Date: 11/05/2013 Description: Louisiana state seal © Public Domain
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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, Louisiana-based companies received approval to export $2,270,282 worth of defense articles and services licensed by the Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls. (PM) More»
  • One of the 2015-2016 Veterans Innovation Partnership (VIP) fellows is from Louisiana. The partnership offers U.S. citizen veterans of the American armed forces a one-year paid fellowship to gain experience by working in a U.S. Government international affairs agency. (S/GP) More»
  • Louisiana hosted 1,987 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 $56.5 billion (2017) support approximately 128,623 Louisianan jobs (2016). Foreign direct investment into Louisiana supports an additional 67,700 jobs (2015). (EB) More»
  • Click here for more information about Department career recruitment events in Louisiana. (HR)
  • Education

  • Diplomat-in-Residence (Kali Jones): 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»
  • 17 Scholars, Students and Teachers from Louisiana were awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, and 31 international students received a Fulbright to study in Louisiana in academic year 2017-18. (ECA) More»
  • 7,698 international higher education students studied abroad in Louisiana in academic year 2016-17. (ECA) More»
  • 277 exchange visitors from overseas visited Louisiana, and 141 Louisiana residents travelled overseas as part of the Department’s educational and cultural exchange funded programs in 2015. (ECA) More»
  • Louisiana State University and the Universidad Nacional de Agricultura in Honduras received a grant for both schools to offer study abroad opportunities for students from low-income, rural, indigenous, and Afro-Honduran populations who study agriculture. These exchanges were 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»
  • Partnerships

  • Under the U.S. Department of State’s U.S. Speaker Program, Jeffrey Soule, director of Outreach and International Programs for the American Planning Association (APA), engaged a wide range of Chinese audiences in Beijing, Chengdu, Shenyang, and Wuhan on urban planning and the benefits of densification. As a direct result of his program, 26 planning officials from Chengdu traveled to the United States for a September 2017 training session, and a group of leaders from the Beijing Planning Commission visited the United States in January 2018. Finally, the dean of Zhenjiang University’s Urban Design and Planning Program will attend the APA’s annual conference from April 21-24 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (IIP) More»
  • The U.S.-China EcoPartnership program between Tulane University and East China Normal University developed a global model for the sustainability of coastal cities, focused on restoration, conservation and enhancement of environmentally sensitive wetland areas (EAP/OES) More»
  • Refugee Arrivals in Fiscal Year 2017: 84. 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»
  • 277 exchange visitors from overseas visited Louisiana and 141 Louisiana residents travelled overseas as part of the Department’s educational and cultural exchange funded programs. (ECA) More»
  • Louisiana residents in the Global Ties U.S. network volunteered 1,182 hours of their time in 2017 to host or support International Visitor Leadership Program and other exchange participants who visited the state. (ECA) More»
  • The Department of State facilitates the Louisiana National Guard’s State Partnership Program with Belize founded in 1996. (PM) More»
  • The Department of State facilitates the Louisiana National Guard’s State Partnership Program with Haiti founded in 2011. (PM) More»
  • Travel and Security

  • Total Passports Issued in Fiscal Year 2017: 148,990. (CA) More»
  • The New Orleans Passport Agency comprises 132 government employees and 52 contract employees. (CA) More»
  • Passport Application Acceptance Facilities: 86. (CA) More»
  • In Fiscal Year 2016, the Bureau of Consular Affairs (CA) issued visas to 43 children who were adopted by U.S. citizens from Louisiana. 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/OCS) More»
  • The Monumental Earthworks of Poverty Point is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (IO) 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 New Orleans, Louisiana. 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 New Orleans Resident Office reports to the Miami Field Office. (DSS) More»