbright Scholarships, as part of Department of State-funded exchange programs. (ECA) More»

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

    • 12 New Hampshire families hosted Department-funded international exchange students. (ECA) More»

  • Partnerships

    • New Hampshire welcomed 379 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 New Hampshire National Guard State Partnership Program founded in 2000 with El Salvador. (PM) More»

    • The New York Regional Office of the Office of Foreign Missions serves New Hampshire 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

    • 56,842 passports were issued to New Hampshire residents. (CA) More»

    • The Department has one publicly accessible consular facility, the National Passport Center. The Department receives passport applications through 47 Passport Application Acceptance Facilities in New Hampshire. (CA) More»

    • The Department facilitated 34 overseas adoptions for New Hampshire 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»

    • New Hampshire welcomed over 89,000 international visitors in 2012, comprising 0.3% of the U.S. market.* (CA) More»

    • The Department of State’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security’s Boston Field Office serves New Hampshire and has a Resident Office in Portsmouth: 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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