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

Fast Fact

Former Secretary of State Dean Acheson grew up in Middletown, Connecticut, and played an important role in shaping U.S. policy during the early Cold War. More»

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 to learn how the work of the Department benefits this state’s residents.

  • Jobs and Diplomacy

  • In FY17, Connecticut-based companies received approval to export $4,549,544,034 worth of defense articles and services licensed by the Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (PM) More»
  • Japan’s Indeed, Inc., an online job search firm, in July 2017 announced plans to add 500 jobs over the next several years, boosting its Stamford workforce to 1,200 employees. (EAP) More»
  • Connecticut hosted 4,959 foreign physicians, teachers, camp counselors, au pairs and others as part of work and study-based Exchange Visitor Program in 2016. (ECA) More»
  • The Department of State, in partnership with agencies across the federal government, creates jobs for American workers by opening markets and eliminating trade barriers overseas and by attracting foreign direct investment to the United States. Goods exports of $14.8 billion (2017) support approximately 65,100 Connecticut jobs (2016). Foreign direct investment into Connecticut supports an additional 103,600 jobs (2015). (EB) More»
  • Click here for more information about Department career recruitment events in Connecticut. (HR)
  • Education

  • 37 Scholars, Students and Teachers from Connecticut were awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, and 57 international students received a Fulbright to study in Connecticut in academic year 2017-18. (ECA) More»
  • 14,711 international higher education students studied abroad in Connecticut in academic year 2016-17. (ECA) More»
  • 332 exchange visitors from overseas visited Connecticut, and 174 Connecticut residents travelled overseas as part of the Department’s educational and cultural exchange funded programs in 2015. (ECA) More»
  • Diplomat-in-Residence (Jon Danilowicz): Diplomats in Residence (DIRs) are career Foreign Service Officers or Specialists located throughout the U.S. who provide guidance and advice to students, professionals and the community about Department careers. (HR) More»
  • The Department of State's International Military Education and Training (IMET) program funds the training of international military students at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut. These training programs provide foreign students exposure to the culture and history of the United States and the State of Connecticut and also support the local economy. (PM) More»
  • The University of Connecticut, Instituto de Ciencia Animal (Cuba), Universidad Agraria de La Habana (Cuba), Instituto Nacional de Ciencias Agrícolas (Cuba), and the Centro Nacional de Sanidad Agropecuaria (Cuba) are working together to create a new program for students to undertake field-based research and advance their bi-cultural collaboration in the economic, environmental, and societal issues that affect agriculture production and food security in the United States and Cuba. This partnership is part of the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund, the dynamic public/private sector collaboration between the U.S. Department of State, Embassies, NGOs, companies, and foundations that inspires U.S. universities and colleges in the United States to team up with higher education institutions in the rest of the Western Hemisphere region. (WHA) More»
  • The U.S. Fulbright Commission and the Peruvian Ministry of Education has awarded scholarships to 30 Peruvians to travel to the United States to participate in different programs at 24 U.S. universities. One Fulbright graduate student is completing a two-year law program at Yale University. (WHA) More»
  • Partnerships

  • Connecticut-based companies were approved to provide approximately $748 million in defense equipment and services to U.S. partners under the Foreign Military Sales program, which is overseen by the U.S. Department of State. (PM) More»
  • The Department of State facilitates the Connecticut National Guard State Partnership Program with Uruguay founded in 2000. (PM) More»
  • The INL Bureau partnered with Yale University in New Haven to train Mexican police professionals on procedural justice and how to have productive interactions with citizens. 162 professionals were trained in FY2017. (INL) More»
  • Refugee Arrivals in Fiscal Year 2017: 432. The Department works with nine domestic non-governmental organizations, which place refugees with more than 325 affiliates in roughly 190 communities around the country. These local affiliates work closely with community partners, congregations, volunteers, and state and local officials to provide a successful start for refugees rebuilding their lives. Refugee communities have historically enhanced the economic dynamism and cultural vitality of our nation. Refugees contribute to the United States in numerous ways, including by starting businesses and joining the U.S. military. This program helps the world’s most vulnerable refugees find permanent homes, and it demonstrates the immense generosity of the American people. (PRM) More»
  • 44 emerging leaders studied or participated in a fellowship in Connecticut on one of the Young Leaders initiatives in 2017. (ECA) More»
  • Yale University is a participating school in the Diplomacy Lab partnership led by the Office of Global Partnerships. Diplomacy Lab is a public-private partnership that enables the State Department to "course-source" research and innovation related to foreign policy challenges by harnessing the efforts of students and faculty experts at universities across the country. (S/GP) More»
  • The U.S. Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons awarded grants to the following organizations in Connecticut to combat human trafficking: $750,000 was awarded to Lawyers Without Borders to improve human trafficking investigations and prosecutions in Tanzania through capacity building trainings for criminal justice actors. (J/TIP) More»
  • Travel and Security

  • Total Passports Issued in Fiscal Year 2017: 249,947. (CA) More»
  • The Connecticut Passport Agency employs 31 government and 29 contract staff. (CA)
  • Passport Application Acceptance Facilities: 149. (CA) More»
  • In Fiscal Year 2016, the Bureau of Consular Affairs (CA) issued visas to 42 children who were adopted by U.S. citizens from Connecticut. Intercountry adoption is one CA's highest priorities. CA's Office of Children’s Issues plays an active role in the intercountry adoption process and works diligently to establish and maintain intercountry adoption as a viable option throughout the world. (CA) More»
  • The Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) is the law enforcement arm of the U.S. Department of State and maintains one of 21 domestic resident offices in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Regional responsibility includes protecting the integrity of U.S. travel documents by investigating passport and visa fraud, serving on federal and state law enforcement task forces, combatting terrorism and human trafficking, as well as protecting the Secretary of State and other domestic and foreign dignitaries. The Bridgeport Resident Office reports to the New York Field Office. (DSS) More»