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

Fast Facts

Learn more about Wisconsin native Lawrence Sidney Eagleburger, who is the only career Foreign Service Officer to serve as Secretary of State. 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 FY17, Wisconsin-based companies received approval to export $264,307,929 worth of defense articles and services licensed by the Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls. (PM) More»
  • Wisconsin hosted 10,136 foreign physicians, teachers, camp counselors, au pairs and others as part of work and study-based Exchange Visitor Program in 2016. (ECA) More»
  • 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 New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. 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 OES through the International Fisheries Commissions account, populations of sea lamprey are sharply down, and the fish stocks are rebuilding.” (OES)
  • 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 $22.3 billion (2017) support approximately 111,075 Wisconsin jobs (2016). Foreign direct investment into Wisconsin supports an additional 93,000 jobs (2015). (EB) More»
  • Click here for more information about Department career recruitment events in Wisconsin. (HR)
  • Education

  • Diplomat-in-Residence (Melissa Martinez): 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»
  • 19 Scholars, Students and Teachers from Wisconsin were awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, and 37 international students received a Fulbright to study in Wisconsin in academic year 2017-18. (ECA) More»
  • 13,220 international higher education students studied abroad in Wisconsin in academic year 2016-17. (ECA) More»
  • 354 exchange visitors from overseas visited Wisconsin, and 209 Wisconsin residents travelled overseas as part of the Department’s educational and cultural exchange funded programs in 2015. (ECA) More»
  • The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and Universidad del Desarrollo in Chile provided dual exchanges where both American and Chilean students could study water contamination and its impacts on environmental and human health in the partner university’s country. 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»
  • Fox Valley Technical College and SENA Centro Internacional Náutico Fluvial y Portuario in Colombia developed Project ENTENTE, which advanced entrepreneurial and workforce skills training to promote better business innovation for U.S. and Colombian students, with the assistance of the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund. (WHA) More»
  • Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (US) with Universidad Politécnica de Guanajuato (Mexico) through the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund are working on expanding the access of engineering students to cross-cultural, linguistic, and technical skills training. The program consists of a two-week outbound experience for students from to participate in technical skills training activities in Mexico, while students from UPG will participate in a three-week intensive exchange in the U.S. to gain exposure to their academic field, as well as the native English language and culture. (WHA) More»
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (U.S.) and Universidad Rafael Landivar, Guatemala, are working to create an international internship program that will enable U.S. students to learn cultural competency, review key concepts of sustainable food system, and become informed of Guatemala’s social, economic, and environmental issues prior to the travel. It will also provide Guatemalan students the opportunity to visit community-supported farms, food cooperatives, fair trade coffee roasters, and UW’s teaching and research farms. The 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund supports both initiatives. (WHA) More»
  • Partnerships

  • Refugee Arrivals in Fiscal Year 2017: 942. 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»
  • With State Department support, through the Department of Justice Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance, and Training (DOJ/OPDAT), a federal prosecutor from Wisconsin has been deployed to Tanzania to serve as a Resident Legal Advisor responsible for providing specialized training and mentoring on terrorism-related investigations and prosecutions (CT) More»
  • 26 emerging leaders studied or participated in a fellowship in Wisconsin on one of the Young Leaders initiatives in 2017. (ECA) More»
  • Wisconsin residents in the Global Ties U.S. network volunteered 1,068 hours of their time in 2017 to host or support International Visitor Leadership Program and other exchange participants who visited the state. (ECA) More»
  • The INL Bureau has worked with ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB) (Milwaukee, WI) through the Department of Justice’s International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program (DOJ-ICITAP) since 2014. INL partners with ANAB to audit and accredit Mexican forensics laboratories in the key disciplines of ballistics, crime scene investigation, chemistry, genetics, fingerprints, and questioned documents under the international standards of ISO/IEC 17020 and ISO/IEC 17025. In collaboration with INL, ANAB is training a cadre of 60 Mexican forensic experts to support the audit process as part of the accreditation. (INL) More»
  • INL has formally partnered with the Wisconsin State Bar Association (WBA) since 2017. Through this partnership, the Wisconsin State Bar Association provided technical assistance and training to the Armenian Chamber of Advocates on management and assisted with the development of an ethics code for lawyers. (INL) More»
  • INL has formally partnered with the Wisconsin Public Defender’s Office since 2016. In 2017, the Wisconsin Public Defender’s Office provided training and mentoring support to the Armenian Public Defender’s Office on topics such as internal management, case weighting and selection, and budget and advocacy. (INL) More»
  • The Department of State facilitates the Wisconsin National Guard’s State Partnership Program with the Nicaragua, founded in 2003. (PM) More»
  • The Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs continued financial support to the Forest Products Laboratory (FPL) in Madison. FPL employs 60 research scientists and is working to develop technologies for rapid identification of timber species to combat illegal logging. The program also increases international engagement of U.S. scientists and researchers in collaborative activities worldwide. (OES) More»
  • Travel and Security

  • Total Passports Issued in Fiscal Year 2017: 298,385. (CA) More»
  • 214 Passport Application Acceptance Facilities. (CA) More»
  • In Fiscal Year 2016, the Bureau of Consular Affairs (CA) issued visas to 116 children who were adopted by U.S. citizens from Wisconsin. 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 Wisconsin. (DSS) More»