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

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The State Department benefits 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 partnership with agencies across the federal government, the Department of State advances U.S. trade policy objectives by opening new export and job opportunities for American businesses and workers through trade initiatives. In 2015, goods exports from Minnesota totaled $20 billion, which supported 119,119 U.S. jobs. (EB) More»

    • Due to an expansion of the Open Skies agreement, starting November 1, 2016, U.S. and Japanese carriers provide ten daily roundtrip daytime flights from Haneda, plus two night-time roundtrip flights. The new flights provide service to/from Chicago, Honolulu, Kona, Los Angeles, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New York, and San Francisco. (EAP/EB) More»

    • Flights between Minneapolis and Paris with an estimated impact of $200 million were made possible by an Open Skies agreement negotiated by the Department’s Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs. (EB) More»

    • Minnesota-based Cargill was awarded the 2015 Secretary of State’s Award for Corporate Excellence in Human Rights and Labor Rights for its work in Vietnam. Cargill Vietnam Ltd. demonstrated a long-term commitment to investing in its farmer-partners in cocoa and other sectors by supporting community health, training over 12,000 farmers in sustainable production techniques, and utilizing technology to share pricing information with farmers, the government, and other stakeholders to promote transparency. Cargill Vietnam’s Cargill Cares school building program has built and delivered 76 schools across rural communities. These schools benefit more than 13,000 children per year. (EB)

    • The commercial and recreational fisheries of the Great Lakes employ thousands of Americans and generate billions of dollars in economic activity each year in the states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Through the Great Lakes Fisheries Commission (GLFC), established by a treaty concluded in the 1950s, the United States and Canada cooperate to coordinate research into these shared fisheries and develop measures to ensure their long-term sustainability. The GLFC also coordinates efforts to eradicate parasitic sea lamprey, an invasive species that entered the Great Lakes in the early 20th century and nearly decimated populations of Great Lakes trout, salmon, whitefish, and other fish. Through its sea lamprey control programs, funded by the Department’s Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs through the International Fisheries Commissions account, populations of sea lamprey are sharply down, and the fish stocks are rebuilding. (OES) More»

    • The Minneapolis Passport Agency comprises 27 government employees and 24 contract employees. (CA) More»

    • Minnesota hosted 5,467 foreign physicians, teachers, camp counselors, au pairs and others as part of work and study-based Exchange Visitor Program. (ECA) More»

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

  • Education

    • 75 scholars, students and teachers from Minnesota were awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, and 49 international students received a Fulbright to study in Minnesota. (ECA) More»

    • Diplomat-in-Residence (Melissa Martinez): Diplomats in Residence (DIRs) are career Foreign Service Officers assigned to universities throughout the United States. They provide guidance and advice to students, professionals and the community about Department careers. (HR) More»

    • 14,941 international higher education students studied abroad in Minnesota. (ECA) More»

    • 409 exchange visitors from overseas visited Minnesota and 262 Minnesota residents travelled overseas as part of the Department’s educational and cultural exchange funded programs. (ECA) More»

    • 25 emerging leaders studied or participated in a fellowship in Minnesota on one of the Young Leaders Initiatives. (ECA) More»

  • Partnerships

    • Refugee Arrivals in Fiscal Year 2016: 2,635. The Department works with nine domestic non-governmental organizations, which place refugees in over 300 affiliated offices in roughly 180 communities around the country. These local offices 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. (PRM) More»

    • 557 Minnesota residents volunteered to host or support International Visitor Leadership Program participants who visited the state. (ECA) More»

    • Minneapolis is a member of the State Department-supported Strong Cities Network, a global network of mayors, municipal-level policy makers, and practitioners united in building social cohesion and community resilience to counter violent extremism in all its forms. Membership includes access to an online hub and opportunities to connect with other members through exchanges and capacity-building trainings. (CT) More»

    • The U.S. Department of State facilitates the Minnesota National Guard State Partnership Program with Croatia founded in 1996. (PM) More»

  • Travel and Security

    • Total Passports Issued in Fiscal Year 2016: 341,485. (CA) More»

    • Passport Applications Acceptance Facilities as of 2016: 136. (CA) More»

    • Overseas Adoptions: In Fiscal Year 2015, the Bureau of Consular Affairs (CA) issued visas to 178 children who were adopted by U.S. citizens from Minnesota. Intercountry adoption is one of 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. Learn more. (CA)

    • The Diplomatic Security Chicago Field Office serves Minnesota. Diplomatic Security has offices throughout the United States staffed with special agents and contract investigators, who conduct criminal, counterterrorism and background investigations. Agents assigned to field and resident offices assist in providing support to the protection of the Secretary of State, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, and visiting foreign dignitaries. Liaison with federal and local law enforcement, foreign mission personnel, local officials, and the private sector complements their major responsibilities. (DS) (Resident Office: Minneapolis Investigative Field Office) More»