South Dakota

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

Diplomatic
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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, South Dakota-based companies received approval to export $11,949,177 worth of defense articles and services licensed by the Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls. (PM) More»
  • South Dakota hosted 1,588 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 $1.4 billion (2017) support approximately 17,373 South Dakotan jobs (2016). Foreign direct investment into South Dakota supports an additional 12,600 jobs (2015). (EB) More»
  • Click here for more information about Department career recruitment events in South Dakota. (HR)
  • Education

  • Diplomat-in-Residence (Kristin Stewart): 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»
  • 2 Scholars, Students and Teachers from South Dakota were awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, and 1 international student received a Fulbright to study in South Dakota in academic year 2017-18. (ECA) More»
  • 2,108 international higher education students studied abroad in South Dakota in academic year 2016-17. (ECA) More»
  • 166 exchange visitors from overseas visited South Dakota, and 88 South Dakota residents travelled overseas as part of the Department’s educational and cultural exchange funded programs in 2015. (ECA) More»
  • University of South Dakota (USD) and Universidad Antonio Ruiz de Montoya (Peru) are developing new courses taught by USD faculty in Latin America and offered to smaller campuses in the South Dakota Board of Regents system. 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: 314. 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»
  • South Dakota residents in the Global Ties U.S. network volunteered 2,348 hours of their time in 2017 to host or support International Visitor Leadership Program and other exchange participants who visited the state. (ECA) More»
  • Travel and Security

  • Total Passports Issued in Fiscal Year 2017: 37,064 . (CA) More»
  • 43 Passport Application Acceptance Facilities. (CA) More»
  • In Fiscal Year 2016, the Bureau of Consular Affairs (CA) issued visas to 24 children who were adopted by U.S. citizens from South Dakota. 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 Chicago Field Office regularly work alongside federal, state, and local authorities throughout South Dakota. (DSS) More»