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

Fast Fact

Read about the unique partnership between the Mississippi River Commission and the Mekong River Commission, brokered by the U.S. Department of State and the Nations of Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam. (EAP) 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 July 2017, automotive supplier Calsonic Kansei of Japan announced a $16 million investment to expand its operations in Madison, Mississippi, a move that will create about 100 jobs. (EAP) More»
  • Mississippi hosted 762 foreign physicians, teachers, camp counselors, au pairs and others as part of work and study-based Exchange Visitor Program in 2016. (ECA) More»
  • In FY17, Mississippi-based companies received approval to export $5,054,283 worth of defense articles and services licensed by the Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls. (PM) 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 $11.2 billion (2017) support approximately 51,113 Mississippian jobs (2016). Foreign direct investment into Mississippi supports an additional 38,400 jobs (2015). (EB) More»
  • Click here for more information about Department career recruitment events in Mississippi. (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»
  • 4 Scholars, Students and Teachers from Mississippi were awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, and 13 international students received a Fulbright to study in Mississippi in academic year 2017-18. (ECA) More»
  • 3,765 international higher education students studied abroad in Mississippi in academic year 2016-17. (ECA) More»
  • 46 exchange visitors from overseas visited Mississippi, and 34 Mississippi residents travelled overseas as part of the Department’s educational and cultural exchange funded programs in 2015. (ECA) More»
  • The Department of State's International Military Education and Training (IMET) program funds the education and training of international military students at various locations in Mississippi including at the Center for Naval Technical Training at Keesler Air Force Base, and the US Naval Small Craft Instruction and Technical Training School at the Stennis Space Center. These training programs provide foreign students exposure to the culture and history of the United States and the State of Mississippi while also supporting the local economy. (PM) More»
  • Instituto Tecnológico de Chihuahua II (Mexico) with Mississippi State University (US) are creating a program to equip low-income students with cultural literacy with the assistance of the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund. Goals of the program include competing in the globalized workforce, engaging students to participate in learning experiences that closely connect their English/Spanish knowledge to the field of engineering on an international scale, and allowing ITC II to formally establish an International Programs Office in order to develop strong, lasting, bilateral relationships. (WHA) More»
  • Partnerships

  • The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) partnered with the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office to deploy two Special Assistant Attorneys General to the Dominican Republic to conduct training on documentary fraud for 25 Dominican prosecutors. (INL) More»
  • Refugee Arrivals in Fiscal Year 2017: 9. 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»
  • The U.S.-China EcoPartnership between the Mississippi River Basin and the Yangtze River Basin promotes fisheries monitoring, habitats conservation, sustainable fisheries policy, and integrated river basin management. (EAP/OES) More»
  • The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has managed a program since 2011 that provides technical exchanges between the Mekong River Commission in Vietnam and the Mississippi River Commission. (OES)
  • The Department of State facilitates the Mississippi National Guard’s State Partnership Program with Bolivia founded in 1999. (PM) More»
  • The Department of State facilitates the Mississippi National Guard’s State Partnership Program with Uzbekistan founded in 2012. (PM) More»
  • Travel and Security

  • Total Passports Issued in Fiscal Year 2017: 66,111. (CA) More»
  • Passport Application Acceptance Facilities: 90. (CA) More»
  • In Fiscal Year 2016, the Bureau of Consular Affairs (CA) issued visas to 56 children who were adopted by U.S. citizens from Mississippi. 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 Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) is the law enforcement arm of the U.S. Department of State with field and resident offices in 24 states and the District of Colombia. These offices cover the entire United States and its territories, with regional responsibility for 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. DSS special agents and investigators assigned to the Miami Field Office regularly work alongside federal, state, and local authorities throughout Mississippi. (DSS) More»