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

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Fast Facts

Former U.S. Senator to Wisconsin Russell Feingold is now the Department’s Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region of Africa and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. More»

Learn more about Wisconsin native Lawrence Sidney Eagleburger, who is the only career Foreign Service Officer to serve as Secretary of State. 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.

Wisconsin

  • 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 750,000 Wisconsin jobs with customers in 210 countries and territories buying Wisconsin-grown and manufactured goods and services. This resulted in $23.7 billion in goods exports (2012) and $6.3 billion in service exports (2011). (EB) More»

    • Wisconsin hosted 7,606 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 Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES) contributed nearly $22 million to the Great Lakes Fisheries Commission, ensuring that sustainable populations of salmon, trout and whitefish are maintained, and that U.S. stakeholders continue to have harvest opportunities in the $4 billion Great Lakes commercial and recreational fisheries. (OES) More»

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

  • Education

    • Diplomat-in-Residence (Amb. Ian Kelly): 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 awarded a Medical Education Partnership Initiative Grant to a partnership between the University of California at San Diego, Emory University, Johns Hopkins University, and University of Wisconsin to assist Ethiopia in improving medical education and retention. (S/GAC) More»

    • The Department of State provided grant funding to Wisconsin community colleges to host Community College Initiative (CCI) Program participants from Nairobi. The program helps raise the profile of U.S. community colleges as prime motivators and initiators of higher education globally. (AF) More»

    • The Department supported an academic partnership between the University of Wisconsin and the University of Witwatersrand (law) and the University of Johannesburg (botany, geology) 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»

    • 525 exchange visitors from overseas visited Wisconsin and 701 Wisconsin residents travelled overseas, including 60 Scholars, Students and Teachers who were awarded Fulbright Scholarships, as part of Department of State-funded exchange programs. (ECA) More»

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

    • 79 Wisconsin families hosted Department-funded international exchange students. (ECA) More»

    • 244 Brazilian students studied at several educational institutions in Wisconsin 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»

    • Lakeland College, Western Technical College, and Wisconsin Lutheran College 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 that completed nearly 55,000 visits to the virtual university booths. (IIP) More»

  • Partnerships

    • Wisconsin welcomed 946 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 facilitates the Wisconsin National Guard State Partnership Program founded in 2003 with Nicaragua. (PM) More»

    • The Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) awarded the Wisconsin Department of Corrections more than $100,000 in a grant as part of the Specialized Training of International Prison Service Personnel on Corrections Institution Management; this grant assists the Wisconsin Department of Corrections in providing technical assistance to Armenia. (INL) More»

    • The Chicago Regional Office of the Office of Foreign Missions serves Wisconsin 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

    • 180,902 passports were issued to Wisconsin residents. (CA) More»

    • The Department receives passport applications through 226 Passport Application Acceptance Facilities in Wisconsin. (CA) More»

    • The Department facilitated 231 overseas adoptions for Wisconsin 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»

    • Wisconsin welcomed over 178,000 international visitors in 2012, comprising 0.6% of the U.S. market.* (CA) More»

    • The Department of State’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security’s Chicago Field Office serves Wisconsin: 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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