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Date: 11/05/2013 Description: North Dakota state seal © Public Domain
Date: 11/05/2013 Description: North Dakota 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.

North Dakota

  • 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 100,000 North Dakota jobs with customers in 175 countries and territories buying North Dakota-grown and manufactured goods and services. This resulted in $6.6 billion in goods exports (2012) and $1.1 billion in service exports (2011). (EB) More»

    • North Dakota hosted 2,114 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»

    • Through the experience gained as a Department of State Trainee Exchange Visitor Program host, the owner of North Dakota’s Healthy Oilseeds has expanded into 12 different markets with the majority of sales coming from overseas. (ECA) More»

    • The Department’s New York Foreign Press Center hosted 16 journalists on a tour to Bismarck and Dickinson to learn about the energy sector. (PA) 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 supported chemical engineering student exchange and cooperation between the University of North Dakota and North-West University 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»

    • 38 exchange visitors from overseas visited North Dakota and 87 North Dakota residents travelled overseas, including four Scholars and Students who were awarded Fulbright Scholarships, as part of Department of State-funded exchange programs. (ECA) More»

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

    • 7 North Dakota families hosted Department-funded international exchange students. (ECA) More»

    • The Department’s New York Foreign Press Center took journalists from six countries to North Dakota to highlight the state’s booming oil industry as well as the development of wind energy businesses there. (PA) More»

    • 27 Brazilian students studied at North Dakota State University 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

    • North Dakota welcomed 456 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 North Dakota National Guard State Partnership Program founded in 2004 with Ghana. (PM) More»

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

    • 26,055 passports were issued to North Dakota residents. (CA) More»

    • The Department receives passport applications through 53 Passport Application Acceptance Facilities in North Dakota. (CA) More»

    • The Department facilitated 16 overseas adoptions for North Dakota 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»

    • The Department of State’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security’s Chicago Field Office serves North Dakota: 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»


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