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

Diplomatic
Fast Fact

While it is doubtful that the Republic of Texas had time to develop (or even attempt to develop) any type of a career Foreign Service during its eight years as a recognized independent state (1837–1845), the Republic did have a Department of State and did exchange accredited diplomatic representatives with other states. The Republic of Texas, therefore, has the distinction of being the only one of the continental 48 states to have accredited diplomatic representatives to Washington and to have maintained diplomatic relations with the Government of the United States.

Learn more about the Department’s role in the Annexation of Texas.

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

  • U.S. Department of State partnered with Argonne National Laboratory and provided $56,580 for the Laboratory to host two courses to promote the peaceful uses of nuclear technology in medicine. (ISN/MNSA) More»
  • Texas hosted 13,979 foreign physicians, teachers, camp counselors, au pairs and others as part of work and study-based Exchange Visitor Program in 2016. (ECA) More»
  • The Embassy of Thailand in Washington DC provided $30,000 to the American Red Cross to assist in disaster relief efforts in Texas in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. (Thai Embassy DC) (EAP) More»
  • In April 2017, Japan’s Kubota Tractor Corporation, unveiled its new North American headquarters in Grapevine. The headquarters has accommodations for almost 600 employees. (EAP) More»
  • In May 2017, the Goodman Global Group, a subsidiary of Japan’s Daikin Industries, opened the $417 million Daikin Texas Technology Park (DTTP) manufacturing facility near Houston. As the largest production facility in the Daikin Group, DTTP will manufacture all of the products the firm sells in the United States, including both residential and commercial-use products and heating equipment. (EAP) More»
  • In July 2017, Toyota Motor North America, Inc. inaugurated a new $1 billion LEED-certified corporate headquarters in on a 100-acre campus in Plano, with 1,000 new jobs anticipated by the end of 2017. (EAP) More»
  • In 2017, one partnership was created between a Texas-based small business center and a small business center in Honduras under the Small Business Network of the Americas Small Grants Program, the partnering country was Honduras. (WHA) More»
  • In August 2017, Toshiba Mitsubishi-Electric Industrial Systems Corp., a Japanese maker of solar power inverters, began production at a new plant in Katy, Texas. (EAP) More»
  • The New York Foreign Press Center organized a press roundtable in which the Executive Director of the Port of Corpus Christi and Vice President for Business and Strategic Development of the Corpus Christi Regional Economic Development Corporation briefed foreign media on the Port’s emerging role as a major player in the U.S. energy sector. (PA/FPC) More»
  • The 20 journalists from Central Asia and the Caucuses traveling on the Foreign Press Centers' Go Viral International Reporting Tour (September 24-October 8 2017) studied the experiences of Austin's Capital Factory, which calls itself the “center of gravity for entrepreneurs”. Austin residents have access to a number of resources – from business mentors to investors to device labs – for a monthly fee. The Capital Factory also boasts a startup accelerator that helps bring new people, ideas, and projects into the city and entrepreneurial community. After passing through the startup accelerator, a startup looks for investors among the mentors. If it can convince two mentors to invest, it receives $100,000 from each in exchange for 1% of capital to each, and an additional 1% goes to Capital Factory. (PA/FPC) 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 $264.1 billion (2017) support approximately 910,304 Texan jobs (2016). Foreign direct investment into Texas supports an additional 585,900 jobs (2015). (EB) More»
  • Click here for more information about Department career recruitment events in Texas. (HR)
  • Education

  • Diplomat-in-Residence (Julie Kavanagh): 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»
  • The Department of State awarded grant funding to the University of Texas at Austin to support individual and institutional technology commercialization activity in Turkey through the Practical Technology Commercialization Program (PTCP). The program works to translate innovative research findings into new products and services and companies for national and international markets. (OES) More»
  • 59 Scholars, Students and Teachers from Texas were awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, and 161 international students received a Fulbright to study in Texas in academic year 2017-18. (ECA) More»
  • 85,116 international higher education students studied abroad in Texas in academic year 2016-17. (ECA) More»
  • 672 exchange visitors from overseas visited Texas, and 498 Texas residents travelled overseas as part of the Department’s educational and cultural exchange funded programs in 2015. (ECA) More»
  • The 20 journalists from Central Asia and the Caucuses traveling on the Foreign Press Centers' Go Viral International Reporting Tour (September 24-October 8 2017) were impressed by the national and international recognition of UT Austin’s academic accomplishments and the high quality of the faculty, which have spurred public-private partnerships and innovation. UT Austin became a critical center of Texas’ economy after falling oil prices in the 1980s prompted a structural shift away from resource exports. (PA/FPC) More»
  • The 20 journalists from Central Asia and the Caucuses traveling on the Foreign Press Centers' Go Viral International Reporting Tour (September 24-October 8 2017) met with South by Southwest Festival president Hugh Forrest. Journalists were impressed at the festival's role Austin's overall strategy of developing cultural resources to attract young specialists and thus promote innovation. The festival has been running in Austin since 1987 and now brings in $325 million per year. (PA/FPC) More»
  • The U.S. Fulbright Commission and the Argentine Ministry of Education awarded scholarships to 400 Argentine school administrators and educators to travel to the United States to participate in three-week teacher-training programs at eight U.S. universities. Programs were designed to improve primary and secondary education programs. Twenty-five educators participated in a training program at the University of Texas at Austin. (WHA) More»
  • In 2015, U.S. Embassy Buenos Aires, along with the binational U.S.-Argentina Fulbright Commission, launched the Friends of Fulbright Undergraduate Student Exchange Program. This Public-Private Partnership sent 50 undergraduate students to study in the U.S. for six weeks in 2016. Another 145 students traveled in 2017, and there were 289 students in the 2018 cohort. Twenty students in the 2017-2018 cohort studied at the University of Texas at Austin. (WHA) More»
  • U.S. Mission Mexico has sponsored since 2015 a summer research program at The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) to enable 15 Mexican students to spend eight weeks conducting research at the university. UTD provides one-on-one mentors according to the participants’ fields of interest. This initiative is the result of a solid partnership and co-sponsoring among the U.S. Embassy, Mexico’s ANUIES (Asociación Nacional de Universidades e Institutions de Educación Superior), and UTD. (WHA) More»
  • U.S. Mission Mexico issued a grant in 2017 to The University of Texas at Austin to organize and deliver a series of workshops, webinars, and a written manual to share information regarding their experience with Mexican institutions and exchange programs. This outreach is expected to encourage U.S. universities to continue to identify Mexico as an academic destination for their students and faculty, building ties between the two countries and strengthening the North American workforce. (WHA) More»
  • In 2017, a program was created to strengthen and grow a faculty-led program administered by the Department of English, Philosophy and Modern Languages (EPML) at West Texas A&M University in Canyon, TX (WTAMU), called “Buffs” in Nicaragua. It allowed for increased U.S. student participation, collaboration with a Nicaraguan university, Universidad America (UAM), and increased service-learning efforts at a Managua school for low-income youth. (WHA) More»
  • The University of Texas at Austin, and the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México created a project to jumpstart cross-border interdisciplinary collaborations between the United States and Mexico by increasing the number of students engaged in joint IS-GEO research. 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»
  • The University of Texas at El Paso and Universidad Guadalajara promoted study abroad programs to provide opportunities for students in international engineering, business, social and cultural practices that support environmental sustainability. 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»
  • The University of North Texas, along with the Universidad Nacional de la Plata in Argentina and Universidad Autónoma del Este de México organized exchange programs to study landfill pollution across the Americas and develop policy recommendations for reducing waste and environmental contamination. 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»
  • The University of North Texas and Universidade Estadual de Ponta Grossa in Brazil initiated a graduate study abroad program allowing participants to focus on addressing a problem of critical importance for Brazilian and U.S. students: the environmental impacts of ammonia in water supply sources, its effects on the water treatment process, and the availability of water for human consumption. 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»
  • Texas Tech University and the University of Guyana partnered to establish a study abroad program with a focus on sustainable development for the oil and gas sector. 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»
  • The University of Texas at San Antonio, together with Universidad EAN in Colombia created an Environmental Engineering program focusing on soil containment. The program allowed students from both universities to improve research and language skills, as well as better technical vocabulary and a strong cross-cultural component to heighten social responsibility and civic engagement. 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»
  • The University of Texas El Paso and Universidad Autónoma de Mexico – Centro de Investigaciones sobre América del Norte partnered with the Commission for Environmental Cooperation to facilitate program activities studying water management along the U.S.-Mexican border. Minority students studying environmental science benefitted from holistic case studies in the Mexico City metropolitan area, El Paso, Texas, and Ciudad Juarez. These exchanges were all 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»
  • The University of Texas at El Paso (US) with Instituto Tecnológico de Campeche, (Mexico), Instituto Tecnológico de Hermosillo (Mexico), and Instituto Tecnológico de Tlalpan (Mexico). The grant will create an exchange program for students to learn sustainable, human-engineered practices that are environmentally friendly and that promote social justice, focused on water, energy and architecture projects and fostering resilient communities that will meet the developmental needs of societies. This exchange 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»
  • University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (US) with Instituto Tecnológico de Matamoros, (Mexico) are developing a collaborative project focused on agroindustry, automotive industry, energy, and information and communication technologies with the assistance of the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund. The emphasis is on technology development and innovation, connecting students to internships in manufacturing, project-based learning, and bidirectional mobility for Mexican and U.S. students. WHA) More»
  • The U.S. Fulbright Commission and the Peruvian Ministry of Education awarded scholarships to 30 Peruvians to travel to the United States to participate in different programs at 24 U.S. universities. Two Fulbright graduate students are completing three-year programs studying engineering and civil engineering at Texas A&M. (WHA) More»
  • Texas hosted 9 faculty from universities in Pakistan on a university partnership program administered by the State Department. The scholars were in residence on campuses up to a month taking courses, teaching seminars, drafting curriculum, and doing research. 9 American faculty completed the exchange by offering courses, seminars and mentoring in the partner institution abroad. The university partnership program supports the internationalization efforts of American universities and advances American influence, directly supporting the United States’ South Asia strategy. (SCA) More»
  • The U.S. Department of State selected the Petroleum Equipment Suppliers Association (PESA) to create course content for the U.S. Department of State Foreign Service Institute’s Oil and Gas course. The PESA's Foreign and Civil Service Officer Energy Industry Training Program, created in 1993, trains foreign service officers responsible for oil and gas issues stationed in American embassies. PESA member companies offer their facilities and personnel to teach the officers every facet of the energy industry, from seismic to refining. The three-day session utilizes site visits, plant tours and panel presentations as well as visits to industry-supported educational facilities such as the Houston Museum of Natural Science Weiss Energy Exhibit. (ENR) More»
  • Under the U.S. Department of State’s U.S. Speaker Program, Maria Calderon Porter, Texas A&M University’s assistant vice president for global initiatives and director of the Binational Center/International Language Institute, continued to build on the momentum of her U.S. Speaker programs on cross-border commerce in the Dominican Republic and Haiti. As a direct result of her programs, high ranking officials from both countries visited Texas where a “Border Modernization Plan” was created, with Texas A&M named as the technical director for the plan, and a partnership, under a memorandum of understanding between Texas A&M and the corporation Mondragon, was created. Texas A&M is also working with the Texas Economic Development and Tourism Division to finalize plans for a ‘virtual pipeline’ to transport excess Texas-produced liquefied natural gas to the Dominican Republic for storage and sale in the Caribbean. Texas stands to gain economically through its involvement in the logistics, storage, marketing, and other components of the project’s supply chain. (IIP) More»
  • Under the U.S. Department of State’s U.S. Speaker Program, Dave Perry, the CEO of OneGlobal Partners, engaged audiences in Poland and Moldova on how to “scale up” startups for global expansion. These programs resulted in an invitation for Perry to serve on a Moldovan startup company’s advisory board, a company with keen interest in establishing operations in the United States. Perry is also coordinating plans for Moldovans to connect with U.S. customers, partners, and investors in Austin, Dallas, and San Francisco. (IIP) More»
  • The Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs provided $1.1 million in grant funding to Rice University to work with Tunisians on technology commercialization. (OES) More»
  • The Department of State awarded grant funding to the University of Texas at Austin to support individual and institutional technology commercialization activity in Turkey through the Practical Technology Commercialization Program (PTCP). The program works to translate innovative research findings into new products and services and companies for national and international markets. (OES) More»
  • Partnerships

  • U.S.-Taiwan International Environmental Partnership (IEP) Eco-Campus Project paired 15 elementary schools with sister schools in Taiwan to promote environmental education. (EAP) More»
  • INL sent members of the Police of Ukraine’s new Crowd Control Units, and Houston detectives to train the Salvadoran Homicide Investigation Team (HIT). Because of the training - provided both in Houston and Ukraine - the new Ukraine Patrol Police are increasingly taking over crowd control functions from the old and universally unpopular Berkut forces in 12 major cities. The Patrol Police’s crowd control units and tactics have received wide praise from observers in a number of high-profile demonstrations and public order challenges in recent months, a stark contrast to the aggressive and abusive tactics that characterized Berkut crowd control. El Salvador, with support from the Houston Police the HIT solved the murder of three transgender individuals in 2017, arresting the man who ordered the homicides in El Salvador and sharing the information needed to identify the man who carried out the killings during a traffic stop in Nashville, Tennessee, resulting in the suspect’s arrest and deportation. (INL) More»
  • INL began informally partnering with Sam Houston State University in 2017 to conduct Executive Leadership Training for foreign prison officials in the Caribbean Basin. INL and Sam Houston State University will jointly launch a new program, called the Network of International Corrections Experts, which will make niche expertise available to INL corrections programs. (INL) More»
  • In 2017, the INL Bureau embedded National Police of Ukraine SWAT officers with the Texas Rangers Special Operations Group in Austin, Texas. During the training period, Ukrainian SWAT officers participated in mission planning exercises and shadowed Rangers during their operations. As a result of this training, the Ukrainian SWAT officers updated their internal training SOPs. More»
  • The INL Bureau partners with the U.S Border Patrol- Rio Grande Valley Sector to implement the Border Integration and Coordination Center (GCIF), a Salvadoran multi-agency task force supporting DHS and U.S. state and local law enforcement to identify, arrest, or deny entry to gang members. GCIF officials, originally deployed to McAllen, Texas, conduct research and report information to DHS and relevant law enforcement for further action. In 2017, GCIF information exchanges identified 229 gang members not previously known to U.S. law enforcement, 37 not previously known to Salvadoran authorities; 85 Salvadoran human smugglers/facilitators; 85 Salvadorans with active arrest warrants; and resulted in the arrest of nine gang members internationally. More»
  • INL has formally partnered with the Texas Department of Public Safety (Texas DPS) since 2014. In 2017, the Texas DPS conducted a number of activities under this partnership, including: training a Guatemalan transnational anti-gang police unit in defensive tactics and firearms proficiency; conducting field officer training and firearms instructors course for Moroccan police officers; conducting an assessment of Suriname National Police’s river patrol and maintenance program; conducting an assessment of the Tunisian Office of the Inspector General; and hosting a senior delegation of Tunisia National Police to familiarize them with organizational accountability processes designed to help build and maintain community trust. (INL) More»
  • In 2017, INL awarded a grant to the University of North Texas Health Science Center (UNT-HSC) to establish a DNA database of known samples from parents or family members with missing or abducted children in Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. UNT-HSC is a world leader in forensics and works to create a sustainable legal framework for collection and use of forensics to combat human trafficking. UNT is currently meeting with INL forensics teams and INL Directors in Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador to develop the program in close coordination with INL and host governments. (INL) More»
  • Refugee Arrivals in Fiscal Year 2017: 4,768. 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»
  • In FY17, Texas-based companies received approval to export $732,875,945 worth of defense articles and services licensed by the Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls. (PM) More»
  • The Department of State’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, Office of State-Defense Integration has a Foreign Policy Advisor (POLAD) assigned to U.S. Army South (ARSOUTH) and another POLAD assigned to the U.S. Army North (USARNORTH). Both work out of Fort Sam Houston. POLADs are U.S. diplomats that serve typically two-year tours at U.S. military commands and provide foreign policy advice to senior military leadership. (PM) 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 within Texas, including the Inter-American Air Force Academy and the Defense Language Institute at Lackland Air Force Base, as well as the Sergeant Major Academy in El Paso. These training programs provide foreign students exposure to the culture and history of the United States and the State of Texas while also supporting the local economy. (PM) More»
  • The Department of State facilitates the Texas National Guard’s State Partnership Program with the Czech Republic founded in 1993. (PM) More»
  • The Department of State facilitates the Texas National Guard’s State Partnership Program with the Chile founded in 2008. (PM) More»
  • The U.S.-China EcoPartnership between the Austin-based U.S. Business Council for Sustainable Development and the China Business Council for Sustainable Development produces cross-industry material reuse opportunities. (EAP/OES) More»
  • The U.S.-China EcoPartnership between Dallas-based Energy Future Holdings and China Huadian Corporation pursues sustainable business models for clean energy, particularly in the area of clean coal. (EAP/OES) More»
  • The U.S.-China EcoPartnership between Houston-based Floating Windfarms Corp. and Tangshan Caofeidian New Development Area focuses on offshore windfarm technology. (EAP/OES) More»
  • The U.S.-China EcoPartnership between Round Rock-based IMACC, Ramboll Environ, and the Suzhou State Environmental Protection Hitech Industrial Park provides real-time monitoring of air pollution at key chemical industrial parks. (EAP/OES) More»
  • Travel and Security

  • Total Passports Issued in Fiscal Year 2017: 1,522,930. (CA) More»
  • The Dallas Passport Agency comprises 23 government employees and 25 contract employees. The El Paso Passport Agency comprises 20 government employees and 21 contract employees. The Houston Passport Agency comprises 57 government employees and 90 contract employees. In total, the three passport agencies employ 141 government and 103 contract staff. (CA)
  • 436 Passport Application Acceptance Facilities. (CA) More»
  • In Fiscal Year 2016, the Bureau of Consular Affairs (CA) issued visas to 396 children who were adopted by U.S. citizens from Texas. 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»
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site: San Antonio Missions. (IO) More»
  • The Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) is the law enforcement arm of the U.S. Department of State and maintains one of eight domestic field offices in Houston, Texas. 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. (DSS) More»