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

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Current U.S. Rep. Tom Cole, Oklahoma House of Representatives Member Joe Dorman, current Attorney General Scott Pruitt, former Governor Brad Henry, and former Oklahoma Senate Member Kenneth Corn are all former alumni of a Department flagship international educational exchange program, the American Council of Young Political Leaders. 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.

Oklahoma

  • 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 390,000 Oklahoma jobs with customers in 191 countries and territories buying Oklahoma-grown and manufactured goods and services. This resulted in $6.8 billion in goods exports (2012) and $3.8 billion in service exports (2011). (EB) More»

    • The Department of State supports the SelectUSA initiative, which facilitated ASCO Industries, a Belgian company’s $73 million investment in Oklahoma which created 380 new jobs. SelectUSA is an initiative that promotes and facilitates investment in the United States as an engine for job growth and economic development. (EB) More»

    • Oklahoma hosted 1,687 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 three partnership plans with Oklahoma organizations were created with the following countries: Brazil, Chile, and El Salvador. (WHA) 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»

    • 104 exchange visitors from overseas visited Oklahoma and 208 Oklahoma residents travelled overseas, including 19 Scholars and Students who were awarded Fulbright Scholarships, as part of Department of State-funded exchange programs. (ECA) More»

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

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

    • 60 Brazilian students studied at the University of Oklahoma and the University of Tulsa 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»

    • Oklahoma State University of Technology 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»

    • The University of Oklahoma was chosen as one of the first partners for “Diplomacy Lab,” a pilot Department of State program that gives teams of students with a faculty lead the opportunity to conduct research and innovation projects that have real-world applications for the Department’s diplomatic work. The University, which will serve as the Secretariat for Diplomacy Lab, is helping the Department determine how to conduct legal reforms under Shariah law, investigating the opportunities and barriers facing Mexican tech start-ups, and analyzing the implications of the United States’ experience with tribal law on other societies’ legal systems. (S/SACSED – Read more about “Diplomacy Lab”More»

  • Partnerships

    • Oklahoma hosted 70 students from allied and friendly nations for International Military Education and Training. (PM) More»

    • Oklahoma welcomed 300 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 Oklahoma National Guard State Partnership Program founded in 2002 with Azerbaijan. (PM) More»

    • The Houston Regional Office of the Office of Foreign Missions serves Oklahoma 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

    • 95,038 passports were issued to Oklahoma residents. (CA) More»

    • The Department receives passport applications through 83 Passport Application Acceptance Facilities in Oklahoma. (CA) More»

    • The Department facilitated 86 overseas adoptions for Oklahoma 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»

    • Oklahoma 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 Houston Field Office serves Oklahoma: 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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