New Jersey

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

Fast Fact

From August to November in 1797, 1798, and 1799, Secretary of State Timothy Pickering moved the Department of State from Washington, D.C. to Trenton, New Jersey, because of recurring epidemics of yellow fever. 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

  • New Jersey hosted 10,642 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, New Jersey-based companies received approval to export $1,008,405,248 worth of defense articles and services licensed by the Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls. (PM) More»
  • The Bureau of Diplomatic Security provided approximately $44,000 to New Jersey-based vendors for procurement of goods and services. (DS) 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 $$34.5 billion (2017) support approximately 161,960 New Jersey jobs (2016). Foreign direct investment into New Jersey supports an additional 276,400 jobs (2015). (EB) More»
  • Click here for more information about Department career recruitment events in New Jersey. (HR)
  • Education

  • Diplomat-in-Residence (Usha Pitts): 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»
  • 54 Scholars, Students and Teachers from New Jersey were awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, and 56 international students received a Fulbright to study in New Jersey in academic year 2017-18. (ECA) More»
  • 22,708 international higher education students studied abroad in New Jersey in academic year 2016-17. (ECA) More»
  • 237 exchange visitors from overseas visited New Jersey and 298 New Jersey residents travelled overseas as part of the Department’s educational and cultural exchange funded programs in 2015. (ECA) More»
  • A high school student from New Jersey participated in the first-ever WiSci Girls STEAM Camp in Gashora, Rwanda, which brought 30 American and 90 African girls together for a three week curriculum in computer science, robotics, leadership, and social enterprise during summer 2015. Part of the Let Girls Learn Initiative, the goal of WiSci is to empower young women with the knowledge and skillsets to be competitive with their male counterparts during a time of rapid, technological development, providing them with access to high-tech resources, like-minded peers, impactful business connections and inspiring mentors. (S/GP) More»
  • Montclair State University and Universidad Mayor Chile (Chile) are developing a new course introducing students to latest biotechnology research techniques and preparing bilingual professionals to be active members of the international research community. 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»
  • Partnerships

  • Refugee Arrivals in Fiscal Year 2017: 379. 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»
  • 50 emerging leaders studied or participated in a fellowship in New Jersey on one of the Young Leaders initiatives in 2017. (ECA) More»
  • U.S.-Taiwan International Environmental Partnership (IEP) Eco-Campus Project paired 9 elementary schools with sister schools in Taiwan to promote environmental education. (EAP) More»
  • The New Brunswick Project Office received $157,125 from the Department of State to invest in the U.S. Program of Technical Assistance to International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Safeguards which funds the U.S. Support Program and provides budgetary assistance for peaceful nuclear research and development projects on technical safeguards. (ISN/MNSA) More»
  • Stevens Institute of Technology and Stockton University are participating schools 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 Department of State facilitates the New Jersey National Guard’s State Partnership Program with Albania, founded in 2001. (PM) More»
  • Travel and Security

  • Total Passports Issued in Fiscal Year 2017: 722,184. (CA) More»
  • Passport Application Acceptance Facilities 218. (CA) More»
  • In Fiscal Year 2016, the Bureau of Consular Affairs (CA) issued visas to 103 children who were adopted by U.S. citizens from New Jersey. 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 New York Field Office regularly work alongside federal, state, and local authorities throughout New Jersey. (DSS) More»